Ken Rhoden Volunteers at Barry Law Review Symposium

Barry Law School (Orlando) hosted it’s annual Law Review Symposium last week.  The topic was focused on issues from the recent trial of George Zimmerman in Seminole County.  Ken was invited to participate as a panelist based on his almost 30 years in practice with the Public Defender’s Office and in private practice defending those accused of crimes and in civil cases.

Attorneys Mark O’Mara and Don West, both central defense figures in the 2013 George Zimmerman murder/manslaughter trial, were among the speakers at the Feb. 21 symposium, “Florida Self-Defense & Ethical Prosecution in the Wake of the Zimmerman Trial” at Barry University School of Law in Orlando.  Specific topics included:   jury selection and perception, ethical prosecution, and several issues related to Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law.

In addition to Ken Rhoden, Mark O’Mara and Don West, other speakers included: former Florida Sen. Steven Geller, former U.S. Marshal Tom Hurlburt, former NYPD Officer Dennis Bootle, and attorneys Diana Tennis, Carey Haughwout, Mimi Smith, Scott Santos, and Cynthia Schmidt.

The symposium was well attended and Barry presented a beautiful plaque of appreciation to Ken.

Florida Tech Presents: Tomorrow's Lawyers

As written by Florida Tech’s School of Arts and Communication:

Second Annual Lecture in Law

Patricia D. White, Dean & Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law, presenting “Tomorrow’s Lawyers”

Thursday, September 26, 2013 in the John and Martha Hartley Room, 2nd Floor, Denius Student Center

  • 5:00 PM Late Registration & Check In
  • 5:15 PM Reception
  • 6:00 PM Lecture

Call (321) 674-8382 or email to register.  More information available on FIT’s website.

Law schools have been under attack in the popular press and the legal profession is changing in many ways. The traditional funding models for education are becoming increasingly problematic. Join Miami Law’s dean, Patricia D. White, as she addresses these issues and shares her vision for legal education and the profession. Dean White will discuss the ways in which Miami Law is anticipating the continuing effects that globalization, technology and the economy will have on the legal world.

The Agenda for the presentation is as follows:


  • 5:00 PM  Last Minute Registration and Check In
  • 5:15 PM  Networking Reception with Light Refreshments
  • 6:00 PM  Welcome by Dr. Robert Taylor, Head, School of Arts and Communication
  • 6:05 PM  Introduction of Dean White by Brooke Goldfarb, Prelaw Mentor and Adjunct Faculty
  • 6:10: PM Dean Patricia D. White- “Tomorrow’s Lawyers”

Issues including the fact that law schools have been under attack in the popular press and the legal profession is changing in many ways are covered by Patricia D. White, law dean, University of Miami, who shares her vision for legal education and the profession. Also disscusses how Miami Law is anticipating the continuing effects globalization, technology and the economy have on the legal world, and how traditional funding models for education are becoming increasingly problematic.

  • 7:00 PM  Floor open to questions from the audience for Dean White
  • 7:15 PM  Final question for Dean White, Thank You and Closing Remarks by Brooke Goldfarb

Cocoa Village Mardi Gras Time is Here Again

…  entering a float in the parade this year.  You’ll have to attend the event to see what the float is all about but so far there is a House and  Jail Cell being built for the float.  I’ve heard a rumor that there may be a “convict” in the jail cell but I can’t confirm or deny the identity of that potential convict.

Mardi Gras in Cocoa Village is February 9-10 and the parade is on Feb. 9th starting around 9pm.  The floats will circle Cocoa Village twice and everyone attending is sure to leave with as many beads as they can carry!

For more information on the Cocoa Village Mardi Gras weekend festivities (including Kiddie events and Paws in the Park) visit the main website of the celebration.

Runaway Country 2013 Brevard County Florida

Ken Rhoden Provides Info on Runaway Country Brevard County lawyerRunaway County is Back for 2013 on March 22-23-24

Last year’s event was fantastic and brought some talented artists together right here in our own Melbourne, Brevard County, Florida. Hosted in Melbourne’s own Wickham Park, 2013’s Runaway Country is destined to be a great event.

You can find more information about this great festival on Twitter:  @RunawayCountry; on their Facebook page: Runaway Country;  or on the main festival website:

This year the lineup is already big and promoters claim it is continuing to grow.  Take a look at what is listed now:

Lady Antebellum
Craig Morton
Lynrd Skynrd
Colt Ford
Charlie Daniels Band
Billy Currington
The Farm

You can order tickets online or on the phone and there are both general admission tickets and reserved seating tickets.  There also are corporate packages and corporate “cabanas”.  Use the same ticket link for information on those.

There is a lot of space for camping at the festival or you can check out the list of local hotels.   The Holiday Inn at I-95 & Wickham Road (Viera) is nice, has a restaurant, a bar, a pool, and is close to shopping and the festival site.

The Runaway Country music fesitval is a “Festheads approved festival”. Become a Festhead to connect with other attendees & to get festival news and even discount opportunities for tickets!  Want to become a Festhead?

*Note the logo on this page is the logo from Runaway Country.  It is not directly affiliated to this site and provided only to assist readers in finding information on the festival.

Boo at the Zoo – Brevard Zoo

Boo at the Zoo recommended by local firm of family and criminal attorneys: posted 10/11/12

Boo at the Zoo:
October 12-14; 19-21; and 26-28,
5:30 p.m.

Criminal defense lawyer Family Alimony Custody lawyer

Brevard Zoo, 8225 N Wickham Road, Melbourne.  The Zoo’s popular annual Halloween event offers music and live entertainment, costume contest, a haunted trail, the Witch’s Den, lots of games & crafts, train rides, and trick-or-treating with over 30 treat tables all over the Zoo.  (tables are sponsored by local businesses)

For additional information:  (321) 254-9453 you can visit the Brevard Zoo website.