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I am sure there are times that attorneys and judges want to go at each other physically, but I never thought we would see it on camera.

Warning, there is profanity in the video.

http://Judge, attorney fight after argument in court

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Who says lawyers don’t have hearts?  In the Florida Times Union yesterday there was an article about a law firm who will give away 750 gallons of gasoline on Wednesday afternoon as members of the law firm and community leaders pump up to 10 gallons per vehicle.

The Chestnut Firm, based in Gainesville and with an office in Jacksonville, will sponsor the giveaway beginning at 4:30 at the Shell station at 2197 Kings Road in Northwest Jacksonville.

The law firm, headed by Chris Chestnut, said in a release that the second annual gas giveaway is a way to give back to the community, especially in a time when many people are struggling.

I have no affiliation with this firm and I don’t know anyone who works for them but I think this is a great community spirited thing to do.  So, I would like to say thank you to the Chestnut Firm and Merry Christmas too!

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I am a Disney fan and I don’t care who knows it.  My best friend and I used to have the time and money to go to Disney twice a year.  Back then, we were annual pass holders.  But as we got busier and the economy got tougher we had to let our annual passes go and well, I haven’t been able to get to the Happiest Place on Earth for two years now.

The story of how Disney came to Florida in 1965 is one of intrigue,  master spies and secret meetings.  Chad Emerson is a law professor at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., where his areas of expertise include law concerning land planning, intellectual property and amusement parks. He’s also the author of Project Future: The Inside Story Behind the Creation of Disney World, published this year.

It’s been 45 years since the Sentinel reported on its front page that a mystery buyer represented by Miami attorney Paul Helliwell had acquired about 9,700 acres from Bronson Inc. in Osceola County.  The speculation on who was buying this land produced rampant rumors that the secret buyer would be revealed as Howard Hughes or Boeing aircraft or the Rockefeller family. Even the first legal secretary hired for the mystery company, Julia Switlick, didn’t know who her employer was.  Can you imagine being hired for a position and not knowing who your employer is?  Almost makes you wish that could happen now, secret meetings with unknown people, travel to foreign countries, oh wait, back to reality.

There were even rumors that the communists were buying the land!  Say what? Maybe I would rethink that secret employer thing.

Emerson became absorbed in the story of Disney while he was researching an academic article and realized it had potential for readers outside legal journals.  “There are so many secretive and spy-like maneuvers, all legal, but very interesting and intertwined,” he said.  There was even a rule at Disney that no one at Disney could talk to anyone in Orlando, period.

I, for one, am a little jealous of Julia Switlick, not only for working at Disney but for being part of the big secret in Florida!

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The Missing Link is not a secret society. It’s simply a group of legal professionals who saw a need to help people who are suffering physical abuse at the hands of the very people who are supposed to love them.

As reported in ParalegalGateway, this group of paralegals and attorneys began assisting victims of domestic violence in 2005.

The Missing Link is currently working to incorporate as a non-profit group so that it can begin collecting donations to try to help offset the financial burdens faced by many of its clients. In Duval County, it costs $409 just to file for dissolution of marriage. Even the payment option the county offers is often too much for many of these victims.

I applaud these paralegals and the attorneys for giving back to their community in Jacksonville, Florida. Domestic violence continues to be a serious problem in all walks of life, as evidenced by the recent Rhianna and Chris Brown incident. For more information on The Missing Link, please click here.

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