Visiting poet kicks off series at Saint Mary’s

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Poetry Club hosted Austin Segrest, poetry editor of “The Missouri Review” and the club’s first poet of its inaugural poet speaker series Wednesday. Senior Susan Head, a member of the Poetry Club, introduced Segrest, who was chosen to speak in the series under the guidance of English professor Dionne Bremyer, one of Segrest’s friends who has encouraged students in the Saint Mary’s community to attend literary events and bring more speakers to campus. Segrest, born in Birmingham, Alabama, said he studied classics at Emory University. Head said his poetry is influenced by many of the classical poets, such as Ovid and Virgil, and their use and creation of myth. Segrest said he was also influenced by his study of language, his time studying abroad in Rome, his love of music and dance, and his mother, the subject of most of his elegies. “I’m fascinated by the challenge of how we can approximate what music can do in words while still using sound,” Segrest said. “That whole adventure is endlessly fascinating to me.” Segrest said he felt excited to be at Saint Mary’s, detailing how he believes he is “traveling east to west through his life,” a metaphor coined by poet John Donne. “It is really great to be in a place where I can tell there is such a love and care for the written word, and it’s a real honor for my poetry and my writing to be a part of this.  It really means the world,” Segrest said. Segrest said he has used psychoanalysis to revisit his personal and family past and to investigate the roots from which he sprung and the steps he has taken thus far in life. “My mother died when I was first coming into my own as a writer, so it was very influential on me, and it’s no surprise that it’s something I explored a lot in psychoanalysis,” Segrest said.   “There were just a few confluences that came together in my life, like I had just graduated from Emory University, I was working a research job, and actually living with my mother; I had moved in back home and so I think there were a lot of intersections coming together that then came up in the therapy that followed.” Junior Elizabeth Kenney said she enjoyed Segrest’s reading and liked learning his background. “As a writer, I thought it was really interesting to hear about his techniques and the subjects he chooses to use in his writing,” Kenney said. “I liked the rhythm in his poetry and the honesty and how it sounded just like a conversation.  I think he made an impression on many of the students in attendance, because he was so casual about his poetry but it reached very deep and touched on many topics people could relate to. “I thought his use of classical references were breathtaking, and having studied abroad in Rome, also, I liked making these connections and thinking of what the allusions mean for myself and then within his poems.” Founder of the poetry club, junior Claire Bleecker, said she began the club this year in order to learn more about poetry and to expose herself and other students to more types of this art. “We were excited to have Segrest come to Saint Mary’s, because I think it’s so important for young writers to know that becoming a poet is a plausible thing,” Bleecker said. “Poets aren’t just these mythological creatures but very genuine and kind people.” Contact Kelly Konya at kkonya01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

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Austria shuts down country’s last coal-fired power plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Austria’s largest power provider, Verbund, shut down the Mellach district heating plant in the state of Styria on Friday. The shutdown marked the end of coal-fired power generation in Austria because the district heating plant was the last operational coal-fired unit in the country. For 34 years, the power plant produced more than 30 billion kWh of electricity and 20 billion kWh of district heating. In the future, it will be kept ready for back-up, according to Verbund.“The closure of the last coal-fired power plant is a historic step: Austria is finally getting out of coal power supply and is taking another step towards phasing out fossil fuels,” said Austrian Minister for Climate Protection Leonore Gewessler, noting that the government wants to switch to a 100% power supply based on renewable energies by 2030. “This also gives us economic independence: We are currently spending €10 billion on imports of coal, oil and gas.”Verbund will now develop Mellach into an innovation hub. A pilot plant for high-temperature electrolysis and fuel cell operation for hydrogen production has already been set up. Large-scale battery storage systems are also being tested for use as buffer storage, for example in ultrafast charging stations for electro-mobility at the site, Verbund emphasized.According to Austrian PV association Photovoltaic Austria, the country still has “a very intensive road” to travel. “Because Austria still produces a quarter of its electricity from fossil fuels. For a sustainable power supply, natural resources have to be used much more,” Managing Director Vera Immitzer told PV magazine.The country’s installed PV capacity must be increased tenfold over the next 10 years in order to achieve the 100% green electricity target by 2030. According to “Europe Beyond Coal” surveys, 15 European countries have already decided to phase out coal-based electricity generation, and 14 of them want to exit coal by 2030.[Sandra Enkhardt]More: Austria’s last coal power plant shuts down Austria shuts down country’s last coal-fired power plantlast_img read more

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first_imgMy husband and I received the most unusual and intriguing dinner invitation this weekend. We received a text from friends here in town that said we were invited to their annual FRIENDSGIVING dinner on Saturday night. We were told to bring nothing but ourselves, be casual and be there by 7pm.Our friends have three grown / growing girls: one in high school, one in college and the third graduated from college and lives out of town. Apparently, a number of years ago the daughters all agreed that after they had spent Thursday with family, eating turkey and scarfing down pies, they wanted to have a relaxed evening with their friends – relaxing, in fellowship, enjoying one another. And so Friendsgiving began.Rather than rush into Christmas – buying discounted electronics or waiting for huge mall sales to save a few dollars, they spent their post Thanksgiving days together, with the family they chose for themselves – their friends and family, laughing, reminiscing, making new memories by recounting old ones. Sitting at table. Together.This week I heard a wonderful sermon about Advent – and waiting. Not rushing. Not stressing. Not overdoing or overbuying. But waiting.Regardless of your religious views or faith perspective, the next four weeks are special. Fall will turn into winter. The last leaves will drop, open clear skies will be followed by bright stars and cold air. Our bodies will tell us to slow down despite the messages from elsewhere that demand otherwise. SHOP NOW. Buy more. DO MORE. Today. THEY NEED THIS GIFT. Your love depends on these earrings. BUY 3 GET 1 FREE.It has become increasingly difficult to drown out the noise, the dull aching roar we hear during the Holidays but I think we must. We must slow down. We must listen. Celebrate with people we love, laughing, around table, together, quietly choosing to ignore the  outside world, even if just for a night.So I think this weekend has reminded me of something. DONT STRESS. About anything. Not about getting it all bought, wrapped, done, baked. Cut a few corners. Take a few naps. Watch your favorite old movie and create a new tradition – like Thanksgiving, that celebrates the greatest blessing of all. Each other. And when you think about this Holiday Season and cannot recall what gift you gave or received, you will realize it was the gift of time together that meant the most.last_img read more

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Politicians In Brazil Must Have Clean Criminal Records

first_imgBy Dialogo June 23, 2010 Now, it’s law – only those with clean criminal records can pursue a political career in Brazil. One of the greatest bills of popular initiative in Brazilian history became law when it was signed by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on June 4. Six days later, the Brazilian Superior Electoral Court (TSE) ruled it will be applied to this year’s elections. More than 1.6 million Brazilians signed a document in favor of the so-called Ficha Limpa (clean record) bill that was delivered to the National Congress, asking that candidates found guilty of committing electoral violations and crimes involving the use of public funds be prohibited from running for office. The proposal also was supported by three million advocates via the Internet. The text of the Ficha Limpa law changes the Complementary Law 64, which dates to 1990 and is known as the Law of Ineligibilities. The new law determines politicians who are found guilty by a “collegiate” – group of judges – are ineligible to run for public office for eight years. Under the previous law, the candidate was banned for three years. Those found guilty of committing crimes involving narcotics, racism, torture, the violation of human rights, terrorism and the environment also can put their political aspirations on hold. Brazil ranked 75th out of 180 nations in Transparency International’s 2009 Global Corruption Barometer, a year after it placed 80th. A day after the Ficha Limpa law went into effect, protests against officials suspected of criminal activity were launched in 13 cities in the southern state of Paraná. In the state’s capital Curitiba, the movement “O Paraná que queremos” (Paraná we want) engulfed the Boca Maldita area, on Quinze de Novembro street. The protest was against corruption and the recent scandals involving allegations of legislators’ paying fictitious employees and embezzling public money in the Legislative Assembly of Paraná. Representatives of labor unions, student movements, politicians and even fan clubs of soccer teams were among a crowd that police estimated at 2,500 but that event organizers said was about 30,000, according to Gazeta do Povo newspaper. The Ficha Limpa law has a secondary role in the improvement of Brazilian politics, said Wilton Lopes dos Santos, a 57-year-old engineer who participated in the demonstration. “What really works is the involvement of society,” Santos said. “If [society] doesn’t make a demand, politicians will keep on doing whatever they want.” “Ficha Limpa may add [to the fight against corruption], but the law alone doesn’t solve the corruption problem,” said Adriano Matos, president of the National Union of Students. Matos said rampant corruption angers Brazilians. “We can’t stand corruption anymore,” Matos said. “We’re tired.” But even before the bill was approved, several politicians stepped down because of mounting pressure by the public. Jocelito Canto, a deputy of the Brazilian Workers Party (PTB) in Paraná, announced his resignation on Twitter. “Good morning. Historical day in my lifetime,” he tweeted. “Today I announce the end of my political career. Ficha Limpa, mix-ups in the Alep (the Legislative Assembly of Paraná). Enough! I stopped.” Canto is being investigated for his suspected involvement in connection with at least 30 transgressions, including the embezzlement of public funds. Canto denies all accusations but will adhere to the law. “People don’t want criminal records and I respect that,” he said. “Politics happened in my life, and now it’s over.” Canto said he plans to remain part of the Legislative Assembly of Paraná until the end of the year, when he will return to his career as a radio broadcaster. The Movement for Fighting Electoral Corruption (MCCE) created the Ficha Limpa bill, which had been discussed in Congress for the past two years. The bill passed because MCCE developed supporters throughout Congress, enabling it to move on to Lula’s desk, said Jovita José Rosa, one of MCCE’s directors. “During the negotiations, the bill was improved,” Jovita says. “It became better than what it was originally.” The Ficha Limpa law also puts an end to convicted politicians’ filing numerous appeals to prevent them from having to serve their sentences, which is the most integral part of the legislation, said Paraná’s Deputy Florisvaldo Fier of the Workers Party. But João Galdino de Souza, an alderman in Curitiba of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), said the Ficha Limpa doesn’t guarantee improvements. “Some will circumvent the law, find in its loopholes a way to present themselves as candidates even though they have been [found guilty of a crime],” Souza said. But Ficha Limpa isn’t clear on the statute of limitations regarding politicians’ past. Will the law prevent any candidate with a criminal conviction before June 7 from running? Or, will the law take into account only convictions rendered after the bill’s approval? The Superior Electoral Court of Justice has yet to release a decision. “But Justice will interpret the entire spirit of the law to accomplish Ficha Limpa’s goal to clean up Brazilian politics,” political analyst Nelson Rosário de Souza says. After all, the Ficha Limpa has Constitutional roots. “All power emanates from people and it will be exercised on their behalf,” the first paragraph of Brazil’s Federal Constitution states. The law is expected to impact the elections in October, Souza says. “Even if Justice doesn’t perform its role, the trend is that voters will perform theirs,” Souza says. “It’s a complex thing for the population to analyze all the characteristics of a candidate. But if a politician undergoes Ficha Limpa screening, voters’ analysis will become easier.”last_img read more

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Board candidates for 11th Circuit, Seat 3 present their views

first_imgMiami Herald publishes the results of our bar judiciary survey, however, the results are usually buried towards that back of the paper and are not easy to find. The results of our bar judiciary survey should be sent to every registered voter and the public will then follow our lead and listen to our experience in electing and retaining the best judiciary. 5. The Board of Governors is just like any other board of directors for an organization. It sets the policy, the direction that the organization should be heading. It is not a place for the inexperienced to first gain experience. I have extensive experience being a member on numerous boards of directors, both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to becoming an attorney, I was a principal of a local corporation for 14 years. I have an Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Florida with a specialty in automating businesses. I have the experience of already automating companies and my law practice. I know what needs to be done and how to do it. In addition, as a prior senior attorney with the State of Florida Department of Transportation, I conducted eminent domain proceedings in other counties such as Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Broward. I have experienced, as I am sure you have also when you practiced in other parts of the state, numerous additional ways that the practice of law in our circuit could be more fun and profitable. Further, I am personally familiar with the different issues faced by small, medium, and large firm practitioners. I have conducted trials while working in large firms/organization like the State of Florida Department of Transportation and the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office. I also have experience in working for medium-size firms like Kubicki Draper and the City of Miami Attorney’s Office. Presently, I am a solo practitioner specializing in eminent domain, private property rights litigation and transactional real estate and, therefore, also have experience in being in a small firm. Please let me put my knowledge, experience, and ideas to work in assisting you in making your practice of law more fun and profitable. Thank you for considering me to represent you on the Board of Governors. Ervin A. GonzalezI have chosen to run for 11th Circuit Seat Three of The Florida Bar Board of Governors in order to assist in solving many of the problems that we face as attorneys. Due to the constant barrage of negative publicity about attorneys, increasing economic pressures, and the stress-filled lives of lawyers, our image and enjoyment of life have been adversely impacted. We can change this with the help of The Florida Bar. We can bring back honor, prestige, and enjoyment to our profession. The representatives that we elect to the Board of Governors must have practical ideas and beliefs that are consistent with the needs of Florida attorneys. I pledge to be sensitive to the needs of our members and to vote in accordance with what is in the membership’s best interest. Positions and Ideas On IssuesThe following summarizes some of my positions and ideas on issues that concern our membership: • Promote and Protect an Independent Judiciary. The Florida Bar should create a balance of power task force to protect the courts. An independent judiciary is essential to an orderly and free society. The Florida Bar must do everything possible to promote and protect an independent judiciary. It is important to maintain the balance of power by ensuring that neither the executive nor the legislative branch of government usurps the powers of our judiciary. • Promote State of the Art Technology. Attorneys should have access to the latest technological advances and the Bar should provide assistance in offering the “state of the art” technological equipment and services to its members. • Create an Election Supervision Task Force. Fair elections are critical to maintaining democracy. The Florida Bar should appoint a task force to ensure that future elections are not tainted or improperly administered. • Affordable Insurance Benefits. The Bar should provide access to affordable life, health, and disability insurance to its members. These types of insurance benefits are very important to our membership. providing insurance as a group, all Florida Bar members should be able to afford excellent insurance benefits. • Public Relations Campaign. Establish a foundation to fund a public relations campaign. The campaign should improve the image of attorneys in our community and serve to educate the public on the importance of the judiciary. • Create Business and Technological Related Courses. These Florida Bar courses will teach attorneys how to effectively run a business. Many attorneys are excellent lawyers but have no idea how to run a business. The Bar can be a great ally in this respect. • Provide CLE Credits for Pro Bono Services. We should promote voluntary pro bono services by providing continuing legal education credits to attorneys who handle pro bono cases. • Promote Professionalism. The Florida Bar should aggressively seek to raise the standards of civility and professionalism among attorneys. • Diversify Bar Leadership. The Florida Bar must represent the interests of all of its members. We should encourage and appoint minorities to serve in leadership positions within The Florida Bar. • Promote Judicial Election and Selection Awareness. The Bar must take a leadership role in educating the public on electing the most qualified candidates for judicial office. On a merit selection basis, we must take the politics out of the process and ensure that the names of the best qualified candidates are sent to the governor. • Prevent Dues From Increasing. The Bar should eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy and administration while promoting efficiency and effectiveness. doing this we can keep Bar dues down. • Increase Lobbying Efforts. We must lobby the legislature and executive branches of government to promote important issues that affect our profession. BackgroundI am an AV Rated Board Certified Civil and Business Litigation trial attorney who has a passion for the practice and the legal profession. My law firm, Colson, Hicks, Edison et al., has a long-standing history of service to the Bar and I wish to continue that tradition. I have handled all different types of litigation including: commercial litigation; construction litigation; complex products liability; crash-worthiness cases; truck accident cases; dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical device cases; medical malpractice cases; toxic torts; and all different types of serious personal injury cases. I have also handled numerous consumer related class action cases. I have worked in large and small firms. My diverse background should greatly assist me in helping to properly represent the interests of all attorneys in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Other qualifications and experience include: • President of the Dade County Bar Association; • Past President of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association; • Vice-Chair of The Florida Bar Rules of Civil Procedure Committee; • Eagle Patron of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, active member of its CLE Committee, and past member of the Board of Directors; • Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law for the trial skills civil litigation program; • I have written a series of books for The Florida Bar on trial matters that should be published by the end of the year. I have also written a chapter on “Expert Witnesses” that was published by the Lawyers Cooperative, American Inns of Court Civil Procedure Series; • I have written numerous articles on legal issues for the Florida Bar Journal, The American Bar Association’s Litigation Magazine, Dade County Bar Bulletin, Daily Business Review, and other legal publications; and • I am a frequent lecturer for The Florida Bar, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Lorman Educational Series, National Business Institute, the Dade County Bar Association, and other bar associations. It is important that The Florida Bar continue to defend and protect the independence of the judiciary, consumer rights, and the constitutional principles that keep us a free society. If elected as a member of The Florida Board of Governors, I look forward to working with you to meet the many challenges that we encounter in these areas. I also pledge to take the necessary steps to prevent any harm to our profession and to promote needed change through responsible actions. Michael J. HigerPride In Our Profession. At every defining moment in our nation’s history from the Declaration of Independence to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, lawyers have taken a leading role in shaping the direction of our country. At every civic and charitable undertaking and every cause without regard to its popularity, we have always stood up, answered the call and made a difference. While oftentimes we come under attack both from within and from various external sources, I take great pride in the service that I and the many lawyers who make up our legal community have provided and continue to provide to our clients and our community. Objectives. What I look to bring to the Board of Governors is a sense of pride in our noble profession. We have been given a great privilege to be lawyers, counselors, trusted advisors, confidants, fiduciaries, and advocates. For more than 15 years, I have strived in my practice as a zealous advocate for my clients, as well as in my commitments to civic and charitable causes, to embrace the challenge of not only talking the talk but walking the walk in fulfilling my responsibilities and obligations as a lawyer. I will bring that same commitment to the Board of Governors. Challenges. My pride, however, has not blinded me to our blemishes and the many challenges that lie ahead. Multidisciplinary practice and its twin cousin, unlicensed practice of law, are not just ugly sound bites from yesterday’s news but watchwords that pose serious threats to the way in which we practice. These issues still remain at the forefront, and the course we chart today will determine whether we are the dinosaurs of tomorrow. But just as these issues confront our livelihood, the challenges to the independence of our judiciary, the increasing hurdles to equal access to the courts, and any deterioration in our professionalism all tear at the fabric of our judicial system. As the judiciary comes under increased scrutiny, we have the duty and the responsibility to be vigilant, speak up, and fight for the independence of the judiciary. Every year, private interest groups cloaked with good intentions initiate new plans which seek to erode not only an individual’s access to the courts but that individual’s rights once he gains access. We need to be vigilant, speak up and fight for the rights of the individual. Professionalism requires us to heed Judge Peter T. Fay’s 1985 forewarning: “What we must never forget is that we all serve as officers of the court. Failing in this endeavor, we will lose much more than the case at hand.” Brave New World. Just as these issues present challenges for us, the brave new world of technology presents exciting new opportunities. We need look no further than this election in which for the first time you will have the opportunity to vote online for the candidate of your choice. Faxing and overnight courier services cannot match the speed of e-mails and computer-transmitted data. The Internet has opened up access to seemingly unlimited information and eased communication. Online continuing legal education gives lawyers increased flexibility. With a modem, a floppy disk, and a mouse, there are no limits to where, when, and how a lawyer can practice. The future is not tomorrow but is today. Background and Experience. As an AV rated lawyer who has practiced in a large, downtown firm, a medium-sized boutique, and a small firm in the suburbs, the highlights of my background and experience are: • University of Miami School of Law, 1985 cum laude Board candidates for 11th Circuit, Seat 3 present their views This race is to fill the one year left on President-elect Designate Tod Aronovitz’ term. Two other candidates — Edward M Joffe and Robert D. Peltz — also have filed for the seat and their platform statements appeared in the February 15 News and also appear on the Bar’s website at Members should soon be receiving their ballots and if a runoff is necessary in the race, those ballots will be mailed March 30. Thomas H. Buscaglia In our professional lives we take little time to examine or evaluate what we think is important to us as lawyers, not only as individuals but as a profession. My decision to run for the open seat of the Bar Board of Governors became an excellent opportunity for me to examine what being a lawyer means to me and what I would like to see our Bar focus on. The best part is that in the process, I get to share my vision with you. So, here are some thoughts about our profession and the Bar, followed by a little bit about me. The Lawyers’ RoleLawyers serve. This means more than being part of a service industry. We serve the interests of our clients and, as officers of the court, the judicial system. Our fiduciary duty to our clients should be more than merely a line of conduct we do not cross for fear of financial exposure. It should be the standard by which we measure every client-related decision we make. The financial rewards of law practice can be great, but are not the true measure of our success as attorneys. Unless we hold dear the best interests of each of our clients above our own, we risk becoming parasites on those we represent, rather than their champions. Public PerceptionPeople have a low opinion of lawyers. In large part, this is a result of bad experiences with lawyers. We do not need better public relations. We need better behavior and adherence to professional standards. Customer service specialists say that when someone has a good experience they tell about five people. When they have a bad experience they tell 11 people. But if they have a bad experience and then the service provider addresses the problem and corrects it for them, they tell 22 people! Simply put, if we want to change the public’s opinion of who we are, we need to do it one person at a time. We need to stop complaining about our poor perception in the public eye and accept responsibility for changing the way we do business. The JudiciaryI have heard a lot about the importance of an independent judiciary. I agree. But, the integrity of the judiciary is also important. Just as with the public perception of attorneys, much of the public’s present distrust of the judiciary is well deserved. We in the profession may understand the close working relationship between lawyers and judges. But to the lay person it is easily misconstrued as something more insidious. We must stand in constant vigilance against even the slightest perception of bias on the bench. I will work to help the Bar develop and implement programs to eradicate cronyism in judicial appointments such as receivers and guardians to further safeguard the integrity of the bench. The BarAs we serve the public, so the Bar serves us, its members. Changes in our world dictate changes in the services the Bar provides. The most profound changes in society in the past few years have been the technology explosion and the Internet. Increasing levels of stress from constant accessibility and the pressures of modern life take their toll. The Bar is a strong support system for all of its members and constantly seeks better and better ways to deliver services to its members. Increasing awareness among its members of the many available Bar resources should be a priority. Who Am I?Like you, I am an lawyer. I have a two-attorney firm in downtown Miami. My practice focuses on litigation and business counseling. My primary practice areas are employment discrimination and Internet/technology law. My clients are mostly individuals and small to mid-sized companies. I graduated, cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1985 at the age of 37. Prior to law school I was in business and, as a result, have seen both sides on the attorney/client relationship. I live in Coconut Grove and am married with two teenaged children, one attending Auburn University and the other at Coral Gables High School. I began my professional career with the law firm of Shutts & Bowen. After a few years I moved to the litigation boutique of Stephen E. Nagin and Associates. Shortly thereafter I opened my own firm. I spent 10 years as a federal Criminal Justice Act volunteer attorney representing indigent clients in federal court and gaining invaluable trial experience. Though I no longer practice criminal law, I still litigate the majority of my cases in federal court. I am admitted to the bars of the United States District Courts for the Southern District and the Middle District, the Third and 11th U. S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. I am a member of the Dade County Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. I have presented seminars to attorneys on the Internet, on marketing law firms on the Internet, and on the uses of technology to enhance law practice. I wrote a series of articles for the Direct Marketing Association regarding marketing on the Internet. I am a past president of the Bay Heights Homeowner Association and of UNICO National Miami Chapter, as well as having served two terms as a deacon at Plymouth Congregational Church in the Grove. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you. You can find out more about me at my web site or if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 305-324-6000. Jeff P. CynamonIf you agree with the following, then please consider voting for me to represent you on the Board of Governors: 1. Work is something that you enjoy doing and you get paid for doing it. Therefore, for an attorney the practice of law should be fun and profitable. 2. The Clerk of the Court, courts and court dockets, and the legal community should all be electronically interconnected. Pleadings and all other documents should be able to be filed by e-mail, with any exhibits attached to the e-mail as an attachment, as well as by fax. We should be able to confirm dockets and attend calendar call electronically. Our time is too scarce and valuable to waste unnecessarily. utilizing our time more efficiently and productively, our practice of law will be more profitable. 3. We already have more law schools than any other circuit in the state. When supply exceeds demand, either prices and profit margins drop or the quality of work drops. When either of these occur, the practice of law becomes less fun and profitable. The board should immediately address why our tax dollars are being spent to build another law school in our circuit. 4. Being before an excellent judge is fun and when she/he makes the proper ruling it is usually also profitable for us and our client. As reflected in the results of our bar judiciary survey, we are fortunate to have some excellent judges in our circuit. As lawyers, we are the only ones who are before our judges daily and the results of our bar judiciary survey are the best means we have to inform the public. It is nice that The Board candidates for 11th Circuit, Seat 3 present their views March 1, 2001 Regular News • Executive Editor, University of Miami Law Review • Mintz, Truppman, Clein & Higer, P.A. • Coll Davidson Carter Smith Salter & Barkett, P.A. (1987-97) • Fine Jacobson Schwartz Nash Block & England, P.A. (1985-87) • Executive Board, Law School Alumni Association (1999-2000) • Director, Dade County Trial Lawyer’s Association • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation • The Florida Bar • Executive Council, Business Law Section • Business Litigation Committee (Chair, 1997) • Co-Chair, Special Committee on Business Courts • Editor, Intellectual Property Newsletter • Advisory Committee on Rules & Procedures, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida • Vice President, Patent Law Association of South Florida • Executive Committee, Commerce & Professions Division, Greater Miami Jewish Federation • Agency Relations Committee, United Way (1995-97) • Trustee Representative, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (1995-96)last_img read more

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Term limits on most Bar committees kick in

first_img 10* 9 9 7 3 34 2002 Members Affected by Term Limits 37 Code & Rules of Evidence 9 1 CLE Tax Certification 45 6 BLSE City, County & Local Government Certification 9 Student Ed. & Admissions to Bar 17 24 21 14 61 Traffic Court Rules 4 4 17 39 Judicial Nominating Procedures Federal Court Practice 14 Prepaid Legal Services 14 16 15 1 51 17 9 5 3 4 4 4 21 Quality of Life/ Stress Management 44 58 Wills, Trusts & Estates Certification 8 5 11 Total Current Members Criminal Procedure Rules 9 46 Judicial Evaluation 2 Long Range Planning 23 2 34 11 53 9 10 9 4 46 45 3 Criminal Law Certification Workers’ Compensation Rules 71 Appellate Court Rules 16 38 18 6 2 2 Family Law Rulescenter_img 44 51 16 3 Clients’ Security Fund 40 21 25 10 3 Term limits on most Bar committees kick in Senior Editor A policy adopted six years ago setting term limits on all but substantive law Bar committees will go into effect next year as scheduled. The Board of Governors rejected a motion to delay Standing Board Policy 5.20(c) for a year while its impact is studied. That left standing the recommendation of the Program Evaluation Committee that no change be made in the term limit policy, which limits service to six consecutive years. The policy was adopted almost six years ago, and all existing committee members were grandfathered in. The action came at the board’s October 19 meeting and after representatives from four rules committees asked for a postponement or exemption from the policy. Those committee representatives said their panels faced a damaging loss of experience and talent if the policy was enforced. “We should wait a year and see if any of the problems develop, and give the policy as passed an opportunity to work,” said PEC Chair Michele Cummings. Board member Mike Kranz, referring to the rules committee members who spoke, made a motion to postpone enforcing the policy for a year. “These are the people in the trenches, these are the people doing all of the work,” he said. “They know how valuable it is to keep people on for more than six years.” Board member Dude Phelan agreed. “This is one that’s really important to people who give of their time and effort to serve the Bar,” he said. “It seems to me putting this off a year costs us very little and gives us a chance to craft a solution more acceptable to everyone.” But other board members disagreed and said they were reluctant to second-guess what the board did six years ago under then-President John DeVault. Board member Mike Glazer said many see the Bar still as a “good ol’ boy” network where it’s hard for outsiders to get involved. “There are a lot of very, very talented people out there who are not getting an opportunity to serve on these committees,” he said. “It’s particularly important that we have term limits,” said YLD President Liz Rice. “It helps committees get newer and younger blood. The committees have had five years to get new people on [to minimize the impact of term limits].” President-elect Tod Aronovitz, who will make the committee appointments early next year, said he’s ready to enforce the term limit policy. “There was a six-year window,” he said. “The time has come for us to comply with that policy,and unless this board votes otherwise, I’m going to send out the letters advising those affected members.” Those Bar members will also be encouraged to seek service on other committees of their choice. He said those who are term-limited would still be able to attend the meetings and participate as observers, space permitting. The board rejected Kranz’s motion by voice vote. Earlier in the meeting, the board heard from four rules committee chairs or vice chairs who said the policy will adversely affect their panels. Joel Silvershein, Juvenile Court Rules Committee chair, said with term limits the committee will lose all its subcommittee chairs and many other senior members. “Juvenile law is an area which is a very narrow area,” he said. “We have been in a consistent emergency situation for the past 15 years. That is not going to change.. . . This is a hardworking committee, this is a committee that needs the institutional knowledge these people have.” Judy Hodor, vice chair of the Family Law Rules Committee, agreed. “What we do in the Family Law Rules Committee would be devastated with the term limits,” she said. In the next couple of years, “it would affect over half the members of our committee, many who have been involved since the inception in 1992.” Fifth District Court of Appeal Judge Winifred Sharp, chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee, said her group would also lose more than half its members in the next two years, including all its subcommittee chairs. “The reason we’ve been able to work so well is we’ve had people on long-term,” she said. “Six years isn’t enough, and I think if you do this with the rules committees, you will have a rules committee that will not function nearly as well as it has in the past.” Sharp said the committee is averaging about 10 new members each year “and that’s the way it ought to be.” Michael Udell, vice chair of the Traffic Court Rules Committee, said that panel has a narrow, specialized focus and needs experienced people to serve. Under the term limit policy, committee members who have served for six continuous years must wait three years before seeking another appointment to that committee. Committees affected by the term limit policy in 2002 20 8 Real Estate Certification 4 7 17 22 4 Health Law Certification 28 16 Term limits on most Bar committees kick in 14 45 Rules of Judicial Administration 26 2 3 6 22 43 23 Law Related Education Family Law Certification 4 1 Professional Ethics 3 15 3 2 15 Small Claims Rules 34 Florida Probate Rules 16 Florida Bar Journal & News 42 22 Civil Procedure Rules 9 9 Members in 2002 Term Juvenile Court Rules 26 Military Affairs 12 50 Aviation Law Certification Appellate Practice Certification 9 December 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News 4 4 Judicial Administration, Selection & Tenure 7 6 Commission on Professionalism 35 Consumer Protection Law 10 3 10 39 3 Workers’ Compensation Certification 9 Name of Committee Fee Arbitration * excludes representative members which are one-year termslast_img read more

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Five ways to get the most out of an online learning event

first_imgChoose how you interact with vendors. For the introverts in the crowd, online exhibitor halls allow you to go in, unseen if you wish, and read up on sponsor information on your own. Or, you can go in during times the online booths are staffed and connect with a company rep. I hope you find some of these tips useful as you attend online learning, perhaps at the November and December events CUES is offering. They both feature flat-rate pricing, allowing you to register as many staff as possible for one price. I’d love it if you’d email me with what works well for you. Approach your online learning with the right frame of mind. Continuing my previous thought, make sure you approach online learning with the idea of learning—not comparing it to in-person learning. As credit unions amply demonstrated this spring, for the most part you don’t need to be in a certain building to do your job. Similarly, you don’t have to drink hotel coffee, lug your tote bag of branded swag, or sit right in front of the presenter to learn important and useful things.  A big bonus of attending an online learning event is that you don’t have to get on a plane, travel across the country and be away from your family. Instead, you can learn—a lot—and then head back to the living room to help your kids with math homework.I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about online learning events and the ways attendees can get the most out of them. Here are some of my takeaways: Make sure the language you’re using to describe your online learning gives full credit for its potential. The learning is “online”; it’s “digital”; but it’s not virtual, in the sense that it’s not a replacement for in-person learning. It’s just another way to learn and network. So, give your program of choice the linguistic respect it deserves! It’s still education whether you’re in a hotel ballroom, in your home office or on your couch. Look to learn from people you might not have previously been able to connect with. Echoing the idea that online learning is so cost effective and can make it possible for more people to be included, look to learn from people you haven’t met before, from parts of a credit union that are new to you. If you’re in marketing, you might be able to connect with staffers knowledgeable about IT or vice versa. If the event host offers an attendee list, be sure to leverage that as a networking tool. 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sara Dyer Sara Dyer is director of executive education and meetings for CUES. In her role, she is responsible for the research, planning and execution of CUES’ conferences, seminars, and meetings. Previously, … Web: Detailscenter_img This is placeholder text This post is currently collecting data… Choose how you network with presenters and other attendees. One thing I’ve learned is that networking might look more like “engagement” during an online event. While you might wait until after the session to go up and ask the presenter a question in person, during online learning you might add a question to the chat instead. The cool part is that other attendees will likely be right there chatting with you! Also, be sure to look to see if the program offers online networking sessions with the speaker and other attendees outside of the main sessions. Without the cost of travel and lodging, your credit union can send more attendees to online learning. So, consider forming a group from your organization that’s prepared to discuss the presentations and chatted discussions—that can be done synchronously or later on after you have time to think it over. This can be a great way to make sure the learning sticks.last_img read more

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11 Questions With Adam Duritz of Counting Crows

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Kate NalepinskiCounting Crows, the indie-rock band from the San Francisco Bay area, most notable for their hits, “Mr. Jones” and “Accidentally in Love,” are still going strong after 25 years. Before their upcoming performance at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Sunday, July 31, the Press spoke with Adam Duritz, the Counting Crows frontman. He talked about his deep love of music radio, “making it” in the music scene, tiny cardigans, Van Gogh and the hipster agenda.Long Island Press: A major part of your band is the fan culture that follows you. They’re so interested in exchanging live recordings with other fans that you made it a key element on your website. Why is this so important to fans?Adam Duritz: Because they’re exchanging them, it’s clearly important to them. Also, around the corner from where I’m sitting, there’s an entire wall of bootlegs that I have from other bands. If you love music, you can buy a band’s record. But there’s only so many of them, and once you got those, there’s nothing left. But my recordings are out there, and if you’re a band, your mission is to find more of those. I know how much I love that stuff, so I assume our fans do, too. I have an entire wall of other bands’ live recordings. And that stuff can’t harm you. If you’re good live, I think it’s a good advertisement for a live show.LIP: You guys are most notable for your improvisation during your concerts. Each show varies. Do you think this furthers your appreciation of what you do?AD: Yeah, and I also think it stops us from hating it. If you’re going to do something for 25 years, several hundred times, you wouldn’t want to do it the exact same way or you’ll hate it. And I don’t want to start to hate my songs because I really love them. But if they were all wrapped up in some obligatory package, where I had to play the same songs every night…There’s just no way I would love it. And I realized that early on. On the very first tour, I thought to myself, ‘I want to do this forever, but I know there’s no way I’m going to want to do it the exact same way forever.’ And then we started changing things up every time, from the beginning… I mean, you don’t ever come to a Counting Crows show where we’re phoning it in because we’re bored and we don’t want to play those songs that night. The truth is, if we don’t want to play those songs that night, we won’t play them. Since we’re doing exactly what we want to do, we’re totally into it every night.LIP: What do you remember about the last time you played on Long Island?AD: I think it was just last year. We played at The Paramount in Huntington, so it was recent. I don’t remember a great deal, but I’ll tell you what I do remember: Three or four years ago when we were at The Paramount, Mean Creek was opening for us, and we found a small sweater backstage. It was this small girl’s cardigan. And at first I thought it was Aurora’s, [Mean Creek’s guitarist] so I brought it to her, but it wasn’t hers. Then Sam, our drum exec, claimed it was his. He took his shirt off and he put on this tiny girl’s cardigan and pranced around the back of the stage. Every time I’m in The Paramount, I get this horrible memory of Sam, this bulky guy with a huge beard, in a little girl’s cardigan.LIP: You are credited with writing all the lyrics to the tracks on Somewhere Under Wonderland, your most recent album, which was released in 2014. Where do you find your inspiration?AD: Somewhere in my head. [He laughs.] It’s just all about how I feel. All true stories, in that it’s how I feel, but it’s not like they’re diary excerpts about exactly what happened. They’re often some combination of something that happened with what I’m feeling… None of the stuff on this album is stuff that actually happened. It’s more fiction based around real feelings.LIP: Has being from the San Francisco Bay area influenced your sound? Do you think it contributes to your improvisation?AD: Oh, I don’t know that anyone else was doing it. I guess the Grateful Dead were, but this is a different thing. Maybe the most important part, actually… When I was a kid growing up in the Bay area—and I know if you ask some other guys in the band from that area it’s the same story, this is something we all shared, whether we knew it at the time or not—there was a radio station called KSAM. It was the original, free-form, FM radio station. They played the [Rolling] Stones, followed by the Sex Pistols, P-Funk [Parliament-Fundadelic], followed by Miles Davis, followed by Elvis Costello, George Jones. They played every kind of music imaginable. So, for me, I grew up thinking rock and roll was just rock and roll. Music was just music. There wasn’t punk, alternative, classic rock, modern rock, jazz…It was just music. It broke my heart when I found out that there wasn’t anything like KSAM anymore… We grew up listening to music…just music. It was never “right” or “wrong” or “bad” or “cool.” Just music. I think that had an effect on a lot of the things we play.LIP: Do you feel like this generation is different because they label themselves with certain genres to keep up or be hip?AD: Ever since the days of Lester Bangs—a great writer about music—he loved music, but he also hated some music. And as much as he’d write a story about how he loved Van Morrison, he would write a story destroying James Taylor. While he was very knowledgeable about music, a lot of today’s music journalism has become about what sucks… Musicians really aren’t that way at all. Musicians just tend to like music. But a big part of fandoms and journalism, to me, is the idea of what is cool and uncool. After a while, if you’re all just wearing flannel and Doc Martens, you’re not Kurt Cobain! It doesn’t make you cool ’cause you’re dressing like that. And I saw Nirvana live. They’re fucking amazing, but it used to blow my mind that writers would talk about the latest fucking guy in flannel and Docs being cool, when he’s completely copying someone else’s thing! It’s repetitive. I guess a big part of journalism is making everyone cool. I mean, now we’re in that “reversed” part… Now, hipsters are uncool, and we call someone a hipster when they’re a dip-shit… By the way, there’s no quicker way of doing something than to have everyone doing it.LIP: Are there any misperceptions about Counting Crows that you’d like to clear up?AD: No! I’m sure there are millions of misperceptions, but I just don’t care. Whatever. It doesn’t matter. I’m sure people think we suck, which isn’t true since we’re amazing, but whatever. The records are all there. If you really want to figure something out about us, listen to our records. A bunch of the misperceptions is just people who listen to other people who tell them something and they believe it. I mean, if you listen to someone else that easily, you certainly aren’t going to be convinced by me. Nor am I interested in convincing you. People are going to say stuff about you—they’re going to say things about you—things that just aren’t you. They’re going to make something up because they don’t know you. But that’s life. There’s nothing you can do. It’s just part of being famous.LIP: Is ignoring what other people say the best way of staying true to yourself? Or are you going to change naturally because of fame’s influence?AD: Neither. I’m very interested in reading criticism of us. That doesn’t mean I think they’re right. It’s actually rewarding for someone to put so much thought into your art—I appreciate that. But by the time you’re reading about someone critiquing your work, that work is done, so it can’t affect it. To me, we’ve always done what we wanted to do… We’ve never worried about avoiding failures; we just do the things we love. Just go do the things you love… I think no one actually knows how to be successful. If you got yourself here just by doing what interests you, you should continue like that. I mean, if you listen to someone tell you how to be successful, it’s always what they did last time. Truth is, nothing is ever going to be successful in art. You should always just do the art for yourself… Van Gogh didn’t sell an entire painting in his entire lifetime. And his paintings are more expensive now than [almost] anyone else’s! So, at some point, he could have decided not to [paint]—go make shoes or something. But no one knows how to be successful, or what will [succeed in art]. It’s hard to see it as anything other than luck.LIP: Do you feel like you’ve “made it”? AD: The moment you do something you like. I don’t know what making it would even be. There’s a level we’re at that’s rare. There are plenty of bands that are more successful than us—Bob Dylan, The Stones, REM—but I’m not sure any of that has to do with making it. Take Alex Shulton—who’s a star now—but at the time, he was in a failed indie band. Did he make it? I don’t know what making it is. I mean, Van Gogh, like I said. That makes him the biggest failed indie band ever! Very early on in our career we played the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies. I think we’re the only unknown band ever to play there. We played for Van Morrison because he didn’t want to come. So I started my career at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame instead of ending it there, which is what you usually do. At the time, I was like, ‘Oh, this is what we’re destined for later!’ Now, I know we’re not going to get there, and I don’t care. First of all, we were all right there. [Laughs.] Second of all, I’m not sure the people who make those decisions, I don’t know if their opinions are important to me. I’m not sure anyone’s is, except for mine, or my friends, or my peers. I don’t know what “making it” is, but I think we made it.LIP: Why did you choose to go down the music path?AD: My mom hated this answer, but another reporter asked me once what I would be if I wasn’t in a band, and I said unemployed. I am a musician. When I was a kid, I didn’t know what I was wanted to do. When I was 18, I cut class one day and wrote a song. And every day after that, I sat at a piano and wrote a song. The moment I wrote that first song, it was like I mutated into something different. Like, I was a songwriter. Before that, I was a kid who didn’t know who I was. And I’ve always been a songwriter since. And it had been a while since I had any monetary success with that. But before any of my friends knew what I wanted to be in life, I knew I was a songwriter. I was ahead of them there, and then I kind of fell behind them when they all got jobs…But I leaped ahead when I became a rock star. Then I fell behind when they had kids and families. But, anyway, from that moment on, I knew I was a songwriter… I just do it because it’s who I am.LIP: Do you ever think about what your life would be like if you weren’t involved in music?AD: Yeah. Part of the fallout of having the success that I do have means there are other areas in my life that I left unattended. Relationships, families, those were things I didn’t have. Maybe I would have moved toward that earlier if it was a priority. But then, maybe I wouldn’t have done this. I think most about the relationships I would have had if I had forced myself to prioritize back then, more than in terms of jobs. 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Giuliani Is Said to Seek $20,000 a Day Payment for Trump Legal Work

first_imgSince Mr. Giuliani took over management of the legal effort, Mr. Trump has suffered a series of defeats in court and lawyers handling some of the remaining cases have dropped out.A $20,000-a-day rate would have made Mr. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who has been Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer for several years, among the most highly compensated attorneys anywhere. Rudolph W. Giuliani, who has helped oversee a string of failed court challenges to President Trump’s defeat in the election, asked the president’s campaign to pay him $20,000 a day for his legal work, multiple people briefed on the matter said.The request stirred opposition from some of Mr. Trump’s aides and advisers, who appear to have ruled out paying that much, and it is unclear how much Mr. Giuliani will ultimately be compensated.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Strengthening the national brand, encouraging pre- and post-season traffic and higher tourist spending – the focus of the CNTB in 2020

first_imgThe 57th session of the Tourist Board of the Croatian National Tourist Board was held today at the Ministry of Tourism, where the members of the Council were presented with the proposal of the annual work program and financial plan of the Croatian National Tourist Board for 2020 and the activity plan of the CNTB. The presented proposal of the CNTB’s annual work program and financial plan presents an evaluation of Croatia’s further perspectives on the world and European tourism market, highlighting three key strategic investment verticals: strengthening the national brand, encouraging pre- and post-season traffic te higher tourist spending. “Funds will be allocated from the Fund for United Tourist Boards and the Fund for Underdeveloped Areas and Continents in accordance with defined conditions and criteria for activities determined by our Ordinance, and the decision on project selection and the amount of support will be made by the CNTB Tourist Board. I believe that with the entry into force of the new laws in 2020, tourist destinations will see the potential of association through the allocation of additional funding for associated tourist communities, which should result in numerous synergies not only in the quality of market performance of the entire tourist area. much-needed cost efficiency in the field of project promotion and implementation. One of the biggest emphases of the new system is placed on encouraging the association of destinations that by joint action have the possibility of much better market positioning and development of projects that will stimulate the overall economic development.” pointed out Gari Cappelli, Minister of Tourism and President of the Croatian National Tourist Board. In addition to the new legal provisions that will come into force on 1 January 2020, and which concern tourist boards and their new tasks, public tenders for joint tourist boards and for underdeveloped tourist areas and the continent are also planned.  Topics that will be in focus for the Korean market in 2020 are: branding Croatia as a gastro destination, medieval festivals, health, environmental, congress and cultural tourism with special emphasis on the promotion of the event Rijeka – European Capital of Culture.center_img Considering that fairs are an extremely important part of marketing activities of most types of business, from the largest multinational hotel companies to small family companies, the CNTB’s annual work program for 2020 plans to participate in 17 fairs – 13 general tourism fairs and 4 specialized fairs, of which at 2 camping fairs and 2 nautical fairs. With the aim of raising the level of quality and promotion in the most represented form of accommodation tourist offer in the Republic of Croatia, in 2020 CNTB together with regional tourist boards will launch a project of branding and labeling of private accommodation for better positioning on the market. “We have an excellent response from the system of tourist boards to the Public Call for Expressions of Interest for the implementation of strategic promotional campaigns in emitting markets in 2020, which we announced in August this year and through which the Tourist Council approved funding for key promotional campaigns and cooperation with partners. mostly to airlines. Also, in cooperation with the tourist boards of the counties, we have successfully implemented a public call for joint advertising in public and private sector campaigns in 2020, and through these two programs approved almost 60 million kuna for the implementation of registered projects and cooperation”, Said the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding that agencies for the implementation of marketing and PR activities in emitting markets have been selected, as well as the text of the Public Invitation for TOP events. As part of the proposal of the annual work program, for the first time, the key activities of the CNTB office in Korea were elaborated. Thus, as part of the program for the Korean market for next year, it is planned to appear at the fairs Seoul International Tourism Industry Fair in June and Busan International Travel Fair in September 2020. last_img read more

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