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Tobia Simon Recognized as Florida Legal Legend

The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, created in 1982, is Florida’s highest statewide pro bono award. It is presented annually by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to a private lawyer for voluntary, free legal services to the poor. It is intended to encourage extraordinary contributions by recognizing the Florida attorney who best exemplifies the highest ideals of the profession by making legal services available to people who otherwise could not afford them, and to focus public awareness on the substantial voluntary services rendered by Florida lawyers in this area. The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award is believed to be the first of its kind in the country conferring recognition by the state's highest court.

Federal Courts Advised: Check Attorney's Credentials

Federal courts nationwide are being advised to do more to make sure the people who seek permission to represent clients in them are in fact licensed lawyers.

Most Class Action Plaintiffs Don't Seek Certification

A recent study shows that plaintiffs in most diversity cases never asked a judge to "certify a class" of those covered in the suit.