Lydecker Diaz Announces The Winner of College Scholarship Program

In July of 2018, Lydecker Diaz announced the launch of a college scholarship program designed to benefit an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a U.S. college, university or institute. Applicants delivered a 500-word essay expressing why he or she wants to practice law.

On December 15, 2018, a panel of judges chose Samuel Hurtado, from Arizona Western College, Yuma, AZ, as the winner of the scholarship program. Samuel will receive a $1000 gift to go towards his law school education.

“The thought of being able to own a practice and be able to do what I love on a day to day basis excites me,” said Samuel in his submission for the scholaraship. “Even if that means turning every rock because this a profession that I am in love with.”

“Samuel’s essay was very compelling and we hope that this scholarship will help him continue to pursue a career in law with as much passion and determination as he displayed in his submission,” said Richard Lydecker, Senior Partner at Lydecker Diaz.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a U.S. college, university or institute and interested in applying for the 2019 Lydecker Diaz Scholarship, please check back at https://www.lydeckerdiaz.com/scholarship/ to learn more about this year’s application deadline.

Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of Dec. 10, 2018

At the Miami office of Lydecker Diaz:

▪ Forrest Andrews has been hired as a partner in the firm’s appellate division. Most recently, he served in the appellate division of the City of Miami Attorney’s office. Andrews has a bachelor’s in political science at the University of Delaware and studied law at Albany (N.Y.) Law School.

▪ Patrick Russell was recently hired as a partner. He previously was ethics trial counsel for The Florida Bar, and before that, he managed his own law firm. Russell is a graduate of Marquette University and the University of Miami’s law school.

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Testifying Remotely May Soon Be Easier if Proposed Rule Changes Are Approved

Author: Miguel J. Chamorro, partner with Lydecker Diaz.

Growing confidence in the use of real-time communications equipment to take the testimony of witnesses located elsewhere has generated proposed amendments to Florida’s rules of court procedure that may incentivize the use of such equipment—by allowing witnesses to be sworn in remotely.

It may soon be easier to take deposition and trial testimony from remote witnesses. Growing confidence in the use of real-time communications equipment to take the testimony of witnesses located elsewhere has generated proposed amendments to Florida’s rules of court procedure that may incentivize the use of such equipment—by allowing witnesses to be sworn in remotely. Currently, the rules require an officer who is legally authorized to administer oaths to swear in the witness while in the physical presence of the witness. This can be inconvenient, as officers may not be readily available where the witness is located. A witness who wishes to testify via television from her home or office, for example, could not do so unless the witness is before an officer who can swear her in. To eliminate such inconveniences, The Florida Bar’s Civil Procedure Rules Committee (CivPRC) and Rules of Judicial Administration Committee (RJAC) are proposing changes to Florida Rules of Civil Procedure 1.310 (Depositions Upon Oral Examination) and 1.451 (Taking Testimony) and Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.530 (Communication Equipment) that eliminate the physical presence requirement when testimony is taken by audiovisual communications equipment.