New Tax Lawyers Committee announces 2020-22 Tax Section fellows

first_img Aug 26, 2020 Regular News New Tax Lawyers Committee announces 2020-22 Tax Section fellows The Tax Section’s New Tax Lawyers Committee named Brittany Cobb and Lauren Kurtz as its 2020-22 Tax Section fellows.The Fellowship Program’s purpose is to attract and retain new tax lawyers by encouraging them to become active in the section. New Tax Lawyers Committee members include all regular and affiliate section members who are age 35 or younger at the beginning of the section’s fiscal year and any regular or affiliate section member regardless of age who has not practiced tax law for more than 10 years.The fellowships provide annual financial subsidies of up to $2,500 to attend Tax Section meetings and events. Elisa Walker and Collin Clark are 2019-21 fellows.The New Tax Lawyers Committee works to increase new tax lawyers’ participation in Tax Section meetings, provide networking and learning opportunities, and encourage involvement and leadership roles in Tax Section projects. The committee also offers scholarships to defray tuition expenses for Florida Bar Tax Section programs on a program-by-program, case-by-case basis. Preference is given to public interest lawyers, solo or small firm practitioners of limited means, and unemployed attorneys.For more information about the New Tax Lawyers Committee or its fellowship or sponsorship programs, contact committee co-chairs Dee Menzer at [email protected] of  and Collin Clark at [email protected]last_img read more

Family feud results with an arrest

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeFamily feud results with an arrest Sep. 01, 2017 at 6:10 amCrimeFamily feud results with an arresteditor4 years agoCrime Watchdaily press crime watchsanta monica crime watchSanta Monica Police Departmentsmdp On August 17, 2017 at about 9:55 p.m.Officers responded to a radio call for service regarding a disturbance at a residence in the 2200 block of Colorado Blvd. Officers arrived on scene and determined a brother and sister were involved in a physical altercation. The subjects got into a verbal argument that escalated when the male subject became upset and began to physically assault the female victim. The suspect hit and kicked the victim multiple times and attempted to strangle the victim. The suspect was taken into custody. The suspect also had an outstanding “no bail” warrant for assault with a deadly weapon. Elijah Aaron Thomas, 26, from Santa Monica was arrested for battery with serious injury and no bail warrant. No bail was set.Crime Watch is culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.Tags :Crime Watchdaily press crime watchsanta monica crime watchSanta Monica Police Departmentsmdpshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentNarcissist in ChiefNew warning system tested on local busesYou Might Also LikeCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author3 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author7 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author1 week agoCrimeFeaturedNewsDUI & Possession of a Rifle ArrestsGuest Author1 week agolast_img read more

Falcons Owner Says Decision On Stadium Site Close

first_img1:55 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List The owner of the Atlanta Falcons says a decision on a new stadium site is close.1:55Speaking at a panel discussion in downtown Atlanta, Arthur Blank said prep work is nearly done on both sites – the preferred location south of the Georgia Dome, and the backup option on the Dome’s north side.“We’re fairly close to coming to a conclusion. Obviously a lot of work was done on the south (site). The north (site) is pretty much caught up with that. Our aspiration is that in the next couple of weeks we’d be able to get that finalized.”The contractual deadline is October 1, but Blank expects to have a site nailed down before then.Two churches own property on the preferred south site. Friendship Baptist leadership agreed to a tentative deal earlier this month. The other church, Mt. Vernon Baptist, is still negotiating. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and former mayor Andrew Young have stepped in to help reach a deal.Blank reiterated the advantages of the south site, including its proximity to MARTA rail stations, but said he’s be fine with the north site as well.“We want both of these churches to do what is in their best interest, not in our best interest. If they do the right thing for themselves, we’ll be fine. If that means us going north, we’re absolutely fine with that. That was actually our preferred site for the first couple of years.”Blank said whatever the location, his commitment to the surrounding communities won’t change.“We want to see a situation where people are moving back in those communities, have the proper education, have the proper jobs, have a way to elevate their whole life cycle as well, so we’re committed to doing that and that’s why we’re going to be active in this community for the next 30, 40, 50 years not the next four years.”Blank Foundation President Penny McPhee echoed that and said there’d be a special focus on working directly with those in the Vine City and English Avenue neighborhoods.“It won’t be about cutting a check. It’ll be about being in the middle of those conversations. Helping to build the capacity of the nonprofits that are already in the neighborhoods so they can work and bringing in new partners to strengthen it.”  The foundation has committed $15 million to those efforts. City officials and neighborhood leaders are working out where that money would be best spent in ongoing meetings at City Hall. ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Share Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories For Whom The Bell Rings last_img read more

The Krzysztof Skubiszewski Scholarship and Research Grant 2020

first_img Pocket LinkedIn 0 Open Call: The new Democratic Wo/Men of the Western Balkans 2021 DRAPER HILLS SUMMER FELLOWS PROGRAM ← ​​Summer School on Human Rights, Minorities and Diversity Governance in Italy The Krzysztof Skubiszewski Scholarship and Research Grant 2020 Share 0 Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships Programme Call 2020 → +1 Applications for Commonwealth Youth to Lead on Human Rights and Democracy Deadline: 8 April 2020Open to: candidates who hold a master’s degree or equivalent, and have successfully defended their doctoral thesis (or have other significant academic achievements)Benefits: fully fundedDescriptionApplications are open for the Krzysztof Skubiszewski Scholarship and Research Grant 2020. The scholarship holder will be given the opportunity to conduct academic research in Poland during the 2020/2021 academic year in collaboration with the University of Warsaw or with another Polish university, in the field of law, political science or contemporary history. The Foundation will grant one scholarship and two research grants for the academic year 2020/2021.The goal of the scholarship is to promote democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and the respect of law in international relations. The research grant is intended to finance a three-month or shorter visit to Poland, that will have the same purpose and will be organized in the same way as the research work in Poland financed by the scholarship.EligibilityThe scholarship and the research grant are open to candidates from Central Europe, the Balkans, the Baltic States, Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia & the Caucasus;The scholarship is open to candidates who hold a master’s degree or equivalent, and have successfully defended their doctoral thesis (or have other significant academic achievements) or have accomplished works of significant importance in the public interest, especially in the area of promoting democracy and the rule of law;Preference will be given to candidates who are under forty years of age;Proficiency in foreign languages, particularly English, will be an important selection criterion;Proficiency in Polish is desired. If the scholarship holder has no sufficient knowledge of Polish, he/she will undergo an intensive Polish language course in the period immediately before the beginning of the academic year (in August and in September). If the grantee needs a Polish language course, the Foundation will organize the course during his/her academic visit to Poland.BenefitsThe scholarship holder will receive:a total of EUR 6,700, payable in monthly installments, in the case of a 9-month stay in Poland; if the stay lasts for less than 9 months, the amount paid will be proportionally reduced (the scholarship holder will have to pay revenue tax on this money, either in his country of permanent residence or in Poland);paid-up accommodation in Warsaw or reimbursement of accommodation expenses during his/her stay in Poland;travel costs for one trip from the place of permanent residence to Warsaw and back; andreimbursement of the cost of insurance covering emergency medical treatment in Poland.the foundation will allocate EUR 750 for the purchase of books or other material useful to the scholarship holder’s research.if the scholarship holder needs an intensive course of Polish, then the Foundation will bear the cost of the course and of board and lodging for the 1- or 2-month duration of the course.The grantee will receive:a total of EUR 2,250 if the duration of the research visit to Poland is three months or, if the duration is shorter, an amount of money proportional to the duration (the grantee will have to pay revenue tax on this money, either in his country of residence or in Poland);paid-up accommodation in Warsaw or reimbursement of accommodation expenses during his/her stay in Poland;travel costs for one trip from the place of residence to Warsaw and back; andreimbursement of the cost of insurance covering emergency medical treatment in Poland.The Foundation will allocate EUR 250 for the purchase of books or other material useful to the grantee’s research.If the grantee needs an intensive course of Polish, the Foundation will bear the cost of the course.How to Apply?For more information, and to apply, please visit the official website. Tweet February 21, 2020 Published by sihana Similar Stories Redditlast_img read more

Australia to Make Frangible Devices Mandatory

first_imgMore from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email* Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Australia is to make frangible devices compulsory at all national and FEI events from February 1st – the announcement coming just days after the FEI said it is not yet convinced that mandating devices globally should go ahead.Until recently, Australia was one of the least active of the major eventing nations in terms of promoting cross-country fence safety technology. That changed when two young riders, Caitlyn Fischer and Olivia Inglis, were killed last year.A number of initiatives since resulted in every single Australian competition venue being supplied with frangible devices by June 2016. Financial support came from the Equestrian Australia Making Eventing Safer Fund supported by Terry Snow, a billionaire philanthropist who donated AUS $250,000, and from the Olivia Inglis Foundation.Now, Equestrian Australia rules insist that “all fences that can be fitted with frangible devices MUST be fitted with frangible devices. These include all open corners, open oxers, verticals or near verticals with open rails, top rail on triple bars and gates where the rail dimensions and weight fits the acceptable parameters of an approved frangible device.”An officials’ education program will be rolled out in February and March.Olivia, 17, died in March 2016 and Caitlyn, 19, in May. Although they were killed at different events, Scone and Sydney, both took place in New South Wales. Horse-Canada understands that the state coroner is considering holding a joint-inquest into the deaths.Campaigning for frangible technology heightened this fall following the death of Maxime Debost at a two-star competition in France in September. He was killed in a rotational fall at an un-pinned triple bar.David Morton, a former British horse trials official now living in Ireland, led a social campaign challenging the FEI to mandate rather than recommend frangible pins where appropriate. He gained high profile support, including from Eventing Canada and Badminton.However, the FEI responded by passing the initiative to national federations. Then earlier this month it also issued a document which answered issues raised on social media and at the FEI General Assembly in Montevideo.This included reservations over phasing in mandatory usage, as recommended by the FEI’s risk management committee whose chairman David O’Connor has since been elected chair of the FEI eventing technical committee.The memo – which is not attributed to any one person – said: “While rotational horse falls have decreased dramatically, there is evidence – as highlighted in the Barnett report – that the number of horse falls in general is higher at fences fitted with frangible technology.“Although clearly it could be the question rather than the frangible technology that is causing these falls, more information and data is needed to understand this horse fall rate.“It is a priority to reduce horse falls as a whole so this is where data collection is an extremely important part of the decision-making process around the world. FEI statistics show that rotational falls have been reduced by more than 50% in the 10-year period from 2006-2016 so there are clear benefits. The bottom line is that we need to have a better understanding of this evidence, and where it fits into the overall picture, before we can consider making the use of frangible technology mandatory.“The decision of National Federations to use frangible technology is fully supported by the FEI and in line with National Federations taking their responsibilities on risk management. However, following a more comprehensive evaluation by the FEI Eventing Committee and for the reasons mentioned above, the FEI strongly believes that it would not be beneficial to the sport to impose mandatory implementation at this point in time.” Tags: frangible pins, frangible devices, last_img read more

Dean – School of Naturopathic Medicine

first_imgApplicants must send a letter of interest, a CurriculumVitae or résumé and contact information of at least threeprofessional references to: [email protected] and complete theElectronic Employment Application at Review ofapplications will begin immediately and will continue until theposition is filled. Universidad Ana G. Méndez – Gurabo Campus is an EqualOpportunity, Affirmative Action Employer M/W/V/D Universidad Ana G. Méndez – Gurabo Campus invites applicationsfor the position of Dean of the School of NaturopathicMedicine.Universidad Ana G. Méndez – Gurabo Campus is a private,non-profit, comprehensive institution of Higher Education, located15 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a stunning 138-acrecampus with 17 buildings, a museum and a virtual library. Universidad Ana G. Méndez – Gurabo Campus offers undergraduate andgraduate programs in the areas of Natural Sciences and Technology,Engineering, International Design and Architecture, Education,Business and Entrepreneurship, Health Sciences, Social Sciences,Communications, Liberal Arts, Veterinary Medicine and NaturopathicMedicine.  With a population of over 10,000 students,Universidad Ana G. Méndez – Gurabo Campus fulfills its mission byenhancing knowledge through excellence in teaching and research. It promotes innovation and the internationalization of itsprograms.  To accomplish its mission, the institution recruitsand develops quality human resources and promotes communityinvolvement, public services, cultural development, and sports.The vision of the School of Naturopathic Medicine is to becomean internationally recognized naturopathic medicine school toimpact, as a social tool, the community healthcare model of PuertoRico.  Its mission is to develop naturopathic physicians whowill provide excellent patient care through the application of thenaturopathic medicine principles and philosophy within anevidence-based and evidence-informed, integrative, and humanistichealthcare model.The Dean assumes leadership in the managementand administration of the school, academic standards, teaching andlearning, quality enhancement, curriculum development, researchdevelopment, knowledge transfer and internationalization, strategicplanning, budgeting, and the acquisition of external funding. The Dean must work closely with faculty and programcommittees, and maintain liaisons with other administrators of theUniversity, the central administration, federal, state and localagencies, the private sector and related organizations andassociations, as well as community leaders.The successful candidate must have a doctoral degree inNaturopathic Medicine from an accredited school.  An activeState Naturopathic Physician license in Puerto Rico or the UnitedStates is required.  He or she must have at least five (5)years of significant academic and administrative experience. Clinical practice experience is also required.  Strongleadership and supervisory skills, ability to work with a diversegroup of colleagues, and unquestioned integrity are required. Accountability, teamwork, assertiveness, enthusiasm, strongcommunication, technology, research development and publicrelations skills are traits that are expected.  Written andoral fluency in English and Spanish is preferred.last_img read more

When In Robe Brooklyn Spa Dance Party W/ Gina Turner, Tjani, Subset 11/16

first_img**UPDATE: We’re excited to announce the addition of DJs Tjani and François Dillinger!**When in Robe Brooklyn Spa Dance Parties are back in full swing for the season. On November 16, we’re excited to welcome Gina Turner, Subset and more DJs TBA.Gina Turner was recently voted New York City’s best DJ by the Village Voice, beating out a slew of other hopefuls. She’s a veteran of Holy Ship where besides throwing down some epic music, she also hosted yoga sessions. Her last major NYC appearance was a legendary back to back set at Output with her husband, Laidback Luke. Spa regular Subset may be the hardest working DJ in New York City. As the resident DJ of Webster Hall’s long running BASSment series, he’s been instrumental in bringing heavy bass music to the city. However, this versatile DJ can be seen spinning all over Manhattan and Brooklyn, opening for a who’s who of superstar DJs and bands.If you need a refresher course on our When In Robe parties, here’s the deal: With your ticket purchase, you get a glass of complimentary champagne, and access to a locker and robe, and guests are encouraged to change into their bathing suit or beach wear and enjoy our luxurious spa. The spa features two rooms – a ‘wet lounge’ with hot tub, cold plunge, saunas, steam rooms, and massages, along with our dry lounge, which features the DJs, full bar and dance floor. Buy Ticketslast_img read more

North Country Hospital joins Healthy Food Partnership

first_imgNorth Country Hospital,When we say North Country Hospital is the place where ‘caring runs deep’we really mean it! Not only do we give our best in caring for our patients, we care about the food they eat and their over-all health.Our food and nutrition service has rolled out entirely new menu concepts for our patients and in the café. The new Hospital Healthy Food Initiative is the result of collaboration between our food service company Morrison and Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA). ‘We’ve been at the forefront of the industry on health and wellness for more than two decades. The PHA partnership is an extension of our philosophy of offering wholesome, nutritious, and better-for-you foods and will allow us to make healthful choices easy and even more accessible to millions of patients, staff and visitors,’said Tim Pierce, CEO, Morrison.In joining the initiative, Morrison agreed to make a commitment to adopt standards for nutrition labeling, healthy food marketing, wellness meal offerings, elimination of deep fat fryers, increases in healthy beverages and increases in fruits and vegetables offered.  World class chefs and nutritionists at Morrison have created delicious new recipes for hospital menus.Using the latest research on healthful eating and incorporating techniques that influence behavioral change in food consumption, Morrison will improve the health profile of the hospitals it serves by implementing such changes as:·                     eliminating 5.7 million pounds of sugar from bottled beverages·                     switching to exclusive use of whole grain or legume-based pasta in the 3.7 million pounds of pasta we serve each year·                     offering whole grains as an alternative to the 1.9 million pounds of rice served annually·                     offering better-for-you foods in place of high impulse low-nutrient food at cash registers·                     reducing fat calories by using healthier, misted oils exclusively in appropriate applications·                     and featuring images of healthy nutrient-rich food in our regular marketing promotions‘We believe we have a responsibility to help change people’s lives through healthier food environments,’said Gordan Lodewyk, NCH manager of food and nutrition services. ‘By joining with PHA, Morrison can help hospitals in their mission of becoming models of healthful eating and implementing practices that support a more robust and healthier food system. They will be supporting us in encouraging behavioral change in the hospital environment and the community.’last_img read more

In 2040 planning project, Lenexa residents envision a future for city that’s ‘thriving, connected and livable’

first_imgThe city has enlisted volunteers to help promote the Vision 2040 planning process. Photo credit city of Lenexa.Thriving, connected and livable: These are three recurring descriptors that have emerged from Lenexa residents who have taken part in Vision 2040, the city’s long-range visioning project.Vision 2040 started on Feb. 21, when Mayor Michael Boehm called for volunteers during his state of the city speech for steering committee meetings, task forces and community forums. The process is about halfway completed. Organizers expect to finish their work in November and present their final findings to the City Council, Sheila Shockey of Lenexa-based Shockey Consulting, who is conducting the Vision 2040 effort, told the council at its Tuesday night meeting. The city is paying the company $139,000 for the project.The guiding principles of the process and its resulting strategy, according to Shockey’s presentation to the council, are that the strategy is “progressive, inclusive, creative, forward-thinking, community-building, achievable, measurable, adaptive and distinctly Lenexa.” Vision 2040 focuses on four areas: economy, growth and revitalization; neighborhoods and housing; infrastructure and transportation; and sense of community.The first of two surveys had about 1,200 responses and closed in late July, Shockey said. The second survey has more than 1,000 responses so far and will close Aug. 15. About 1,800 people have taken part by writing on signs what they want Lenexa to be and having their photos taken with the signs.Organizers have been to 26 events to make presentations about Vision 2040 and get residents’ top five ideas, and they plan to hold about the same number of additional events before the process is completed. An event called VisionFest is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 on the civic campus and will include a futurist who will talk about future trends in Lenexa.The next step, Shockey said, is to work as a team to take the data and “put them into some big concepts.” Organizers also will start targeting the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce and the Lenexa Economic Development Council to get the business community involved in the process.Ward 4 Councilman Andy Huckaba said that the map Shockey presented showing survey respondents’ locations and the locations of events and meetings for the project revealed a notable lack of participation in the city’s business parks. He advised Shockey to address that discrepancy and said that small businesses “are in Lenexa for a reason.”“Some of them started here,” Huckaba said. “Some of them moved here because this is where they wanted to be. I think they have a lot to say, but they have to be asked. And so, just don’t lose those people. I think they’re very important to the future of Lenexa and we should be asking them.”Ward 2 Councilman Thomas Nolte said that the map showed a lack of engagement in areas with rental properties.“I don’t think we’re getting that same love from people in our apartments,” Nolte said, adding that about half the city’s population lives in rentals. “It’s a little disappointing.”Plans are underway to further engage people who live in apartments, Shockey said.This is Lenexa’s third city-visioning effort, which will yield a document with long-term goals the city should try to achieve. The first was in 1997 for Vision 2020 and the second in 2008 for Vision 2030. One of the first effort’s noteworthy goals was the creation of City Center close to the city’s geographical center.last_img read more

Barry U. program strives to instill high ethical standards

first_img Barry U. program strives to instill high ethical standards Senior EditorLaw school can teach you how to think like a lawyer. Should it also teach you how to act like a lawyer?Yes. In fact, a resounding “yes” is how a group of Barry University School of Law students and faculty is answering that question.“I thought it was a good thing to teach people before something bad happens in the professional field,” said Shantel Woodard, a first-year law student. “Teach them while they’re in law school so they don’t get disbarred in their professional career.” Woodard is one of five volunteer students participating in Barry’s new Student Professionalism Enhancement Program (SPEP), taught by law professor Helia Garrido Hull.The course, developed with help from the Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism, serves the same function as the Bar’s Ethics School — catch students with minor problems and correct them before they result in serious discipline problems, either at law school or later during their professional careers.Woodard and her fellow classmates, though, have not been referred to the initial course because of discipline or behavior problems.Rather, they are volunteers taking the class to help work out any wrinkles.The SPEP works with the school’s Student Conduct Code and its Honor Code of Conduct, which set out expected student conduct. Along with admonitions not to cheat, disrupt classes, or treat others disrespectfully, students are also warned they should not engage in conduct which “violates the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct.”One sanction for violating the codes is a requirement to complete the SPEP.Third-year law student Ashley Maxwell said the codes are appreciated.“From what I’ve been hearing, it’s definitely a very welcome addition,” she said. “I think a lot of 3-Ls [third-year law students] were frustrated with the environment that we were sending people out into the legal environment without any moral compass.”“It really reinforced a professional environment in school,” said first-year student Steve McCloskey. “It was good to know what conduct was tolerated and what conduct was not tolerated. It really helped create a professional atmosphere.”Professor Hull said the SPEP class tries to help students analyze the causes and cures for bad behavior.“We’ve talked about various things, why people do things they do,” she said. “We’ve talked about mental health and addictive behavior, the variety of issues on what attorneys do to get themselves in trouble.“And we’ve talked about the conduct code and the sanctions and the behavior that’s not tolerated.”The class uses real-life hypotheticals based on law practice and what the students see in law school. That includes, Hull said, a discussion of what sanctions are appropriate for various types of misconduct.Hull said the class is also looking at something not usually found in a law school course: “What makes us happy.”The idea came from a 40-year study on Harvard graduates on what made them “good, successful, and happy human beings.”“You’re the person who basically decides what your life is going to be about,” Hull said. “You can go down the right path or you can go down the wrong path.”Law students, she said, need to think about that, especially as they face the pressures first of law school and then of practice.“Basically, most people who go to law school have Type A personalities. They expect perfection,” Hull said. “When you don’t have enough time in the day and people rely on you. . . sometimes people do crazy things. They take something to stay up two or three days at a time.”One result of the unrelenting pressures and attempts to balance personal and professional lives is “people tend to hate the practice of law,” she said. “We did talk about that at length in one of our classes. We see it in law school and we see it more in young attorneys.”John Berry, the Bar’s director of Lawyer Regulation, said the Barry course and conduct codes are exactly what the Bar hopes to see in its revised professionalism efforts. Those are focusing on reaching lawyers early in their careers, and even law students, to instill in them high ethical standards.Berry, who has more than 30 years experience in grievance processes in several states, said he hopes to reverse findings of studies that have shown students enter law school with high ideals but finish with a more cynical outlook. It’s also part of a different way of looking at grievance problems that began nearly two decades ago with an ABA study, he said — that bad behavior is not just something that must be punished but a symptom of a disease that in many cases can be treated.That view, Berry added, is supported by the success of the Bar’s Ethics School, which takes lawyers diverted from minor grievance cases and teaches them how to avoid future problems.Traditionally in law school, “the emphasis was on knowledge with a little bit of skills, but not these other things that would have a great influence on whether you succeed as a lawyer and you succeed as a person,” Berry said. “This isn’t just about being nice. You are really going to have a difficult time in the practice of law if you are not getting along with judges and your fellow lawyers. The system of justice is really going to be hurt if we can’t get along.”The outlines for the SPEP course reflect those ideas. According to the Barry law school, “The program is centered on the idea of a moral compass; of professionalism in the context of attitude, not just conduct.”The course reminds students that a law license is a privilege, not a right, and encourages them to ask themselves, “Why am I doing this?”“Students will be encouraged to view their actions through the lens of professional identity, which is not just about the skills they have or the results they obtain, but how they interact with others and build their reputation,” according to Barry law school.“Imbuing a strong sense of professionalism in our students is an essential part of the Barry Mission,” said law school Dean Leticia M. Diaz. “Our partnership with the Latimer Center is already proving to be extremely valuable. It is great to have the support of the practicing Bar as we make this effort to teach our students about ethical values and professional behavior.”The current SPEP students, even though their participation is voluntary, say they are learning valuable lessons.As a result of a questionnaire taken as part of a class exercise, Erica Ashton, a second- year law student in the class, discovered, “I have a lot more stress and pressure on me than I ever thought.. . . I handle the stress pretty well and that was really surprising and valuable to me. It made me think about some things I need to pay attention to so my grades don’t suffer and other things on campus don’t suffer.”She’s also learned that “I am not crazy to want to pursue other education and maybe not practice law all of my life.. . . I’m not crazy if it means when I’m done [with law school] if I’m not so happy practicing law, I can do something else.”Woodard said she was surprised to learn of the number of lawyers with chemical dependency problems.Maxwell said that underscores the importance that “when life and being an attorney catches up to you and you feel burned out, take a step back and evaluate what is important and do the right thing.”“I do think it will make us better lawyers,” Ashton said. “This is something we are doing before we’re lawyers, hopefully something that will prevent problems by making us aware of things now and hopefully preventing us after we’re licensed attorneys from making mistakes.” December 1, 2009 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Barry U. program strives to instill high ethical standardslast_img read more