Court retools professionalism program course requirements

first_img June 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News Court retools professionalism program course requirements Mark D. Killian Managing Editor To establish a basic level of professionalism, the Supreme Court has amended Bar rules to require new Bar members — even those in government service — to take the Young Lawyers Division’s Practicing With Professionalism program.Originally set up in 1988 as a mandatory basic skills course — Bridge-the-Gap — to ensure newly admitted lawyers had an opportunity to begin their careers with some practical understanding of the practice of law, it has evolved over the years to focus on professionalism and ethics issues. The court acted May 12 in response to a Bar petition to amend the rules to reflect that reality. Case no. SC04-914.The court amended the rules to codify that the PWP will be one day in length (the old Bridge-the-Gap was a two-day program) and allow new lawyers to complete the course up to 12 months before admission to the Bar (formerly eight) or 12 months after being admitted. The court also changed the rules to increase the required number of elective, basic substantive CLE programs offered by the YLD from two to three that new members’ must take durring their initial three-year CLE reporting cycle.“I think this is a big victory for all Florida lawyers because the court finally in an opinion identified professionalism as a compelling interest,” said YLD President Michael Faehner, adding the division will work with representatives from government lawyers groups to fine-tune the specifics of the professionalism program.The division also will begin discussions about putting on more basic-level substantive courses to meet the anticipated greater demand, Faehner said.In its petition, the Bar said much of the prior criticism directed toward the PWP was that it contained too much substantive material that was inapplicable to many lawyers’ practices, particularly those of government lawyers. The Bar contended that by reducing the PWP to one day and eliminating the substantive materials, the professionalism and ethics portions could be refocused to apply to all new lawyers, regardless of their practice.“Because the amount of time that new Bar members spend in a course dedicated to ethics and professionalism has been reduced, we conclude that it is logical to compensate for the time taken out of the PWP by requiring attendance at an additional basic YLD course, where the attorney can select the most relevant subject matter,” the court said.The court also amended the rules to no longer to exempt full-time government employees from attending the PWP, but did adopt a “grandfather clause” that leaves the deferral in place for certain government employees and exempts others from the PWP altogether. The rules now provide that full-time government employees who were deferred from the PWP requirement at the time of the amendment to the rule continue to be eligible for the deferment as long as they continuously remain in government practice. Those employees who were deferred from the PWP requirement at the time of the amendment to the rule and had already or thereafter served for six years in governmental practice are also granted the exemption.As amended, the rule continues to allow full-time government employees to defer the requirement that they attend three basic YLD courses. However, the rules were further changed to completely exempt from the three basic YLD courses those members who have been continuously engaged in the practice of law for a Florida or federal governmental entity as a full-time employee for a period of at least six years.“In eliminating the deferral of government employees from the PWP requirement, we find that the Bar has a compelling interest in informing its new members of vital information and explanations necessary for the practice of law in Florida,” the court said. “Further, we conclude that in order for government lawyers to receive the best professionalism training possible, they must hear the views of private sector lawyers.”The court said the purpose of the revisions is to foster a community of professionalism that transcends practice area. Court retools professionalism program course requirementslast_img read more

Are Americans really that bad with money?

first_imgAmericans, they have so much debt. They have so few affordable housing options. They have such spotty retirement-savings programs.So much, so few, but is it any worse than anywhere else? Other rich nations keep good records of similar statistics, enabling researchers to answer an important question: Which financial habits are American anomalies, and which are present in nearly every other developed country? Or, to put the question in a less exceptionalist way: What is it about certain countries’ economies that encourage some tendencies while stifling others?As economists have studied the habits of households around the world, they’ve found two personal-finance patterns that are virtually universal in the developed world. The first is that across countries, higher income, wealth, and education are associated with investing in the stock market. And the second is that people make the wisest financial decisions after they emerge from early adulthood and before they grow old. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Eto’o still holds AFCON highest goals record – CAF

first_img Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Confederation of Africa Football, CAF, has confirmed that no player scored more goals in the history of Africa Cup of Nations than Samuel Eto’o. The Cameroonian legend netted a record of 18 goals in six editions he played for The Indomitable Lions in. read also:Step up your game, Eto’o urges Chukwueze Eto’o was among the Cameroon team that won back to back AFCON titles in 2000 and 2002. He also took part in four more editions (2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010), scoring at least a goal in each of them, which is also a record (scoring in six different AFCON editions) that he shares with Zambia’s Kalusha Bwalya and Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan.center_img Eto’o who played for the likes of giants Real Madrid and Barcelona (Spain), Inter Milan (Italy) and Chelsea (England) among others, donned Cameroon short in 118 caps, scoring 56 goals in the process; a national record. Eighteen of these goals came in the African flagship competition as Eto’o set himself as the all-time record goal scorer, overtaking Cote d’Ivoire’s Laurent Pokou (14 goals).Advertisement Promoted ContentTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World7 Of The Best Top Models From IndiaTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV NowCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous ActorsCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?last_img read more