Briefs September 15, 2005 Regular News Briefs THE LAW OFFICES OF ROSENTHAL & LEVY recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity of Martin County “Saturday build.” In just under two hours, volunteers from the firm painted the entire exterior of a house in the final stages of construction. The house is one of two Habitat Homes located on Clayton Street in Stuart. During the build, the crew from Rosenthal & Levy took the opportunity to meet the recipients of both houses. This “build” marks Rosenthal & Levy’s third Habitat project in less than two years. MORE THAN 350 incoming first year students at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center recently participated in the NSU Law Public Service Day Annual Beach Cleanup at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Hollywood. The cleanup is part of the school’s orientation program, and participation automatically enrolls students in NSU Law’s Pro Bono Honor Program, which recognizes students who work pro bono for the public interest while enrolled in law school. The goals of the pro bono honor program are to educate students in the role of public service attorneys, make students aware of critically unmet needs in their communities, assist agencies in trying to meet these needs, and build a tradition of pro bono work that will accompany students into their professional careers. CHIEF JUSTICE BARBARA PARIENTE, center, recently spoke at the Family Law Section’s annual awards luncheon as a guest of Jorge M. Cestero, left, the section’s new chair. Pariente, last year, encouraged Cestero to take on a pro bono case involving a teenage boy. He did and said he was overwhelmed at how gratifying it was and is now challenging each Family Law Section member take on a pro bono case involving a child or teen in need and has established “The Family Law Section Children’s Pro Bono Service Award” that will be presented at the end of his term as chair. Also pictured is Evan Marks, the section’s outgoing chair. AT THE FLORIDA CHAPTERS of the American Board of Trial Advocates’ recent annual convention in Coral Gables, Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist served as the guest speaker during the awards banquet. Also on hand were former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and former Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth, who are both honorary diplomat members of ABOTA. Pictured from the left are Butterworth, Crist, Reno, FLABOTA President Herman Russomanno and Miles McGrane, a past president of the Miami chapter of ABOTA, who introduced Crist. MELISSA MARTIN, center, of Barry University, received the Lion of Justice Award from the Standing Committee on Professionalism and a $1,000 check from the Young Lawyers Division for her essay on professionalism. From the left are committee Chair James Floyd, YLD President Jamie Moses, Martin, Carl Zahner, director of the Bar’s Center for Professionalism, and Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince, who presented the award and the check during a ceremony at the Supreme Court in Tallahassee.