Detours, some fraught, on path to global citizenship

first_imgThe idea of a “global citizen” is often invoked but seldom defined, usually suggesting some fuzzy notion of a peaceful international community. In the opening panel of Worldwide Week at Harvard, a team of faculty members considered what the term really means.Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR’s “On Point,” moderated the discussion, titled “Are You a Global Citizen? Is That a Good Thing? The Meaning of Global Citizenship,” Monday at the Science Center. To open the conversation, he shared a memory of his mother.“We grew up on a farm in rural Illinois; the neighborhood was half immigrant Swedish and half old American,” Ashbrook said. “She spent time abroad in a U.S. program for farm youth, and from then on she drilled the idea into us. Our house was full of farm kids from India, from Europe, and from Africa — and we grew up thinking that was normal. It was a sincere, ‘kumbaya’ time. Global citizenship wasn’t literal, but it meant caring about other countries’ fundamental humanity as you would your own.”The panelists went on to look at how global citizenship works in a wider sense. Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana brought up his experience studying the World Economic Forum and its annual retreat in Davos, Switzerland. The forum was founded with utopian goals by Klaus Schwab, but over time its key players became multinational corporations.Harvard professors (from left) Danielle Allen, Homi Bhabha, Rakesh Khurana, and Dani Rodrik listen to a prompt from moderator Tom Ashbrook. Photo by J. Graham Pearsall“The ideal is that a new world would emphasize a rising awareness and a kind of secular humanism, but how does this really look in action?” he asked. “It became a nexus of elites that have more in common with each other than they have with their own nation-states. And it became more about the self-interest of those elites. Like many things that start out as a good project, it’s become a bit of a racket.”Homi Bhabha, director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, expanded on the pitfalls of economic globalism. “What we have seen is that globalization produces its own kind of poverty and its own inequality, just as it produces oases of privilege and success.”Ashbrook suggested that economic globalism has produced a strong nationalist backlash — one that Steven Bannon tapped as the architect of Donald Trump’s campaign.“People feel much more comfortable about opening up to the world and empathizing with others when they didn’t have to worry so much about themselves and their children,” said Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy. “There was a time when the labor movement was in favor of free trade because it was seen to be conferring more benefits. But we’ve now seen that the winners get more, and the losers don’t always get compensated.”Khurana zeroed in on the consequences.“Populism used to be about power of the people; now it’s a belief that the conspirators have become the elite and the intellectuals,” he said. “We are losing our own civic identity due to the loss of shared responsibility.”Returning to the idealism of his childhood, Ashbrook asked the panelists what Harvard students can do to become better world citizens.“I’d say the world is connection,” said Danielle Allen, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. “The world is at home, and the world is also here at Harvard. Take advantage of that. And when you travel, pick hard places to live in, the places that are going to stretch your perception of how the world operates. Then commit to a place where you can actually work for advancement.”Global citizenship is largely a matter of awareness, Bhabha said.“Globalization begins at home, and thought always breaks down boundaries and sovereignties. Think of your global citizenship as an extension of your local citizenship, not a substitute for it.”last_img read more

Governor Releases Report on Meeting Renewable Energy Goal

first_img“The findings of the 25 x ‘25 committeeechoes the recommendations of the Governor’s Commission on ClimateChange,” added George Crombie, Secretary of the Agency of NaturalResources. “We need to keep our forests and farmlands working, both forVermonters’ well being and the overall health of our environment.” Next steps detailed in the report include: Governor Releases Report on Meeting Renewable EnergyGoalAdministration seeks 25% RenewableEnergy from Farms, Forests by 2025 Public Service Commissioner David O’Brien said there iswidespread public support for this effort.  “In 2007, almost 1,000Vermonters participated in a public engagement process on energy.  During thosediscussions, Vermonters expressed a strong desire to meet future energy demandsthrough renewable sources of energy.  The use of biofuels and sources such aswood are a natural solution for our state”, O’Brien said.   “In Vermontwe have many natural resources that can be converted into renewable and responsibleenergy options,” Governor Douglas said.  “Working toward, andmeeting, our renewable energy goals will present Vermont new opportunities for economicgrowth and job creation,” said Governor Douglas.  “This report laysthe groundwork for Vermontto be a leader in the expanding farm, forest and field-based energy industries.” Ø     Prioritizing strategies and implementation processØ     Setting a timelineØ     Identifying partners, collaborators and stakeholdersØ     Developing a resource assessment and planØ     Developing a communication planØ     Identifying and procuring administrative support The committee’s report suggests using crop-based technologies,agricultural power sources such as anaerobic digesters, wood-basedtechnologies, farm-scale wind power, and biodiesel, solar, hydro and geothermaltechnologies. Jason GibbsGovernor’sCommunications Director109 State Street ¨ The Pavilion ¨ Montpelier,VT 05609-0101 ¨ www.vermont.gov/governor(link is external)Telephone: 802.828.3333 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3339 ¨ TDD: 802.828.3345 “I appreciate the collaborative effortof the members of this committee and the work they have done to put into placerecommendations that have the potential to positively impact Vermont’s economy and our environment,”Governor Douglas said.  “It is important for Vermont to make continued progress in theseareas.”center_img The 25 x ‘25 steering committee conducting the work, firstlaunched by Governor Douglas and later approved by the Legislature in 2006, iscomprised of a broad coalition of agricultural, energy and policy professionalswhose goal is to develop a plan to meet the 25 X ’25 objective.  Thisreport shows that that is indeed feasible. David Lane, Deputy Secretary ofAgriculture, chairs the committee in 2008. Under Governor Douglas’ direction, Vermontbecame the 14th state to join the 25 X ’25 Alliance in 2006, a coalition of more than330 agricultural, forestry, businesses, labor, environmental and civicorganizations working to advance renewable energy solutions originating fromfarms, forestry and other working lands nationally. The Vermont 25 X ’25 Initiativepreliminary findings and goals can be downloaded from www.vermontagriculture.com(link is external). The report, funded by the Department of Public Service, is acompilation of the work the committee has accomplished over the past year inits consideration of all possible opportunities for renewable energy sources inVermont.   Atthe Governor’s request, it offers one of many scenarios in which Vermont could achievethe 25 X ‘25 goal. ### “Agriculture will play a key role in ensuring Vermont’s energy independence.Renewable energy offers many opportunities for our farmers, our economy and ourenvironment,” said Roger Allbee, Secretary of Agriculture. “Thisreport underscores the opportunities we have to produce energy whilemaintaining our working landscape.” Montpelier, Vt.– Governor Jim Douglas on March 6, 2008, released an advisory report showing that Vermont can meet thegoal of generating 25 percent of its total energy from renewable sources,principally from farms and forests, by 2025.last_img read more

Long Trail stewards welcome new executive director

first_imgThe Green Mountain Club today announced the choice of Will Wiquist as the organization’s new executive director.  Wiquist is the first new director in more than a decade for the 101-year old, 10,000 member club which maintains Vermont’s Long Trail network and seeks to promote the role of the mountains in people’s lives.Wiquist previously served for more than three and a half years as press secretary for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).  Among other public relations responsibilities, he managed the senator’s highly active social media presence including leading the way in building the largest Facebook page in the U.S. Senate. “We are really pleased to have Will Wiquist as our new Executive Director,’ said Marge Fish of Londonderry, president of the Green Mountain Club. ‘He brings great energy and enthusiasm to the job. He has already shown that he can review and absorb large amounts of information, interact with a diverse group of people, and triage the most important issues to work on. We look forward to a long and productive association with him.”Prior to working for Sanders, Wiquist worked as compliance director for now-Rep. Peter Welch’s 2006 campaign for Congress and a senior analyst for the Federal Election Commission. He also has extensive campaign experience in volunteer organizing.  Wiquist has a Masters in Public Policy from American University and an undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College.‘The Green Mountain Club is a wonderful Vermont institution led by dedicated volunteers and a talented and experienced staff.  It is a great honor to be a part of this community,’ Wiquist said. Following the highly-successful tenure of Ben Rose as director, Wiquist began work Monday in the club’s Waturbury headquarters and visitor center on Route 100 headed into Stowe.  Open seven days a week during the hiking season, and five days a week the rest of the year, the visitor center was completed in 2009 and is open to the public for maps, merchandise, hiking expertise and even free coffee.The Green Mountain Club is recognized by the state of Vermont as the “the founder, sponsor, defender, and protector” of the Long Trail system.  With its 273-mile footpath, 175 miles of side trails, and nearly 70 primitive shelters, the Long Trail is the oldest long distance trail in the United States. In addition to the 445-mile Long Trail System, the club also maintains much of the Appalachian Trail and other hiking trail systems in Vermont in partnership with organizations including the U.S. Forest Service, Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.Source: Green Mountain Club.last_img read more

Notice: Pro bono for judges report

first_img June 1, 2002 Notices Notice: Pro bono for judges report The Report of the Task Force on Pro Bono Activities by Judges and Judicial Staff and The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services is before the Florida Supreme Court for consideration.In 1993 when the Supreme Court adopted a comprehensive pro bono legal service plan, it recognized that judges and their staff attorneys are prohibited from practicing law. Thus, the Court deferred members of the judiciary and their staffs from the pro bono requirements of Rule Regulating the Bar 4-6.1. See, Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – 1-3.1(a) and Rules of Judicial Administration – 2.065 (Legal Aid), 630 So. 2d 501, 503-04. At that time, the Court explained:The responsibility of judicial officers and government employees in providing legal services to the poor presents a unique dilemma. Judicial officers and their staffs are expressly prohibited from practicing law, specifically: (a) article V, section 13, of the Florida Constitution (judge shall devote full time to judicial duties and shall not engage in the practice of law); (b) Code of Judicial Conduct, Canon 5B(1) (judge should not serve in civic or charitable organization if it is likely the organization will be engaged in proceedings that may come before the judge or will be regularly engaged in adversary proceedings in any court); (c) Canon 5D (judge should not serve in fiduciary capacity); (d) Canon 5F (judge should not practice law); and (e) Rule of Judicial Administration 2.060(c) (same limitations apply to judicial clerks).These prohibitions are designed partially to prevent judges and their staffs from taking time away from their judicial duties. More importantly, however, the prohibitions are to prevent them from placing themselves in positions where their actions could directly or indirectly be influenced by matters that could come before them or could provide the appearance that certain parties might be favored over others. As a result, members of the judiciary and their law clerks are unable to participate in providing pro bono legal services to the poor absent a broadening of the definition of those services to such an extent that the services would no longer be limited to legal services. As discussed above under the definition of legal services, we believe that a narrow definition of pro bono services is necessary to ensure that the purposes behind the implementation of these rules are in accordance with our authority. Consequently, we find that members of the judiciary and their staffs should be deferred at this time from participating in the program.We emphasize, however, that judges and their staffs may still teach or engage in activities that concern non-adversarial aspects of the law. Canon 4. Although those activities would not be governed by these rules, we strongly encourage the participation of the judiciary in those activities and request the judicial conferences to consider appropriate means to provide support and allow participation of judges and law clerks in pro bono activities. Id. The Court went on to note that there are activities that judges can do to advance the principles of pro bono service. For example, the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Dade County, in a cooperative effort with the Dade County Bar Association, created a comprehensive pro bono program called “Put Something Back.” More than forty judges participate in the program. They train attorneys, staff clinics, and prepare forms and handbooks. Additionally, such activities as teaching seminars for legal aid lawyers or serving on legal aid boards could count toward pro bono service for judges. Id. at 504, n. 3.In October 2000, the Court created the Task Force on Pro Bono Activities by Judges and Judicial Staff to work with the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services to address the continued necessity for judicial deferment and to propose a plan to facilitate participation in pro bono activities by the judiciary and judicial staff. See In re Pro Bono Activities by Judges and Judicial Staff, Fla. Amended Admin. Order No. AOSC00-7 (Oct. 25, 2000). The Court specifically directed the Task Force and the Standing Committee to:• Study how a pro bono commitment, or similar undertaking, can be carried out by judges and judicial staff;• Collect information on non-traditional pro bono activities by judges and judicial staff in Florida and other states; and• Consider need for rules relating to pro bono service by judges and judicial staff.In accordance with this charge, the Task Force and Standing Committee have filed their report.The Court invites all interested persons to comment on the report, as well as on the proposed amendments to Rule Regulating the Florida Bar 4-6.1 and Canons 4(B) and 4(D) of the Code of Judicial Conduct. The proposed amendments are reproduced below. The full report, along with the proposed amendments, is reproduced in full online at www.flcourts.org/sct/sctdocs/proposed.html. Comments also are sought on whether pro bono legal service by judicial staff should continue to be limited in the same manner as pro bono service by judges.An original and seven copies of all comments must be filed with the Court on or before September 3, 2002, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on The Honorable William A. Van Nortwick, Jr., Chair, Task Force on Pro Bono Activities by Judges and Judicial Staff, First District Court of Appeal, 301 South Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1850, and Natasha W. Permaul, Chair, Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, 100 South Hughey Ave., Orlando, Florida 32801. A separate request for oral argument should be filed if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument which has been scheduled for Thursday, November 7, 2002. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA AMENDMENTS TO CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT AND THE RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR RE: PRO BONO ACTIVITIES OF JUDGES AND JUDICIAL STAFF, CASE NO. SC02-1034. 4-6.1 PUBLIC SERVICE RULE 4-6.1 PRO BONO PUBLIC SERVICE (a) Professional Responsibility. Each member of The Florida Bar in good-standing, as part of that member’s professional responsibility, should (1) render pro bono legal services to the poor and (2) participate, to the extent possible, in other pro bono service activities that directly relate to the legal needs of the poor. The professional responsibility to render pro bono legal services cannot apply to members of the judiciary and members of the bar employed by the judiciary, because such persons are prohibited or restricted from practicing law by constitutional or other provisions of law. With respect to members of the judiciary and members of the bar employed by the judiciary, the aspirational responsibility to provide pro bono service is set forth in Canons 4(B) and 4(D) of the Code of Judicial Conduct. This professional responsibility does not apply to members of the judiciary or their staffs or to government lawyers who are prohibited from performing legal services by constitutional, statutory, rule or regulatory prohibitions. Neither does this professional responsibility apply to those members of the bar who are retired, inactive, or suspended, or who have been placed on the inactive list for incapacity not related to discipline. (b) Discharge of the Professional Responsibility to Provide Pro Bono Legal Service to the Poor. The professional responsibility to provide pro bono legal services as established under this rule is aspirational rather than mandatory in nature. The failure to fulfill one’s professional responsibility under this rule will not subject a lawyer to discipline. The professional responsibility to provide pro bono legal service to the poor may be discharged by:(1) annually providing at least 20 hours of pro bono legal service to the poor; or(2) making an annual contribution of at least $350 to a legal aid organization. (c) Collective Discharge of the Professional Responsibility to Provide Pro Bono Legal Service to the Poor. Each member of the bar should strive to individually satisfy the member’s professional responsibility to provide pro bono legal service to the poor. Collective satisfaction of this professional responsibility is permitted by law firms only under a collective satisfaction plan that has been filed previously with the circuit pro bono committee and only when providing pro bono legal service to the poor:(1) in a major case or matter involving a substantial expenditure of time and resources; or(2) through a full-time community or public service staff or(3) in any other manner that has been approved by the circuit pro bono committee in the circuit in which the firm practices. (d) Reporting Requirement. Each member of the bar shall annually report whether the member has satisfied the member’s professional responsibility (i) to provide pro bono legal services to the poor or, (ii) in the case of judges or members of the bar employed by the judiciary, pro bono service under Canons 4(B) and 4(D) of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Each member shall report this information through a simplified reporting form that is made a part of the member’s annual membership fees statement. The form will contain the following categories from which each member will be allowed to choose in reporting whether the member has provided pro bono legal services to the poor :(1) I have personally provided ___ hours of pro bono legal services;(2) I have provided pro bono legal services collectively by: (indicate type of case and manner in which service was provided);(3) I have contributed $ to: (indicate organization to which funds were provided);(4) I have provided legal services to the poor in the following special manner: (indicate manner in which services were provided); or (5) I am a member of the judiciary or a member of the bar employed by the judiciary and I have personally provided _____ hours of pro bono services and/or contributed $______ to a legal aid organization. (5) (6) I have been unable to provide pro bono legal services to the poor this year. (6) (7) I am deferred from the provision of pro bono legal services to the poor because I am: (indicate whether lawyer is: a member of the judiciary or judicial staff; a government lawyer prohibited by statute, rule, or regulation from providing services; retired, inactive or suspended).The failure to report this information shall constitute a disciplinary offense under these rules. (e) Credit Toward Professional Responsibility in Future Years. In the event that more than 20 hours of pro bono legal service to the poor are provided and reported in any 1 year, the hours in excess of 20 hours may be carried forward and reported as such for up to 2 succeeding years for the purpose of determining whether a lawyer has fulfilled the professional responsibility to provide pro bono legal service to the poor in those succeeding years. (f) Out-of-State Members of the Bar. Out-of-state members of the bar may fulfill their professional responsibility in the states in which they practice or reside. Comment Pro bono legal service to the poor is an integral and particular part of a lawyer’s pro bono public service responsibility. As our society has become one in which rights and responsibilities are increasingly defined in legal terms, access to legal services has become of critical importance. This is true for all people, be they rich, poor, or of moderate means. However, because the legal problems of the poor often involve areas of basic need, their inability to obtain legal services can have dire consequences. The vast unmet legal needs of the poor in Florida have been recognized by the Supreme Court of Florida and by several studies undertaken in Florida over the past two decades. The Supreme Court of Florida has further recognized the necessity of finding a solution to the problem of providing the poor greater access to legal service and the unique role of lawyers in our adversarial system of representing and defending persons against the actions and conduct of governmental entities, individuals, and nongovernmental entities. As an officer of the court, each member of The Florida Bar in good standing has a professional responsibility to provide pro bono legal service to the poor. Although members of the judiciary are prohibited from practicing law by article 5, section 13 of the Florida Constitution and members of the bar employed by the judiciary are restricted in the practice of law by Rule of Judicial Administration 2.060(b), it is recognized that the primary purpose of pro bono service is overall a public one and is consistent with the constitutional obligation of the judiciary to ensure access to the justice system. Thus, members of the judiciary and members of the bar employed by the judiciary may fulfill their obligation pursuant to Canons 4(B) and 4(D) of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Certain lawyers, however, are prohibited from performing legal services by constitutional, statutory, rule, or other regulatory prohibitions. Consequently, members of the judiciary and their staffs, government lawyers who are prohibited from performing legal services by constitutional, statutory, rule, or regulatory prohibitions, members of the bar who are retired, inactive, or suspended, or who have been placed on the inactive list for incapacity not related to discipline are deferred from participation in this program.In discharging the professional responsibility to provide pro bono legal service to the poor, each lawyer should furnish a minimum of twenty hours of pro bono legal service to the poor annually or contribute $350 to a legal aid organization. “Pro bono legal service” means legal service rendered without charge or expectation of a fee for the lawyer at the time the service commences, legal services written off as bad debts do not qualify as pro bono service. Most pro bono service should involve civil proceedings given that government must provide indigent representation in most criminal matters. Pro bono legal service to the poor is to be provided not only to those persons whose household incomes are below the federal poverty standard but also to those persons frequently referred to as the “working poor.” Lawyers providing pro bono service on their own need not undertake an investigation to determine client eligibility. Rather, a good faith determination by the lawyer of client eligibility is sufficient. Pro bono legal service to the poor need not be provided only through legal services to individuals; it can also be provided through legal services to charitable, religious, or educational organizations whose overall mission and activities are designed predominately to address the needs of the poor. For example, legal service to organizations such as a church, civil, or community service organizations relating to a project seeking to address the problems of the poor would qualify.While the personal involvement of each lawyer in the provision of pro bono legal service to the poor is generally preferable, such personal involvement may not always be possible or produce the ultimate desired result, that is, a significant maximum increase in the quantity and quality of legal service provided to the poor. The annual contribution alternative recognizes a lawyer’s professional responsibility to provide financial assistance to increase and improve the delivery of legal service to the poor when a lawyer cannot or decides not to provide legal service to the poor through the contribution of time. Also, there is no prohibition against a lawyer contributing a combination of hours and financial support. The limited provision allowing for collective satisfaction of the 20-hour standard recognizes the importance of encouraging law firms to undertake the pro bono legal representation of the poor in substantial, complex matters requiring significant expenditures of law firm resources and time and costs, such as class actions and post-conviction death penalty appeal cases, and through the establishment of full-time community or public service staffs. When a law firm uses collective satisfaction, the total hours of legal services provided in such substantial, complex matters or through a full-time community or public service staff should be credited among the firm’s lawyers in a fair and reasonable manner as determined by the firm.The reporting requirement is designed to provide a sound basis for evaluating the results achieved by this rule, reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the pro bono plan, and to remind lawyers of their professional responsibility under this rule. The fourth alternative of the reporting requirements allows members to indicate that they have fulfilled their service in some manner not specifically envisioned by the plan.The 20-hour standard for the provision of pro bono legal service to the poor is a minimum. Additional hours of service are to be encouraged. Many lawyers will, as they have before the adoption of this rule, contribute many more hours than the minimum. To ensure that a lawyer receives credit for the time required to handle a particularly involved matter, this rule provides that the lawyer may carry forward, over the next 2 successive years, any time expended in excess of 20 hours in any 1 year. CANON 4. A Judge May Engage in Activities to Improve the Law, the Legal System, and the Administration of Justice A. A judge shall conduct all of the judge’s quasi-judicial activities so that they do not:(1) cast reasonable doubt on the judge’s capacity to act impartially as a judge;(2) demean the judicial office; or(3) interfere with the proper performance of judicial duties.B. A judge may speak, write, lecture, teach and participate in other quasi-judicial activities concerning the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice, subject to the requirements of this Code. Encouragement of and support for attorneys providing pro bono legal services is an activity by judges and members of The Florida Bar employed by the judiciary which relates directly to the improvement of the administration of justice and furthers the judiciary’s constitutional responsibility to ensure access to the justice system. Accordingly, judges and members of The Florida Bar employed by the judiciary are encouraged to engage in pro bono service activities intended to facilitate and encourage attorneys to perform pro bono legal services, including, but not limited to: speaking, writing, lecturing, and teaching; participating in events to recognize attorneys who perform pro bono legal services; establishing procedural or scheduling accommodations for pro bono counsel, as feasible; and acting in an advisory capacity to pro bono programs. Further, judges and members of The Florida Bar employed by the judiciary are encouraged to perform pro bono service activities which relate to improving access to the justice system for the poor, including the working poor, but which do not involve the practice of law by the judiciary or the restricted practice of law by members of The Florida Bar employed by the judiciary and are otherwise consistent with the requirements of this Code.C. A judge shall not appear at a public hearing before, or otherwise consult with, an executive or legislative body or official except on matters concerning the law, the legal system or the administration of justice or except when acting pro se in a matter involving the judge or the judge’s interests.D. A judge may serve as a member, officer, director, trustee or non-legal advisor of an organization or governmental agency devoted to the improvement of the law, the legal system or the administration of justice, subject to the following limitations and the other requirements of this Code.(1) A judge shall not serve as an officer, director, trustee or non-legal advisor if it is likely that the organization(a) will be engaged in proceedings that would ordinarily come before the judge, or(b) will be engaged frequently in adversary proceedings in the court of which the judge is a member or in any court subject to the appellate jurisdiction of the court of which the judge is a member.(2) A judge as an officer, director, trustee or non-legal advisor, or as a member or otherwise:(a) may assist such an organization in planning fund-raising and may participate in the management and investment of the organization’s funds, but shall not personally participate in the solicitation of funds or other fund-raising activities, except that a judge may solicit funds from other judges over whom the judge does not exercise supervisory or appellate authority;(b) may make recommendations to public and private fund-granting organizations on projects and programs concerning the law, the legal system or the administration of justice;(c) shall not personally participate in membership solicitation if the solicitation might reasonably be perceived as coercive or, except as permitted in Section 4D(2)(a), if the membership solicitation is essentially a fund-raising mechanism;(d) shall not use or permit the use of the prestige of judicial office for fund-raising or membership solicitation. Commentary Canon 4A. A judge is encouraged to participate in activities designed to improve the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice. In doing so, however, it must be understood that expressions of bias or prejudice by a judge, even outside the judge’s judicial activities, may cast reasonable doubt on the judge’s capacity to act impartially as a judge. Expressions which may do so include jokes or other remarks demeaning individuals on the basis of their race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. See Section 2D and accompanying Commentary. Canon 4B. As a judicial officer and person specially learned in the law, a judge is in a unique position to contribute to the improvement of the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice, including revision of substantive and procedural law and improvement of criminal and juvenile justice. To the extent that time permits, a judge is encouraged to do so, either independently or through a bar association, judicial conference or other organization dedicated to the improvement of the law. Judges may participate in efforts to promote the fair administration of justice, the independence of the judiciary and the integrity of the legal profession and may express opposition to the persecution of lawyers and judges in other countries because of their professional activities. Involvement in pro bono activities by judges and members of The Florida Bar employed by the judiciary, as permitted by Canon 4(B), is subject to all the requirements of this Code. Thus, in undertaking pro bono service activities, a judge may not practice law and members of the bar employed by the judiciary may not practice law restricted by the rules of judicial administration; and such pro bono activities may not reflect adversely on the judge’s impartiality, may not interfere with the performance of judicial duties, and may not detract from the dignity of the judge’s office. The aspirational goal of performing pro bono service may be satisfied by providing at least 20 hours of pro bono service related to improving equal access to justice for the poor, including the working poor, or by an annual contribution of at least $350.00 to a legal aid organization. Pro bono service by judges and members of The Florida Bar employed by the judiciary may include (a) participating in activities that encourage or support pro bono legal services by attorneys; (b) teaching, speaking, writing or participating in presentations regarding the rights and responsibilities under the law which relate to improving access to the justice system for the poor and the working poor; (c) participating in activities that relate to improving the fair administration of justice and/or equal access to the judicial system; (d) participating in authorized continuing legal education programs which relate to improving access to the justice system by the poor and the working poor; and (e) participating in activities to educate students about the legal system and the law, including such activities as teen court and practice court. Each judge and member of the bar employed by the judiciary shall annually report his or her pro bono service on the reporting form that is made a part of The Florida Bar’s annual membership fee’s statement. The phrase “subject to the requirements of this Code” is included to remind judges that the use of permissive language in various Sections of the Code does not relieve a judge from the other requirements of the Code that apply to the specific conduct. Canon 4C. See Section 2B regarding the obligation to avoid improper influence. Canon 4D(1). The changing nature of some organizations and of their relationship to the law makes it necessary for a judge regularly to reexamine the activities of each organization with which the judge is affiliated to determine if it is proper for the judge to continue the affiliation. For example, the boards of some legal aid organizations now make policy decisions that may have political significance or imply commitment to causes that may come before the courts for adjudication.center_img Notice: Pro bono for judges reportlast_img read more

East Northport Man Charged With Sex Abuse

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Juan BuesoramosA man has been accused of fondling a woman he exposed himself to after following her out of a 7-Eleven store next door to the suspect’s East Northport home early Tuesday morning.Suffolk County police said the 48-year-old victim had just bought a cup of coffee at the store on Laurel Road when Juan Buesoramos followed her outside into the parking lot, grabbed her and inappropriately touched her at 2 a.m.The woman struggled and tried to get away but the 25-year-old suspect held allegedly her and pushed her toward the back of the building before trying to kiss her several times and flashing her.The victim broke free and told the 7-Eleven clerk what happened. Police responded and apprehended the suspect about five hours later, authorities said.Buesoramos was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and criminal possession of a forged instrument for allegedly presenting a counterfeit United States Resident Alien Card to officers while he was being questioned.Buesoramos will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Travel Diary: Experience Sea Cliff’s Magic Behind The Wheel Of A 2016 Hyundai Veloster

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto GiantWith its majestic Victorian homes, breathtaking views of Hempstead Harbor and the Sound, and vibrant, eclectic arts community, the village of Sea Cliff on Long Island’s North Shore makes the perfect day trip destination.Factor in the cool hint of fall and its transformational amber-crimson hues upon the foliage and ocean-drenched setting sun, and curious travelers get a kaleidoscope of natural wonder and seaside bliss not soon to be forgotten.Sea Cliff, nestled atop a towering 120-foot bluff overlooking Hempstead Harbor and the Sound, juts up toward the horizon as if some fairytale kingdom from a storybook, alive with character and splendor. It is perhaps Long Island’s most renowned artist colony, and thus, replete with shops and galleries and interesting people who view this realm through watercolor lenses. There are periodic arts and crafts fairs, gallery and antique shows, festivals, and music—whether scheduled concerts in any one of the village’s 16 beautific parks, on the Harry Tappen Beach, or smaller spontaneous gigs inside its watering holes and along its sidewalks.To venture here, dear dreamers, you’ll need a suitable set of wheels. The 2016 Hyundai Veloster may be just what the doctor ordered—in orange, to match the turning leaves! NY Auto Giant can put you behind the wheel of a brand new 2016 Hyundai Veloster today!Boasting style, safety and signature character, this roomy, sporty, three-door turbocharged ride is a hip new auto vision and any artist’s four-wheeled masterpiece. It’s also loaded with the largest standard multimedia touchscreen in its class!When you cruise into town you’ll undoubtedly notice those gorgeous, gigantic 19th century Victorian homes lining much of Sea Cliff’s winding, hilly streets and roads. Wave hello to the locals as you cruise Sea Cliff Avenue and The Boulevard, two of the neighborhood’s main drags. You might just receive a “Hellooo Thar!” back from current and/or former residents Natalie Portman, John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Pulitzer Prize winner Don Fagin or funnywoman Kate McKinnon—just some of the village’s all-star cast. You might even catch Sea Cliff resident and renowned Theodore Roosevelt impersonator Mr. James Foote strolling around, reciting famous quotes from out beloved 26th president and perhaps expounding upon TR’s famed Bull Moose Party—fascinating stuff! What’s that you say? A bit hungry from your trek? You’ll want to make a stop at any of Sea Cliff’s many restaurants then, of course! If sushi’s your thang, hit up Musu! Owned by Sea Cliff natives, all their rolls are named after really great rock and roll songs! You don’t have to be a Led Zeppelin fan (Though you most definitely should!) to try their luscious Stairway To Heaven, or a Stones fan to devour their StickyFingers roll. But you’re more a Beatles girl? Try the scrumptious Hey Jude roll and you’ll be singing! Their Phish Sandwich, China Doll, Foxy Lady and Imagine—well you’ll just have to experience these rockers to truly understand. (Ingredients are deliberately not being included in any of this blog’s food suggestions as to fully entice you to stop in and try them for yourself! Yes, we’re sorta cruel like that lol)Whether it’s lunch, drinks, dinner or breakfast—they’ve got a killer Sunday brunch, too, FYI—the Oak Room Tavern should also be a must-stop. Yes, they serve such a creation as a Skillet Cookie—a chocolate chip cookie smothered in vanilla ice cream, yup, served in a skillet!Named after the small ancient town on the east coast of Sicily, Taormina boasts quality, authentic Italian cuisine, whether a full-course Chicken Parmigiana platter or some scintillating pie slices. A wee bit thirsty? Head down to K.C. Gallagher’s Pub, where the fresh beverages, quality bar food and great conversations never run dry!Strolling along and decide you want a trim? Stop in Bart’s Barber Shop, a true Sea Cliff institution for more than 75 years, and say hello! Ask about the time Portman swung through for a Mohawk! Yes, this lil village is so full of surprises! Click Here To Learn More About NY Auto Giant!When you’re through with your special day and have strolled along plenty of Sea Cliff’s many mom-and-pops shops, boutiques and eateries, head over to Sunset Park for one of the most spectacular displays of Mother Nature’s absolute violet-pink glory as she sets the glowing sun back into the watery depths of Hempstead Harbor and the Long Island Sound, those gorgeous hues all melting and swirling amid the multi-colored waves as the starlight melts away into moonlight like some sort of cosmic watercolor painting.Yes, Sea Cliff is truly such a magical place—and remember, you need only stop by NY Auto Giant’s Advantage Hyundai in Hicksville to get behind the wheel of an equally mesmerizing 2016 Hyundai Veloster to transport you and your loved ones to this dreamy realm!last_img read more

5 issues to address on EMV cards

first_imgby: Brandon KuehlExperts predict more than 100 million EMV chip cards will be issued in the U.S. by the end of 2014. As the U.S. payments industry continues its march toward EMV conversion, financial institutions (FIs) need to make preparations now to facilitate a successful chip card rollout.A recent Credit Union Times article highlights five specific issues FIs should address prior to a full-scale issuance of EMV chip cards.Evaluate overall issuance preparedness — Consider EMV equipment and operational requirements, and set up parameters, controls and procedures that support EMV chip card issuance. Facilitate the processing of authorizations and transactions initiated by these EMV devices. Issuers should also engage applicable vendors and providers to map out a potential plan. Formulate an issuance strategy — Enact an EMV chip card implementation strategy that coincides with card reissuance cycles and meets the October 1, 2015 card fraud liability shift deadline. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cuomo’s ‘Fight For $15’ Minimum Wage Tour Makes Long Island Stop

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Poking her head over a podium emblazoned with the name of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, Shirley Newsome spoke passionately about the love she has for her job—a profession many people would eschew because it could prove too burdensome.Still, the home healthcare worker admitted, she would choose her current gig over any other if she had the choice.“It’s an honest living,” she told the assembled crowd in Westbury, while lamenting the strain of barely making ends meet. Newsome was among dozens of people who rallied with Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday at the Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury during the third leg of the governor’s bus tour touting the benefits of $15 minimum wage for workers across the state. The current state minimum wage stands at $9.Cuomo’s latest pitch comes after his administration successfully enacted minimum wage increases for fast food workers and 28,000 employees of the State University of New York (SUNY) system that would over time surge to $15 per hour. The governor has made the so-called “Fight for 15″ a top priority of his 2016 agenda. And it’s all part of a campaign called the “Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice,” which has the support of nearly 100 religious leader across the state. “I am convinced when people understand what we are talking about, they’re going to support it,” Cuomo told the audience, which included lawmakers from across Long Island.He acknowledged that the fight would be a difficult one, and sought to frame the battle for a better living as one about “fundamental fairness” and opportunity, not government meddling further into the affairs of a free market.“That’s what this is about: being fair to people, being decent to people, understanding that we are all one community,” Cuomo said.The governor’s speech had the flair of a campaign rally. He arrived in a blue-and-red bus advertising his pursuit of a $15 minimum wage. Perhaps Cuomo wanted a small taste of the kind of retail politics enveloping states throughout the country amid a bewildering presidential primary.While some candidates, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have proposed increasing the federal minimum wage, it’s unlikely any such effort would be approved in a GOP-led Congress. As Cuomo sees it, if workers in New York are going to receive higher salaries, it’s up to the state itself to push the proposal over the goal line.Standing under a banner that read “NY Workers Deserve A Living Wage,” Cuomo said if organized groups lead the effort to spur personal economic growth, then elected officials would follow suit.Noting the state’s minimum wage of $9, Cuomo said, “You cannot support a family in the state of New York on $18,000 a year.”Also pushing for a state-mandated wage increase was Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.“As more families are forced to endure this struggle,” Bellone said, “the ripple effects in our economy effect everyone of us in this society.”Among those who would be directly impacted by a wage increase was Newsome, the home healthcare worker.“People like me, we work very, very hard every single day,” Newsome said. “Some days we work long hours, we take up overtime, we do everything we can in order to provide for our families.”“I love what I’m doing, this is what I feel good about doing,” she continued. “I’m helping people. I’m taking good care of people.”During his speech, Cuomo also called upon lawmakers to enact paid family leave.“You shouldn’t have to choose between going broke, losing your job, or doing the right thing at home. That should not be a choice.”There are currently more than 2.3 million New Yorkers who are paid less than $15 per hour. Long Island alone accounts for 382,236 of that total—second only to New York City. (Photo credit: Kevin P. Coughlin/Governor’s Office)last_img read more

Online wine shop of Ilok cellars opened

first_imgAs of today, wine lovers of Ilok cellars can order their favorite wine from the comfort and safety of their home. Ilok cellars have opened their virtual doors online wine shops at https://shop.ilocki-podrumi.hr/. Source, Photo: PR, Ilok cellars U online you will surely find your favorite wine in the Ilok cellars wine shop because it is on offer included the entire range. Order your favorite wine from Ilok cellars at https://shop.ilocki-podrumi.hr/.  Široka ponuda  nudi vam choosing the ideal wine for all occasions. Whether it’s good news to toast, a surprise for your loved one or just enjoying your favorite book, you’ll find wine for every moment.  center_img Delivery is free for all orders over 350 kuna, and is currently performed only in Croatia.  Graševina, Kapistran bijeli i Kapistran crni iz klasične linije vina su koja idu uz sve što volite, imaju široku primjenu u gastronomiji i sljubljivanju s Vašim svakodnevnim menijem.  Nova berba iz odabrane linije vina Iločkih podruma idealna je za svaki dan i uz svaki ručak upravo zahvaljujući svojoj mladosti i svježini. For special occasions, there are top wines from the unique richly sunny wine-growing position of Principovac. The limited line Principovac in its palette offers semi-dry and semi-sweet Graševina, Chardonnay and Traminac, wines created for enjoyment or as a surprise for a loved one. For those most special occasions and moments to remember, in online in the Ilok cellars wine shop you will find all the predicate Traminers, from late to ice harvest.last_img read more

Green light for Aker BP to use Maersk Invincible rig for Valhall wells

first_imgOil company Aker BP has received consent from the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to use the Maersk Invincible jack-up rig for plugging wells at the Valhall field in the North Sea.The offshore safety watchdog said on Monday that the consent applies to the use of Maersk Invincible for permanent plugging of wells drilled from the drilling platform at the field.The Valhall field has been developed using six fixed steel-jacketed platforms with bridge connections. The field has been producing since 1982.Production from Valhall DP is scheduled to end in the next few years. Three of the wells are still in production, while 18 have been shut down. Of these, 13 have been permanently plugged and abandoned, and Maersk Invincible will be used for plugging the other five.Maersk Invincible is a jack-up drilling rig owned by Maersk Drilling, Denmark. It was delivered by the Daewoo yard in South Korea in 2016, is classified by DNV GL and registered in Singapore.Maersk Invincible received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in April 2017.last_img read more