Board to meet in Jacksonville

first_img May 15, 2002 Regular News The Bar Board of Governors will take a final look at its proposed $29.6 million 2002-03 Bar budget — which does not raise membership annual fees — at its May 24 meeting in Jacksonville.The board, at its last meeting during the tenure of Bar President Terry Russell, also will nominate six lawyers for each of the 26 judicial nominating commissions and consider several ethics-related issues.The board approved the budget at its May 15 meeting, and will consider objections from members at the Jacksonville gathering, before making any final changes and forwarding it to the Supreme Court for review.The budget projects total revenues of $29.6 million and projects a surplus for the year at nearly $1 million. Annual membership fees, which were raised last year, will remain at $265 for active Bar members and $175 for inactive members.Included in the budget is $750,000 for President-elect Tod Aronovitz’s Dignity in Law initiative, which aims to improve public education and perception about the legal profession. Aronovitz plans to raise $200,000 or more of that from separate contributions from attorneys and law firms, including from a check-off on the Bar’s annual member fees form. (See story, page 1.)The new budget projects receiving almost $18.5 million from the Bar’s annual membership fees, up from almost $18.3 million for the 2001-02 budget. The Bar expects another $5.5 million from the sale of goods and services, such as CLE courses and legal manuals, which is down slightly from the $5.7 million expected in the current budget.On the expenditure side, the biggest item continues to be the Bar’s lawyer discipline program and other operations (including professionalism, ethics, and lawyer advertising) related to the regulation of the profession. Those are expected to take $11.8 million for 2002-03, an increase of about $500,000 from the current budget.A complete breakdown of the new budget was in an official notice in the April 15 Bar News. With the JNCs, the board will begin the second year of a new program that has the governor appoint all nine members of each of the 26 JNCs. The law, passed by the legislature last year, does have the Bar nominate three lawyers for four seats on each JNC. This year, because of staggered terms, the Bar will be making nominations for two seats on each JNC.The board expects to send the 156 names to Gov. Jeb Bush by June 1. The new terms start July 2.The board will consider several issues from the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, including several advertising appeals and one ethics appeal. The review committee will also present a final draft on procedures for requesting an ethics opinion, which allows the board to issue an ethics opinion on its own initiative.The Professional Ethics Committee is also requesting permission to prepare an opinion relating to third party claims on funds held in trust by an attorney and on lawyers’ duties when a client seeks a second opinion.The board will also get an update on a potentially far-reaching technology project that could be a boon to Bar members. The Technology Task Force will present cost and content information for the proposed Bar-created Internet portal, tentatively called MyFloridaBar.com.The service would function similarly to Yahoo!, MSN, or AOL services in that when lawyers log onto the Internet, the MyFloridaBar page would come up. Based on a similar and popular service offered by the State Bar of Texas, Bar members could customize the homepage for their needs, getting legal research, news, e-mail, or communicating with their offices in an instant.Besides the JNC appointments, the board will select two lawyers to serve on the Supreme Court’s Professionalism Commission, and send the court three nominees for a vacancy on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Board to meet in Jacksonvillecenter_img Board to meet in Jacksonvillelast_img read more

PCP: Fixing tardiness problem

first_imgZetlin:The Wisconsin football team has one game left on its schedule, and it won’t be played in Camp Randall Stadium. But that doesn’t mean we can’t discuss the most glaring issue that looms around Monroe Street on game days: students not showing up on time.I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but the reason 13,000 seats remain empty at kickoff — no matter what time of day it might be — is because there’s really nothing worth seeing. For those of you who don’t know — which I imagine is the majority of you — the Badgers walk down the tunnel to the tune of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name.” When the song hits its climax, Bret Bielema jumps up and down, the music stops, the band cuts in with the fight song, and the players storm onto the field.Chlorophyll? More like bore-o-phyll.Don’t get me wrong; I’m a fan of “On Wisconsin,” but it doesn’t belong as the entrance music. I wouldn’t exactly call it pump-up music. Instead, the Badgers need something exciting like USC’s Trojan Horse entrance, Colorado’s Buffalo or Texas Tech’s Masked Rider. Bucky waving the Motion ‘W’ just doesn’t do it for me.Letting a real-life Badger roam the Camp Randall turf isn’t the answer, but something exciting needs to happen pre-kickoff to convince students to show up on time. Fireworks would be a start.Sorry, Mase, this is the 21st century. The band just doesn’t create enough pre-game hype. Don’t take it personally, though; you’ll be a retired trumpeter during the next home game.Mason:C’mon, Zet, why the jabs at the band? You march a game in my cleats, then we’ll talk.I’ll admit, I don’t necessarily think “On, Wisconsin” is the best way for the team to come onto the field. I can understand how a song over the PA would get the team more pumped up. But the fans?I think pre-game music and entrances are the least of our concerns with putting fans in the seats before kickoff. If the Badgers were to have an entrance similar to USC or Texas Tech, do you really believe more kids would show up earlier?Please.There are essentially two reasons deterring students on this campus from arriving promptly at Camp Randall. Oftentimes they’re too busy tailgating to care about the game. Only when the game actually starts does it sink in to some fans to head over to the field.Playing non-conference teams like Akron and Western Illinois doesn’t help either. Bring in a school like USC or Florida (never gonna happen, I know), and I guarantee the bleachers will be far from empty at kickoff.But that’s not the theme of this argument. We’re supposed to come up with something different to attract fans. Fireworks would get old after one game.It’s something you see done on the professional level, and even sometimes here at UW: pre-game giveaways. Each week, make it something different, but make it a first come, first served basis.Crocs shoes have worked before at women’s hockey and volleyball games. That’s always an option. Or maybe, just maybe, for one game only, give out 100 iPods. You don’t think kids would be lining up for that?Everyone loves free stuff. Everyone on campus loves the Badgers. Put the two together, and everyone will love showing up on time.last_img read more

Former Dornsife professor added to FBI Wanted list

first_imgFormer USC professor Walter Lee Williams was named the 500th person on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Most Wanted List on Monday.On the run · The FBI named former ’SC professor Walter Lee Williams to its Most Wanted List Monday. – Photo Courtesy of LivefullyAccording to the FBI, Williams is wanted for engaging in sexual acts with children, specifically boys between the ages of 14 and 17.“Because of [Williams’] status, he has the means and access to children, and that’s what makes him dangerous,” Special Agent Jeff Yesensky said in a video posted to the FBI’s Most Wanted website.Williams traveled extensively, and many of his victims are said to be citizens of third-world countries. USC previously listed Williams as an expert on Belize, Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia and Mexico. He held appointments in the anthropology, gender studies and history departments. USC verified that Williams left the university in 2011.In addition, Williams started the Gay and Lesbian Review in 1996 and worked to build the ONE Institute’s archives. During his time at USC, Williams served as an adviser for several student organizations, including the Lambda Grads, Shades of Troy and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Assembly.USC released a statement on Monday: “USC is fully cooperating with the FBI investigation. The FBI has informed us that at this time there is no evidence that any of his alleged illegal activities were associated with the university or took place on campus.”A $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Williams’ arrest. Those with information should call 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit the FBI’s website.last_img read more