Florida’s Barnett takes seat as ABA president

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first_imgA promise to build on the momentum of strides made by outgoing ABA President Bill Paul to increase diversity in the legal profession. A commitment to make sure lawyers continue to shape the ongoing debate on multidisciplinary practices so that core values of the independence of lawyers and loyalty to clients are not compromised (see story on MDPs above). Florida’s Barnett takes seat as ABA president Associate Editor Florida’s homegrown Martha Barnett, born in the tiny town of Lacoochee with less than half the population of her law firm, rose to a pinnacle of her career July 11, when she was sworn in as president of the American Bar Association in New York City. Barnett, a 53-year-old partner at Holland & Knight in Tallahassee, is the second woman, seventh Floridian and record-holding fourth Gator, the University of Florida is proud to note, to hold the title of president of the 400,000-member ABA. She declared three priorities of her agenda: A call to action for America’s lawyers to support a moratorium on the death penalty until it can be better assured that innocent people will not be executed. “They gave me a gavel today, attached to a giant rubber band, and took it back before I finished my speech,” Barnett joked in an interview with reporters after the ceremony. While she is technically president of the ABA, her official duties will not begin until July 20, after adjournment of the split meeting that continued overseas in Great Britain. “Martha Barnett is a dynamic leader who will be an outstanding ABA President,” said Florida Bar President Herman Russomanno, adding that immediately before her swearing-in, the ABA’s Florida delegation presented Barnett with a dozen and a half long-stem roses. In London, Barnett said, she looked forward to an opening assembly in Royal Albert Hall, where the British Prime Minister will address the group, and a ceremony at Runnymede on the banks of the Thames River where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. Featured speakers in London from this side of the ocean included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. Barnett said she planned to give Prime Minister Tony Blair, a new father, a “book on flex time so he can split his duties with his wife,” Cherie. Death Penalty One of Barnett’s duties as ABA president will focus on making the death penalty more fair and to better ensure that innocent people are not executed. She declared a call to action to America’s lawyers to rally behind an ABA resolution passed in 1997, to support a moratorium on executions by working with their local and state governments toward that goal. The timing is right to seize the moment on this troubling and complex area of the law, she said, while society’s consciousness has been raised about the ultimate punishment by Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s moratorium on executions, headline-grabbing research by the Columbia University law school, and scientific advances of DNA testing that support claims of wrongly-convicted death row inmates. “As we all know, there is growing concern about the executions of innocents,” Barnett said. “No defendant should be executed until we ensure that the imposition of the ultimate sanction is not the result of inadequate counsel or lack of due process.” Barnett described herself as a “reluctant supporter” of the death penalty in “rare and special cases.” “The ABA recognizes there is a wide divergence of views on capital punishment itself,” Barnett said. “There are staunch abolitionists, strong proponents and people like me in the middle of the spectrum. We haven’t taken a position on the death penalty itself. The issue is how do we, as lawyers, ensure that those charged in death cases have those things that we hold dear: due process, competent counsel, adequately funded counsel, and issues relating to racial discrimination and fairness.” Barnett’s call to action will include a death penalty conference on October 10 and 11 at the Carter Center in Atlanta. Invited speakers include the Governor of Illinois; Barry Siegel, author of “Actual Innocence;” Rosalyn Carter; researchers of the Columbia law school study; and former Florida Supreme Court Justice Gerald Kogan, a death-penalty opponent. Will her call to action for a moratorium on executions be merely symbolic, especially in Florida, where Gov. Jeb Bush has pushed to speed up death-penalty appeals, only to have the Florida Supreme Court declare his Death Penalty Reform Act 2000 unconstitutional? “I do not view our Governor’s view on wishing to speed up the judicial process as inconsistent in any way with the ABA’s call for a moratorium,” Barnett answered. “I think it is very realistic that things will happen. This is not symbolic. These are solvable issues,” she said, listing the issues of competent counsel, ending racial discrimination in the process and embracing technological advances of DNA that could prove actual innocence. “Just because our Governor is responding to a commonly held frustration about the length of time it takes moving cases through the system doesn’t mean he or others would oppose making sure the system that exists provides procedural fairness and constitutional guarantees implicit in the death penalty.. . . I don’t see our goals as mutually exclusive at all.” While the debate rages on whether there should be a death penalty in 38 states in America, Barnett said, “I believe there is zero tolerance for executing people who are innocent.” Diversity Barnett gives credit to outgoing ABA President Bill Paul for “putting his money where his mouth is” by contributing to a scholarship program for minorities. The ABA raised more than $1.5 million for scholarships, and out of 1,300 applicants, 20 scholarship recipients were awarded in July. “Part of my commitment is to institutionalize that Legal Opportunity Scholarhip Fund and help minorities who have traditionally been hindered by financial costs. We want to go to the next level and reach out and discuss bar passage rates and retention rates and job opportunities for minorities,” Barnett said. “I plan to spend as much time as required talking about this issue at the presidential level, to make sure we build on the momentum already built.” She said the ABA has a long tradition of supporting diversity in the legal profession. “Just the fact I’m president is evidence of this organization’s commitment to diversity,” Barnett said. “Unlike our brothers and sisters of color, women have achieved a lot of success as managing partners, deans of law schools and presidents of state bars, such as Edith Osman, and Evett Simmons, who is president of the National Bar Association, as well as chief justices. And some women are even ABA presidents. “I want to focus on opportunities and obligations women who have achieved a measure of success have — to use that power in their positions to help other women, both in this country and internationally,” Barnett said. “Once you get a position of power and prestige and responsibility, you have an obligation to use that in the future.” She plans a summit, working with the Kennedy School for Government at Harvard University, that will be called “What a Difference a Difference Makes.” When a reporter asked if she supported equal pay for women lawyers, Barnett was quick to say: “That’s not a priority I’ve ever talked about. Frankly, I’m not sure I want to do that. Maybe women should be paid more than men. Why would I stop with being paid the same?” August 1, 2000 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Florida’s Barnett takes seat as ABA presidentlast_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: USWNT gives Alyssa Naeher praise for game-changing penalty save

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Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USWNT’s thrilling win over England Playing this on a loop forever and ever and ever and ever 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸@AlyssaNaeher TAKE A BOW. pic.twitter.com/EM5WZjd4wT— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 2, 2019″Alyssa Naeher, she should be the player of the match today. She saved our butts today,” Alex Morgan told reporters after the match. “We needed to stick to our defense at the end and we did it quite well. I’m so proud of every player who stepped up tonight. Our bench is so deep, and we showed that tonight. How can you beat this?”USA coach Jill Ellis added: “That was her shining moment.” Related News Naeher became the first USA goalkeeper to save a penalty at the Women’s World Cup and the first in all competitions since Hope Solo did so in March 2015.2015 – Alyssa Naeher is the first #USWNT keeper to save a penalty in a match (all competitions) since Hope Solo in March 2015. Denial. #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/P3J2xe00TJ— OptaJack⚽️ (@OptaJack) July 2, 2019″It feels good. You just take a couple deep breaths and you try to get a good jump on it,” Naeher explained. “(I) got a pep talk from Christen Press about six months ago just telling me I need to be more positive on penalty kicks and just relax and just let instincts take over. I give her some credit for that one for sure, keeping me calm.” Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe says she’ll be ready for final after sitting out vs. England with injury Alyssa Naeher came up big for the U.S. in Tuesday’s semifinal of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup as she made a huge save on a penalty in the second half, receiv praise from her coach and teammates after the 2-1 victory.Naeher stopped England’s Steph Houghton’s attempt in the 84th minute to maintain USA’s lead. If Naeher had missed that save, the outcome of the Tuesday’s match could have been completely different.   Naeher said the celebration afterward made it even better and she could feel the support from her teammates.”The team celebrated that like we celebrated goal. That’s huge. I wanted transition. I thought I could get down to the other side … Just to be able to feel my teammates excitement and joy, they’ve always had my back and I’ve always had theirs. To be able to share that moment together and play that out and finish out the game and get to the final is really exciting.”The Americans will now prepare for the final Sunday as they will face the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between Sweden and Germany. read more

An Assistant U.S. attorney fatally shoots wife before turning gun on himself

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first_imgOfficials in Granite Bay, California are reporting that a federal prosecutor fatally shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.The incident was reported on Sunday.Placer County Sheriff’s Office investigators say they received a call from the victim’s mother requesting a welfare check after she was unable to get in touch with the couple.When authorities arrived, they found Assistant U.S. attorney of the Eastern District of California Timothy Delgado and his wife Tamara Delgado dead inside of the home.After an initial investigation, officials determined that Timothy first shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.It is unclear what may have led to the shooting, however authorities reported that they are continuing their investigation.The U.S. Attorney’s Office also reported that they are cooperating with the investigation.last_img read more

Leafs, Hawks remain tied for top spot in Murdoch Division entering holiday break

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first_imgThe offensive showing by Seaman was quite remarkable as the Leaf defenceman spent the last nine minutes of the second period in the sinbin serving a misconduct penalty.Steels Anderson scored the other Grand Forks goal.Nelson out shot the Bruins 41-30 in the contest to make a winner out of Leaf goalie Joey Karrer.In Castlegar, Beaver Valley scored twice on the power play in the third period to post a 5-3 comeback win over the hometown Rebels.Castlegar led 2-0 in the first period on goals by Yannis Soukas and Ryan Rosich.But the Hawks out scored the Rebels 4-1 in the final two periods — with four goals coming with the man advantage — to steal the road win.Lyle Frank, Braydon Horcoff, Tyler Hartman, Spencer McLean  and Taylor Stafford scored for the defending KIJHL champs.Cal Owens had the other goal for Castlegar, also on the power play as it was a special teams night in Castlegar.MURDOCH NOTES: Beaver Valley and Nelson head into the Christmas break tied for the lead in the division, each with 45 points. However, the Hawks have played one less game than Nelson. . . .Beaver Valley heads into the break winners of seven consecutive games while the Leafs have won two of five contests as the Green and White continue to wait to get injured players back in the lineup. Those injuries allowed a pair of Kootenay Ice affiliate players to taste some action as Ainge McGeady-Bruce and Keaton Roch saw action for Nelson. . . . Leafs newly-acquired forward Michael Rand had two points against his former Grand Forks club Friday. . . .Grand Forks has lost 15 straight games. The Nelson Leafs scored seven unanswered goals en route to an 8-2 pounding of the Grand Forks Border Bruins in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The win allowed the Leafs to remain tied for top spot in the Murdoch Division with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks entering the Christmas break.After Colton Macdonald opened the scoring for the visitors less than two minutes into the game, Nelson fired up an offence that has struggled of late, scoring three times before the period ended — one goal coming shorthanded and another on the power play — to grab a 3-1 lead.Nelson scored twice in the second before ringing up two more goals in the third to take a commanding 7-1 lead with 15 minutes remaining to play in the game.Timothy Nichols, Nelson’s game star, and captain Aaron Dunlap each scored twice to lead the Leafs while Branden Chow, Rayce Miller and Matt MacDonald added singles.Austin Seaman had a career game finishing with four assists while Nelson’s leading scorer, Robson Cramer, had three helpers. Dunlap also finished with three points.last_img read more

NU, Ateneo near crowns

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The Blue Eagles can wrap up the series with a win in Game 2 on Saturday.NU stormed with a first-set win anchored on Santiago, who was scoring at will against FEU, which was trying to find the right combination with the absence of team captain Bernadeth Pons.FEU, which struggled against Adamson to make the finals, found its stride in the second set with 10 service aces—including three straight by Jeanette Villareal—to complete its fight back from a 14-19 deficit in the frame.The Lady Tamaraws managed to save two match points but they committed back-to-back turnovers down the line.But the Lady Bulldogs put things in working order in the next set with Risa Sato, Aiko Urdas and Jorelle Singh serving as perfect foils for Santiago, which sent the Lady Tamaraws’ defenses in disarray.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pascua admits Lady Tamaraws lacked ‘killer instinct’ in Game 1 loss Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Earlier, Arellano University moved closer to third place in women’s division after crushing Adamson University, 25-23, 26-24, 25-14. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary With Jaja Santiago serving as its powerful engine, the National University freight train arrived one stop away from the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference women’s title Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The 6-foot-5 national team mainstay was an unstoppable force with 23 points as NU steamrolled over Far Eastern University, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24, in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals series at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Bulldogs, unbeaten so far in eight matches, can sweep their way to the title on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn men’s action, Gian Glorioso and Marck Espejo provided the spark for Ateneo as it repulsed Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19, to come within a win of claiming the title.Glorioso scored 15 points, while four-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Espejo accounted for 14 points aside from 12 excellent receptions and five digs.last_img read more

Down but not out: Maroons still fighting for Final Four spot

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first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Pumaren thinks also-ran UE ‘could’ve done more’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion And head coach Bo Perasol wants his players to be aware of their history as they fight for their spot in the Final Four.“We haven’t been here, we were never part of this, we’re not used to this kind of situation,” said Perasol in Filipino after UP lost an all-important game to Adamson University 86-70 Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The important thing is we have to be conscious, we have to be aware of what’s happening.”UP slipped to fifth with a 5-7 record, a full game behind fourth-running Far Eastern University (6-6). The Fighting Maroons will now have to sweep their remaining two games and hope the Tamaraws split their last couple of matches to make the semis.“We have to learn from the remaining two games we have, these games are crucial for us,” said Perasol. “We now have to play with pressure because there is so much at stake.”And Perasol not only looked at his current team with how they performed this Season 80, but to the future versions of the Fighting Maroons.“Whatever we learn this season, we can share that to the future teams that this is how we did it.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Final Four, for the longest time, has been elusive to University of the Philippines.The Fighting Maroons’ last appearance in the big dance was in 1997 when Paolo Mendoza still led the team. ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

9 months agoVives insists Barcelona have no regrets selling Alcacer

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Vives insists Barcelona have no regrets selling Alcacerby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona chief Josep Vives insists there’s no regrets over the sale of Paco Alcacer.Alcacer is starring with Borussia Dortmund this season, while Barca are now in the market for a new backup striker.But Vives says they’re happy with the squad’s makeup.”There is no regret about the departure of Paco Alcacer. The management was very happy with him,” he said. “We are happy that things are going well.” last_img read more

22 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: We’re working on goalscoring

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first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer: We’re working on goalscoringby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he works on every aspect of football in his training sessions.Solskjaer is under pressure to keep his job after a poor start to the season, which sees United lay in tenth on the Premier League table with nine points from seven games.Speaking ahead of Thursday’s clash with AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League, Solskjaer said: “We work on the whole game.”Defending, attacking, scoring goals. You see these players in training and you see the quality. You hope it’s going to be one of these feel-good nights.”It creates a lot of confidence when you score. It’s your job to criticise or praise. It’s our job to just always focus on the next one and scoring goals is the most difficult part in the game of football.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Four drug traffickers arrested in Greater Noida

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first_imgNoida (UP): Four suspected drug traffickers were arrested in Greater Noida after nearly two kilograms of cannabis was recovered from their possession, police said on Monday. Acting on a tip-off, officials of the Surajpur police station arrested the accused from the area near the Ace Platinum society at around 12.45 am. “Those arrested have been identified as Anil, Sameer, Yash and Rahul. They are all all locals. One kilogram and 800 gram of cannabis was recovered from their possession,” a police official said. An FIR under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act has been registered against them at Surajpur police station, the official said, adding they were being produced in a local court.last_img read more

Insomnia is a driver of suicide and people with s

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first_imgInsomnia is a driver of suicide, and people with severe insomnia may safely benefit from taking a sedative to help address their sleep problems as it reduces their suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests. The study, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, included 103 participants aged 18 to 65 with major depressive disorder, insomnia and suicidal thoughts. All participants took an antidepressant for the eight-week duration of the trial and half also took the sedative-hypnotic zolpidem at bedtime. Also Read – The Puja carnival”While the results do not argue for the routine prescription of hypnotics for mitigating suicidal ideation in all depressed outpatients with insomnia, they suggest that co-prescription of a hypnotic during initiation of an antidepressant may be beneficial in suicidal outpatients, especially in patients with severe insomnia,” said study researchers from Augusta University in the US. During the study, participants completed regular self-reports of the severity of their insomnia and completed a daily sleep diary during their treatment that included details like how many times they woke up during the night and how long they actually slept. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraResearchers also measured distorted thoughts about sleep, like participants thinking they would never again have a good night’s sleep. The frequency and intensity of disturbing dreams or nightmares, also a factor in insomnia-associated suicide, also were measured. Patients wore a wrist device to keep up with rest/activity cycles. Those taking the sleep aid showed both significant immediate and longer-term improvement in their reported insomnia severity. While both groups reported significant improvement in their feelings about hopelessness, quality of life, nightmares and dysfunctional beliefs about sleep, as well as related insomnia and suicidality, the group taking the sleep aid had a greater reduction in suicidal thinking. The sleep aid was most effective in reducing suicidal thoughts in patients with the most severe insomnia. There were no deaths or suicide attempts by participants during the course of the study. Two weeks after the study concluded both study groups – including those not taking the sleep aid – appeared to have maintained progress with reduced depression scores and suicidal thoughts.last_img read more