Read Full Story The Harvard Black Students Association (BSA) held its inaugural convocation for first-year students earlier this month.Freshmen, upperclassmen, and graduate students filled Memorial Church on Sept. 2 for an event that celebrated diversity, inclusion, and culture while addressing the challenges many minority students say they face on campus.While the majority of attendees were members of the Class of 2021, the convocation event brought together graduate students who have a unique purview, as they provide wisdom and guidance for undergraduates as resident proctors, mentors, and advisers.Freshmen, first-year, and graduate students gathered at the Memorial Church earlier this month for the inaugural Black Students Association convocation. Photo by La’Toya Princess Jackson“It serves as a symbol of how far the University has come in the ethnic diversity of the student body,” said BSA President Hasani Hayden ’19 of the event’s goal, which was to welcome black-identifying, first-year students to campus.Aric Flemming, vice president of the Harvard Graduate Council, called the event a timely symbol of hope and healing not just for black students, but all students, staff, and faculty.Flemming is a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School in the master’s of divinity program and also serves as a resident proctor and graduate assistant for Harvard College.“At this time, we upheld black culture and history while moving to solidify a seat at the table,” Flemming said.Organizer Najya Williams ’20 said she wants every black first-year student to feel welcome at Harvard, and she said she hopes to engage the graduate community in future events as supporters, resources, and examples.Amanda Gorman ’20, National Youth Poet Laureate and one of the speakers at the convocation said, “It was beautiful to witness a myriad of black identities — from Jamaican to Afro-Latin — represented at the event.“This speaks to Our Harvard, its inclusion, and the unity of a diverse black population,” she added.By La’Toya Princess Jackson is vice chair for communications for the Harvard Graduate Council, which is the official student representative body for Harvard’s 12 graduate and professional Schools.
Guardian ad Litem Program comes up big Court Funding Boosted Court Funding Boosted The $1.2 billion total represents a 6.5% increase for the courts June 1, 2006 Regular News Gary Blankenship Senior Editor There was more money for new employees (especially for the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program), for some pay raises, and quite a bit for capital improvements, but Florida’s courts and related agencies didn’t get the funding they wanted to eliminate wage discrepancies with other public employers and the private sector.All told, funding for the courts, public defenders, state attorneys, the state’s Guardian ad Litem Program, and other offices totaled around $1.2 billion in the state’s 2006-07 fiscal plan.One big ticket item is that lawmakers approved 55 of the 66 new judgeships certified by the Supreme Court. (See story in the May 15 Bar News. )Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, chair of the House Justice Appropriations Committee, explained some of the other details when the final budget was presented on the House floor. The $1.2 billion total represents about a 6.5 percent increase for the judicial branch, he said.There was $14 million for more prosecutors and public defenders and $8 million in new funds for the Guardian ad Litem Program, which saw the existing $26.6 million budget grow to $33.6 million. (Because $1 million of non-recurring funding was lost, the net increase is $7 million.)“This is by far record money for the Guardian ad Litem Program,” Kottkamp said.The new funding will allow the program to hire 165 new employees: attorneys and case coordinators, said GAL Executive Director Angela Orkin, adding the “large majority of these new positions will provide direct advocacy for children.”At the beginning of the legislative session, Orkin said of 43,859 children under Department of Children and Families supervision, 17,587, or 40 percent, have no one advocating for the child’s best interest in dependency court.“We are so thankful for this increase,” Orkin said. “It is a testament to the hard work of guardians ad litem throughout Florida. Through this funding, we have the potential to significantly impact the lives of thousands of children involved in dependency court in Florida. We will be able to focus on permanency for children in a way that has never been possible before. The legislature has created a tremendous opportunity to help abused and neglected children.”Orkin praised Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, and Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, for taking the lead to obtain additional funding for the program.Courthouses Another $7 million was appropriated for special projects at courthouses in 24 smaller counties. Kottkamp said Fiscal Council Chair Negron met his goal that all members’ requests for small courthouse repairs and improvements would be met.For the courts, there’s more than $14 million for repairs and security upgrades at the Supreme Court building in Tallahassee, and $7 million for new staff, including more trial court clerks.Court officials filled in some of the details.State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner said legislators responded to a plea from Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente for major maintenance needs at the court, with $14.4 million as noted by Kottkamp. That will address almost all of the improvements and renovations needed at the court, she said.Law Clerks The court system requested 42 law clerks for circuit court judges, and the legislature authorized 36, which represents a major victory.“That’s an issue we had pressed on for the last several years” with little luck, Goodner said. “We finally got a good nod from the legislature that that’s a necessary resource.”Several other new positions were also funded at the Supreme Court and the Office of the State Courts Administrator to deal with workload increases.On the down side, the court system had conducted a major pay and benefits survey for court system employees, which showed they made less than comparable jobs in other public agencies. That led to a request for major pay scale adjustments from Pariente, at a cost of $15.6 million.But while court employees got the 3 percent pay raise given to all state employees, none of the extra pay and benefit requests from the chief justice to address the inequities was funded, she said.Interpreters The legislature also funded the requested $1.3 million for court interpreters and $1.9 million of $6.8 million sought for additional court reporters, Goodner said. The legislature also approved a program to certify court interpreters and funded that operation through Goodner’s office.“That program should help eliminate issues resulting from having unqualified interpreters in courtrooms,” she said.The legislature also boosted funding for mediation services in the trial courts, approving an extra $1 million and 12 new positions.Salaries Lawmakers also gave final approval and funding for a benchmarking program for judicial salaries. That sets pay for district court of appeal judges at 95 percent of that for a Supreme Court justice, at 90 percent for circuit judges, and 85 percent for county judges.At the district court of appeal level, First DCA Judge Charles Kahn, chair of the District Court of Appeal Budget Commission, said the legislature met most of the capital needs. But there was disappointment that two new judgeships, one in the Second and one in the Fourth DCA which were certified by the Supreme Court, were not authorized by lawmakers.Likewise for the trial courts, DCA employees did not receive pay and benefit adjustments sought by the courts. Particularly disappointing, Kahn said, is that health insurance benefits were not provided for the judges’ law clerks, as they are for other state-employed lawyers.Capital Repairs On the capital issues, the Third DCA will see more than $900,000 to address needed repairs, much of it hurricane-related, the judge said. Money was also provided for roof repairs for the Fourth DCA and for security and obsolescence issues at the First DCA.Public Defenders Eighth Circuit Public Defender Rick Parker, president-elect of the Florida Public Defender Association, said public defenders saw the largest increase ever in absolute dollars for their budget, although not the largest percentage increase. Public defenders are pleased, but it was less than the $15 million requested.The $6.2 million in new general revenue — or a 3.3 percent hike — was due to the efforts of Negron, Kottkamp, and Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, chair of the Senate Justice Appropriations Committee, Parker said.“Last year, our percentage increase was 2 percent, when they increased the size of the criminal courts by 7 percent,” he noted. “We did have some catching up to do, not just from last year, but from several years.”The new funding will be split three different ways, which means some circuits will do better than others. The legislature created a $500,000 fund to be split among nine circuits that have had faster growth than others, Parker saidThen $1.4 million will be split among circuits getting new judges that will result in more criminal divisions and thus require more workload from the public defenders. The remaining $4 million-plus will be split among the 20 circuits.Aside from the money for new positions, the legislature also addressed an $8 million deficit in the administered funds for due process expenses, primarily for conflict attorneys.Parker said lawmakers increased that budget by $8 million for next year and funded the current year’s deficit of $8 million by tapping monies in various administered funds. That includes $4.4 million from a trust fund that pays for replacement equipment and temporary employees for public defender attorney offices. Public defenders will be getting together shortly to figure out how that will be spread among the circuits.State Attorneys Nineteenth Circuit State Attorney Bruce Colton, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, likewise was pleased with new funding, but noted it wasn’t everything prosecutors had requested.“We did OK,” he said. “We’re not really complaining. We, of course, did not get everything we wanted.”Overall, prosecutors had asked for around $19.5 million in new funding. They got, Colton said, around $8.5 million for workload increase, and another $1 million divided among some circuits that had been underfunded before.The main shortfall was the state attorneys’ push to get money for their assistants with a few years’ experience. Lawmakers agreed a couple years ago to boost the starting salaries for assistant state attorneys and assistant public defenders. But that created a gap with assistants with a few years experience who found themselves making little more than newly hired attorneys.So state attorneys (as well as public defenders) have been seeking what they call “phase two” funding to improve the salaries for their lawyers who have been on the job for three years or so. The legislature declined again this year. (Another bill, to help repay the law school loans of public defenders and state attorneys who have been on the job for more than three years died in committee.)Improving the pay would reduce a high turnover rate, public defenders and state attorneys say.“This is something we talked about with the legislators at the beginning of the session. Everyone was optimistic,” Colton said. “Another disappointing part about that [its failure] is that it’s not like it was a lean year; there was a lot of money there.”He said legislators seem to think that the posts are temporary jobs before the lawyers move into more lucrative private practice, while prosecutors see the problem as ever more complex cases and enforcing an increasing number of laws.“We’re trying to build a base of experience and trying to get people to stay here for longer or even make a career of it,” Colton said. (See story, page 21)CCRCs The legislators also provided additional funds for attorneys who defend death row inmates on collateral appeals.Last year, the legislature provided nearly $7.5 million for the Central and Southern Capital Collateral Regional Counsel offices, with a total of 69 employees. This year, lawmakers approved an additional four positions at $250,000.The legislature also hiked the money for registry counsel, private lawyers who handle all collateral appeals in the northern area and overflow and conflict cases from the two CCRC offices. (The state is in the middle of a pilot project to evaluate how registry counsel perform compared to CCRC offices.) The private attorneys will get an additional $900,000 this year, or a total of $2.3 million.According to the Commission on Capital Cases, which oversees the CCRCs and the registry attorneys, the CCRCS are handling a total of 157 cases, while the registry attorneys have 130 cases. For costs, that means the state is spending $49,000 per CCRC case and $18,000 per registry case.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Know the power of the leader’s voice.by: Michael Hudson, Ph.D.OK, I confess. During Tom Flick’s keynote presentation at last month’s CEO/Executive Team Network, I found myself daydreaming. Not exactly a desired behavior from one who would be leading a coaching session on the topic immediately following the speech, but it happened nonetheless.Here’s why…A former NFL quarterback turned motivational speaker, Flick spoke about the power of the leader’s voice–how words create pictures that create emotions that create attitudes that create behaviors that create habits that create reality. As he did so, my mind wandered to the time when I learned just what that meant—something I didn’t fully understand until hearing his insights.When I was 12 years old, my 4-H friends (finally) convinced me to attend state camp. They had tried for the previous couple of years, but frankly I didn’t get the appeal. Maybe that’s because my aunt and uncle lived at the camp year round and to me it was just a place that I went once in awhile to see family. So the idea of attending a full week of camp there certainly didn’t seem all that appealing.But that changed during the opening campfire program… continue reading »
“Jackson’s had several transfusions throughout his procedures and his transplant,” said Jay Vandermark, Jackson’s father. Since his surgery, the five-year-old has started school, went trick-or-treating and even got to spend the holidays at home with his family. DEPOSIT, N.Y. (WBNG) — In March 2019, Jackson Vandermark had a successful heart transplant after being born with congenital heart defects. “While we were waiting in the hospital with him we noticed he was going though several units of blood and we’re just trying to reach out to people and encourage them to come and donate,” he said. Those who signed up and donated through the Red Cross Website were given a reusable tote bag as a “thank you”
“Although it may appear unfair to bar actions after the statute of limitations has lapsed, the limitations period serves important policy goals that help to preserve both the integrity of our legal system and the due process rights of individuals,” Rubalcava wrote. “With today’s announcement, the number of plaintiffs has quickly grown to 50 young men who allege they suffered abuse at the hands of Dennis Kelly and an indifferent USC administration,” Kelly Van Aken, a partner at the firm, said in a press release. “Thanks to the efforts of the news media and LGBTQ community, we are seeing more and more men bravely come forward to tell their stories.” Mikayla Kellogg, a partner at the firm, added that she opposes USC’s decision to hire a lobbying firm to work against AB1510, a California State Assembly bill that would allow student survivors of sexual assault at a campus health center a year to bring forward claims of sexual assault even if they are past the state’s statute of limitations. “We are hopeful that the administration changes that have been made in recent months will help make the cultural and institutional changes necessary to protect USC students,” she wrote. The University has yet to issue an official apology regarding the lawsuit as it did following sexual abuse allegations made against former campus gynecologist George Tyndall. “Dr. Kelly did not treat men he knew to be heterosexual or men who were not interested in men in a similar manner and did not penetrate their anuses or perform rectal examinations,” the new complaint read. “It is outrageous USC is the lone opponent of AB1510,” Kellogg said in a press release. “What is even more appalling is USC’s brazen willingness to disregard the well-being of its own students by hiring a powerful San Francisco lobbying firm to try and kill this bill that is supported by a broad coalition of consumer advocacy groups, women’s groups, and civil rights organizations.” With new leadership entering the University, including President-elect Carol Folt who begins her term July 1, Van Aken said she hopes that USC will begin to create positive change. A lawsuit filed in February alleges former campus doctor Dennis Kelly performed unnecessary rectal examinations and asked patients pressing personal questions. Since February, 50 current and former students have come forward. The University acknowledged the lawsuit and allegations in February. “It is shameful that USC has not issued any statement regarding its students and former students’ brave and credible allegations against Dr. Kelly, who we allege targeted USC’s vulnerable LGBTQ community,” Van Aken wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. The lawsuit alleges that Kelly targeted gay and bisexual men by performing unnecessary rectal examinations and inquiring about their personal sex lives. “We’re working to understand the facts of this matter,” the statement read. “We care deeply about our entire Trojan family, including our LGBTQ+ community, and take this matter very seriously.” In February, Kellogg & Van Aken LLP, a firm that represents most of the plaintiffs in the suit against Kelly and the University, filed its first lawsuit against USC and Kelly, after several victims came forward. In March and April, the original complaint was amended to add 26 new plaintiffs. In a letter obtained by the Daily Trojan, Michelle Rubalcava, senior counsel at Nielsen Merksamer, wrote to Assembly Judiciary Committee Chair Mark Stone on April 1 that USC “strongly opposes” the bill because it is unnecessary and harmful to plaintiffs. Eighteen more current and former students joined a class-action lawsuit against USC and former campus men’s sexual health doctor Dennis Kelly Thursday. A total of 50 men, most of whom identify as gay and bisexual, have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and gender discrimination against Kelly.
Nenagh Ormond, who started the day in 4th place, defeated Queens 38-25 in Belfast.They scored six tries – Derek Corcoran (2), Lemeki Vaipulu, Fergal Brislane, Mike Fogarty and Peter O’Connor all crossed the line for the victors.Cashel beat Skerries 31-14 at Spafield. They trailed by two points at the break but a strong second-half showing earned them the victory over the Dublin side. Ed Leamy scored two tries for Cashel, Kevin Leamy and Danny Lambe one each as well as being awarded a penalty try.Pat O’Connor kicked three conversions.
Hearts of Oaks defender, Nuru Sulley has returned home from Egypt after only a few days stay in the Arabian land.Nuru who arrived in Ghana on Sunday night is hoping that issues involving his move from Hearts would be resolved amicably and on time so he will finally join the exodus bandwagon. The defender had to return home upon the request of Accra Hearts of Oak who are yet to receive the transfer fee for the Stalwart Ghana defender.The defender disclosed. “I am back home upon the request of Hearts of Oak because there are issues surrounding my transfer which has not been dealt with. The transfer fee involved has not been paid to Hearts though I have had my share already. “The Egyptians want to pay $100,000 which is less than the $130,000 we originally agreed on with the Libyan club so Hearts objected it so I had to come back home whilst things are sorted out”. Libyan cub, Al-Nasr who agreed on a $130,000 transfer fee with Hearts but has had to loan the defender to El Geish in the Egyptian Premier League because of the postponement of the Libyan League due to violence in that region. The Federation of Libyan Football postponed the Libyan domestic football league until January 2015 following ongoing armed violence in the North African country. The new season was supposed to commence in August but fighting between rebel factions in the capital, Tripoli and Benghazi have made arrangements impossible. The general assembly of the body set for August 18 in Bayda, eastern Libya, was also suspended until further notice.Hearts are said to have recalled the defender because it had not received its share of the transfer fee involved in the transfer of their defender.
He left Wednesday’s 5-3 loss after he flew out in his only at-bat in the top of the second inning. Eduardo Nunez replaced him at second base.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN“He felt something weird in his knee,” manager Alex Cora told reporters afterward. “He finished the at-bat and came up to me, like, ‘Hey man, it didn’t feel right there.’ I decided to take him out.”The Red Sox begin a three-game series against the Rays on Friday in Tampa. Losing Pedroia, who only recently returned to the lineup because of the knee, is just more bad news for a Red Sox team (6-13) that already has seen plenty of bad in 2019.The negative 42 run differential for #Redsox now worst by a World Series champion through 19 games in #MLB history— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 18, 2019And they are facing considerable problems as second base.Although he replaced Pedroia on Wednesday, Nunez is batting back tightness. Brock Holt (scratched cornea), who the team had hoped would come off the injured list this weekend, reported not seeing well in a game Wednesday at Triple-A Pawtucket and won’t be ready. Blake Swihart, who was capable of playing second in a pinch, was designated for assignment earlier in the week.Things were so bad early this week that catcher Christian Vazquez, who played 4 2/3 innings at second base for Single-A Greenville in 2010, was forced to play the position Monday with a borrowed infielder’s glove.Cora said he would consider internal options from Pawtucket, most likely Tzu-Wei Lin, MassLive.com reported. The #RedSox will place 2B Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day injured list with left knee irritation, effective today.To fill Pedroia’s spot on the active 25-man roster, the club will recall RHP Marcus Walden from Triple-A Pawtucket prior to tomorrow’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 19, 2019The Red Sox made the move — citing “irritation” in the knee — after Pedroia saw specialists in New York on Thursday. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who left Wednesday’s game against the Yankees after feeling discomfort in his surgically repaired left knee, was placed on the injured list Thursday, the team announced, though he appears to have avoided “serious injury,” according to The Boston Globe. Pedroia has experienced issues with the knee since 2017 and missed all but three games in 2018 after undergoing cartilage restoration surgery.He made his 2019 debut in Boston’s home opener last week. A longtime fan favorite, he is just 2-for-20 with one RBI in the early going, starting four games at second base (counting Wednesday’s short appearance) and two others at designated hitter.