Maguire Jackson brings online to Birmingham

first_imgMaguire Jackson has launched an online residential sales service designed for Birmingham homeowners to combine the cost advantages of national online agents with the benefit of local market knowledge and offices.Maguire Jackson Online offers a choice of transparent price packages allowing sellers to decide how much help they need and it sits alongside Maguire Jackson’s traditional commission-based services.With three centrally located branches, Maguire Jackson’s new online service “offers Birmingham sellers the advantages of a leading online agency with the benefit of local offices for additional support”.Sellers have their property on Rightmove and are guided through the selling process by local specialists.Maguire Jackson Online’s basic package starts at £670 for one month’s online advertising which includes a ‘for sale’ sign and full sales progression, including price negotiation with the option to extend on a monthly pay-as-you- go basis.Maguire Jackson Director, Philip Jackson, says, “Birmingham homeowners are increasingly empowered with information from Land Registry and property portals, the residential market is becoming ever more transparent. At the same time, more sellers want the cost benefit of online estate agents but do not like the call-centre and London-centric services. Our key feature is total transparency. Upfront, the seller chooses exactly what the service and cost will be. They choose to save or not – to use local expertise or not. That’s new.”Maguire Jackson online residential sales service Birmingham May 29, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Maguire Jackson brings online to Birmingham previous nextAgencies & PeopleMaguire Jackson brings online to BirminghamThe Negotiator29th May 20170792 Viewslast_img read more

Image of the Day: TR Holds Burial-at-Sea

first_img February 6, 2015 View post tag: holds View post tag: Atlantic Ocean View post tag: Burial View post tag: sea Image of the Day: TR Holds Burial-at-Sea View post tag: News by topic US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) held a burial-at-sea while on deployment in the Atlantic Ocean, February 4.The ceremonial honor guard paid their respect with a bow for a moment of silence while a player was read during the burial for the retired Marine Lt. Col. Walter H. Shauer Jr.Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise, which tests the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group’s ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit.Image: US Navy View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Image: View post tag: T/R Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: TR Holds Burial-at-Sea View post tag: Naval View post tag: day View post tag: americas Share this articlelast_img read more

Legal Studies Adjunct Assistant Professor

first_imgPosting Details The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. SalaryPlease see LRCCD Salary Schedules How and where to apply AboutThe Los Rios Community College District ( LRCCD ) is the secondlargest, two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley, and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 4,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office in dozens of different departmentsthat provide welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environments forLos Rios students, employees and community partners. Each and everydistrict and college department strives for the highest quality inall programs, services, and activities, and is focused on improvingeducational outcomes for the students we serve.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associatedegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Minimum Qualifications Position Summary Quicklink Assignment Responsibilities Open ContinuouslyYes Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note Work Schedule Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. All Positions: Offers of employment are contingent upon thesuccessful clearance from a criminal background check, freedom fromtuberculosis, and proof of identity and eligibility to work in theUnited States prior to the first day of work. The District mayselect additional qualified candidates should unexpected vacanciesor needs occur during this recruitment/selection process. Wheneducation is a requirement for the position, official academictranscripts from the accredited college/university must besubmitted within 60 days of hire. Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) Beginning and/or Ending Dates General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form - – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree Physical Demandscenter_img Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. Applicationservices are available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Mondaythrough Friday, at the Los Rios Community College District HumanResources Office located at 1919 Spanos Court, Sacramento, CA95825-3981. If you need assistance with any phase of theapplication process, please call (916) 568-3112 or come in duringour business hours. After hours inquiries should be emailed [email protected] Total Hrs per Week/Day The Institution 1. Have a bachelor’s degree AND two years of occupational and/orprofessional experience directly related to the assignment beingtaught OR have an associate’s degree AND six years of occupationaland/or professional experience directly related to the assignmentbeing taught; OR, hold a California Community College Instructor’sCredential in the discipline area; OR, the equivalent.*2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*Note: Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision mustattach details and explain how their academic preparation is theequivalent of the degrees listed above. LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) Application Instructions Work YearN/A Posting NumberF00117P Job Posting TitleLegal Studies Adjunct Assistant Professor Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 2Unofficial Transcript 3Resume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Letter of Recommendation 2Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocument Special Requirements Closing Date Conditions Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo Department Location Posting Date Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed ( College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College Districtadjunct faculty posting are requested to complete fully andsubmit:1. Los Rios Community College District Faculty Application(required)2. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work * (graduateadvising documents and grade reports will not be accepted asunofficial transcripts). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.(required)3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (recommended)4. Two letters of recommendation (recommended)5. Letter of Interest (recommended)*Note: Applications submitted without transcripts will bedisqualified. Also individuals who have completed college oruniversity course work at an institution in a country other thanthe United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreigntranscripts, degrees and other relevant documents. A foreigntranscript evaluation is required any time foreign course work isused to meet minimum qualifications and/or salary placement even ifthe foreign transcript has been accepted by a college or universityin the United States.Foreign transcript evaluations ONLY accepted from AICE (Associationof International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) or NACES (TheNational Association of Credential Evaluation Services) agencies orevaluators.Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested.last_img read more

Judge Improving After Shooting; Supreme Court Seeking Temporary Replacements

first_imgJudge Improving After Shooting; Supreme Court Seeking Temporary ReplacementsMay 2, 2019Katie Stancombe for Indiana Lawyers One of the two Clark County judges wounded in an Indianapolis shooting early Wednesday morning is improving after initially being in critical condition. Meanwhile, the action is being taken to temporarily fill the now empty bench seats of the two injured judges.The Indiana Supreme Court said Thursday that Clark Circuit Judge Bradley Jacobs underwent surgery Thursday morning and is now in serious but stable condition. The court reported Wednesday morning that Judge Andrew Adams was in stable condition, though it did not have an update as of Thursday morning.The Indianapolis hospitals where the men are believed to be admitted, Eskenazi Health and IU Health Methodist, would not confirm if the men were being treated there.While the judges remain hospitalized, the Supreme Court’ Office of Judicial Administration “is working with Judge (Vicki) Carmichael to ensure the administration of justice continues in Clark County with senior judges and pro tem judges,” who are needed to oversee operations in the courtrooms of Adams and Jacobs.Both judges were in Indianapolis for the Spring Judicial Conference, one of many continuing education programs hosted by the Indiana Supreme Court, when they were shot in the parking lot of the downtown Indianapolis White Castle. Hundreds of judges from across the state attend the three-day conference – including Adams, Jacobs and Clark County Presiding Judge Vicki Carmichael.Carmichael, who presides over Clark Circuit Court 4, said received the news early Wednesday morning that Adams and Jacobs were shot in a “random act of violence.” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police said nothing suggested the attacks were based on Adams and Jacobs’ profession.Adams, who was elected and took office in January 2015, presides over Clark Circuit Court 1, where he hears major felony, estate, guardianship, and civil tort cases. He was certified to run a Veteran’s Treatment Court in April 2018 and has received provisional certification for an Adult Problem-Solving Court beginning in December 2019.Adams is a graduate of Indiana University-Southeast and IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He is also a United States Marine Corps veteran, is married and has three children.Jacobs presides over Clark Circuit Court 2 and also took office in January 2015. In his courtroom, Jacobs hears all drug-related crime cases.Jacobs graduated from Indiana University-Southeast and University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. He is a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran, is married with three children and enjoys speaking at schools to encourage students.Both judges are involved in the Clark County CARES program, a grassroots organization that promotes awareness and education to the local community regarding the opioid epidemic.A prayer vigil was held for both judges Wednesday evening at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Jeffersonville, quickly pulled together by Rev. Nancy Woodworth-Hill, who also facilities the CARES program.Woodworth-Hill hadn’t yet begun to eat her breakfast when she was informed of the shooting Wednesday morning. But by the time she received a third phone call about the incident, she knew the community needed something to happen.The evening vigil drew in at least 160 community members, Woodworth-Hill said, with standing room only. Candles were lit and time was dedicated for song, silence, and prayer.“They were grateful to have had that solace to hold these gentlemen in their thoughts and prayers and hearts,” Woodworth-Hill said. “I think that when a community is able to gather and be together, they are much greater than gathered individuals can be.“I do know the community has great love and affection for these two judges, and they showed up,” she added.Woodworth-Hill, who has worked alongside the judges with the CARES program, said Adams and Jacobs are well-regarded in the community. Both are willing to help where needed and aim to better the lives of those around them in and out of the courtroom.“If you think of a judge, you think of someone standing there making a judgment over people’s lives,” she said. “But these guys really care. I find them just really lovely human beings. I’m glad that they serve here.”The Indiana legal community has also offered support and prayers for the injured judges, with representatives from the Clark County Bar Association and Indiana State Bar Association releasing statements in response to the “terrible news.” Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush also released a statement, saying she met with the judges’ families following the shooting.“Our judges across the state are heartbroken to learn of this violent act against our colleagues,” Rush said. “We send our prayers for a speedy recovery for both Judge Jacobs and Judge Adams and our love and support to their families and the Clark County community.”Clark County courts were closed Wednesday but have reopened today. Senior judges and/or judges pro tempore have not yet been appointed to serve in Adams’ and Jacobs’ absences.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgShannon Hester, the 2015 St. Dominic Academy scholar athlete and a Bayonne UNICO scholarship recipient, is pictured throwing the javelin for Loyola (New Orleans) at their recent conference meet. Hester is a junior who qualified for two National meets in the javelin while at SDA and is a scholarship student athlete who has run Cross Country and various field events for Loyola. She is a Bayonne native and graduate of All Saints. ×last_img

South Shore Line extends May monthly tickets through June

first_imgIndianaLocalMichiganNewsSouth Bend Market (“The South Shore Line” by railsr4me, CC BY-ND 2.0) Monthly ticket holders for South Shore Line may use their May tickets another month.All monthly tickets purchased for the month of May will remain valid through the end of June.For those who purchased a paper ticket, keep it to use through June. Passengers who purchased a digital May monthly ticket via the mobile app will see a June ticket uploaded to their accounts prior to June 1.For more information, contact South Shore Line directly.  WhatsApp TAGSextensionJunemaymonthlySouth Shore Lineticket Facebook Twitter Twitter Pinterest Google+center_img Facebook WhatsApp Google+ By Brooklyne Beatty – May 1, 2020 0 381 Pinterest South Shore Line extends May monthly tickets through June Previous articleGov. Whitmer bobblehead unveiled, proceeds benefit COVID-19 reliefNext articleHoosier under age 19 has died due to coronavirus Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

Dead & Company Add 2nd Night At Boston’s TD Garden

first_imgDead & Company have added a second night at Boston’s TD Garden to their upcoming fall schedule. Following their previously scheduled performance on November 17, Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, veteran Jeff Chimenti, and firmly-welcomed newcomers John Mayer and Oteil Burbridge will return to the Boston arena two nights later on November 19. According to the band’s Facebook post, fans who participated in the first #VerifiedFan Presale will use the same code they received last Tuesday to get tickets ahead of the general on-sale, which opens on Tuesday, September 19 at 10AM local time.Dead & Company will embark on a 16-date tour this fall, starting with two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 12 & 14. From there, the band will make stops in Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, Hartford, Detroit, Columbus, Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, Austin, New Orleans, Orlando, and Sunrise, Florida to close out on December 8th. In addition to Boston’s now two-night stop, Dead & Company will otherwise only perform multiple nights at Madison Square Garden. Next year, they will head south of the border early next year (February 15-18) for their first-ever destination event, dubbed Playing In The Sand. Head here for more details.Dead & Company 2017 Fall Tour DatesNovember 12 New York, NY – Madison Square GardenNovember 14 New York, NY – Madison Square GardenNovember 16 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo CenterNovember 17 Boston, MA – TD GardenNovember 19 Boston, MA – TD GardenNovember 21 Washington, DC – Verizon CenterNovember 22 Hartford, CT – XL CenterNovember 24 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars ArenaNovember 25 Columbus, OH – Nationwide ArenaNovember 28 Charlotte, NC – Spectrum CenterNovember 29 Atlanta, GA – Philips ArenaDecember 1 Dallas, TX – American Airlines CenterDecember 2 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin CenterDecember 5 New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King CenterDecember 7 Orlando, FL – Amway CenterDecember 8 Sunrise, FL – BB&T Centerlast_img read more

The plight of adolescents, worldwide

first_imgFocusing on fulfilling the human rights of children and adolescents worldwide would yield widespread economic benefits, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and the head of the international child welfare agency UNICEF said Thursday.Harvard’s Lamont University Professor Amartya Sen, who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998, and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said that a nation’s economic progress alone won’t necessarily help the more than 1 billion children and adolescents living in poverty around the world. Attention has to be paid to ensure they are having their basic needs met, receiving an adequate education, and getting proper health care if their lives are to improve and they are to contribute to their societies in the future.In the poorest settings, a human rights-based approach can be more effective than one based purely on economic considerations, Lake said. Such an approach would seek to ensure that children’s rights, as laid out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, are protected.The convention requires countries to act in the best interests of children, bans capital punishment of children, and says that children everywhere have the right to basic survival, to be protected from abuse and exploitation, to develop to their full potential, and to participate in family, cultural, and social spheres. If this is done, their economic, educational, and social well-being follows, Lake said.Lake cited a UNICEF study that said, for the poorest countries, a rights-based approach to improving the lot of children costs less than one based on economic standards. “A pro-equity approach is not only right in principle, it’s right in practice as well,” Lake said. “We can show them [government officials] that doing the right thing is also the most cost-effective thing.”That has been borne out in India, Sen said. Despite recent rapid economic growth there that has seen per-capita income triple over the past 20 years, the poor have continued to struggle, falling through society’s cracks.Harvard’s Lamont University Professor Amartya Sen (left) and Harvard Provost Alan Garber were speakers at a two-day conference that examined the troubles facing the world’s adolescents.“The situation is that the illiterate, the ill, and social underdogs remain voiceless,” Sen said.Sen and Lake spoke at Harvard’s Barker Center for the opening session of a two-day conference on the world’s adolescents. The conference, sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health’s François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights, is intended to support a movement backing adolescent rights, according to FXB Center Director Jennifer Leaning, Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights.Other speakers included Harvard Provost Alan Garber, FXB Center Research Director Jacqueline Bhabha, and Albina du Boisrouvray, president of the nonprofit Association FXB and one of the founders of the Harvard FXB Center. Other major sponsors include the Harvard Global Health Institute, UNICEF, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.Du Boisrouvray said that the conference’s subject is one that badly needs attention and is part of the agenda she envisioned when she founded the center. Today’s adolescents, after all, are tomorrow’s adults, she said. Without the proper care and assurance of their basic needs and rights, the places they rule as adults may well be regions of poverty, instability, and violence.Bhabha, in her comments, said the conference marks the 21st anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a “coming of age” for an international legal milestone, and one to which the United States is still not a signatory. The convention, Bhabha said, put forth the idea that children don’t merely warrant protection from adults, but rather hold rights that adults and nations are obligated to protect.Even though a fifth of the world’s population is between the ages of 10 and 19, this group has been to some extent neglected by policymakers and nongovernmental organizations, Bhabha said. Adolescents have different needs than younger children, Bhabha said. Twenty percent of them experience mental health problems, teenage girls are vulnerable to sex trafficking, boys can be pressured into joining militias, and all are vulnerable to poverty and poor health.Garber said that the work of the FXB Center reflects the core values of the University, and that children are important not only because they represent the future of every nation, but because they are struggling in the present, with young adults suffering the highest rates of unemployment.“These issues are absolutely crucial to the well-being of our societies and the world,” Garber said.Lake argued that social safety net programs are not just expenses for governments, but also help societies to weather economic downturns and to resume growth more rapidly. In the health field, for instance, a breakthrough like eradicating polio would save governments around the world an estimated $1.5 billion each year, Lake said. Social protections, he said, should not just be viewed as a floor below which a nation’s citizens won’t sink economically, but also as an escalator that raises them economically.Educating adolescent girls is another important and effective strategy in improving a nation’s economy, with each extra year of primary school netting demonstrable economic gains. Women who work return a larger portion of their earnings to their families than do men, meaning that their families benefit as well.Lake said programs to attack stunting are also crucial. Stunting is a measure of malnutrition that results from deprivation during the first 1,000 days of life. Damage from stunting can be both physical and cognitive, equal to two to three years of lost education, and resulting in a 22 percent loss of income. Around the world, 170 million to 180 million children suffer from stunting.Though improvement programs carry economic benefits, Lake said it’s important to remember that they also help to fulfill the obligation to guard children and adolescent rights.“The question is not whether we can afford to do this; the question is whether we can afford not to,” Lake said.last_img read more

Almost Heaven

first_imgSkip Brown shreds the meadow.We’re so close. We’ve waited all winter for this day: good snow, good wind from the right direction, sunny, not too cold, and we’re about as deep into the West Virginia backcountry as you can get on a road.And we’re stuck in a ditch.The snowplow had turned around miles ago, so we slipped and skidded our pickup almost to the trailhead before sliding into a ditch. Behind the pickup, we’re towing a snow machine, a four-wheeler outfitted with tracks instead of wheels. It’s a cross between a snowmobile and a small tank and it’ll get us into the good stuff if we can ever get it off the trailer.Snow kiting is a colder version of kite boarding, and it’s grown rapidly in recent years. Out West, where there’s a lot of snow and above tree line terrain, the sport has taken off. Here in the East it’s harder to find good kiting locales, and conditions change so fast that you have to jump quickly on a good snowfall.One guy chasing it more than anybody is John Regan. A legend in the whitewater paddling world, John pioneered many now famous class-V rivers, notably West Virginia’s Upper Blackwater. A few seasons ago, John got into snow kiting, and he’s pursued it with the same vigor as his aggressive paddling style. Living in Western Maryland near wide-open hillside fields, John added a kite to his tele skis, got permission from his farmer neighbors, and started a new kind of first descent.After an hour of pushing, pulling, sweating, and cursing, we manage to get out of the ditch and head into the Sinks of Gandy, a high mountain meadow with a celebrated cave and underground stream system in West Virginia.John plants a windsock in the snow, quickly unfolds and launches his foil kite, and within minutes he is a half-mile away, zooming uphill on his tele skis before unleashing turn after turn in powder as he glides back downhill.He then skis over to one of the giant cornices overhanging Gandy Creek. You don’t find too many 30-foot cornices in the Mid-Atlantic, so a jump fest commences with lots of soft landings.I launch my inflatable kite and slide off after John on a snowboard. The wind holds, and we explore the entire valley. There are some thin spots and patches of ice to contend with, but mostly we’re zig zagging across snowfields, going anywhere we want. It takes minutes to kite up hills that would take an hour to hike. Then we knock out a ski-run’s worth of turns in the fresh powder.So it goes till near sundown when the wind starts to ebb. We pack up kites and gear and head home. It’s dark and freezing back at the trailhead, but we’re happy, and the PBRs go down well.last_img read more

Supreme Court sets unbundled services criteria for family cases

first_imgSupreme Court sets unbundled services criteria for family cases December 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Supreme Court sets unbundled services criteria for family cases Senior Editor Beginning January 1, family law lawyers may offer limited assistance to pro se litigants in family law cases, following Florida Supreme Court approval of amendments to Bar and family law rules.Acting November 13, in Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure (Unbundled Legal Services), case no. SC02-2035, the court approved the recommendations from the Bar’s Unbundled Legal Services Special Committee II, with some changes.The amendments allow lawyers to accept representation for discrete tasks in a family law representation — such as handling a hearing or drafting a specific document — without assuming responsibility for the entire case.“The ultimate result is going to encourage people to use the services of legal counsel. It will make them less intimidated about the cost,” said Hollywood attorney Adele Stone, who chaired the special committee. “It was certainly encouraged by the judiciary and the court, and it will give greater access to justice, which is encouraged and supported by the Bar.“I definitely look forward to seeing the implementation of this rule. I think it will benefit all concerned, the litigants and the judiciary.”“We’re extremely pleased. We felt this rule has been necessary,” said Richard West, chair of the Family Law Section. “This will be a benefit not only to pro se litigants but also attorneys, particularly young attorneys, because it will help get lawyers involved again in divorce cases.”West noted that the opinion cited studies that show 65 percent of initial filings in domestic relations cases have self-represented litigants and 80 percent of post-judgment proceedings have at least one party unrepresented. “Those of us who practice in this area of law know it is bogging down the system,” he said, adding that getting lawyers involved “will be a benefit to all.”The opinion assigned two tasks to the Bar: Prepare a brochure explaining to lawyers and litigants how unbundled representation will work and prepare a standard form attorneys can have clients sign when they want less than the lawyer’s full services in a case.The court also asked the special committee to monitor how the new rules work in the next two years, and recommend any changes that may be needed.“We emphasize that the goal. . . is to increase access to justice for those litigants unable to afford full representation on all portions of their case,” Justice Barbara Pariente wrote for a unanimous court. “Our intent in adopting the rule is to allow an attorney to engage in limited representation on a discrete substantive task, such as child custody, child support, alimony, or equitable distribution, or to appear for a specific hearing, such as a hearing on a motion for attorneys’ fees. If the rule functions as we envision by allowing limited representation on portions of a case in which a litigant would otherwise be unrepresented, we are cautiously optimistic that justice will be facilitated and not frustrated. This is especially so if the discrete substantive task for which the representation is undertaken involves a particularly intricate or complex family law issue.”The court recognized there can be problems with providing unbundled services. The opinion spelled out several scenarios and how those should be handled. Those include:• It is not necessary for a court to hear from both the lawyer and the party on an item the lawyer has been hired to handle.• When a litigant has hired several lawyers, only one should speak on an issue “so that the other side is not ‘double-teamed.’”• An attorney should not be retained solely to make evidentiary objections for the litigant. “We are concerned that if the rule were construed to permit such a scenario, there would be no clear division between those portions of the case for which the attorney is responsible and those for which the litigant is responsible,” Pariente wrote.• All parties must receive proper notice of hearings, including both the litigant and the attorney providing limited services. To facilitate that, the court agreed with a suggestion from 17th Circuit Judge Linda Vitale that the lawyer’s and litigant’s address and phone number be on all pleadings, hearing notices, and notices of limited appearance. The attorney hired for a limited purpose has the responsibility of notifying the opposing side that a hearing or other matter is outside the scope of the contracted representation.• Both the attorney and client should be served with all pleadings in the case.The court said attorneys will have special responsibilities when entering into limited representation agreements. That includes that lawyers must take care to explain the scope of their services to clients and all such agreements must be in writing.“[T]he attorney should advise the litigant that the attorney’s ethical obligations only extend to the representation for which the attorney was retained,” Pariente wrote. “The attorney does not have an ethical obligation to the client on other discrete portions of the litigant’s case.”For example, the opinion said, if the attorney is hired to present one issue at a hearing, the attorney will not interject himself or herself into another issue that is being dealt with by the client, even if the attorney feels there is a better way to handle that matter. Also, if during the representation the client decides the attorney should take over another portion of the case, a second consent form must be signed spelling out the expanded scope of the representation.The court approved the special committee’s recommendation to amend Bar rules 4-1.2, Scope of Representation, 4-4.2, Communication with Persons Represented by Counsel, and 4-4.3, dealing with unrepresented persons. The court also approved the committee’s suggested new Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.040, which outlines how unbundled services will work. That includes when an attorney is finished handling a limited part of a case, the attorney must file a notice of “Termination of Limited Appearance” with the court. The judge’s permission is not necessary to end the representation.The court, on its own motion, also amended Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.060 and Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.360 to conform with the new unbundled services rules.Pariente noted the groundbreaking nature of the amendments, writing that five other states have such rules and California earlier this year began implementing rules for unbundled services.The issue has surfaced in Bar and court studies for several years, and in 1999, the court’s Family Court Steering Committee recommended a rule be drafted to provide structure for limiting services. Former Chief Justice Major B. Harding followed up by creating the Access to Justice Task Force (chaired by Pariente), which as part of its recommendations said the Bar should undertake a review of unbundled services. A Bar committee recommended that unbundled services be encouraged, and the court determined that another Bar committee should draft the rules.That led to the Unbundled Legal Services Special Committee II, which submitted a report and suggested rules to the court last year. The court advertised the rules in the September 1, 2002, and November 1, 2002 Bar News and considered comments in reaching its final opinion.While the court is hopeful the unbundled rule will help both litigants and the courts, Pariente wrote, “It remains to be seen how a rule authorizing an attorney and a litigant to argue different portions of a case will operate in the courtroom. Further, the rule does not encompass all the possible scenarios of limited representation. In light of these concerns. . . we direct the committee to monitor the implementation of the rule and any difficulties that arise, and report back to this court within two years from the effective date of these amendments with recommendations for improvement or changes, if any.”The complete opinion can be found on the Supreme Court’s Web site at read more