UF leads the way on the bar exam

first_img UF leads the way on the bar exam May 15, 2003 Regular News UF leads the way on the bar examcenter_img Graduates from the University of Florida got the highest passage rate for those taking the February Florida bar exam.Better than 82 percent of UF law students taking the exam in February for the first time passed, making it the ninth time in the last 15 tests given that UF Levin College of Law students have led the state’s eight private and public law schools.The Florida Board of Bar Examiners released the results from the exam April 14. Also that day, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead approved 674 candidates for admission to the Bar.A total of 956 people took the exam, 450 from out of state and the remainder in-state graduates. The FBBE also said 840 took the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam in March, 267 from out of state.Florida topped those who took Part A and Part B of the general bar exam; 126 of the 153 UF grads passed, or 82.4 percent.Florida State University was next, with 33 of its 41 graduates passing, or 80.5 percent. Third was Stetson University, where 58 of 75 graduates passed, or 77.3 percent.Of the other law schools: 57 of Nova Southeastern University’s 78 students passed the exam, or 73.1 percent; 30 of 43 graduates from Florida Coastal passed, or 69.8 percent; 36 of 53 graduates from the University of Miami passed, or 67.9 percent; 18 of 31 from St. Thomas University passed, or 58.1 percent; and 12 of 32 graduates from Barry University of Orlando passed, or 37.5 percent.Three hundred and fifty eight of the 450 applicants from out-of-state law schools passed, or 79.6 percent. Overall, 76.2 percent of those who took Parts A and B passed.In the last eight February tests, UF graduates have been first five times and second twice in terms of percentage passing. In the last seven July tests, UF grads finished first four times and second once.“Our students traditionally do very well on the bar, partially because they are great students and partially because they have great teachers,” said UF law school Dean Jon Mills. “We’re proud of our students’ continued success and look forward to their achieving leadership roles in the state, nation, and legal profession.”On the MPRE portion of the exam, 83.8 percent of all those who took the test passed. Passage rates by school were 93.4 percent for UF; 91.9 percent for Stetson; 88.6 for FSU; 86.6 for UM; 76.5 percent for Nova Southeastern; 70 percent for St. Thomas; 69 percent for Florida Coastal; and 59.3 percent for Barry. The rate was 82 percent for out-of-state test takers.The February exam marked the last time the test would be administered using the pass/fail line of 131. The Supreme Court on March 20 raised the pass/fail line to 133 for the July exam and ordered it raised again a year from now to 136. The court acted on the request of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners in a case that had been pending since 1999. (Case no. SC96869)The scores can be found on the court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org.last_img read more

Central New York natives Boltus, Lynch connect on game-winning goal

first_imgNow what?Jovan Miller sat back in his seat, arms folded. His white No. 23 jersey was still his outfit of choice. His eye black still present high on his cheekbones.Following a 9-8 double overtime loss to Army, Miller was joined by John Galloway, Cody Jamieson and Tim Harder at the press conference table. The others wore street clothes, as Miller looked ready to play another half of lacrosse.He simply couldn’t bring himself to disrobe. ‘It hasn’t even hit me yet, that is why I still got my jersey on,’ Miller said. ‘It is just one of those things you just don’t have the words for it.’Miller lacked the words for it because, well, he and the rest of the Syracuse juniors had never experienced a post-season loss until Sunday night. The Orange was 8-0 in tournament play since a loss to the University of Virginia in 2006.Coming into the season questions swirled around the Syracuse squad. They graduated the core of their midfield and everyone wondered how they would replace Kenny Nimms, Dan Hardy and Matt Abbott.The Orange answered and lost just one game all season by one goal. After the shocking loss to Army, head coach John Desko wanted to make sure his team realized the success they did have all season.‘You are going to look back on your season and say hey, you lost two games by two goals,’ Desko said. ‘So even though it stings and it hurts right now, the season’s over with and it’s time to reflect on their accomplishments and what they should be proud of.’But for the moment, it was impossible to be proud. Miller couldn’t take his jersey off. Galloway couldn’t help but think about getting back on the field.Even if that chance is a year away.‘There is no easy way to put it into words,’ Galloway said. ‘The seniors did a great job leading us here. But the bottom line is we are getting ready for next year and that is what the focus will be tomorrow.’ It was not the typical Syracuse connection that put an end to a thrilling game in the Carrier Dome Sunday — but it certainly was a Syracuse connection.Jeremy Boltus (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) found Devin Lynch (Skaneateles, N.Y.) on the doorstep of the Orange goal with five seconds left in the second overtime to give Army the 9-8 shocker of a win over No. 2 seed SU.For the Central New York native-Lynch, the wins don’t come much sweeter than this one.‘To be able to do something like this, it’s truly amazing,’ he said after the Black Knights’ frenzied celebration had concluded. ‘It’s a moment that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.’Lynch and Boltus weren’t the only local Cadets to have a major influence on the Army win. Bill and Tim Henderson, brothers from Tully, N.Y., combined for eight ground balls and five caused turnovers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTim wreaked havoc in the middle third of the field, gobbling up the majority of his six ground balls after faceoffs. When Syracuse midfielder Josh Amidon’s shot sailed wide with one minute left in the second overtime, it was Bill who beat SU’s Chris Daniello to the end line to give the Black Knights their final possession.But it was the consistent heroics of Boltus and Lynch that stole the show. The duo finished with two goals and an assist apiece. Boltus’ second goal tied the score at eight in the fourth quarter. Lynch’s first score beat the buzzer at the end of the second quarter on what Army head coach Joe Alberici called the ‘most critical play of the game.’ All that before the local pair combined to end Syracuse’s title defense.‘It’s really been what they’ve done for us all year,’ Alberici said. ‘(Boltus) has been the quarterback of our offense. He has the ability to make everybody else better and he was doing that again.‘What (Lynch) has given us is his tremendous speed. I just call him kind of sneaky. All the sudden you look and he’s got a goal or two … The upstate guys, I’m just really happy for them.’ Facebook Twitter Google+ [email protected]@syr.edu   Comments The second time aroundArmy head coach Joe Alberici made sure the number 18 was etched into his team’s memory after a 12-7 loss to Syracuse on Feb. 28.Eighteen. That was how much the Black Knights lost the ground ball battle against the Orange earlier this season. So to make sure his team would not let that happen again, Alberici started every practice for the next week doing 18 ground balls.‘That was not acceptable for us,’ Alberici said. ‘This time we out-ground-balled them by four which gives us a little possession. You cannot score against Syracuse unless you have a ton of possession.’Alberici’s blatant message was well received by his squad. Army not only out-ground-balled the Orange, but the extra possessions led to a tired Syracuse defense, a rushed Syracuse offense and a huge upset in favor of the Black Knights.As Army scooped up loose ball after loose ball, it appeared as if the entire game took place in front of the Syracuse net. This took a toll on Orange goalkeeper John Galloway and his defense. And Syracuse head coach John Desko was quick to point out how the possession domination affected his offense, as well.‘It didn’t seem like we could get a good possession on our end of the field,’ Desko said. ‘When we got it we were in a hurry to force it and make something happen and it played into their game plan.’And ground balls were not the only adjustment Army made coming off the early season loss. In that match-up senior attack Chris Daniello killed Army, tallying four goals. It was a performance that earned Daniello extra attention this time around.‘The kid is a first or second team All American,’ Alberici said. ‘That wasn’t apparent to us in the first game. So I thought it was pretty critical when we put Billy on him and Chris didn’t score, so I thought that was critical for us.’ Published on May 17, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Defensively improved LA Clippers stumble against Hawks

first_imgNo defense, no championship. Apparently, the Los Angeles Clippers now get that, even though they stumbled in that regard Saturday when they were beaten 107-97 by the Atlanta Hawks before a sellout of 19,236 at Staples Center.The numbers prove it. Since Dec. 26, the day after the last game Blake Griffin played, the Clippers were third in the NBA in defensive rating (99.6 points/100 possessions) ahead of Saturday. Prior to that, they ranked 14th, allowing 101.2 points per 100 possessions.Once Griffin went down with a partially torn quad tendon – he later fractured his hand – the Clippers had no choice but to play better defense. But coach Doc Rivers said the team still needs better defensive trust.“I think our defense, obviously, the numbers tell you it’s light years (better) from what it was earlier in the year,” Rivers said before tipoff. “But I still think we have a trust barrier to get over the next phase. I think they now know we can be a good defensive team. “But I think what we’ve got to get to when things aren’t going well, they still know we’re a good defensive team. And I think playing on a couple of teams – in New York, at least – as a player, you know you’re great when a team scores 120 and you think it’s a fluke. You question it.”The Clippers led by as many as 17 points early in the second quarter, but did not play well the rest of the way and took just a 55-50 lead into halftime. The Clippers trailed by a point at 80-79 entering the fourth quarter. The game was tied 90-90 with six minutes to play.Afterward, Rivers was asked what happened after his team earned that 17-point lead.“I thought it was the last four minutes in the first half,” he said. “I thought we lost that lead, they cut it to five and I thought they came out in the second half with more energy, quite honestly.”Chris Paul scored 17 points and doled out 11 assists. But he scored just two points in the second half and finished 6 of 16 from the field. The same question was posed to him. “We just let them back in it,” he said. “… I had some bad turnovers tonight, low energy and I think a lot of the credit has to go to Atlanta, fighting to get back into the game, and we just let this one go.”The Clippers had a total of 19 turnovers. Paul had four of them.The Hawks ((35-28) utilized the Hack-a-DJ strategy and it resulted in DeAndre Jordan shooting 17 free throws and making seven. The Clippers were 17 of 28 overall from the free-throw line, for 60.7 percent. The Hawks made 17 of 20 (85 percent).“The biggest thing whenever teams do that is we have to defend,” Paul said. “So what happened was our defense let us down tonight.”Rivers said the ploy helped the Hawks.“It was effective tonight,” he said. “Overall, it has not been effective. I thought they did a good job. Every time they had a lead, they used it, and that is the way it is supposed to do it.”The Clippers (40-21) had won three in a row. They fell 1 1/2 games behind third-place Oklahoma City in the Western Conference standings.Jordan also scored 17 for the Clippers and had 11 rebounds, five blocks and four steals; the Clippers were outrebounded 53-41. Jeff Green scored 14 – just two in the second half – Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers each scored 11 and J.J. Redick had 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.Jordan was pulled with 3:48 to play – he went back in with 1:18 left – after he had missed 3 of 4 free throws during a span of just more than a minute. He did not complain about that. He did spell out why he believes his team lost.“We had (energy) in the beginning of the game,” he said. “We have to have it for 48 minutes, and we didn’t.”The Clippers shot 43 percent, the Hawks 44.9.Jeff Teague led Atlanta, which has won four of five, with 22 points and seven assists. Paul Millsap scored 20 and grabbed 18 rebounds, Kent Bazemore scored 17, Dennis Schroder 16.Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was stoked.“It is very satisfying to play so well at the end of the game, especially against a team that is playing as well as the Clippers have been,” he said.It was just one game, and the negative result shouldn’t take away from all the positive strides the Clippers have made on defense. Clippers point guard Paul is known as one of the better defenders in the league at his position. He likes what he’s seen. But like his coach, he believes the team can improve upon what it’s done over the past 30 games, during which the Clippers had gone 23-7 without Griffin before Saturday.“I think we can be better,” Paul said. “That’s something we concentrate on day in and day out in practice, is defending. We always say we can control that. We can’t control whether or not we’re going to make shots or not, so I think we’ve just gotta keep focusing on our principles and get better every day.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more