The next two articles are about long-time Access Now members who have performed valuable services to our organization over many years. While the articles reflect very different aspects of the human condition, it is important for us to take this opportunity to remember our colleagues who have been such important contributors to the success of our Access Now family.
ANOTHER DEATH IN THE AN FAMILY
It is with deep regret that we announce the recent sudden and untimely death of Richard Londoño. Richard was the founder and principal of ADAAG Consulting Services, an architectural firm with ADA expertise, which worked very closely with Access Now for many years. Richard was a young husband and father and a genuinely empathetic person who extended himself above and beyond for the betterment of the disabled community. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, co-workers and community as well as by those who benefitted from his devotion to his work and by those who will now be beyond his help. However, we are happy to say that his firm continues his work and we are delighted to say that it will be continuing its alliance with Access Now.
. . . And Now, on a Happier Note:
Miguel de la O invested as Judge of Florida Circuit Court
It is with continuing pride and joy that I announce that on February 4, 2013, long-time Access Now attorney Miguel de la O was sworn in 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. Judge de la O won election to the post in April, 2012.
I was privileged and honored to attend the investiture service, which was dignified, magisterial and yet not without some more lighthearted moments. However, among the most moving moments to me personally were when Miguel told the assemblage about Edward and me and Access Now and what all that meant to him, crediting his work with us as representing some of the most important and meaningful legal work he has ever done in many, many ways. I was beyond gratified—I was overwhelmed! It was a glorious event and a glorious day and we wish Miguel a most fulfilling term of service as he goes forward in achieving what we know will be one of the most stellar judgeships ever!