Drunken and violent behaviour has caused Clare College, Cambridge, to officially complain to Oriel College, and call for an end to their exchange program.Oriel students on exchange at their sister college have been accused of various actions, which included, “excessive drunkenness before hall, excessive drunkenness during hall, shouts and insults directed at Clare fellows during grace and the meal, damage to Clare property including urination on staircases”.There was also an accusation that a Fellow had been physically assaulted, but this has not been confirmed.Last Sunday’s Oriel JCR meeting was dedicated almost entirely to discussion of the accusations, as members claimed that the level of misbehaviour was “exaggerated” by Clare, an opinion noted by the Oriel Dean, who was present at the meeting.Those present on the exchange disputed every accusation except the rowdiness in hall. There were further claims that the damage was “just as, if not more, likely to have been caused by Clare students”, who had been “just as badly behaved during proceedings.”This was contrary to perceived implications within the letter of complaint that Clare students took no part in the misbehaviour whatsoever. Some members of Oriel suggested that while an apology “was necessary”, Clare’s failure to take their share of the blame meant they wouldn’t want to resurrect the exchange program anyway.However, it was agreed that a letter of apology should be sent to Clare College.The first draft of this apologises for the students on exchange who “took their behaviour a little too far”, and were “perhaps a little immature.”Explanations for this behaviour were that “the visit was highly oversubscribed… those who managed to go turned up in very high spirits… In respect to the issues with the wine, we unfortunately brought too much, being told by our vice president to provide wine for us and one Clare student for the meal.”However, they maintained that “the behaviour of both us and our Cambridge compatriots during the dinner was boisterous”, and whilst taking the accusations “extremely seriously”, made no admittance of damage to property or assaulting a fellow.The Oriel College Dean had threatened to “inflict a punishment on the whole of the JCR” if those responsible do not “come forward and take responsibility.”A JCR vote unanimously opposed any such punishment at the meeting. The Dean has since backed down, conceding that “the College will not be punishing the JCR collectively”, adding “your points [in the JCR meeting] were well considered and taken on board.”In relation to the accusations against Clare, JCR members had cited the fact that only 40 people went on the exchange, and that the exchange was not organised with JCR control.However, the Dean continued to press for “a preemptive gift to the hall staff at Clare”, to be paid for and organized by students who were on the exchange.There were fears of such collective punishments as a precedent has already been set in Oriel. Last year the JCR was fined for the overriding focus on club-nights in fresher’s week events, whilst the college bar has previously been closed following damage at a bop.
The Chancellor of Oxford University, Lord Christopher Patten, has been tipped for a prestigious position in the BBC.Patten, 66, has been named in reports as the favourite to be appointed BBC Trust Chairman. His name is currently waiting for approval from David Cameron, but according to insiders, the Prime Minister’s consent is expected to be a formality.Patten was nominated for the position by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. In his pitch, he made it clear that he wanted the job as a final act in politics and public life.The University Press Office said, “the Chancellor is usually an eminent public figure elected for life and serves as the titular head of the University, presiding over all major ceremonies.”Lord Patten was a Conservative Member of Parliament for Bath between 1979 and 1992. From 1989 he held a position in the Cabinet.His current position at Oxford is part time, and until 2009 he also combined the role with the Chancellorship of Newcastle University.The BBC role, also part time, currently has a salary of £142,800 a year.The Trust Chairman is head of 12 Trustees, who represent the public who pay for the BBC. On the BBC website it is stated that “the Trust makes sure the BBC is run in the public interest and in the interests of licence fee payers.”All Trustees, including the Chairman, are appointed by the Queen on advice from Ministers after an open selection process.Other candidates for the position were Dame Patricia Hodgson, the principal of Newnham College, Cambridge; Richard Hooper, a former chairman of the Radio Authority; investment banker Anthony Fry; and Sir Richard Lambert, former Director General of the CBI and a previous editor of the Financial Times.It has been reported that Lambert was Patten’s main rival.
“The Brexit result clearly had a lot to do with a fundamental absence of leadership. But it was also about opposition to evidence, and an information barrier among large parts of the public,” he said.“As academics we have to think: what happened to the values of the Enlightenment and the insights from the scientific revolution? What the hell did we do wrong?”Stressing the need for practical solutions, Graham added: “The results of their efforts have got to have value. I don’t necessarily mean monetary value, but value for society. They can be idealistic, but they also have to be pinned into reality – ideally something that could be implemented in one form or another.“What we want are outcomes that will excite people and be useful, whether to an MP or the European parliament or an NGO or business. It could be all sorts of things, but it has to interest someone and give them a solution that they can bring about.”The Europaeum was created in 1992 by Lord Weidenfeld, Sir Ronald Grierson, and Lord Roy Jenkins, the chancellor of Oxford at the time. It aims to strengthen pan-European ties across university networks by bringing together talented young people who could shape the future of the continent. It is made up of twelve universities, of which St Andrews is the only other UK university.Lord Patten, chancellor of Oxford, was appointed Europaeum’s new Chair of Trustees in October. Speaking at Balliol to announce the new programme in September, he said: “Does anyone doubt that Europe faces huge difficulties? Does anyone doubt that the future of Europe must lie with the young? Does anyone doubt that the UK will be a better and more stimulating place if it continues to be fully contributing to, and engaging with, the intellectual mainstream of Europe rather than retreating into English Nationalism? “My predecessor as chancellor, Roy Jenkins, was proud to have initiated the Europaeum and I am equally proud to be part of these new initiatives.”The programme comes after a series of initiatives by the University to maintain its European links post-Brexit. Louise Richardson, vice-chancellor of Oxford, announced last month a new partnership with four Berlin universities which will facilitate increased collaboration. Oxford University this week hosts the first classes for a new European network of future leaders tasked with solving the continent’s social problems. The initiative, formed in response to Brexit, aims to bring diverse young minds together to address issues such as growing nationalism and youth unemployment.Oxford is one of thirteen elite European institutions taking part in the programme run by the Europaeum, an organisation which aims to strengthen pan-European ties across university networks.It has awarded thirty postgraduate researchers with a scholarship of around €10,000, which will cover their travel, tuition, and accommodation for the various seminars.The first cohort – which includes four graduates from Oxford – arrived at Balliol College yesterday for the first week-long module. Seven more events will be held over the next two years in cities across Europe, including Leiden, Geneva and Prague.Dr Andrew Graham, former Master of Balliol, who conceived the idea for the programme, said that though it was triggered by Britain voting to leave the European Union, the continent currently faces a wide set of social troubles which go far beyond Brexit.“Brexit was absolutely part of it but universities in Helsinki and Madrid and Prague and elsewhere face issues that are just as intractable. There’s the rise of the far right in Germany, the disputes in Catalonia, the tension around migration, and high rates of youth unemployment in places like Greece and Portugal,” Graham said.“These are European problems, not just EU or eurozone problems alone. But it was Brexit that made me think it was time for something fresh.”Graham believes programmes like these could help young academics have a practical impact on the rest of society, something which he thinks has been lacking recently.
We hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?HERE IS WHATS ON OUR MIND TODAY?In the private sector when a person is accused of illegally taking funds from an existing business to pay personal debts, your arrested for misappropriation of funds.In Evansville when a person is working at a non-profit business and is accused of illegally taking funds from an existing non-profit business to pay personal debts you’re let go and the former employer wishes you well.WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Are you disappointed that only 11% of registered voted in Vanderburgh County showed up to vote in Tuesday primary election?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”. You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] LinkEmail
When University President Fr. John Jenkins announced the campus-wide Advancing Our Vision initiative in February 2011, he challenged the Strategic Funding Committee (SFC) to identify internal changes that could generate about $20 to $40 million in savings for the University’s budget. At the time, Jenkins asked the Notre Dame community to assess its financial needs as “a way to look inward to identify resources to advance Notre Dame’s aspirations,” according to the initiative’s purpose. Twenty months later, after the committee analyzed more than 100 potential opportunities for increasing revenue and savings, that goal is taking shape on campus without any job or pay cuts. Linda Kroll, associate vice president for the Office of Budget and Planning, said the goal of Advancing Our Vision was to determine the “best and most appropriate” uses for funds already included in the University’s $1 billion annual budget. “We asked ourselves, ‘What are creative ways and ideas we can come up with to look at resources that are already here?” Kroll said. “Then we can use those resources to do things that we’d like to do long-term for the University, whether it’s enhancing financial aid for students, developing new programs or building facilities for emerging needs.” Between February and August 2011, the committee, which included Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves and Provost Tom Burish, identified the internal changes that would meet Jenkins’ challenge to repurpose what amounted to two to four percent of the budget. “[Advancing Our Vision] is really a program of asking people to do things differently and conserve resources where they had the ability to do that,” Kroll said. “As an institution, we’re looking to recapture resources that were saved so we can move the University forward.” Kroll said Jenkins and the SFC appealed to Notre Dame departments, employees and the SFC working group for potential savings ideas. The working group, headed by Affleck-Graves, then examined each idea and analyzed its feasibility and potential for a favorable return based on the investments of time, money and energy required to implement a given change. “Several subcommittees were formed with subject matter experts who could go deeper into the analysis of a specific type of change,” Kroll said. “That analysis would go back up to the working group before moving onto the oversight committee, who then voted on the ideas that seemed the most appropriate and would have the highest return potential for getting to the [$20 to $40 million] goal.” Jenkins reviewed the final recommendations for the initiative last fall, and he announced in September 2011 that the committee had identified at least $30 million in recurring funds that could be redirected inside the budget. Kroll said many of the recommended changes have already been implemented. The programs to economize the budget range from the installation of a voice-over IP phone system and motion-activated sensors on light switches to the promotion of web-based conferencing services and the improvement of printer efficiency. Areas of particular focus were travel, procurement, food and beverage, printing, technology, the University’s libraries, employee benefits and waste reduction, as well as process improvement and organizational structure review, Kroll said. “The Office of Continuous Process Improvement has been working with departments to break down their work processes and rebuild them to get rid of any inefficiencies or redundant steps,” she said. “The Office of Human Resources is also partnering with leaders of various departments to look at organizational structures of employee positions to make sure our people resources are aligned to be prepared to leverage services for the future.” Kroll said Human Resources considered the responsibilities of employees in any given position. “They make sure the employee’s work is logical and puts them on a trajectory of career progression,” she said. “We need to make sure people feel valued, that they are doing valuable work and that they’re directly contributing to the University’s mission.” Advancing Our Vision’s initiatives also helped improve employee services without making any pay or employment cuts in the process, Tammy Freeman, director of talent management and human resources strategy, said. In addition, there was no decline in hiring this year. “At other universities, including Harvard and Stanford, things are much more severe,” Freeman said. “People did lose jobs. Even among private universities, I think we’re pretty unique in the approach we’ve tried to take. “In looking at how we use our resources, we haven’t cut any of our training budget for staff. We’re continuing those programs and continuing to develop people, so our priorities have stayed intact.” Senior human resources consultant Mark Kocovski said his department viewed Advancing Our Vision as a means of improving the University for both employees and students. “The leadership of the University charges us with being good stewards of all the financials, the tuition dollars,” Kocovski said. “We need to make sure that we do that and commit them to the people.” One initiative that achieved this goal was the recent construction of the Notre Dame Wellness Center, which provides primary care, laboratory services and a pharmacy to all employees and graduate student families, Freeman said. Human Resources also developed a retirement incentive window as part of Advancing Our Vision. “The Wellness Center was designed to save health care costs but at the same time provide better services to employees,” Freeman said. “[The retirement incentive window] was actually somewhat positive because people who were thinking about retiring got kind of a bonus to go ahead and make the decision to retire.” Kroll said one of the only areas in which benefits were reduced for employees was in purchasing football season tickets: Employees no longer receive the 20 percent discount as they did before. “Football is in high demand and people want access to it,” Kroll said. “Employees will still receive a discount in that the season ticket rights fee non-employees pay to buy tickets is waived for employees.” As more programs are implemented as part of Advancing Our Vision, Kroll said the University will now monitor the success and outcomes of new programs, and determine whether they matched projections and estimates and track expectations in the future. But as universities across the country assess their economic and financial situations, Kocovski said the unified effort by the Notre Dame community to search for internal solutions is unprecedented. “I probably haven’t seen greater collaboration between departments across campus,” he said. “Everyone is trying to see how to make those dollars stretch, so that collaboration has gone a long way.” Freeman said the University’s commitment to its vision and mission as a top-tier research university with a Catholic character has also made the initiative a success. That approach is driven by the unmatched spirit of Notre Dame and the unity of everyone on campus behind a common vision of the University, Kroll said. “Notre Dame is a special place, so you can get people really motivated to do what’s best for the institution,” she said. “They’re willing to put their personal departments and interests aside to make Notre Dame the best it can be. That spirit was very much a part of this program, even if we were asking people to change the way they do things.”
So. Burlington, VT – Motivated by the mutual desires to control the rate of increase of the state’s public K-12 education system while, at the same time, improving educational outcomes for all Vermont students, three business partners and three education partners have joined forces to provide bold and long-term leadership on the dual goals.The Vermont Business Roundtable, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, Vermont Principals Association, Vermont School Boards Association, and Vermont Superintendents Association announced their collaborative effort as the next logical step following the business community’s phase I study entitled, “Vermont State Public Education Expenditure Overview and Analysis”.The report showed that though student enrollments have been declining over the past decade, public education spending during that same time has been rising at rates more than double that of general inflation, and is likely to continue doing so without policy intervention.The Business-Education Alliance will develop a scope of work that builds upon the findings of the expenditure report, and which seeks to understand the fiscal and outcome impacts of the expanding mission of public schools; human services-related cost shifts onto school districts; and, the state’s lowest in the nation student-teacher ratio among others. The Alliance plans to issue a report in time for action in the 2008 legislative session.According to Mary Powell, Chief Operating Officer at Green Mountain Power, and a member of the Alliance, “It is important for this next investigative phase to be informed by the perspectives and knowledge of the education community. We are excited to be able to head in this direction with our new partners.” Mary Moran, Rutland City superintendent and President of the Vermont Superintendents Association, agrees. “In order to move beyond tinkering at the edges, and make meaningful and substantive change, it will take courage and leadership. These six organizations are committed to providing the kind of constructive systems thinking that we know must happen to achieve change.”Created in 1987 as a nonprofit, public interest organization, the Vermont Business Roundtable is composed of 120 CEOs of Vermont’s top private and nonprofit employers dedicated to making Vermont the best place in America to do business, be educated, and live life through collaboration, research and analysis, and communication and advocacy. Member businesses employ over 49,000 employees and are represented in virtually every county across Vermont.
There were 837 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 105 from the week before, as the data continued to show great volatility. Altogether 12,833 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 70 from a week ago and 2,002 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,176 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 27 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 886 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 17 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)
By Dialogo June 24, 2010 Colombian authorities celebrated a “significant” drop in cocaine production Tuesday and attributed the success to ‘Plan Colombia,’ a program financed by Washington, which has announced a cut in funds and a shift in its anti-drug policy. According to the chapter on Colombia in the worldwide Coca Cultivation Survey — released in Bogotá by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) — the area under cultivation with coca leaf fell 16% from 2008 to 2009, while the production of cocaine fell 9%. “The big news is that the policy of Democratic Security – Colombian president Alvaro Uribe’s flagship program – has had the result that today Colombia is no longer known to the world as the leading producer of coca leaf. Not only have we reduced the cultivated area, but this is also the least cocaine produced since 1992,” Justice and Interior Minister Fabio Valencia declared in celebration. Peru became the largest producer with 119,000 metric tons in 2009, according to the survey. Colombian president-elect Juan Manuel Santos applauded the announcement and said that this result “is the demonstration that Plan Colombia has worked.” “Drugs have been the source of financing for all the violence this country has suffered for so long, and we can’t let down our guard,” he added. “The results are there, and we hope that the whole world, in accordance with the principle of shared responsibility, will not only appreciate them, but will also contribute to continuously increasing the success of this fight against drug trafficking,” noted Santos, who served as Uribe’s defense minister. Colombia, the principal U.S. ally in the region, has received more than six billion dollars from the United States government since 2000 for the fight against drugs, as part of Plan Colombia. A month ago, the White House announced a new strategic plan for the fight against drugs that emphasizes reducing consumption as the way to greater policy success and implies a reduction in funds for Plan Colombia. At that time, Uribe’s administration applauded the change in strategy but urged that funds be maintained for manual crop eradication. The director of the police, Gen. Óscar Naranjo, said that the decrease in production has also come at the cost of lives lost: 61 peasants, 72 police, and 69 soldiers dead in the last six years, the majority of them as a result of the minefields that protect the illicit crops. Antonio Navarro, the governor of the department of Nariño, in southern Colombia — on the Ecuadorean border and the leading producer of coca leaf — told AFP that “it’s a source of satisfaction that Colombia is no longer first in coca-leaf production, but there’s still too much of it.” “In my department alone, 25% of the total is being grown, and this is scandalous (…) We need to insist on voluntary eradication, which is cheaper and more effective than spraying,” he added. According to the UN, 79% of coca-leaf cultivation is concentrated in the departments of Nariño, Guaviare, Cauca, and Putumayo (in southern Colombia), Caquetá and Meta (in central Colombia), Bolívar (in northern Colombia), and Antioquia (in northwestern Colombia). Arline Tickner, a researcher at the University of the Andes, a private institution, recalled that during the first years of Plan Colombia – focused on spraying – the program was widely criticized and was even suspended along the border with Ecuador as a result of that country’s complaints. “Quito alleged in December 2006 that spraying was affecting the health and livelihoods of its inhabitants on the border due to the use of the herbicide glyphosate, which was harming their crops. Colombia yielded and began to use voluntary eradication, which is now showing good results,” she indicated.
I have some thoughts on the pro bono issue, especially as it relates to government attorneys (of which I am one). I see government lawyers as public servants who work pro bono publico full time. While private attorneys receive their pay, billable hour by billable hour, and perhaps feel a need to “give something back,” government attorneys don’t have such guilt, and may even be strapped to pay an “aspirational” $350 per year contribution to the pro bono fund.The thought that those of us who work in the criminal justice system should represent pro bono clients in civil actions would be almost laughable if I didn’t know that pro bono advocates see this as acceptable and don’t care about our lack of experience in such matters. Many of us also would have to obtain, unreimbursed, malpractice insurance, which many government lawyers don’t need. Then, when and where do we handle pro bono matters? I can’t just substitute a pro bono client for a paying one. All my work day is spoken for. And nongovernment use of my office, phone, and a secretary’s time would likely constitute theft of government property. Of course that also makes me wonder how private attorneys pay for the pro bono-related use of their staff and office supplies, and whether these costs may end up covertly added to the bills of paying clients as “overhead.” If so, then, as with the IOTA programs — where lawsuits challenge use of client trust fund interest to support causes that the client may oppose — I wonder how many paying clients would support such use?Even more disturbing may be that some pro bono proponents are people who understand how these programs necessarily engender private gain. Pro bono and IOTA-funded actions result in an increase in litigation, and the targets tend to be the deeper pockets in our society. For every tenant who obtains pro bono assistance, there is a landlord who will need to hire an attorney. For every pro bono lawsuit against a corporation, the firm representing the corporation adds up the billable hours. How else can you explain the vehemence with which some fight to keep the only acceptable pro bono activities in the “legal” realm, and would even push the concept of depositing client trust funds into risky uninsured overnight accounts merely to pump up the IOTA fund? These same people would now put at risk the public’s perception of the judiciary by adding judges into the pro bono mix, turning them into mere advocates and away from their role as impartial mediators.Many in the legal community speak volumes for the good name of lawyers — and the dignity of the practice of law — through their nonlaw-related charitable activities. They serve as volunteer firefighters, paramedics, Little League coaches, and the like, and, through their actions, they make our world a better place to live. It is those who would fight so hard against accepting these acts as pro bono, and instead dictate that our efforts be funneled into more and more lawsuits, who, I fear, must be thinking of something other than the public good.My views may not be popular with those attorneys whose pro bono activities create a definite improvement in the lives of people who would not otherwise have a champion. I apologize to those if I’ve painted this issue with too broad a brush. My comments also will be unpopular with those people whose motivation in this area is far from noble. I have no apology for those who would instigate litigation in our overcrowded courts for lucre, and may even seek to reap public-relations capital for the pro bono work done by others.Gary Schneider Washington, D.C.JNC Notices The importance of The Florida Bar’s Dignity in Law campaign cannot be overstated. I applaud our president, Tod Aronovitz, and the Board of Governors for their leadership in getting the word out that the vast majority of attorneys in this state are accessible to the general public and are ready, willing, and able to make meaningful contributions to our community.The campaign is a tribute to our profession and may well be one of the most important projects in Florida Bar history. While it could be viewed by some solely as a public relations campaign to try to improve the public image of lawyers, it is far more than that. It involves an ongoing educational process to develop a positive relationship with the media by providing information about the countless voluntary services that members of nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Florida receive as a result of projects initiated and developed by members of our voluntary bar associations in response to the needs of our community, not to mention the individual efforts of a tremendous number of attorneys who volunteer their time, commit their talents, and dedicate their spirit to improving the lives and protecting the rights of all citizens of this state.Michele A. Maracini MiamiWith all due respect, The Florida Bar’s Dignity in the Law program is a waste of time, effort, and money. If The Florida Bar truly wants to change the public’s perception of lawyers, the Bar must lead the way to promulgate and enforce honest, factual, and dignified advertising. The public perceives lawyers in two principal ways, the first is by personal contact. If lawyers are indeed dignified, this will be apparent to clients. The second is by advertising. We have reaped what we have sown.We should be ashamed of the TV, billboard, and phone book ads that pervade our clients and the public at large. No dignity will be achieved as long as this sleazy practice continues.Edward Rose Little Falls, NYThe Dignity in Law campaign has become an important tool in teaching new lawyers, and reminding those in practice for any length of time, the importance of working together in a courteous and dignified manner.I have presented the first morning session of the Practicing with Professionalism seminar for The Florida Bar a few times during the last year. The Dignity in Law campaign has provided a framework for discussion and understanding of the ways in which an attorney’s demeanor and attitude has a short-term effect on the management and outcome of a case, and a long- term effect on the attorney’s reputation and career. I actually wave the Journal and News articles on the subject around as I describe their content.Every day something happens to remind me of this topic, be it meeting with a client, appearing in court, reading the newspaper, watching television, addressing an audience on the practice of law, or having a conversation outside of the practice in a social setting. This public campaign has raised my consciousness and, in turn, encouraged me to raise the consciousness of others. The ever-present visibility highlights the value of being reasonable, affable, and considerate of others. It helps to define just what constitutes “professionalism.”I hope that the campaign will continue with vigor, as we need to let those who are so inclined know that their dignity and professionalism are appreciated and that they must carry the banner and educate those who are not so inclined.Faith Mesnekoff MiamiHaitian Immigrants Dignity in Law March 1, 2003 Regular News March 1, 2003 Letters The Florida Bar should publicly condemn the “segregation” aspect of the INS selective enforcement policy. Plainly the policy is enforced so as to exclude Haitians who attempt to seek refuge here to escape political persecution or inhumane living conditions imposed upon them.What is transparent is that the color of one’s skin, albeit the silent factor, seems to be a significant factor in the enforcement of our immigration policy. Certainly we cannot and should not support an “open border” policy for many cogent reasons. But we should not tolerate, as we seem to have now, an “open border” policy for some and not for others. If the Bar, through its Board of Governors, is foreclosed from taking a position on this issue because of a board policy or because of political considerations (which would be a poor excuse), then Florida lawyers individually should step forward to condemn the practice and encourage and support public officials who do likewise.As lawyers, we are supposed to protect the rule of law. That is our sworn duty. Selective enforcement of any law is an enigma to the rule of law. It is also an affront to our administration of justice system which is constitutionally mandated to dispense justice equally under the law.Many years ago, the late (and great) Clyde Atkins, a former Florida Bar president serving then as a United States district judge, had to find legal ways and means to provide hundreds of Haitian boat “refugees” with pro bono legal assistance to protect such rights that they may have had in our deportation process. He called upon the Dade County Bar Association for volunteers. The response was overwhelming. The result that the volunteer lawyers produced in the name of justice was no less than inspirational.In the past few weeks, our senior United States senator, Bob Graham, publicly condemned the discriminatory policy of the INS as it applied to Haitian refugees. His action took guts and courage.Therefore, as a manifestation of the same type of guts and courage, which is historically the hallmark of our profession, I would urge the lawyers of this state to write a letter to both of our United States senators endorsing Sen. Graham’s protest and condemnation over the selective enforcement policy of the INS.Burton Young North Miami Beach Editor’s Note: Federal and state court decisions, as well as First Amendment considerations, limit the use of compulsory fees in advocating political or ideological issues outside the core purposes of our unified Bar. This topic is not viewed as one clearly justifying Florida Bar advocacy, although it may be appropriate for such action by voluntary attorney groups and individual lawyers.Pro Bono Assuming most lawyers learn of available judicial vacancies in The Florida Bar News, either the News is dilatory in its notifications or the judicial nominating commissions are not interested in the broadest application base possible.For example, the February 1 News was received by me on January 31. The deadline for applying to the Seventh Circuit JNC was January 27, and the deadline for filing with the 11th Circuit JNC was January 23, or too late for a member of the Bar to file an application.Even the prospective date deadlines for current judicial vacancies are unreasonably short for an attorney to decide to change his or her career, get the forms, fill out the forms, and file the forms. For example, the 10th JNC’s deadline is February 10, the Fifth JNC’s deadline is February 12, the 18th JNC’s deadline is February 12, and the 17th JNC’s deadline is February 14. The longest period is that of the Second DCA JNC whose deadline is February 19.If the JNCs and the governor are truly looking for the best qualified candidates to appoint to a judicial vacancy, not only attorney “insiders,” but other attorneys should be given reasonable notice to apply.In that connection, I recommend that notices to apply for judicial vacancies should be 30 days from the date the availability of the judicial vacancy is published in the News. Richard Friedman Miami Editor’s Note: The News dropped the ball when it published the two JNC notices with January closing dates in the February 1 issue and the error has caused much chagrin. It is the Governor’s Office that initiates the JNC process by certifying that a vacancy exists. The JNCs then have 60 days to call for applicants, conduct interviews, and submit a list of candidates to the governor for appointment. As soon as the JNCs make the Bar aware of a judicial vacancy, the call for applicants is immediately posted on the Bar’s Web site (www.flabar.org); the Bar’s Public Information Department sends a press release to all the media outlets and voluntary bars in the affected circuits; and the notice is provided to the News for publication in the next available paper. Because of the tight time frame for the JNCs to act — and because the News must go to press 10 days before publication date — it at times, unfortunately, leaves only a few days for aspiring judges to act after the notice appears in the News .
There is an admission fee of $5, a portion of the money raised will go towards the Harper M. Stantz scholarship fund. “The fund is in honor of Harper and it goes towards a student the family picks each year to go off to college in memory of Harper, because she wasn’t able to go to college,” said Sarah Kellar, the Event Coordinator for the Binghamton Bulldogs and Harper’s first cousin. Located at St Mary’s church on Hawley Street in Binghamton, its an adult basketball tournament with locally sourced community teams. The tournament was able to be put together thanks to a partnership between the Binghamton Bulldogs and the Stantz family. Teams paid $200 to participate in the tournament, there are 6 men’s adult recreational teams and 3 adult women’s recreational teams. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Organizers prepare for a basketball tournament in honor of Harper Stantz, the Binghamton teen who was hit and killed by a drugged driver. The tournament Hoops 4 Harper tips off on Saturday Dec. 14 at 9am and is expected to go until 9pm.