Briefs

first_img Stetson’s Tampa campus to open January 1, 2004 Regular News The Third Quarterly Membership Meeting of the Florida Association of Legal Support Specialists, Inc., is set for the Hampton Inn & Suites, St. Petersburg, on January 31.In conjunction with this meeting, FALSS is offering a review course January 29 for those interested in sitting for the Civil Trial Special Area examination that is to be administered January 30.On January 31, a certification workshop is being offered on Civil Trial Law II and will be presented by Robert R. Anderson, FALSS’ director of education. That will be followed by a seminar presented by Karen McLead on the unauthorized practice of law, followed by a seminar presented by Patti Zeilner on the use of uniform case numbers that have been mandated for use by the Florida Supreme Court. The last seminar will be presented by Sean Scott on Elder Law and Medicaid PlanningFor more information contact Loretta Aldridge at (727) 894- 0676 or visit www.falss.org. Briefs Amendments affecting billing and costs sent to the court Two proposed Bar rule amendments, one on billing and the other on costs, have passed the Board of Governors and will be forwarded to the Supreme Court.The board at its December meeting followed the recommendation of the Disciplinary Procedure Committee in approving the changes.The first would alter the comment to Rule 4-1.5 by suggesting that lawyers should discuss with clients, in some circumstances, alternatives to hourly or fixed-fee billing.In response to a question, Bar Counsel Tony Boggs noted that no obligation is created for lawyers by the change because it is in the comment, not the text, of the rule.The added language reads: “Although hourly billing or a fixed fee may be the most common basis for computing fees in an area of practice, these may not be the only bases for computing fees. A lawyer should, where appropriate, discuss alternative billing methods with the client.”The second approved amendment also affects Rule 4-1.5, but pertains to costs. It sets out guidelines that can be used to evaluate, in the event of a dispute, whether costs are reasonable and also includes this provision: “When the parties have a written contract in which the method is established for the charging costs, the costs charged thereunder shall be presumed reasonable.”The changes will go to the Supreme Court later this year as part of the Bar’s annual rule amendment petition. Bar receives favorable audit The Florida Bar received a favorable audit for its 2002-03 fiscal operations, according to the Audit Committee. Committee member Warren Lindsey told the Board of Governors last month that the Bar’s auditors have finished the fiscal review and prepared a management letter that found no problems with Bar operations. The committee has asked the auditors to guide it in identifying any new auditing responsibilities they and the Bar have under the Sarbanes Oxley bill, passed last year. Lindsey also recommended, and the board approved, renewing the audit contract with Carr, Riggs & Ingram, L.L.C., of Tallahassee, for another three years. < p> Board approves funds for grievance process survey Money for surveys for the Bar’s ongoing review of its grievance process and staff time transfers for a new advertising task force have been approved by the Bar Board of Governors, acting on recommendations of the Budget Committee. Both those activities were also approved by the Program Evaluation Committee, and the board also approved two other budget amendments. Budget Committee Chair Jesse Diner said the Special Commission on Lawyer Regulation sought $22,342 to survey judges, lawyers, grievance committee members, complainants, and others involved in the grievance process. Special commission Chair Hank Coxe reported to the board that the commission’s work is proceeding well. He said the panel has already received a wide range of comments and advice, but in addition wants to do a comprehensive survey of people who have been involved in the grievance process. “It is a remarkable education process,” Coxe said of the commission’s work so far. “It’s going to be a tedious process, but I think a worthwhile one. I am amazed at the number of people who are aware this is going on.” On the advertising task force, Diner said that President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson is creating that panel to review Bar advertising regulations and their effectiveness. That will require an allocation of $10,210 plus Bar staff time. Johnson said she hopes to appoint the task force this month, which she expects will have 13 to 15 members. “I definitely plan to put people on who advertise,” she said. “I think we need their input to see what rules work and which don’t.” Johnson said she also wants to ask Bar attorney Barry Richard about whether the Bar can constitutionally require lawyers to submit ads for Bar review before they are published or aired without running afoul of prior restraint issues. Present Bar rules require that ads to be reviewed must be submitted no later than concurrently with their first publication. On other budget matters, Diner recommended and the board approved paying $8,963 for a planning retreat. Those expenses, he explained, are part of implementing the recommendation to have the Bar’s Executive Committee, with a few additional members, take over long-range planning for the Bar. President-elect Johnson said the board will be getting a plan for that transition at its January 30 meeting. “We’ve got a good workable plan, and we’re looking forward to being able to give that to you,” she said. The Budget Committee also recommended, and the board approved, a $3,000 allocation to the joint Bar/CPA committee. The money will be used to help pay for an upcoming CLE seminar on complying with the Sarbanes Oxley Act. < p> Tax lawyers, CPAs to tip-off Tax attorneys and CPAs will square-off January 20 for a little round ball action at halftime of the Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics game at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. The contest is part of Florida Bar Tax Section Night at the NBA game, according to Richard Comiter, chair of the Tax Section. Along with the halftime game pitting the lawyers against the accountants, participants and their families and friends will enjoy dinner at the Dewars-12 Clubhouse, parking, and tickets to the game for $75. The night was put together by Ken Hackett, a Bar member who is involved with the Heat and who Comiter describes as a “captologist.” That’s one who is an expert in understanding the NBA salary cap rules. “It should be a unique nice evening,” said Comiter, who also will serve as honorary captain of the Heat that night. “Everybody is so excited about playing, and we are getting a lot of interest from people about coming to the game.” Comiter said Marty Cass, a CPA from West Palm Beach, is putting together the CPA team. “It also is a good idea to promote a relationship between the Heat, being the sponsor and us supporting them – a mutual support system,” Comiter said. For more information or to buy tickets contact Hackett at (954) 474-4227 or e-mail @[email protected] The deadline to order is January 12. The Stetson University Tampa Law Center and Campus will open January 8 with the start of spring semester classes.Located at 1700 N. Tampa St., just off Interstate 275, it will be the first law school in Tampa.“This is a milestone in the history of our law school,” Dean Darby Dickerson said. “It is only through the hard work and cooperation of the city of Tampa that we are able to achieve this significant goal.”Dickerson said the Stetson Law Center will be a major hub for legal activity in downtown Tampa and will house evening law classes, the Tampa branch of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal, and continuing legal education programs.“The Tampa campus will create unprecedented opportunities for our students and faculty,” said Jan Majewski, associate dean of the Tampa campus.A formal dedication of the campus is set for 10 a.m., February 21.The three-story, 73,500-square-foot building reflects the same Spanish-Mediterranean architecture of Stetson’s Gulfport campus, including a tower that overlooks downtown Tampa. The first and second floors house classrooms, a state-of-the-art courtroom, a law library, and other law school space. The third floor contains chambers and offices for the Second DCA.Judge Mattie Bell Davis memorial luncheon set for Midyear Meeting A year ago, members of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers gathered to celebrate the publication of a historical review of FAWL writen by Judge Mattie Belle Davis. The book A History of Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 1951-2002, was a gift from Davis to all FAWL members.On January 15, FAWL members will gather to celebrate Davis’ life. Davis, the first woman to sit on the bench in Dade County, died this past July. Judge Davis was a founding member of FAWL, as well as the association’s historian throughout her life.The memorial luncheon is scheduled in conjunction with The Florida Bar’s Midyear Meeting at the Miami Hyatt Regency Hotel from 12:30-2p.m. Tickets are $35 for FAWL members and $45 for nonmembers and should be purchased or confirmed through the FAWL office by January 12. Call the FAWL office at (850) 894-0055 or e-mail [email protected] to obtain a ticket.FALSS sets meeting for January 31last_img read more

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, October 20

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed speculation linking the Spanish giants with a move for Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling. (Daily Mail)Ancelotti has also told Manchester United to forget about re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo. (The Sun)Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal hopes to blow Arsenal and Chelsea out the water with a MEGA contract offer for Germany World Cup winner Sami Khedira. (Daily Star)Manchester United are also planning a £15m bid for Torino full-back Matteo Darmian. (Daily Express)Manchester United target Arturo Vidal insists he is “100% committed” to Juventus despite being left out of the squad for their clash with Sassuolo at the weekend. (Daily Star)Dani Alves is continuing negotiations with Barcelona over a new contract but the club want him to take a wage cut.The Brazilian was reported to have agreed a pre-contract with Manchester United but no deal is in place. (Daily Mail)Liverpool, Everton, Swansea, Hull and West Ham are all keen on Marseille forward Andre Ayew. (Daily Mirror)Neil Lennon is hoping to bring his former Celtic strike star Gary Hooper to Bolton. The new Trotters boss has identified the Norwich City forward as the man to help lift the Championship side away from the relegation danger zone. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…‘We’re not at our best, but we’re getting there’, Liverpool boss Rodgers tells talkSPORTExclusive – Arsenal are only fighting for third or fourth, claims ParlourExclusive – Arsenal MUST be more disciplined in defence, says Gunners legendExclusive – Higginbotham: Sunderland players gave up in 8-0 mauling at SouthamptonMUST WATCH: No wonder Man United reportedly want this Dutch starlast_img read more

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