News from Florida Capital Resource Center

Florida Capital Resource Center Welcomes Newest Member of Advisory Board, Betsy Biben-Seligman!

Posted January 20, 2011

Betsy Biben  Betsy Biben-Seligman

Florida Capital Resource Center is pleased to introduce the latest addition to our Advisory Board, Betsy Biben-Seligman.  A Forensic and Clinical Social Worker, Betsy Biben-Seligman serves as the Chief of the Offender Rehabilitation Division for Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia where she has been employed since 1982 and the head of the division since 2002.  She has prepared sentencing reports and/or testimony before courts in Washington, D.C. (local and federal), Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama and has trained judges, attorneys, law and social work students on a national and local basis since 1976.  She is a founding member of National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS, formerly named National Association of Sentencing Advocates (NASA) and a former consultant for The Sentencing Project and the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA).  Betsy is a former chair of the NLADA Social Service Section.  She has been a board member of the Southern Center for Human Rights since 1992 and a member of the board for Visitors Services Center since 2003.  She has worked in the criminal justice system since 1974.  Betsy received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut in 1982, and a postgraduate certificate from the Washington School of Psychiatry in 1986.  She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and is a licensed social worker in D.C. (LICSW) and Maryland (LCSW).  Betsy, who co-chairs the Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner with Ginny Sloan, is currently on the Development Committee of the Board.

Florida Capital Resource Center Welcomes Our First Advisory Board Member, FIU Dean Alexander Acosta!

Posted on January 10, 2010

Dean R Alexander Acosta  Dean R. Alexander Acosta

Florida Capital Resource Center is pleased to announce that Dean R. Alexander Acosta of Florida International University College of Law has joined us as our first Advisory Board Member.  A native of Miami, Dean Acosta earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his law degree from Harvard Law School.  After serving as a law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., then a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Dean Acosta practiced law at the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis and taught at the George Mason School of Law.

Dean Acosta became the longest serving U.S. Attorney in South Florida since the 1970s, sitting as the senate-confirmed United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, which carries one of the busiest trial calendars in the nation.  Under Dean Acosta, the Southern District prosecuted a wide variety of historic matters, including the prosecutions of Jack Abramoff for fraud, of Jose Padilla for terrorism, of Charles Taylor Jr. for torture, the first torture case of its kind in the U.S., and of Cali Cartel founders Miguel and Gilberto Rodriquez-Orejuela for importation of 200,000 kilos of cocaine, which resulted in a $2.1 billion forfeiture. 

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Florida Capital Resource Center Welcomes Stuart Hartstone as Director of Operations!

Posted on January 3, 2011

Terence Lenamon and Florida Capital Resource Center are pleased to announce Stuart Hartstone has joined us as our acting Director of Operations.  Stuart will be working closely with the Executive and Regional Directors, as well as with the Inter-American Center for Human RIghts to coordiante fund-raising efforts and content development.  

Stuart graduated from Florida International University College of Law in May of 2010 and successfully completed the Florida Bar Examination that July.  While at FIU, Stuart worked in the Carlos A. Costa Immigration & Human Rights Clinic, where he led the school's response efforts to the Haiti Earthquake Disaster.  After training over 150 FIU student, faculty, and staff volunteers, Stuart helped coordinate volunteer efforts with local advocacy groups, collectively assisting in the registration of over 1,000 Haitian Nationals for Temporary Protected Status.

We are excited that Stuart has brought his talents to Florida Capital Resource Center and expect he will play a crucial role in the future success of the organization.

Florida Capital Resource Center Finds a Home!

Posted on April 14, 2010

Florida Capital Resource Center is pleased to announce that we have found a home! 

Florida Capital Resource Center's new base of operations will be located in the Inter-American Center for Human Rights at NOVA Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center.  The Inter-American Center for Human Rights is committed to furthering the civil and human rights of communities and people in South Florida.  At Florida Capital Resource Center we share this same goal, which is why the Inter-American Center for Human Rights is a perfect home for us.  We are excited to begin this new chapter and look forward to continued growth as we settle into our new home!  Feel free to contact us with any questions or if you'd like to help Florida Capital Resource Center continue to grow!

Florida Capital Resource Center Lends a Hand in the Defense of Tajuane DuBose

Posted on March 31, 2010

By the time Florida Capital Resource Center became aware of their cases, all three DuBose brothers had been convicted of the first-degree murder of DreShawna Davis.  By all accounts, eight year-old DreShawna Davis was an unintended victim of a drive-shooting.  Her uncle, Willie Davis, Jr., who had attempted to rob one of the DuBose brothers earlier that day, was apparently the intended target.

The State sought the death penalty for all three brothers, and two separate penalty phase trials followed the convictions - one for the oldest brother, Rasheem DuBose, 22, and one for the two younger brothers, Tajuane DuBose, 18, and P.J. Terrell DuBose, 20.  That's when Florida Capital Resource Center received the call for help from Tajuane Dubose's penalty phase defense team...and we went into action.

Terence Lenamon personally traveled up to Jacksonville and met with Tajuane DuBose and members of the defense team, including defense attorney Richard Sichta and mitigation specialist Rosalie Bolin, to assist in formulating theories of mitigation.  Andrea Gomez accompanied Mr. Lenamon up to Jacksonville to provide paralegal support for the entire defense team.  Mr. Lenamon also provided the defense team with support materials, sample documents, sample opening and closing statements, and helped to develop the overall organization of the penalty phase defense case.  In addition, Mr. Lenamon also provided some support for the penalty phase defense team representing P.J. Terell DuBose. 

In the end, both Tajuane DuBose and his brother P.J. Terell Dubose received life sentences.  Florida Capital Resource Center is happy that we could provide assistance to these hardworking defense attorneys in their time of need.