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HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: DENNIS CHAVEZ – FIRST AMERICAN-BORN HISPANIC SENATOR

Courtesy of Library of Congress

National Hispanic Heritage month – Sept 15-Oct. 15. A time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive history of the American Latino community. 

As we enter Hispanic heritage month, we wanted to recognize a few of the trailblazing Hispanic attorneys who have achieved great success throughout their legal careers.

Early Years

Dionisio (Dennis) Chávez was born in Los Chavez, a farming community in New Mexico on April 8, 1888. At age seven his family moved to Albuquerque, where he attended public and Catholic schools. Family circumstances forced him to quit school and begin paid employment when he was in the seventh grade. He worked at a grocery store until he was eighteen, when he was fired for refusing to deliver groceries to a group of strike breakers. He continued his education at the Albuquerque Public Library, and studied U.S. history and the biographies of political leaders, an education that influenced his political thinking and his subsequent support for education.

Clerkship

From 1906 to 1915 he worked for the Engineering Department of Albuquerque, and became active in politics. He supported various Democratic Party candidates, including Octaviano A. Larrazolo in his 1908 bid for Congress, and served as interpreter for Governor William G. McDonalds in 1911. In his first attempt to win public office in 1916, Chávez lost the Bernalillo County clerkship by only 300 votes. That same year Chávez campaigned for Andieus Jones, the Democratic Party candidate for U.S. Senate, and acted as his interpreter when Jones visited Spanish-speaking areas. Jones procured a clerkship in the Senate for Chávez, and for three years Chávez worked during the day and at night studied law at Georgetown University.

U.S. House Of Representatives

In 1920 Chávez returned to Albuquerque, where he practiced criminal law and remained active in the Democratic Party. In 1922 he was elected to the State House of Representatives, where he sponsored a bill for the provision of free textbooks in public schools. In 1930 he defeated Albert Simms, the Republican Representative from New Mexico. During the two terms he served in the U.S. House of Representatives, Chávez was assigned to committees that were of importance to the issues of the day in New Mexico: Indian Affairs, Irrigation and Reclamation, Public Buildings, Public Land, War Claims, and Veterans Committees.

In 1934 Chávez ran against the influential Republican U.S. Senator, Bronson Cutting, in a close and intense campaign, which has been characterized by historians of New Mexican politics as an epic battle for a United States Senate seat. Chávez, who was defeated by a narrow margin, contested the election on the grounds of fraud. The issue had not been settled when Cutting was killed in an airplane accident while returning to Washington. The Governor of New Mexico, Clyde Tingley, appointed Chávez interim Senator, and in 1936 Chávez was elected to complete the term. He served in the Senate for the next fourteen years.

The New Deal

His constituents staunchly supported him because he took seriously the advice given to him by House Speaker John N. Garner (D-TX), who said “the most successful Congressmen are errand boys for the people who elect them.” With this in mind, Chávez used his appointments in committees for the benefit of the people of New Mexico. Throughout his career in Congress, beginning with his first term as Congressman during the Depression, he supported the Home Owner Loan Corporation, which allowed thousands of home owners to keep their property. He was a firm New Dealer who supported President Roosevelt and almost all the White House’s legislative programs.

Defender Of Civil Rights

As a young reader in the Albuquerque Public Library, Chávez had been influenced by the Jeffersonian ideals of freedom. In the 1940’s Chávez proved himself a strong defender of civil rights and prepared the groundwork for subsequent legislation. In 1944 he introduced a bill for the establishment of a Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC) “to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, creed, national origin, or ancestry” (Vigil and Lujan 1986). Although he campaigned for four years to pass the bill, it was defeated by a Southern filibuster. While others avoided the subject or denied the existence of discrimination against Hispanics, Senator Chávez was not afraid to bring the “race” issue into elections and politics.

In the 1950’s Chávez was appointed Chairman of the Committee on Public Works, which, under his direction, did much to maintain and build important aspects of the economic infrastructure of the country including expansion of the interstate highway system, improvement of harbors and water ways, and building of Federal Offices and Post Offices. In the 1960’s when he served as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Defense, he secured for New Mexico important defense-technology contracts, which were the most important stimuli for economic growth in the state for the next thirty years.

During his time in Washington, Chávez acted as a mentor to youths from New Mexico. Since New Mexico did not have a law school, he assisted many young men to come Washington to continue their education.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you have been injured it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Board-Certified Trial Lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website at www.zarzaurlaw.com.

Alex Jones Trial: Lessons Learned About E-Discovery

Mobile phones have played a supporting role in eDiscovery in civil cases, while testimonials and data from laptops, social media, and emails have provided more concrete evidence used to defend and try cases.

Over the years, there has been a significant shift in legal matters involving discovery and, more specifically, eDiscovery. Mobile phones and text messages have become an integral part of the litigation process. However, there is so much personal data that could be a liability if produced without going through the proper discovery process.

Alex Jones Legal Team Critical Errors

Making crucial errors in eDiscovery can prove detrimental to both lawyers and their clients. There is no better example of this than in the case of the Sandy Hook parents, who won a $49.3 million judgment, including $45.2 million in punitive damages, against Alex Jones, the InfoWars founder, and commentator.

Alex Jones was ordered to pay $4.1 Million in compensatory damages to Sandy Hook parents and $45 million in punitive damages for claiming the massacre was staged.

Alex Jones’ lawyers accidentally turned over an electronic file containing approximately two years of text messages to trial evidence. Jones’ attorneys inadvertently gave the parents’ lawyer, Mark Bankston, the entire digital copy of Alex Jones’ mobile phone with every text message that had been sent for the past two years. 

What Does ‘eDiscovery’ Mean In Law?

Electronic discovery, also called e-discovery, is the process of obtaining and exchanging evidence in a legal case or investigation. E-discovery is used in the initial phases of litigation when involved parties are required to provide relevant records and evidence related to a case.

How Does The E-Discovery Process Work?

The process of discovery begins when a lawsuit appears imminent and ends when digital evidence is presented in court. Attorneys from both sides will determine the scope of e-discovery. The following is a simple description of the e-discovery process:

Identification.
ESI is identified by attorneys. E-discovery requests and challenges are made.

Preservation.
Data that is identified as potentially relevant is placed under legal hold so it cannot be destroyed. Failure to preserve data will lead to sanctions and fines if the lost data puts the defense at a disadvantage.

Collection.
Data is transferred from a company to legal counsel. The legal counsel determines the data’s relevance.

Processing.
Files are loaded onto a review platform. Data is usually converted into a PDF (Portable Document Format) or TIFF (Tag Image File Format) for court.

Review.
The review process assesses documents for privilege and responsiveness to discovery requests.

Production. Documents are exchanged with opposing counsel.

Legal Issues With E-Discovery

E-discovery is an evolving field that goes far beyond just technology. It can give rise to many legal, constitutional, political, security, and personal data privacy issues.

Proper E-Discovery Requires A Board-Certified Civil Trial Expert

An experienced Board Certified Professional will produce the correct document files, reviewed by the legal team, and ready for trial.

Alex Jones, Trial Lawyer, is a good example of what NOT to do for your client. It was unfortunate and entirely preventable.

A competent attorney should be able to know how to acquire, review, and produce the correct records without compromising the client’s privacy. Florida law recognizes a right to privacy, and courts are supposed to weigh and balance the competing interests in protecting personal information with the need to discover relevant evidence—evidence that could be critical in determining fault.

Make sure you hire a board-certified civil trial lawyer for your personal injury case. Only about 1% of Florida lawyers are board certified and only a handful of lawyers have the same board certifications as Mr. Zarzaur. 

The firm also has attorneys who are AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell & have been named Florida Super Lawyers®

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Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you’ve been the victim of an auto accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Board Certified Trial lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website.

Sources:

https://www.techtarget.com/searchsecurity/definition/electronic-discovery-e-discovery-or-ediscovery

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alex-jones-lawyers-accidentally-leak-years-emails-infowars-financial-d-rcna41378

Zarzaur Law’s “Zarzaur Zingrays” Inaugural Season Is A Success.

We were proud and honored to sponsor the inaugural season of the “Zarzaur Zingrays” swim team. This developmental team led by the Bear Levin Studer Family YMCA, brought skills and confidence to 24 young swimmers.

 

Under the direction of Bonnie Steffensmeier, Regional Aquatics Director, the Zarzaur Zingrays program serves youth ages 4-18.

“Most people are intimidated by swim teams,” Joe Zarzaur, founder, and lead attorney at Zarzaur Law, P.A., said. “This team is the missing ingredient that allows someone to see how to get from here to there. It’s a launching pad that’s available to all abilities and all income levels.”

Zarzaur Law partnership with YMCAThe 24-member team, made up of youth swimmers 4 – 18 years old, practiced at the Hunter Pool and participated in four meets this summer.

Because of the sponsorship of Zarzaur Law, P.A., the cost to families is just $100 for the summer. Additional financial assistance is available from the YMCA on a sliding scale if that fee is still out of financial reach.

The team also practiced and were mentored by members of the Zarzaur Law, P.A. Triathlon “Gavel” team. The mission of the Zarzaur Law triathlon team is to serve as ambassadors for the sport of triathlon and to volunteer in our community for various philanthropic causes.

“Swim teams have a reputation for being very competitive and costly,” Steffensmeier said. “For a new swimmer, this team experience will lay a foundation to improve skills and build confidence. And we’re going to have some fun.”

For more information about the Zarzaur Zingrays swim team, please contact Bonnie Steffensmeier at the YMCA or call 850 438 4406 ext. 1013.

About Zarzaur Law, P.A.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents Cycling Accidents, MedicalMalpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and FallInjuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida. www.zarzaurlaw.com

About YMCA Northwest Florida

Northwest Florida is served by the Bear Levin Studer, Northeast, and Pullum Branches of the Y. Last year, the local Y reached 18,000 children and adults in wellness, childcare, sports, camp, aquatics and community outreachprograms and gave away $414,589 in financial assistance and mission impact activities. www.ymcanwfl.og

Zarzaur And Bolton Are Once Again Named Super Lawyers®.

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA (July 11, 2022) – Joe Zarzaur and Steve Bolton, both Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers of Zarzaur Law, P.A., have once again been selected as one of Florida’s Super Lawyers®. This distinction was based on nominations by peers, attaining certain honors, results, or credentials that indicate a high degree of peer recognition or professional competence, as well as independent research by the Super Lawyers research department and peer evaluations. The final published list represents no more than 5% of the state’s lawyers. The lists are published annually in state and regional editions of Super Lawyers magazines and in inserts and special advertising sections in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers. All attorneys selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers can be found on SuperLawyers.com.

THE FINAL PUBLISHED LIST REPRESENTS NO MORE THAN 5% OF THE STATE’S LAWYERS.

Super Lawyers® select attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board-Certified Civil Trial LawyerZarzaur Named Super Lawyers

Has recorded jury verdicts in both Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties in personal injury cases. He obtained a 9.3 million dollar verdict from an Escambia County jury and had a 2.5 million dollar verdict from a Santa Rosa County jury. These were both injury cases that did not involve death. Only about 1% of Florida lawyers are board certified, and between Pensacola and Panama City, there are only a few lawyers with the same board certifications as Mr. Zarzaur.

Steve Bolton is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer

Attorney Steve Bolton Named Super Lawyers

who has been counsel to many Fortune 500 companies in the past, but has focused his career for the last 15 years on representing those injured by the carelessness of others. He has personally tried more than 100 personal injury trials including a case against an international prescription drug company resulting in multi-million dollar jury verdict. Mr. Bolton is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been a Florida “Super Lawyer” since 2007.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you’ve been the victim of an accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Board Certified Trial lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website.

Offices in Pensacola, Destin, Miami, and Tallahassee.

Roe V. Wade And Right To Privacy – Documents.

On June 24, the Supreme Court released a decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, upholding the constitutionality of a 2018 Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The court also ruled 5-4 to overturn Roe v. Wade, a 1973 decision that protects pregnant people’s right to privacy without excessive government restrictions.

Understanding the right to privacy is at the root of decision making  on a multitude of fundamental rights.

Attorney Joe Zarzaur Defines The Outcome Of The Decision Made By The Supreme Court And How It  Impacts The Right To Privacy.

 

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Even though the right to privacy is not expressly stated in the United States Constitution, the United States Supreme Court has determined that several Amendments imply these rights in cases:

  • First Amendment: Provides the freedom to choose any kind of religious belief and to keep that choice private.
  • Third Amendment: Protects the zone of privacy of the home.
  • Fourth Amendment: Protects the right of privacy against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government.
  • Fifth Amendment: Provides for the right against self-incrimination, which justifies the protection of private information.
  • Ninth Amendment: This amendment is interpreted to justify a broad reading the Bill of Rights to protect your fundamental right to privacy in ways not provided for in the first eight amendments.
  • Fourteenth Amendment: Prohibits states from making laws that infringe upon the personal autonomy protections provided for in the first thirteen amendments. Prior to the Fourteenth Amendment, a state could make laws that violated freedom of speech, religion, etc.

MORE ABOUT THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY AMENDMENT HERE >

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READ THE OPINIONS  OF THE Supreme Court HERE >

Sources:

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/fourth_amendment

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/privacy

https://www.mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/1141/privacy

 

 

Victims Right To Counsel In Florida.

victims rights FLFrom Florida Bar News – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a measure that requires police to notify crime victims of their right to counsel and “encourages” The Florida Bar to develop a registry of pro bono attorneys.

Sen. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills and an attorney, said his service as a JAG officer inspired him to sponsor SB 1012.

“This bill really comes from a few lanes, one being my experience in the Army as a special victims counsel,” Burgess said.

The Added Amendment

The bill initially called only for notifying victims of their right to counsel and urged development of a registry of lawyers willing to represent them for free.

The Judiciary Committee on February 11 added an amendment related to the 2018 victim rights ballot measure “Marsy’s Law.”

THE EXPANDED BILL NOW CLARIFIES THAT CRIME VICTIMS – “UPON REQUEST” – MAY ATTEND OR BE HEARD AT A CRIMINAL PROCEEDING.

Current law permits attendance “when relevant,” or at a “crucial stage,” if it “doesn’t interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused.”

Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book of Ft. Lauderdale, a children’s advocate, sponsored the Marsy’s Law implementing legislation in 2019.

The new law takes effect July 1.

What Does This New Measure Mean In Regards To Civil Trial Cases?

This new law allows a victim’s attorney to be present at various stages of the criminal case leading up to the civil case to ensure that the victim’s rights are being protected. Many times, the criminal case and civil case overlap, and so now the civil lawyer for the victim can assist, coordinate, and be included in the criminal case as well as the civil case.

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About Marsy’s Law

Marsy’s Law is named after Marsalee (Marsy) Ann Nicholas, a beautiful, vibrant University of California Santa Barbara student, who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Only one week after her murder and on the way home from the funeral service, Marsy’s family stopped at a market to pick up a loaf of bread. It was there, in the checkout line, that Marsy’s mother, Marcella, was confronted by her daughter’s murderer. Having received no notification from the judicial system, the family had no idea he had been released on bail mere days after Marsy’s murder.

The experience of Marsy’s family is typical of the pain and suffering family members of murder victims so often endure. Marsy’s family was not informed because the courts and law enforcement, though well-meaning, had no obligation to keep them informed.

While those accused of crimes have more than 20 individual rights spelled out in the U.S. Constitution, the surviving family members of murder victims have none.

The Marsy’s Law initiative began in California and was led and sponsored by Marsy’s brother, Dr. Henry T. Nicholas III. When it passed in November 2008, Proposition 9, The California Victims’ Bill of Rights Act of 2008: Marsy’s Law, became the strongest and most comprehensive Constitutional victims’ rights laws in the U.S. and put California at the forefront of the national victims’ rights. Dr. Nicholas said after passage of the initiative, “This is a national movement already. There are hundreds of marches across the country for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week every year. We need to harness that energy to ensure victims’ rights for every American.” Marsy’s Law was opposed by nearly every major newspaper in California state and yet the people of California passed the measure with 54% of the vote.

The message was clear – Californians wanted crime victims and their families to have guaranteed rights.

Now, Dr. Nicholas is now lending his support to equal crime victims’ rights efforts across the United States. Since Marsy’s Law passed in California, it has been overwhelmingly approved by voters in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Currently, efforts are underway in Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, and Tennessee.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

It is also important to consult with a Board Certified Trial lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. If you’ve been the victim of an accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. Consult with an experienced accident  lawyer who has the knowledge and credentials to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website. Offices in Pensacola, Destin and Miami.

 

Sources:

http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/main/e14e8f70d7dfe31f8525749c005012e4

https://www.sao12.org/victim-s-rights

https://www.marsyslawforfl.com

https://www.marsyslaw.us/marsy_s_law_for_florida_statement_regarding_signing_of_victims_of_crimes_bill_sb_1012_hb_697

Victims right to counsel measure signed into law

 

AM 1370 PODCAST INTERVIEW: Zarzaur Law And YMCA Developmental Swim Team Partnership

AM 1370 Podcast Interview: YMCA And Zarzaur Law Developmental Swim Team Partnership

Published: June 2, 2021

Andrea Rosenbaum of the Bear Levin Studer YMCA joined journalist Rick Outzen to discuss the community partnership with Zarzaur Law, PA to launch a new developmental swim team – The Zarzaur Zingrays.

Rick Outzen (RO) – There are so many great things happening in the Pensacola community, and the Zarzaur Law firm has been very active in sponsoring runs, their graffiti wall fundraisers, and so many different things. They’ve got a new partnership with the Y and we’ve got Andrea Rosenbalm here right now to explain it.

Tell us about this partnership and this swim team that’s being put together.

Andrea Rossenbaum (AR) – Well, I think the most fun thing about it is the name, the “Zarzaur Zingrays.” If that doesn’t make you want to be a part of it, I don’t know what will. If you could see the cap and the shirt with the fantastic Zingrays team logo, courtesy of Zarzaur Law.

We wanted the opportunity to create a swim team that would be accessible to all. And by that, we mean kids who might struggle to afford a traditional swim team experience, or maybe kids who just aren’t quite ready for that, but who want to get there. So our concept is to actually have a swim team that would be a little more of a developmental opportunity. Your child can swim and can get across the pool. She can make it across there, but has never really been a part of it (a team). And this is what we’re going to do this summer: put them in with the Zarzaur Zingrays so that they can really develop some skills and maybe move on to the next level. They’ll be competing in meets; they’re going to have a team shirt and team caps; and the Zarzaur Law firm is really making this possible with their sponsorship so that we can make it happen for everybody.

RO – The Zarzaur Zingrays! So, what are the ages and where will they practice?

AR – Anywhere from age four up to 18. We’re going to include all ages, and we’re going to practice at Hunter Pool. Weekday practices will be in the evenings Monday through Thursday, and I, you know, I’ve been there as a parent with kids trying to do that. If you can’t quite make all of them, we understand, but we want to provide that opportunity four days a week to really hone those skills. Then we’re going to practice them, and the goal is to participate in four meets this summer so that these young people will have an opportunity to experience what it means to prepare.

And the Zarzaur Law team is great. You know, they have their gavel guys and gavel girls. They’ve been supportive and our hope is to have them at least come out to one meet to really cheer on the kids and support what’s happening.

RO – They’ve been big in triathlons.

AR – Yeah, and we were looking for an opportunity to really do something with them because Joe is so philanthropic and so engaged both with youth and with wellness in this community that when we had this idea, our aquatics director said, “This is really what I want to do.”

We started talking about us and I think I know who would be a great partner. And so, you know, we went and said, this is an opportunity for you all to expand your footprint in health and wellness, especially with kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity, maybe who want to be a triathlete someday, but you have to start somewhere.

So this is the first step toward getting those kids to be able to do that. So we’re really excited to be partnering with Zarzaur Law. They’re right around the corner from us downtown, and they’re expanding the footprint of wellness in downtown. So we just thought it was a really natural fit.

We’re super excited. We have just a couple of spots on the team left, so it’s not too late to get involved. We are trying to talk to parents and guardians in-person at the Y, but you can call in. We can get you on a list and we can follow up by kind of figuring out where your child is and making sure we get them in and then practicing.

So, anybody who’s thinking, I really would love this opportunity for my child, we would love to welcome them onto the team for the summer. The Zarzaur Law sponsorship makes the cost very, very low. And then we at the Y will offer more financial assistance as necessary. We don’t want the cost to be an obstacle.

RO – Well, it’s a 30-member team. So there are only a certain number of spots. So if you’re interested, you’ve got a child or grandchild or a kid in the neighborhood that you think would benefit from it. You need to call the Y today.

AR – You can reach us at 850-438-4406. Simply state, “I’m interested in swim team.” We’ll get you to our aquatics director or another team member who can help you get the information you need and get you registered.

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Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Florida and Alabama.

If you’ve been the victim of an accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Florida Bar Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website.

 

Zarzaur Law Recognized as Outstanding Business/Corporation of the Year by the West Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals

Outstanding Business of The YearPENSACOLA, Fla. (November 17, 2021) — Joe Zarzaur, a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and founder of Zarzaur Law, P.A., received the Outstanding Business of The Year award by the West Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. This award is in recognition of Zarzaur Law’s commitment to the local community.

“Joe and the entire Zarzaur Law Firm could not be more deserving of the AFP’s Outstanding Corporation Award. It’s not often that you see a small company do so much good for the community.” Said Stacey Kostevicki, Executive Director of Gulf Coast Kids’ House, “From the Gallery Night Legal Graffiti, which has benefited nearly every charity agency in the area to Joe’s sponsorship of the Gavel Guys and Gavel Girls. Zarzaur Law seeks to highlight the good in the community and to seek justice for their clients and the citizens of Escambia County.”

While there are many events, programs, and community initiatives that Joe Zarzaur and the team of Zarzaur Law have been a part of, the most recognized philanthropic activity led by the firm is “Legal Graffiti.” “Legal Graffiti” is an event hosted at Zarzaur Law during each Gallery Night in downtown Pensacola. “Legal Graffiti” is an opportunity for anyone to make a donation and then create artwork on the recycled billboard vinyl-covered wall at the Zarzaur Law office building using spray paint. The event raises money for non-profits & charities within the area. Donations are matched by the firm and given to the charity of choice.

Recipients include ARC Gateway, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWFL, Manna Food Pantries, Pathways for Change, Autism Pensacola, Emerald Coast Legal Aid, Guardian Ad Litem, Favor House, and Gulf Coast Kids’ House just to name a few.

National Philanthropy Day is designed to celebrate and highlight the accomplishments of giving,  volunteering, and charitable engagement within our community.

“In the past seven years of hosting the “Legal Graffiti” event, the firm has donated more than $100,000 to local charities.” Joe Zarzaur, Owner of Zarzaur Law, P.A. “We are honored and humbled to receive this recognition and plan to continue our outreach efforts and make a lasting impact in our community.”

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About Zarzaur Law, P.A.
Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Boat, and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida. www.zarzaurlaw.com

2nd Annual Zarzaur Law “Ping Pong on Palafox” Event Set for Nov. 13.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2021) — Zarzaur Law, P.A., a personal injury law firm based out of Pensacola, Florida, has partnered with the Pensacola Table Tennis Club and City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department to host its second annual “Ping Pong on Palafox” event on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 from 10am-5pm.*


This Outdoor Event Will Be Held On The Street At The Intersection Of Palafox And Romana Streets In Downtown Pensacola.


“Ping Pong on Palafox,” hosted by Zarzaur Law, will include a table tennis “ping pong” tournament for all ages and levels, games, refreshments for players, and more! The round-robin tournament will kick off at 10 am with kids age groups and adult divisions with cash* prizes for winners. Players can be anywhere from kids, novice recreational weekend players, all the way to competitive club members. The first 50 registered players are guaranteed a swag bag and T-shirt. 

Businesses, organizations, and groups are encouraged to create teams of four, bring their tent, coolers, and signs and battle for bragging rights, and be the tops in team table tennis. New this year will be a “Best Downtown Bar/Brewery Team.”  

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Guests can learn tips and tricks from Table Tennis professionals and watch kids all the way to pros battle each other right in the heart of Downtown Pensacola.

The Pensacola Table Tennis Club is located inside the Fricker Community Center and is a non-profit club. “We invite anyone who loves the game to attend and learn more about the sport.  PTTC has been a USATT affiliated club since 1996 and has been growing ever since.” Said PTTC President L.A. Johnston, “We are really excited to once again partner with Zarzaur Law, PA and bring this tournament to our city and show everyone what table tennis is about in a unique and fun way. Most people think they can only see table tennis on tv or during the olympics, but you can watch and play right here in Pensacola.”

“I am glad that we can get together in Downtown Pensacola. This tournament will help us all regain that sense of community that we all have missed due to the COVID19 pandemic.”  Joe Zarzaur, owner of Zarzaur Law, P.A. 

Entry fees:

Kids – $10

Teens – Novice Adult  – $15

Advanced Adult – $20

Corporate / Business Team (team of four) – $40

Downtown Pensacola Bar/Brewery Team (team of four) – $40

Spectators – FREE!

Event details and to SIGN UP HERE >
or call 850-444-9299.

*Weather Permitting
**Visa gift cards. 

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About Zarzaur Law, P.A.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida. www.zarzaurlaw.com

AM 1370 Podcast Interview: Hiding Child Molesters in Santa Rosa Schools

Attorney Joe Zarzaur joined journalist Rick Outzen to discuss how Joe discovered what he believes is a lack of oversight in the Santa Rosa County school district in the hiring of substitute teachers. A teacher that was banned from one Santa Rosa school was allowed to work at Gulf Breeze Elementary, where he was later convicted of molesting several girls.

RO:  You put out a video on YouTube on Friday and if anyone has a child at public schools, they should be concerned, particularly in Santa Rosa County. You uncovered what looks like that the school district may have not properly vetted its substitute teachers.

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JZ: Yeah. First, I don’t like to litigate cases in the media, and I certainly don’t like to it on Facebook, but occasionally there is a case that you feel like rises to the level of importance from a public safety standpoint that you almost want to interrupt the litigation process and step aside, and just make it right.

JZ: So, I felt compelled to do that this last week because I had taken the deposition last Thursday on the human resource person at the Santa Rosa County school district and the corporate representative for the school district for purposes of Mr. Mack’s involvement, but this all dates back to a 2016 event that happened at Gulf Breeze Elementary School, where four children were abused by a substitute teacher in the same day. He ended up pleading guilty for lewd and lascivious behavior with minors. The parents that hired me, came to me, and we had done some investigation into this initially and found out that the Escambia County school board had banned this substitute teacher a year and a half prior.

How can somebody just banned for inappropriate touching, come over the bridge and get a job in Santa Rosa County and go free and then do the same thing to the kids in an elementary school?

I found out that a private entity, PESD (the name of the company is now Staff EZ), had been hired by the county in 2015 to basically handle all the substitutes hiring screening, and the HR for substitutes.

This incident happened after being banned for inappropriately touching students in Escambia County and then getting the job through P E S D as a substitute teacher in Santa Rosa County. I start the case against this private entity and out their questionable company to start with, having a tax lien to the tune of $10 million for not paying, but holding taxes for substitute teachers.

I did some discovery and find out that they did screen and interviewed him and a group of 30 other people. They just asked him what he did in the years prior to coming to apply there and they didn’t check references. They missed a course, Escambia County where he got banned.

So, they hired him, and they were basically saying that, well he’s an approved list. And I said, all right, let’s investigate this – the approved the list comes from the county. And then I realized the county is giving this private company, the approved list of substitute teachers. I ask the county and I get the list finally (after fighting for it) three weeks ago. I’m looking at it. The approved list is redacted except for the guy that I’m going after (Mr. Mack), which has a yellow box, and it says banned at Woodlawn Beach Middle School, which was not the school that he abused the children. (Gulf Breeze Elementary School is just down the road – in the same county).

RO: The other thing that stood out, you know is that, yeah, he had, he had already been banned from one elementary school and they let him in Gulf Breeze, but you also found out that you thought you had the public record and then found out there was a whole other file system out there that had the other information.

JZ: Well, that’s true. Last Thursday, I’m asking, they produced the list. This list has a yellow box that says this guy is not allowed to teach at this school. There are also 24 other teachers on that list who also have their banned from other schools that are still actively substituting in Santa Rosa County school.

That was my urgency to get on Facebook and say, you know, this is happening. I asked the corporate representative for the school district, is the basis of his why was he banned from Woodlawn Beach Middle School in 2011?

I asked for the personnel file request back in 2018, I was provided a bunch of certificates that says who the teacher is in W2 stuff and all that junk, but nothing suggests that he was banned from a school.

I asked the corporate representative for the school district, who is the spokesman for the school district in their deposition last week, ‘So why was he banned from Woodlawn Beach Middle School in 2011?’

And she goes, ‘Well, I’ll pull the disciplinary file.’

She said, oh, well, you know, we don’t keep the disciplinary file with the personnel file. We take it out and put it in a separate file cabinet and unless you ask for it specifically, we don’t give it.

Mr. Mack pled guilty in 2016. So, I’m asking about 2011 and she was like, oh, let me read the letter. She read the letter – inappropriately, touching students at Woodlawn Beach Middle in 2011. From that school. How can somebody who’s banned from a middle school by the way, be allowed to teach in an elementary school for that matter?

RO: I mean, it is frightening that there is someone with disciplinary action involving inappropriately touching children allowed to move around the system and be able to keep a job and be around children.

JZ: There is no central database for that information, unless the teacher says, oh, by the way, I used to work in this county. If the teacher hadn’t been employed, I’m not smart enough to ask, well, what the heck did you do between this year and this year?

I had no idea there was a 2011 incident!

RO: Yeah, and inside the same school district. The other thing I’ve noticed in other stories that we’ve done is that school districts also can go after that teacher’s license and they, you know, they can take it up a whole other level.

When something like this happens it’s like a bar action or an action against the doctor or any sort of professional, you can register against their teaching certificate and that’s not happening out there.

Joe, thank you so much for coming on the show.

Talk 1370 real news counts.

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Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Florida and Alabama.

If you’ve been the victim of an accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Florida Bar Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website.