first_img September 1, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Bar board sends unbundled rules to the Supreme Court Bar board sends unbundled rules to the Supreme Court Senior EditorPraising them as model rules that will help both clients and lawyers, the Bar Board of Governors has passed amendments to specifically allow unbundled legal services in family law cases.At its August 16 meeting in Sarasota, the board endorsed without any changes the recommendations of the Unbundled Legal Services Special Committee II and forwarded them to the Supreme Court. Earlier this year, the court asked the Bar to formulate proposals allowing lawyers to handle only parts of cases for litigants in family law cases.The court, however, noted it has not reached any conclusions that such rules are needed but said it wanted such proposals when it considers the issue later this year.“This is really an access to the court issue,” said board member Sharon Langer, who chaired the first unbundled services committee and was vice chair of the second. “The ABA has found that unbundling is the number one way of increasing access. And it’s a way to get lawyers back into the mix where clients are doing it all themselves.”Board member Arthur Rice said he had initially opposed the effort but the final draft won his support. He added, though, that there should be monitoring if the rule changes eventually are adopted by the courts.Langer said the Family Law Section, the Family Courts Steering Committee, and the Conference of Circuit Court Judges supported the amendments. The Small Claims Rules Committee, the Trial Lawyers Section, and the Young Lawyers Division opposed the alterations. The Family Law Rules Committee supported the rules with some suggested changes, which were made.“We don’t think there can be sufficient safeguards to have the clients’ interests served,” YLD President Juliet Roulhac told the board. “We don’t know that this is the best rule, the best format.”YLD President-elect Mark Romance added that the YLD board had doubts that a lawyer could handle only one aspect of a case without affecting other areas. For example, he said, equitable distribution issues might affect child support.But board member Henry Latimer disagreed, noting most cases don’t have equitable distribution issues. “I think over 70 percent of litigants in family cases go unrepresented,” he said. “It’s a very, very good rule and a good place to start.”He said lawyers who now get a call to help with a custody issue might be reluctant to get involved because they would become responsible for the entire case. With the proposed changes, they can help out on that crucial issue without getting bogged down in other details and issues, and hence will be more likely to help, Latimer said.Langer told the board there are three main proposed changes:The first is to Bar Rule 4-1.2. “Basically the rule will clarify that limited representation in this state is allowed, the limited representation must be reasonable, and an attorney-client relationship is in fact formed,” Langer said.All the Bar rules on the attorney client relationship would apply, she said, adding the rule also requires the limited representation agreements be in writing.Changes to Rules 4-4.2 and 4.4-3 are identical, she said. They clarify when opposing counsel may or may not contact the party directly when there is limited representation. Basically, the opposing attorney must contact the party’s attorney of the parts of the case where the attorney is providing limited representation, Langer said.The third change is to Rule 12.040 of the Family Law Rules of Procedure.“This is to meet what the Supreme Court is asking us to do,” Langer said. Among other things, the rule allows limited representation in court and out of court, requires court permission to switch from full representation to limited representation, mandates that if an attorney assisted a pro se litigant in preparing a pleading or other document the document must say so, although the attorney’s name need not be given, and allows the attorney to file a notice of completion when the limited representation is concluded. Judicial approval is not needed to leave the case when the limited representation is finished.The Official Notice detailing the exact wording of the proposed rules changes can be found here.last_img read more

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I love TED Talks.  If I had to pick a favorite, it would be this one: Benjamin Zander and the Transformative Power of Classical Music.Let me set the scene.Mr. Zander acknowledges that only 3% of America really likes classical music. While many are depressed within the classical music community with that number, do not include him among the Debbie Downers. With a smile, he says the following…“Everybody loves classical music, it’s just that many people haven’t found out about it yet.“You need to watch the video. He proceeds to put on a show. And before he’s done, an audience of executives are spellbound, listening to him play a classical piece.His confidence and pure joy when talking about classical music is infectious.  Is classical music for three percent or ten percent of the population? continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgB.offshore GmbH has completed maintenance work on the offshore substation of the Alpha Ventus offshore wind farm in Germany.Source: b.offshoreB.offshore’s scope of work in the 12-month project included the installation of two new tank containers on the platform of the offshore substation, as well as the design and installation of new solutions for the emergency power system.According to the German company, the original steel tanks were replaced with plastic tanks made of polyethylene (LLD-PE). The two offshore containers are each fitted with three CUBE tanks and have a combined capacity of 15,000 liters.The company was also in charge of developing and implementing a solution to integrate the new system with the existing substation control technology, managed by EWE OSS Offshore Service & Solutions, who coordinated the work.Deutsche Offshore-Testfeld- und Infrastruktur GmbH & Co. KG (DOTI), the operator of the wind farm, recently completed acceptance tests for the new solution, b.offshore said.The Alpha Ventus wind farm comprises six Adwen M5000 turbines and six Senvion 5M turbines located some 45km north of the island of Borkum.The 60MW project was commissioned in April 2010, when it became Germany’s first offshore wind farm.last_img read more

first_img As Norwich poured forward in search of a deserved equaliser, second-half substitute Diame was released into the Canaries’ half and finished the game off deep into added time. The win moved the Hammers up to 10th in the Barclays Premier League and left Norwich down in 16th – with Hughton bemoaning his side’s missed chances. “I am very, very frustrated,” he said. “When you come here, you know you’ll be up against a direct and physical game and you have to match them. For nearly all the game we were able to do that but you rely on getting a little release by scoring goals. “No-one can say we didn’t attempt to get into goal areas and didn’t create chances. It is a bit too familiar, creating chances and not putting them away. We put more pressure on ourselves. “The first goal is a ball we dealt with all game and on that one occasion we didn’t. When you don’t get the lead that you think you deserve, you are always under pressure. It’s the first goal that hurt us and the missed chances.” England goalkeeper John Ruddy was culpable for Collins’ crucial opening goal as he rushed from his line only to see Diame’s cross float over his head. But Hughton refused to lay the defeat at the door of his goalkeeper, who had faced a largely quiet opening 84 minutes of the game, “I’m never one to apportion blame but it’s the type of ball we dealt with very well all game,” said Hughton. “When you play West Ham you have to deal with a lot of them and we did it well. No doubt the better chances fell to us. There was so much good about our performance. “The (opposition) keeper’s made some good saves and unfortunately in our last two away games both keepers have put in man-of-the-match performances. It shows we’re creating chances. But we’ve got to look at ourselves.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has now seen the club enjoy three consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since the end of the 2006/07 campaign, turning around early-season form as they seek to remain in the top flight. “It is just delightful,” Allardyce said. “An outstanding victory and a hard-earned win – 13 points from six games is a terrific run of form considering where we were and the trouble we were in. “Even 10th might not be out of trouble – we have to continue and get more results. “It’s a great end to an important run of fixtures. If Norwich continue like that, they will have no problems. They were very good and gave us a good game.” Allardyce was again left singling out the heroics of goalkeeper Adrian, who kept his fourth clean sheet in succession to set his side up for another valuable three points. “Our goalkeeper kept us in the game,” Allardyce said. “We scored late, when it is hard for anybody to come back into it – his reward was us winning it.” Norwich manager Chris Hughton was once again left ruing the inability of his players to convert their chances as the Canaries were beaten by two late West Ham goals. Press Association Summer signing Gary Hooper spurned the best of the visitors’ chances at Upton Park as Norwich continued to come up against Adrian, a goalkeeper in fantastic form. Robert Snodgrass and Alex Tettey also saw decent efforts kept out by the Spaniard before James Collins headed home a Mo Diame cross with six minutes remaining, paving the way for a 2-0 win. last_img read more

first_img Shooting a score of 59 is the impossible dream for most golfers.England boys’ squad member Craig Passmore, however, is not your average golfer.And at the tender age of 17, Passmore has already exceeded his wildest golfing fantasy to record a stunning round of 58!“It was pretty insane,” remarked Passmore in what may go down as the understatement of the 2019 season.Picture the scene.Standing on the 18th fairway at the Players Club near Bristol, the young golfer from Devon knew that a birdie three at the final hole would give him that magical score of 59.No mean feat on a course with a par of 72.Inevitably, there was a buzz as a small crowd of fellow competitors and curious spectators from the clubhouse gathered behind the green eager to watch the drama unfold.Having played without fear all day, Passmore wasn’t about to change tactic now.The youngster pulled out a wedge, steadied himself, took aim at the pin – and promptly holed out from 45 yards to nail a 58!It’s no wonder that the student from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College lost his mind for a few seconds.“I just dropped the club and held my head in my hands!” confirmed Passmore as he reflected on the craziest round of his fledgling career.“My previous best score was a round of seven-under par. To then come in with a round that was 14-under par is surreal.“I have to say everyone at the course was really happy for me and the boys I know in the England set-up were also quick to pass on their congratulations on social media.“There were a few comments expressing disbelief – but I guess that was to be expected.”To put Passmore’s round into perspective it’s worth noting that it took nearly 50 years for any golfer on the European Tour to break the 60-barrier.Oliver Fisher was the ecstatic golfer who finally cracked the code – his 59 in the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura in 2018 coming after over 690,000 competitive rounds on the European Tour without a single score registered in the 50s.And let’s nail this now – the Codrington Course at the Players Club is no ‘gimme.’Off the medal tees it stretches to 6625 yards. For the purposes of the qualifying competition on that November day, Passmore used a combination of yellow and white tees – with the course still playing around 6200 yards long.The incredible thing was that in a round featuring nine birdies and three eagles it took a BOGEY to kickstart the scoring spree.Passmore explained: “It was just one of those days when almost everything went my way. I say almost because I bogeyed the fourth hole after a three-putt.“At that point I just decided to go for it. I only had 21 putts in my round which is ridiculous.“I couldn’t believe how it turned out.“Nine birdies and three eagles is mad.“After my bogey I immediately birdied the next two and then eagled the seventh by holing my second shot from 60 yards.“We were one of the last games out so by the time I came to the final hole there were a few people around the green including my coach Kelvin Aitken and a lot of the other competitors.“I knew a birdie would give me a 59. To then hole my second shot again from about 45 yards was unreal.”Out in 30 and back in 28, plus-two handicapper Passmore was justifiably thrilled.Passmore was still walking on air when he set off for the Justin Rose Telegraph Young Masters in Portugal.When he did land in the sunshine, Passmore was surprised to find that Rose was not only putting his name to the event, he was also there to encourage the competitors.Passmore finished a creditable fifth in the boys’ event but was able to take so much more than a decent finish away from his stint at Quinta Do Lago.“The week in Portugal at Justin Rose’s event was amazing,” said Passmore.“It was an experience I will never forget. For Justin himself to turn up and speak with all the players was brilliant.“I’m a huge admirer of his and was able to ask him lots of questions mostly about the mental side of the game.“He always seems so mentally strong on the course and keeps his focus and that’s something I’d like to develop.”Passmore has earned an England call-up for 2020 when he will compete in the European Boys’ team championships being held at Upsala Golf Club in Sweden in July.The following month, England will defend their Home International crown at Killarney Golf Club in Ireland.These team events figure high on Passmore’s list of priorities for the new year along with better showings in individual championships.He added: “I went into the 2019 season with no expectations. I had had a couple of poor years really and decided to try and relax and try and play a more natural game.“I made the quarter finals of the British Boys’ and I’d like to go further in 2020.“I should look at things like the Carris and other boys’ events too.“I’ve not been involved at England level before and that’s something I’m really looking forward to as I know the experience of these team events will help me develop.“The way the 2019 season has ended has given me plenty of encouragement for 2020.”Headline photograph credit: Leaderboard 2 Dec 2019 A round of 58? That’ll do for Pass marks! last_img read more