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_imgTheft cases were down by 80 percent (from15 to three cases). The number of robbery cases, on theother hand, stayed the same at three. She also gave credit to the continuingpolice campaign against crimes. PRO-6 data showed 130 crimes from March16 to 19 this year, down by 215 incidents from the 345 cases recorded in thesame days in 2019. Cases of physical injury went down by66.66 percent – from 15 last year to five this year. The drop was determined by comparing thenumber of crimes recorded in such period this year and last year. “But the police won’t be complacent.There are opportunistic criminals. We are this urging people to remain in theirhouses and always keep their doors locked,” said Malong./PN Homicide cases posted a 50-percentplunge – from two last year to one this year. Murder cases dropped by 100 percent(from six incidents in 2019 to none this year).center_img “The COVID-19 concern is a factor. Localgovernment units have been urging people to stay at home. Businessestablishments have opted to close shop. Even petty crimes dropped,” saidPolice Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, PRO-6 spokesperson. ILOILO City – The coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19) is believed to be a factor in the dramatic drop in crime rateacross Western Visayas – 62.31 percent in a four-day period (March 16-19),according to the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6). Rape cases declined, too – 71.42 percent(from seven last year to two this year). ‘GHOST TOWN’. The usually congested Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue in the bustling district of Mandurriao, Iloilo City is empty on the first day (March 20, 2020) of the nearly month-long lockdown imposed by the city government in a bid to keep the metro free from the coronavirus disease 2019. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The PRO-6 expects a further drop incrimes most especially in Iloilo City due to the lockdown of the metro orderedby Mayor Jerry Treñas. No carnapping incidents last year andthis year from March 16 to 19. There were two “motornapping” incidents lastyear; none this year. The eight “focus crimes” – murder,homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, carnapping, and “motornapping”– also dropped, PRO-6 data showed. It recorded 14 cases from March 16 to 19this year, way below the 50 cases it recorded in the same period in 2019. last_img read more

first_imgAt 44, Chuck Noll had joined an elite level of NFL coaches with Vince Lombardi and Don Shula after the win in Super Bowl X. Noll, hired at 37, endured a 12-30 record in his first three seasons in Pittsburgh before the success came. (Phil Sandlin, AP)Chuck Noll.You see the name and you immediately think four time Super Bowl winning coach. Noll was one of the best to ever coach the game and fortunately for the Steelers, he spent his entire 22 year head coaching career with the black and gold.After being a defensive assistant with the Chargers for six seasons and then three more years under Don Shula in Baltimore, Noll was hired as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 at the age of 37.Noll struggled out of the gates only winning 12 games in his first 42 tries and not making the playoffs until his fourth year with the Steelers.  By year six, the team that would form the eventual dynasty of the 70’s was born and Noll led his Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl titles in a span of six seasons.In 22 seasons, Noll compiled a record of 209-156-1, won nine division championships, four conference titles and four super bowl championships as well.  Two years after his retirement, Noll was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.Noll was the father of the Steelers as we know them. Without him, the expectation to win a championship each year would not exist, the team would not have the most Super Bowl rings in league history and the rabid fan base may not even exist as it does today. Noll was a winner through and through and a true representation of the Pittsburgh culture.The Steelers were unsuccessful through their first four decades, when they appeared in just one postseason game. Then in 1969, the Steelers hired Chuck Noll, left, as head coach and he, with a core of players including QB Terry Bradshaw, changed the fortunes of the franchise. (AP Photo/File)Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more