19 Dec

Board set to take up the budget, discuss MJP issues

first_imgFinal 2003-04 budget action and an initial vote on a multijurisdictional practices report will top the Bar Board of Governors agenda when it meets May 30 in Key West. It will be the last meeting of the Bar’s 2002-03 fiscal year.The budget received its first approval at the board’s April 4 meeting, and governors will consider any objections from members at the May meeting. The final fiscal plan will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court. The new fiscal year starts July 1.The balanced budget calls for income and expenditures of $28.8 million. It continues the Dignity in Law program, with some of those operations brought in-house, and provides money for the new Bar Internet Web portal. That will offer members, for free, an Internet access point that includes legal research, docketing, news services, e-mail, and other customizable services.The Bar’s largest division, which oversees lawyer regulation and includes grievance, lawyer advertising, professionalism, and ethics, would be increased from $11.9 to $12.6 million under the budget.Perhaps most importantly, the spending plans leaves Bar annual membership fees unchanged at $265 for active members and $175 for inactive members. (See story and the complete budget breakdown in the April 30 Bar News. )The board at its last meeting reviewed a report on MJP prepared by a special commission and is scheduled to vote on its recommendations in Key West.The recommendations include that out-of-state lawyers who are not Bar members may not be admitted pro hac vice in Florida more than three times in a 365-day period and that the Bar would be able to discipline those attorneys if they break Bar rules. Those out-of-state lawyers would also have to pay the Bar $250 per case to fund the necessary expanded grievance operations.Any rule changes that went up for first reading at the April meeting will come back for a second reading, and then be forwarded to the Supreme Court.The Board of Legal Specialization and Education and the board’s Certification Plan Appeal Committee are scheduled to present much debated changes in the procedures for lawyers who appeal their denial of certification or recertification.The board will also be making several appointments at the meeting.It will nominate three lawyers for one seat on each of the 26 judicial nominating commissions, with Gov. Jeb Bush making the final choice in each case. Those chosen will serve four-year terms beginning July 2.The board will also select three lawyers for two-year terms in the ABA House of Delegates.Other appointments include:• Six lawyers for two-year terms on the Florida Legal Services Board of Directors.• Five lawyers for three-year terms on the Florida Lawyers Assistance Board of Directors.• Two lawyers for five-year terms on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.• One lawyer for a four-year term on the Florida Patient’s Compensation Fund Board of Governors.• Three lawyers for four year terms on the Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims.The meeting will also have the annual Comments for the Good of the Order, where board members attending their last meeting make comments that frequently include recommendations for improving the Bar and board operations. Board set to take up the budget, discuss MJP issues May 15, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img Board set to take up the budget, discuss MJP issueslast_img read more

17 Sep

Professor wins Guggenheim fellowship for diversity in law

first_imgLee Epstein, the provost professor of law and political science at the Gould School of Law and at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Thursday based on her scholarship on diversity among federal judges.Each year, the fellows are appointed based on distinguished achievement and potential for future accomplishment. Fellowships typically support a scholar’s work for a 6-12 month period of time. Epstein is one of 175 recipients of this year’s fellowship.“I’m honored to serve as a Guggenheim fellow and look forward to continuing my work on the role of diversity in the federal courts,” Epstein said in a statement.Epstein, who will continue to teach at USC, currently holds the Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law. She specializes in the study of judicial decision-making, judicial appointments and legal research.“I have long been an admirer of Professor Epstein’s outstanding scholarship in the areas of constitutional law, judicial behavior and the empirical analysis of legal institutions; she is the prototypical provost professor who combines insights from several disciplines to produce research of consequence,” said Elizabeth Garrett, the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at USC, in a statement.USC Gould Dean Robert K. Rasmussen said Epstein’s ability to educate is equally as strong as her scholastic pursuits.“She is not only a brilliant scholar, she is an exceptional teacher who truly cares about her students and colleagues,” Rasmussen said.Epstein was also the recipient of the Law and Courts Service Award from the American Political Science Association section and was selected as the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for the 2013-14 academic year.last_img read more

16 Sep

Beat writers predict Syracuse to take down former Big East rival Georgetown

first_imgNo. 14 Syracuse (6-1) faces former Big East rival Georgetown (3-3) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Orange is coming off a 66-58 overtime loss to Wisconsin on Wednesday night, its first of the season. Mike Hopkins will coach his first game as SU’s head coach following the NCAA’s ruling on Jim Boeheim’s appeal of a nine-conference-game suspension.Here’s how our beat writers predict the rekindled rivalry will unfold:Sam Blum (5-2)Syracuse 65, Georgetown 58Hop scotchTwo major storylines will converge at the Verizon Center on Saturday in one of the biggest nonconference games in Syracuse history. And Hopkins will help the Orange skip its way to a big win. SU proved it can compete even when it’s at its worse like it was on Wednesday, but expect the Orange to get up for its old Big East rival.Sam Maller | Staff Photographer AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJesse Dougherty (5-2)Syracuse 74, Georgetown 69Start of something newIn the first game of Jim Boeheim’s nine-game suspension, and the first of Hopkins’ head coaching career, Syracuse rallies to beat its old Big East rivals. Hopkins, known as a relentless motivator, has the players ready to compete in a game that is decided in the closing minutes. As Georgetown clamps down on Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney, Malachi Richardson steps up on the biggest stage of his young career and ultimately steals the show.Matt Schneidman (5-2)Syracuse 67, Georgetown 62Hey, old friendThe Orange knows what a dominant frontcourt looks like after getting bullied by Wisconsin on the glass. Georgetown has another, but big-man specialist Hopkins won’t let SU get dominated as it did against the Badgers. Dajuan Coleman rebounds from a no-point, five-minute performance and is the X-factor against the Hoyas. Comments Published on December 4, 2015 at 3:04 pm Related Stories Mike Hopkins will coach his 1st game ever on Saturday against GeorgetownWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s loss to WisconsinJim Boeheim: I had no involvement with underlying violations of this caseSyracuse basketball primer: What to know about Wisconsin and GeorgetownGallery: Wisconsin hands Syracuse its 1st loss of the seasoncenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more