Kayaking the Loxahatchee River By William Barzee

The Loxahatchee River offers one of the best kayaking experiences in Florida. The river’s most popular trail runs for 8 miles from Riverbend Park in Jupiter to Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

If you decide to kayak the entire stretch, you should plan for an all-day affair. The trip takes somewhere between five to six hours, depending on your speed. The route can often be narrow and twisting, with some areas creating an obstacle challenge with floating logs. The overhead canopy showcases the beautiful flora of the area, lining the trail with ferns, air plants, and cypress knees and trees. Along the voyage, there is a small whitewater section, two dams, and alligators, turtles, and birds.

An eight-mile kayaking trip is not the only option on Loxahatchee River; you can choose to do smaller trips for children or beginners. Kayaks and canoes are available for rental. Depending on the time of year, it may be wise to bring a rain poncho in case of rainfall. Most importantly, bring plenty of water and some food.

About the Author: William Barzee lives in Miami, Florida, where he enjoys kayaking.

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William Barzee: What Defines a White Collar Crime?

As Managing Partner of Barzee Flores, William Barzee is a highly respected legal professional holding a specialized interest in complex white collar crimes, both at trial and appellate levels. William Barzee has over a decade of legal experience in civil and criminal litigation.

White collar crimes were defined by Edwin Sutherland in the latter half of the 1930’s, referencing the elevated social status of the typical white collar criminal. Today, white collar crimes are generally accepted as non-violent acts, often resulting in illegal financial benefit. White collar crimes are similar to corporate crimes in that they include several types of fraud. Credit card fraud, bank fraud, and computer fraud are included in the definition, as well as blackmail, bribery, extortion, embezzlement, insider trading, financial scams, money laundering, currency forgery, tax evasion, and some cases of identity theft.

The term white collar crime differentiates these non-violent acts from rape, theft, arson, vandalism, and burglary, which are referred to as “blue-collar crimes.” While white collar crime involves acts of deceit or omission of information, they rarely involve physical violence or destruction. The perpetrators of white collar crime sometimes hold positions of significant power, wealth, or confidence. They may occupy roles with great financial responsibility, and the opportunity to commit white collar crimes may become apparent to them during the course of professional activities.

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National Jurist Magazine Ranks Dean Patricia D. White Legal Education’s Most Influential Woman, By William Barzee

Dean of the University of Miami School of Law, Patricia D. White was recently named the most influential woman in legal education in the United States. National Jurist magazine awarded this title to her based on the results of a poll of her peers that it conducted.

National Jurist’s cover article about Dean White describes her as a “passionate advocate for improving legal education.” At a time when fewer students are applying to law school, Dean White is believed to be encouraging students to enter the legal field and in making positive changes to law school. At the University of Miami, she has spearheaded several programs to accomplish both goals, including Law Without Walls, which focuses on innovation in legal education, and Legal Corps, a fellowship program for graduates of the University of Miami School of Law.

About the Author:

A graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, William Barzee currently serves as Managing Partner at Barzee Flores Law, a criminal defense law firm based in Miami. William Barzee enjoys staying up to date with news from his alma mater.

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Mediation as an Alternative to Trial, By William Barzee

When two parties have a conflict that may result in one filing suit against the other, mediation may represent a way of avoiding trial. Federal courts have mediation programs, which serve to resolve issues without the expense of a trial. Mediators are attorneys with at least five years of experience, who are appointed by the court; often they do not charge for their services.

Mediators must be impartial and may suggest alternatives, clarify issues, assist in negotiating, and provide guidance in reaching a final agreement. They hold the proceedings in confidence, but do not play the role of judge or jury in that they do not provide a decision or rule based on the law.

Mediation can be advantageous for the parties in conflict because it is less expensive than going to trial, allows them to know the other party’s best offer, and allows for a range of solutions to be presented and considered. Often, client satisfaction is higher following mediation than it is after a trial.

About the author: William Barzee is a trial attorney practicing in Miami, Florida.

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William Barzee: Understanding Obstruction-of-Justice Charges (Part Two)

As Managing Partner with Barzee Flores Attorneys At Law in Miami, William Barzee frequently assists clients in defending obstruction-of-justice charges. William Barzee notes that obstruction-of-justice charges vary widely in degree and severity and are particularly common in criminal cases where authorities feel that an individual has tampered with, destroyed, or withheld evidence.

Other proximate causes of obstruction-of-justice charges include making false statements about a crime or trying to influence a witness’s actions. Simply making a misleading statement pertaining to a case can be enough to bring about such a charge, and the same is true in regard to alerting a colleague or friend that a criminal case is imminent.

Charges are also frequently brought against plaintiffs when they refuse to cooperate with prosecuting attorneys in investigations about their affairs. With insufficient evidence at hand to prove the original case, prosecuting attorneys may use the threat of obstruction of justice to pressure the suspect into incriminating himself or herself and facing more serious charges. With expertise in the full range of such situations, William Barzee focuses on providing clients with an aggressive defense that fully protects their rights.

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Camping in Everglades National Park

Located at the tip of Florida, Everglades National Park is a national attraction and the third largest park on the continental United States, expanding across 1.5 million acres. The park draws visitors for many different reasons, including fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking, and camping. Camping is available year-round, though campers are advised that the wet season between June and November can be uncomfortable, with high temperatures and daily thunderstorms. Campers must also be prepared as there are no opportunities to rent or purchase supplies in the park.

There are two types of camping in the park: frontcountry and backcountry. Frontcountry camping enables campers to drive into sites that are equipped for recreational vehicles and tents. Backcountry camping are spread out across the park and are accessible via canoe, kayak, or boat, with few accessible by foot. Backcountry sites require permits.

If you are interested in camping in the Everglades, you should conduct additional research at http://www.nps.gov/ever/.

About the author: William Barzee is a Miami-based attorney who is also active in the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Through the organization, he has taken mentees camping in the Everglades and fishing in the Florida Keys.

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An Overview of Obstruction of Justice

Obstruction of justice is a criminal offense that involves the attempt to interfere with the court. Common scenarios include threatening a judge, destroying evidence, or bribing the jury. Those attempting to obstruct justice may be seeking to prevent communication, influence testimony, delay proceedings, or avoid a sentence or court process.

In order to prevent obstruction of justice, the federal courts mandated a series of criminal statutes that strive to protect the integrity of judicial proceedings. Any conduct that interferes with standard judicial process can be considered an obstruction of justice. One of the most famous instances of obstruction of justice occurred during the Watergate scandal, during which seven of President Nixon’s top aides were convicted of damaging relevant information.

Being accused of obstruction of justice is a serious charge that can lead to fines or jail time as well as a damaged reputation. If you live in the Miami-area and are facing such a charge, consider turning to the skilled team at Barzee Flores, who have years of experience with obstruction of justice charges.

About the author: William Barzee is a Managing Partner and attorney with Barzee Flores, which he helped establish in September 2008.

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