Umphrey’s McGee Rocks Final 2018 Hometown Show At Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Daniel Ojeda The first annual Big Weekend event wrapped up last night in Chicago. The idea behind the event’s inception was to bring a festival-like atmosphere to the city, while spreading bands out across various venues. With Umphrey’s McGee not playing their hometown of Chicago nearly as much as fans would like, last night’s Umphrey’s show at the Aragon Ballroom was certainly one of the most anticipated shows of the Big Weekend.Perhaps in a nod to their favorite city, they opened up with a tongue in cheek rendition of “Dump City.” Following “Maybe Someday”, “Spires” was up next and stretched out slightly, which Umphrey’s fans will always welcome considering most versions barely exceed the four-minute mark. “Syncopated Strangers,” a song that almost always contains some sort of unique bridge, opted for an easy “Bright Lights Big City” jam in place of any cohesive improvisation. All in all, the first set was a solid 70 minutes of UM, with the band evidently feeling at home.The second set opened up with an unusually placed “Forks,” but from there, Umphrey’s McGee upped the ante and took the jamming to the next level. Fan favorite (and quintessential UM Chicago song) “In the Kitchen” had some very danceable jamming that went deep, as the band extended the jam, eventually ending up in “Half Delayed.” Despite what the band had planned on the stage setlist, they never returned to the ending of “In the Kitchen.” Sing-along “Women Wine & Song” graced the middle of the set, and the straightforward song had a tasty jam that segued into “Rocker 2.” A frenetic and high-energy “August” closed out the second set.For the third time of the band’s three-night weekend run, they encored with a cover, this time with Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die.” A raucous applause erupted from the crowd as the band thanked the audience for their continued support. As people began to exit the venue, with many heading towards the Spafford late night show to finish the Big Weekend, the gratitude for the hometown Chicago show was palpable among the UMphreaks.You can check out a gallery of photos from Umphrey’s McGee’s show last night at Chicago, IL’s Aragon Ballroom below, courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 10/6/2018Set One: Dump City, Maybe Someday, Spires > Partyin’ Peeps, Seasons, Slacker, Syncopated Strangers[1]Set Two: Forks, In the Kitchen > Half Delayed, Roctopus, Women, Wine & Song > Rocker 2, August[2]Encore: Live and Let Die[1] w/BLBC jam[2] dedicated to South BendUmphrey’s McGee | Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 10/6/2018 | Photo: Daniel Ojedacenter_img Photo: Daniel Ojedalast_img read more

Pink Game to benefit charity

first_imgThe Fighting Irish football team will don its traditional blue and gold uniforms when it faces Stanford at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday, but players will add a bold color to their game day look: pink.   During the annual Pink Game, sponsored by the Kelly Cares Foundation (KCF) in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, players and coaches will accessorize with pink wristbands, shoelaces and other items to show their support for both the foundation and breast cancer awareness in general, KCF executive director Lisa Klunder said. The Pink Game also gives the Foundation an arena for raising awareness of its commitment to health, education and community, and its particular focus on breast cancer education and research, Klunder said. “This is a great opportunity for the foundation to get its name out there and let the community, fans and alumni know what we do,” she said. “Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is a perfect platform to do that.” Founded by Irish head coach Brian Kelly and his wife, Paqui, the Foundation dedicates much of its work to causes related to breast cancer awareness due to Paqui Kelly’s personal connection to the cause as a two-time survivor of the disease, she said. “As part of the three pillars of the organization, we focus on breast cancer awareness, education and research,” she said. “We continue to help organizations in any of those facets, whether it’s assisting research facilities with funding or me doing speaking engagements and encouraging people to be proactive about their health.” The Foundation also supports other non-profit organizations, Paqui Kelly said, as it recently donated $10,000 to Notre Dame swim coach Brian Barnes’s Coaches vs. Cancer event in honor of Barnes’s late wife, Alyssa. This year’s Pink Game holds special significance for Paqui Kelly, as she celebrated being five years cancer-free in September. “The first time around, I didn’t get to celebrate because I was diagnosed again before the five-year mark,” she said. In addition to the visual display of support from the football team and sales of Adidas licensed pink gear on game day, Klunder said the Foundation will be selling facemasks of Brian Kelly’s pink-visored face to fans as part of a partnership with the Logan Center in South Bend. “The proceeds will be split 50-50 between the Logan Center and the Foundation. They do wonderful things for their clients, and in keeping with our pillar of community, we can give back to an organization that could use the additional funds,” she said. “The Logan Center’s clients helped assemble [the masks], so they’ve been really proactive and involved in this. I don’t know if there are more or bigger Notre Dame fans than the Logan Center clients.” The upcoming game is a continuation of the Foundation’s other breast cancer awareness efforts, including last week’s second annual Think Pink with Paqui golf outing, which hosted 250 guests and raised more than $75,000 in net proceeds, Klunder said. Although the noncompetitive event was “lighthearted,” Paqui Kelly said its educational value was the real focus of the outing, as two Michiana oncologists spoke to attendees about breast cancer treatment, early detection and research. “The event was quite successful, and we got positive feedback from people who came,” she said. “The oncologists discussed current treatments, and so many things have changed that what people were told 10 years ago is a lot different now. From my first to my second diagnosis, my treatments were very different.” Paqui Kelly said her experience motivates her to share her story and raise awareness of the disease year round, not just in October. “It’s personal to Brian and me. I feel like I had a red carpet with cancer treatment because we had everything we needed along the way,” she said. “It’s also very important to understand that breast cancer doesn’t just happen in October, but using the same platform of awareness as the country and the NFL helps.” For more information about the Kelly Cares Foundation, visit kellycaresfoundation.org.last_img read more

Board candidates present their views, qualifications

first_img Board candidates present their views, qualifications February 1, 2003 Regular News Following are the platform statements of the 10 Florida Bar members running for the four contested seats in the 2003 Board of Governors elections.Ballots will be mailed to Bar members in circuits with contested races on or around February 28 and must be returned to the Bar’s election company no later than midnight March 21. If a runoff results from the three-way Fourth Circuit race, those ballots will be mailed in April.For the third year, Bar members will have the option of voting by the traditional paper ballot or casting their ballot electronically via the Internet. Complete instructions for electronic voting, along with the necessary passwords, will be included with the ballots.All the races are for two-year terms.Winners of the election, as well as new and returning board members elected without opposition, will be sworn in during the Bar’s Annual Meeting in June.Originally, there were 16 candidates, but three who initially filed have dropped out, which eliminated three races, two in the 11th Circuit and one in Ninth Circuit. In the Ninth Circuit, Michael Murphy has withdrawn, meaning board member Russell Divine will return to the board. In the 11th Circuit, Robert G. Wittel has withdrawn, meaning board member Jennifer Coberly is reelected in Seat 4. In Seat 8, Sherri E. Nott has withdrawn, which means that former board member Steven E. Chaykin will rejoin the board. Sixth Circuit – Seat 2 Denis A. Cohrs I have practiced law in the Sixth Judicial Circuit for the past 18 years. I began my career with a firm of over 100 lawyers. I have since been a principal in a firm of six lawyers and am now a sole practitioner. I have personally experienced the joy and pain of each type of practice. My practice areas have taken me in the courtroom and in the boardroom. I have been in private practice and served as in-house counsel. I therefore feel I am well qualified to represent the interests of all lawyers in the Sixth Judicial Circuit.Throughout my career, I have provided services to both the local and state bar associations. It has always been my belief that the right to complain is earned only through the willingness to serve. I am now asking my colleagues of the Sixth Judicial Circuit to give me the opportunity to represent them as a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors. My request to do so is based strictly on my desire to improve the responsiveness of The Florida Bar to the needs of its members. Too many times I have heard lawyers say that the Bar is their foe and not their friend. This is a perception that must change, and I will work hard to do so.The practice of law as a profession continues to evolve and change at an ever increasing pace. The stresses and pressures faced by the lawyers today are different than those faced by lawyers only 10 years ago. Technology, while intending to make the business of the practice of law more efficient, also has compacted the time frame and hastened the pace at which we are required to operate. As other professions cross the line into the fringes of legal practice, the issue of multidisciplinary practice areas will require a high degree of attention and scrutiny. It is incumbent upon the leadership of The Florida Bar to continually seek new ways to ease the burdens and pressures which we all are required to bear. Legal advertising will continue to be a source of debate as we look for ways to improve the public’s perception of lawyers. It is a difficult balancing act that I believe must be continually reviewed. There is no magic formula, and there is no single answer. The only solution is to listen intently to the members of The Florida Bar and use the resources of the organization to the benefit of its constituency.While I do not claim to have all the answers to the multitude of problems faced by lawyers on a daily basis, I can say that, if elected, I will put forth my best effort to listen to the concerns of you, the lawyers, and to seek solutions that will best serve your needs. Raleigh W. Greene III Serving as a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors requires a serious and substantive commitment to our profession and to each of you as members of the Bar. Hopefully, after careful review, you can conclude that I will be likely to meet that standard. For professional, business, civic, charitable, and political background information, please see Martindale Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and the Florida Consumer Guidebook 1995-1996 Law & Leading Attorneys. Since being admitted in December 1973, I have had the opportunity to participate as a Navy JAG officer, to be a partner in what was Pinellas and Pasco counties’ largest law firm, to serve as in-house general counsel to major corporate entities, and to start and develop my own sole practice. All of these experiences were educational. Please feel free to contact any and all prior partners and associates for their observations. Most recently, from November 2000 to March 2002, I chaired Grievance Committee 6D. Please feel free to contact any of those members for input.As I understand the nature of this platform statement, the intent should be to inform those members who do not know a candidate personally as to the candidate’s objectives. Please be advised that, if elected to your Board of Governors, my areas of emphasis would be as follows:1) To continue efforts to protect and assure the independence of the judiciary.2) To preserve self regulation, through The Florida Bar, and to expand our commitment to professionalism.3) To emphasize, within self regulation, the need for immediate public protection regarding serious violations of professional responsibility, while applying common sense and logic to minor situations and disputes.4) To further encourage the utilization of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.5) To consider the challenges inherent in multidisciplinary practices and to continue vigorous opposition to the proliferation of legal services offered by individuals other than lawyers.6) To encourage and carefully consider input on all issues related to our practices from the Pasco County, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg bar organizations and from each of you as members in our Sixth Judicial Circuit.Thank you for your consideration. Lynn Howell I would be honored to be elected as your Sixth Circuit representative to The Florida Bar Board of Governors. For years, the Sixth Circuit has enjoyed a tradition of excellent representation from its members of the Board of Governors, such as the Hon. Morris Silberman, Lou Kwall, Ky Koch, and John Yanchunis. They have set high standards, and I would strive to fulfill their legacy of excellent service to the Sixth Circuit.I have served in the capacity of assistant dean at Stetson University College of Law since June 1995. Immediately after my appointment as assistant dean, I was selected to serve as the Stetson representative to The Florida Bar’s Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee, a role I have continued without interruption to this day.After learning that John was not seeking re-election, I began to think about who could best serve the newest members of our legal community. Since I did not recognize any law deans or professors on the current list of board members, this prompted me to consider what I could offer to the Board of Governors. It is vitally important for the board to consider the trends and perspectives of law students and new lawyers when making the decisions that affect the practice of law in Florida. I feel my unique perspective will benefit the board in its decision-making process.As my current and former students can attest, I am approachable and willing to listen to anyone who has a concern. I believe it is important to give even small issues consideration because it is likely that others may have the same concerns but have not yet voiced them. I would welcome ideas from all members of our legal community to help improve our profession.Over the years, I have worked on various bar association committees at the local, state, and national levels. Prior to joining Stetson, I worked for one of the largest metropolitan bar associations in the country. In my position as counsel for the Cleveland Bar, I worked on traditional in-house counsel matters due for the large nonprofit corporation, as well as grievance and discipline issues. Through all of my bar work, I have come to appreciate the fragile nature of our licenses to practice law and have realized that bar involvement is a key component in maintaining our professional integrity.As a board member, I would strive to maintain The Florida Bar’s history and tradition of professionalism, while at the same time giving our members the voice to shape the organization in ways that ensure a future of excellence.A few of my bar association activities and memberships, past and current, include:• Licensed to practice in Michigan, Ohio and Florida.• Member, Clearwater, Hillsborough County, St. Petersburg, and the George Edgecomb bar associations.• Trustee, St. Petersburg Bar Foundation.• Stetson coordinator for the Clearwater Bar Association Junior Partner Program for mentoring law students. This is a program of the CBA Stetson Liaison Committee.• Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association.• Member of both Pinellas County and Hillsborough County Association for Women Lawyers.• St. Petersburg Bar Association Committees: Stetson Liaison Committee, Strategic Planning, and the Social and Recreation Committee.• Sixth Circuit Professionalism Committee.• Sixth Circuit Pro Se Advisory Committee.• Member and former co-chair of the St. Petersburg Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.• Former Member Services Committee chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.• Member of Council, ABA Section of Business Law.• ABA Standing Committee on the Continuing Education of the Bar.• Member and former chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Entertainment and Sports Law Section.• The Florida Bar Business Law Section of Business Law.• Stetson representative, The Florida Bar Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee. Murray B. Silverstein Objectives for Board Service: I firmly believe and am committed to the principle that The Florida Bar, through its member attorneys and judges, is a guardian for the integrity of the legal profession. As a mandatory unified bar association — the third largest of 33 in the country — we are distinguished among other licensed professionals in our state by the unique characteristic of self-regulation. As such, our independence is often viewed by the public with skepticism. (In truth, The Florida Bar prosecutes a higher percentage of lawyers for discipline than do other regulatory bodies of their respective professionals.)My pledge as your elected representative, together with your Seat 1 Representative Lou Kwall — a friend and colleague for over 20 years — is to work hard over the next two years to effectively promote a greater understanding of and participation by other Sixth Circuit members in the four principles that form the mission of The Florida Bar: Providing Public Service, Protecting Rights, Promoting Professionalism, and Pursuing Justice. As of this writing, the Bar’s membership is at 71,251, a dramatic increase since the Supreme Court’s creation of the unified bar in 1950, when membership stood at 3,758. We are challenged to adhere to the highest standards of our profession with the rapidly increasing growth of our state and the complexity of issues facing lawyers on a daily basis. You can expect that I will advocate on your behalf to the other 50 members of the Board of Governors on those issues of concern to members of our Sixth Circuit. My Practice: Board Certified in Civil Trial and Business Litigation, practicing in state and federal courts throughout Florida, with an active appellate practice. Certified circuit court and Middle District court mediator. Admitted to Florida Bar: 1982. Firm: Sole Practitioner, Law and Mediation Offices of Murray B. Silverstein, P.A. Personal: Born 1957, Cleveland, Ohio. Attended Lakewood High School (St. Petersburg), Stetson University (B.A. 1980), and Stetson University College of Law (J.D. 1982). Married to Kim (Lynch) Silverstein since 1978; two daughters, Chelsea (17) and Rachael (14). Bar Service:• St. Petersburg Bar Association (1982 – present): Paraclete, editor (1985 – 87), Law Day Education Subcommittee chair (1987), Executive Committee (2002 – present), Trial Practice Section.• The Florida Bar: Florida Bar Journal Editorial Board (1992 – 99), CLE Committee Member (1993 – 96), Trial Lawyers Section member, chair, Sixth Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee (1997 – 00), member, Pro Bono Service Awards Committee (2000 – present).While I respect and admire the other three candidates, I would appreciate your vote when you receive your ballot, and please be sure to return it by March 21, 2003. Thank you. 13th Circuit – Seat 3 Daniel P. Mitchell Throughout my 22-year career, I have had the opportunity to practice with big firms, small firms, and medium-sized firms in the 13th Circuit of Florida. Therefore, I feel that I understand the challenges associated with the private practice of law at all levels. I have served as managing partner of a law firm, confronting the day-to-day issues that the majority of us face, such as personnel matters, making payroll, and the allocation of sparse resources. I am also well-acquainted with life in a large firm, including the necessity of consensus-building, developing associates into decent and productive lawyers, and the marketing and administrative duties.I disagree with over-regulation of our profession. I believe that to the extent possible, lawyers should be left alone to practice law. I am dismayed at what sometimes seems to be an emphasis on political correctness, mandatory pro bono service, and the organized profession’s advocacy of political and societal views. I believe that we should set the bar high initially, and screen to let only those persons who are morally and educationally qualified become admitted to practice. Thereafter, the role of The Florida Bar should be to provide information, training, and resources to the attorney. It is imperative that we cull out the “bad eggs” by way of appropriate discipline, and try to enhance the overall public perception of our members.Overwhelmingly, lawyers are good folks, and will do the right thing on their own, without the need of a regulatory body looking too closely over their shoulders. The practice of law should be for lawyers and should be governed by those who know the law. These notions may sound simplistic, but they have served our profession well for centuries.Law schools continue to graduate hundreds of lawyers each year. Many enter the profession with little training in how to perform the fundamental tasks of representing clients, dealing professionally with opposing counsel, and behaving in a fair, responsible, and technically competent manner. Our emphasis should be on training and mentorship.I graduated first in my class from Stetson in 1980, serving as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. I received my undergraduate degree, with honors, from the University of South Florida. From 1968 to 1975, I served in the United States Army, reaching the rank of captain and completing a tour with the 5th Special Forces Group in the Republic of Vietnam during 1970 and 1971. I have worked hard to become a good trial lawyer, and will work equally hard to effectively represent all of the attorneys in this circuit on the Board of Governors. Please find below information regarding my leadership and involvement in the legal profession. My complete biographical sketch is available online at www.grayharris.com.• Board Certified civil trial attorney by The Florida Bar.• Certified circuit court mediator.• Member, American Board of Trial Advocates.• Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases.• Member, Maritime Law Association.• Chair of the Product Liability Committee of the Florida Defense Lawyers’ Association.• Member, Trial Lawyers sections of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and The Florida Bar.• Chair of the Tampa litigation department of GrayHarris.I look forward to the opportunity to serve you on The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Thank you for your consideration. Gwynne A. Young I have practiced law in Tampa since 1974. From 1974 to 1977, I served as an assistant state attorney. In 1977, I joined Carlton Fields as a member of its Trial Group. My practice is focused on civil litigation including probate, guardianship, trust, real estate, land use and environmental matters, as well as other corporate and business disputes. I have been active in the Bar and the community throughout my career. I would welcome the opportunity to serve Hillsborough County lawyers on the Board of Governors and would appreciate your consideration and vote. Bar-related Experience :• Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA) – 1974 to present.• Director, HCBA – 1981-84, 1995 to present.• Secretary, HCBA – 1995-96.• President, HCBA – 2001-02.• Director, Hillsborough County Bar Foundation – 2002 to present, chair, Development Committee.• Member, Executive Council, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar, 2002 – present; Probate Litigation Committee; circuit representative.• Former member, Grievance Committee 13-D.• Master and past president, William Glenn Terrell Inn of Court.• Former member and chair, Second District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.• Former member, Magistrate Judge Selection Committee.• Member, American Bar Association Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children.• Trustee, University of Florida Law Center Association – 2002 to present. Honors :• Recipient of the HCBA Jimmy Kynes Pro Bono Award – 1999.• Recipient of The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award for the 13th Circuit – 2003. Objective of Board Service : The legal profession is facing many difficult issues, some new and some ongoing. These include upcoming changes to court funding, professionalism and the image of lawyers, advertising, the role of the Bar in the judicial nominating process, the impact on lawyers of the changing economy and advancing technology, and challenges to lawyer self-regulation.Because of my recent service as HCBA president, I believe I have an understanding of the diverse concerns of Hillsborough County lawyers and judges on these and other issues. In addition, I have worked in the public and private sectors. I have been involved in pro bono work and the legal services arena. My service on the Executive Council of the RPPTL Section has made me very aware that transactional lawyers and litigators have differing concerns and viewpoints on many issues. These experiences will also help me to represent all of the lawyers in Hillsborough County, not any one interest group.I am particularly concerned about changes occurring in how the courts are funded and what this will mean to the provision of services to the users of our court system. It is important to me that the Bar take an active role in ensuring that our courts are adequately funded and critical services are not eliminated.I believe that I have demonstrated a willingness and ability to work hard for the benefit of the profession and the legal system. I do not have a particular agenda in seeking this job. I would like the opportunity to serve. I am willing to work hard. I believe I can be an effective representative. Thank you for your consideration. 15th Circuit – Seat 2 Jerald Beer Your Board of Governors representative is your link to the organized Bar. Palm Beach County has four votes out of 52. Make sure your representative has the training and ability to represent your interests with The Florida Bar.My 22 years of practice have encompassed a small firm (two lawyers), a large firm (110 lawyers), and sizes in between (presently 30 lawyers). I have experience as an assistant state attorney as well as significant civil litigation and business experience. I am proud to be a Florida Bar board certified tax lawyer. I also serve on various boards of directors, some law-related and others community-based. I bring a myriad of experiences to draw upon, allowing me to represent all the practicing lawyers in Palm Beach County.In addition to having served in every elected position of the 2,400-member Palm Beach County Bar Association, including president, I have served on many Florida Bar committees before I became your elected Board of Governors representative. I have chaired the 15th Judicial Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee, served on the Grievance Committee (including one term as chair), served three times as an All Bar Conference delegate, and as one of your Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors representatives.It has been a privilege to have represented the lawyers of the 15th Judicial Circuit since 1997. I have spent a great deal of time traveling around the county to meetings of various groups. As my current term as your representative comes to a close, there are still many pervasive issues affecting you through The Florida Bar. We have led the nation in preventing the erosion of core values that the proposal to allow multidisciplinary practices would have allowed, although we have provided some relief to transactional lawyers by allowing ancillary services. The Enron and Global Crossings accounting debacles proved the wisdom of your leadership, although other far-reaching issues remain. How will we handle multijurisdictional issues? Will The Florida Bar continue to remain independent of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation? How will Article V funding issues affect the judiciary, and ultimately the lawyers and their clients who are the legal system “customers?” Consider: Is your Board of Governors representative experienced in handling these complex issues that affect your practice and your livelihood?The practice continues to change as we start the new millennium. The Florida Bar needs visionaries who can deal with these issues, not the old policies of my opponent who has continuously run for the Board of Governors seat nine times on his old fashioned policies that do not begin to address the serious issues we face. The key to being an effective Board of Governors representative is to be able to think and act responsibly to provide clear and concise analyses of the issues that are presented through the Board of Governors on a wide range of subjects, and to help and protect the members of The Florida Bar.As many of you well know, one of the issues near and dear to my heart has always been fiscal conservatism. To that end, I am the past chair of the Investment Committee to The Florida Bar, and continue to serve on that committee, and on the current Budget Committee as chair and will continue to serve on that committee after my term as chair. While The Florida Bar does a good job in managing its resources, there is always room to make sure our members are getting the best possible service for the lowest possible cost. I will continue to closely monitor the fiscal policies of The Florida Bar to ensure continued good economic performance for our members.It is important that someone who can combine broad life and legal experiences be the one to provide a balanced, focused approach to achieve those goals and have the background and commitment to continue to represent all of your interests. I believe I am that person. Ask yourself who has prepared himself to lead and represent the 4,900 Palm Beach County Florida Bar members, not only by words, but by deeds? Whoever you view as best qualified, we now know from recent history how important it is to vote in any election. It is most important that you cast your vote when the ballots are sent out. PLEASE MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD IN THIS ELECTION. Richard Kay Having practiced law for over 50 years, first in the state of Ohio and then since 1977 in the state of Florida, gives me a different perspective than those who have been in practice 20 years or less. Having been a solo practitioner all of those years gives me a different perspective than those who are with a large law firm or work for the government.Those who are solos can understand my constant desire to change the direction of the way the legal profession is heading.Today, about 40 percent of attorneys are solos. Many have been forced to quit and go into some private business or work for the government.Those individuals who are on welfare get legal help at no cost from legal aid societies whose attorneys have a nice nest egg, making in excess, in some cases, of $90,000 annually, plus other perks.The middle class, a majority of Americans, seek out the solo. That is all they can afford. The solo works hard and in many cases cannot charge for all of his time.Polls show that Americans have a very low opinion of the legal profession. Give me an opportunity to change that opinion. Controversial thoughts that I would like to pursue:1) Term limits for judges.2) Lift gag rules, let judicial candidates discuss legal issues.3) Fiscal accountability for The Florida Bar or its successor.4) Reform grievance procedures — include due process protection for attorneys and nonattorneys (especially when large firms are involved).5) As long as The Florida Bar continues to exist, members should have the right or vote on major issues affecting the state of Florida.6) Each judicial circuit divided into districts to vote for judicial candidates.7) Do away with per curiam affirmed opinions by the district courts of appeal.8) Provide court reporters at trials and hearings at county expense.9) Support effective legislation that will give life to the constitutional amendment making English the official language in Florida. The state legislature hasn’t passed one law to implement that amendment. Our duty as attorneys is to get the job done. The present leadership of The Florida Bar has ignored the will of the people.Give me an opportunity to push these issues.I also support the freedom of conscience amendment to the Florida Constitution: No person or organization shall be directly compelled to support or endorse any cause, charity, purpose, or organization, financially or otherwise, or indirectly do so, as a condition for the receipt of public benefits or the exercise of a public privilege or right, except in the payment of taxes enacted pursuant to general law or as a penalty imposed by a court for the commission of a crime.The world is full of educated derelicts; the unsuccessful genius is almost a proverb. The one thing that is omnipotent is persistence. Remember, Richard B. Kay, 15th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2.I would like to hear from you with comments and suggestions. Your vote would be appreciated and get your friends to also vote. Richard B. Kay, 222 U.S. Highway 1, Suite 208, Tequesta 33469, phone (561) 747-8835, fax (561) 747-0965. 19th Circuit – Seat 1 Gean Cary Junginger, Jr. The Board of Governors must be able to build the legal profession back to the position of honor that it once was in the hearts of Floridians. I feel that the best way it can do this is to preserve the interests of the individual lawyers first and foremost!I have lived in the 19th Judicial Circuit almost 33 years. I have been a member of The Florida Bar for the last 18 years. I attended local schools and community college before obtaining my two bachelor’s degrees from Florida International University and my Juris Doctorate from Nova University.Most of you have met me, and you know that I have served on numerous Bar committees, voluntary bar associations, and done a lot of pro bono work. I have also contributed numerous volunteer hours to my church, civil rights organizations, civic clubs, and politics.I practice in all four counties of our circuit. I know from speaking to you in Okeechobee, Martin, Indian River, and St. Lucie counties that you are not satisfied with The Florida Bar. While few laymen have much good to say about our profession, few lawyers have much good to say about The Florida Bar. I ran unsuccessfully for this position two years ago because I was dissatisfied with the lack of support from The Florida Bar. I stand by my opinions. I feel they are more relevant today! I think that The Florida Bar has failed the individual lawyers and contributed to the erosion of our dignity. We can correct this. This is why I need your vote.The Florida Bar should behave less like a state welfare agency and more like a union (in our state, which is respected more?). The emphasis should not be on limiting our fees, working for free, convincing people they can represent themselves or otherwise hindering our ability to make a living. The Florida Bar should laud its lawyers, who are worth their fees or salaries. Lawyers should be compensated as are other professionals with their level of education and expertise. Even lawyers working for the state attorney and public defender’s offices should be paid on the level of their private counterparts and should have a reasonable caseload so they may adequately consider each case. The Florida Bar can promote legislation to do this.All legislation proposed or court rules that the Bar sponsors or drafts should have an impact statement as to what effect this will have on the profession. Instead of taking on political causes that we do not all agree with, The Florida Bar should concentrate its lobbying power on getting more judges, assistant state attorneys, and public defenders, making attorney liens as easy to get as mechanic’s liens, and prosecuting UPL.The Florida Bar should put our interests first. I would appreciate your vote. Please visit my Web site athttp://www.geocities.com/geanjunginger Harold G. Melville I have been an active member of The Florida Bar since 1972 and have enjoyed a wide variety of professional experiences. These have included serving as a public defender in Dade County and then practicing civil litigation in the Miami office of a large national law firm. In 1982 our family moved to the Treasure Coast. Since then, I have continued to practice in the areas of civil litigation and land use law within our circuit and am currently a partner in Melville & Sowerby, P.L.Many complex issues currently face The Florida Bar. These issues impact lawyers in the public sector as well as lawyers in both large and small firms. I am hopeful that my wide range of professional experiences, both in an urban environment and within our smaller communities, will assist me in understanding and effectively dealing with those issues.Some of the critical issues currently facing The Florida Bar include the efforts by the legislature to take control of the Bar, the political independence of our appointed judiciary, state funding for our judicial system, the concept of multi-disciplinary practices, and the erosion of professionalism within the legal community. Compared to other areas of the state, we have traditionally enjoyed a collegial type of practice within our circuit. I view this as an essential element for the quality of our professional lives and a concept which should be protected and encouraged, not only within our circuit but throughout the state.There are no easy answers to any of the complex and difficult issues currently facing The Florida Bar. If I am honored to be elected as your representative on the Board of Governors, however, I will do my best to address these issues for the benefit of all lawyers within our circuit.Bar and professional experience:• Member Florida Bar since 1972• Board certified civil trial lawyer – 1989 to current• Board certified business litigation lawyer – 1997 to current• Served as member/chair 19th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee B• Served as president, St. Lucie County Bar Association• Member Pro Bono Committee 19th Judicial Circuit• Member Association of Trial Lawyers of America.center_img Board candidates present their views, qualificationslast_img read more

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first_imgBelgium: A consortium of GEC Alsthom and Bombardier Eurorail has won a BFr2bn contract to build 25 metro cars for Brussels, to be marshalled as five two-car and five three-car sets. They are based on the existing fleet, and the first two-car unit is due for delivery in May 1999, with the remainder by the end of the year.Canada: The Regional Transit Commission in Vancouver has adopted a five-year plan, TransAction 2002, which should see 20 extra cars bought for SkyTrain as part of an effort to boost travel on the automated metro.Denmark: Taylor Woodrow has won a £20m contract to supply reinforced concrete tunnel lining segments for the 15 km København metro.Germany: On April 11 Klast_img

England are third at Women’s Home Internationals

first_img11 Sep 2013 England are third at Women’s Home Internationals England finished in third place at the Women’s Home Internationals at Scotscraig, Scotland, after losing 4-5 to Ireland on the final day. The championship was won by Wales, who beat Scotland 7-2 to regain the title they previously won in 1998, 2008 and 2009. Today’s England/Ireland match was close throughout, with the morning foursomes shared with 1½ points apiece. In the singles, British champion Georgia Hall quickly put England ahead with a 7/6 win over her opponent. Gabriella Cowley added another point to the leaderboard when she won her match on the 18th and English champion Sarah-Jane Boyd secured a half, but otherwise the Irish edged ahead in a close encounter. Alex Peters was beaten only on the 18th, Rachael Goodall was three-under par when she lost on the 17th while Sarah-Jane Boyd just missed a birdie on the last which would have squared the overall result. Final placings: 1 Wales, 2 Ireland, 3 England, 4 Scotland England v Ireland results Foursomes Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) & Lauren Taylor (Woburn) beat Olivia Mehaffey & Paula Grant 3/1 Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) & Rachael Goodall (Heswall) halved with Lisa Maguire & Leona Maguire Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) & Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’) lost to Maria Dunne & Emma O’Driscoll 4/3 Singles Taylor lost to Leona Maguire 3/2 Hall beat Mehaffey 7/6 Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) beat Mary Doyle 1 up Peters lost to Amy Farrell 1 down      Goodall lost to Grant 2/1 Boyd halved with Lisa Maguire        12th September 2013 England beat Scotland at Women’s Home Internationals England returned to winning ways when they beat Scotland 5-4 on the second day of the Women’s Home Internationals at Scotscraig, Scotland. But, Wales are favourites to win the title after they recorded their second success of the tournament. They followed up on yesterday’s win over England by beating Ireland 5-4 today. If they defeat Scotland tomorrow the title will be theirs. England will play Ireland tomorrow and, to keep alive hopes of successfully defending their title, they must win by a large margin – and hope that Wales falter. In today’s match, England were 2-1 up after the morning foursomes, with the team’s two new internationals playing their part. Cheshire’s Rachael Goodall continued her successful partnership with English champion Sarah-Jane Boyd, while Surrey’s Annabel Dimmock paired up with Alex Peters of Nottinghamshire for her winning debut. In the singles, British champion Georgia Hall was quick to score England’s third point with a 6/5 win in her match – conceding only one hole during the game. Gabriella Cowley and Annabel Dimmock secured the team’s win when they both closed out their singles opponents. Results Foursomes Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) & Lauren Taylor (Woburn) lost to Alyson McKechin & Eilidh Briggs 2/1      Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) & Rachael Goodall (Heswall) beat Lauren Whyte & Heather Munro 2/1 Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) & Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’) beat Megan Briggs & Gabrielle MacDonald 2/1 Singles Hall beat McKechin 6/5 Boyd lost to E Briggs 2/1 Cowley beat M Briggs 4/2 Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) lost to Connie Jaffrey 3/2 Dimmock beat Whyte 2/1      Goodall lost to Hannah McCook 2/1     11th September 2013 England lose to Wales at Home Internationals England’s defence of the Women’s Home Internationals began with a 6½-2½ defeat by Wales on the first day of the tournament at Scotscraig, Scotland. Despite the scoreline the match was very close, with five of the day’s nine games going to the 18th. But time and again, England were on the back foot after the 17th, and this hole proved to be the team’s downfall. In the morning foursomes, Lauren Taylor and Georgia Hall lost the 17th to go one down – and could only halve the 18th. In the singles, exactly the same fate befell Lauren, Gabriella Cowley and Alex Peters. Georgia Hall was the exception in the afternoon. The British champion birdied both 16 and 17 to close out her game against Amy Boulden and provide England’s sole singles win. English champion Sarah-Jane Boyd held on well against Becky Harries to provide a half – and was unbeaten on the day. In the morning she combined with new international Rachael Goodall to provide England’s only foursomes win. The momentum in the match ebbed and flowed between the two teams as the singles unfolded. The Welsh took the early initiative before England fought back – only to founder too often at the 17th. England coach Steve Robinson commented: “The score doesn’t reflect the quality of the play or how close the match was. “Now we’ve got to reflect on our performance and see what we can improve. We’ve got to pick ourselves up for tomorrow – we’ve got a few points to prove to others and to ourselves.” In the day’s other match Ireland and Scotland halved. Tomorrow, England will play Scotland while Wales take on Ireland. Results England v Scotland   Foursomes Lauren Taylor (Woburn) and Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) lost to Amy Boulden and Becky Harries 1 down Alex Peters (Notts Ladies) and Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) lost to Chloe Williams and Katie Bradbury 3/2 Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) and Rachael Goodall (Heswall) beat Sam Birks and Kath O’Connor 4/3. Singles Hall beat Boulden 3/1 Taylor lost to Williams 1 down Peters lost to Bradbury 1 down Cowley lost to Birks 1 down Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) lost to Jess Evans 3/2 Boyd halved with Harries Caption – The England team, back row from left: Amber Ratcliffe, Gabriella Cowley, Rachael Goodall, Sarah-Jane Boyd, Georgia Hall. Front row: Lauren Taylor, Alex Peters, Lynn Booth (captain), Annabel Dimmock.last_img read more