"Newsletter – August 2012" table of contents
NEWSLETTER UPDATE – AUGUST, 2012
FROM PHYLLIS F. RESNICK, PRESIDENT
HELLO AGAIN, EVERYBODY!
EULOGY FOR OUR BELOVED TREASURER ESTELLE P. MICHELSON
When my late husband, Edward Resnick, founded Access Now®, among the very first people to respond with enthusiastic and dedicated support were our dear longtime friends, Bernard and Estelle Michelson. Bernie became one of the founding members of our esteemed Board of Directors and Estelle joined the founding members of our highly valued Executive Committee. Subsequently, when another of our dear Executive Committee members, Micky Speijers, who had served for many years as our volunteer Treasurer, could no longer serve in that capacity (although she continues to this day as one of the Directors on our Executive Committee) Estelle stepped in immediately to fill that position. Estelle served in that capacity for quite some time and then, no longer able to do so, remained as one of our valued Executive Committee Directors until her recent death.
Estelle’s support of our work was only one of the many stellar contributions which she made to help make this a better world! She was truly a “Woman of Valor”, possessed of the finest attributes any person could possibly have. A woman of treasured memory, she will be sorely missed by all who knew her, worked with her, played with her and loved her. After a life truly well lived, she has surely earned her rest and may she enjoy it in blessed peace.
Access Now® Attorney Miguel de la O elected to the Florida bench
It is with great pride and joy that I announce the election of long-time Access Now® attorney Miguel de la O as a judge of the Florida Circuit Court. The Circuit Court is the chief trial court in Florida, handling felony criminal cases and the most substantial civil cases. Mr. de la O won his election in April 2012, and he will begin his judicial term in January 2013.
Miguel de la O has served as one of the highly esteemed and valued attorneys working with Access Now from our very beginnings! His brilliance and his dedication have been immeasurable to our cause and our mission and we shall remain eternally grateful to him. Now we are immensely proud and thrilled to see him as a newly elected member of the Circuit Court, where we know that his outstanding talents as an attorney and as a HUMAN BEING will prove to be invaluable as a member of the Judiciary! We wish him great success in this new chapter of his life and we know that those who appear before him will receive the dispensation of the finest jurisprudence possible. Our entire community will be the beneficiary!