Ethics panel warns staff attorneys about outside employment

first_img September 1, 2002 Regular News Ethics panel warns staff attorneys about outside employment Ethics panel warns staff attorneys about outside employmentcenter_img A trial court staff attorney may not moonlight in a nonlegal capacity at his spouse’s legal professional association, even if he only serves as a courthouse runner or a computer consultant, according to the Florida Trial Court Staff Attorneys Association Ethics Advisory Committee.The staff attorney also may not hold an officer’s position in his wife’s firm or own shares of stock in the legal professional association. Opinion Number 2002-01 T he Ethics Advisory Committee of the Florida Trial Court Staff Attorneys Association is charged by the association with rendering advisory opinions to staff attorneys that interpret the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct, the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, and other relevant authorities to specific circumstances confronting or affecting staff attorneys. Its opinions are advisory only.The committee said the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee has ruled that the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct applies indirectly to law clerks, and therefore, trial court staff attorneys.The committee said a trial court staff attorney serving his wife’s firm as a courthouse runner would violate Canons 2B, 3A, and 5A(1), (2), & (3). The applicable portion of Canon 2B advises that a trial court staff attorney not use his/her position to advance his/her private interests, or the private interests of others.“The trial court staff attorney, when serving as a courthouse runner, will be seen constantly going in and out of the chambers of different judges,” the panel said. “These actions coupled with the nature of the trial court staff attorney’s duties would convey the impression that the delivering runner has free and unfettered access to any number of judges, and is in a special position to influence their decisions regarding the legal professional association’s deliveries.”Canon 3A also advises, among other things, that judicial duties take precedence over all the judge’s other activities, the panel said. So, too, should the trial court staff attorney’s research and writing duties take precedence over any outside employment responsibilities.The panel also said it could be argued that employment as a computer consultant by the spouse’s professional association could constitute the practice of law or lend itself to an unavoidable appearance of impropriety grounded in the misuse of the prestige of the judicial office.“How would employment of the trial court staff attorney in this position appear to third parties, prospective clients in particular?” the panel said. “Theoretically, it can carry with it an unofficial endorsement of the circuit’s judiciary.”The panel said the trial court staff attorney’s employment could unwittingly become the selling point for choosing representation by the spouse’s legal professional association.The panel also said ownership of “even a small to minuscule interest of stock” in a legal professional association can reasonably cast doubt as to a trial court staff attorney’s ability to carry out his/her research and writing responsibilities for the judiciary.Canon 5(D)(1)(b) advises that a trial court staff attorney, like a judge, shall not engage in financial and business dealings that would involve him/her in frequent transactions or continuing business relationships with those lawyers or other persons likely to come before the court.“The fact that the submitting trial court staff attorney would own stock in the professional association, again the amount being unimportant, involves him/her in a continuing business relationship with lawyers who would appear repeatedly before the court,” the panel said. “In addition, it can be assumed that the trial court staff attorney would often be involved in making decisions with regard to the business operations of the legal professional association.”Ownership of stock in the association would require the submitting staff attorney to recuse/disqualify himself every time an attorney from the association appeared before the court where he is specifically employed, the committee said.“Recusal or disqualification would be required, no matter the amount of stock owned, to avoid an appearance of impropriety,” the panel said.last_img read more

Companies help conquer breast cancer

first_imgThe retail group Foschini is one of the companies that helps PinkDrive keep its educational and clinical trucks on the road. These trucks’ services include women’s health education.It costs R10-million to build one truck. PinkDrive’s monthly running costs are R700,000. PinkDrive’s services include free education on women’s health, mammograms and clinical breast examinations. (Image: Supplied)Melissa JavanHenrietta van Kramberg says she should have given up on life when her child died but she didn’t. Instead, following a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2010, she decided to fight back.The 43-year-old is one of 11 women who are sharing their stories during the Courage to Conquer campaign, taking place in the Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October. The campaign is an initiative by retail group Foschini. It is to build awareness and to fundraise for the organisation, PinkDrive.She kicked cancer’s butt in six-inch heels, Van Kramberg says. “Giving up is not an option. As a mum if you survive the passing of your child, there’s not much that can get you down.”Watch Van Kramberg talk about how she motivated herself in her battle against cancer:Watch Lizelle Knott explain how her son became her motivation to fight cancer:Lizelle Knott, a 36-year-old, says early detection made a huge difference. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. “If you have a positive attitude, anything can be an adventure,” she says of her journey.PinkDrivePinkDrive is known as South Africa’s “breast cancer community carer”, the non-profit organisation says on its website.It has mobile units which cross three provinces, visiting urban and semi-urban areas, to give people access to mammographies and gynaecological services.Besides free education on women’s health, the mobile clinics offer free pap smears and clinical examinations, as well as information on how to do breast self-examinations.Since its launch in 2011, PinkDrive has taught more than 260,000 women about breast health.Courage to conquerNaeema Cassimjee, Foschini brand manager, says that in previous years the clothing retailer has partnered with PinkDrive to raise breast cancer awareness and to keep the mammography and educational units of PinkDrive on the road.“The campaign this year is unique in the sense that we have provided a platform for women from different backgrounds from all over South Africa to share their stories. [They talk about] how they found the courage to conquer breast cancer,” she says.“The campaign takes a positive approach where we aim to highlight the courage and strength that women have within them.”The partners approached cancer organisations Look Good, Feel Better; Reach for Recovery; and Cancervive, to ask for volunteers, Cassimjee explains. These volunteers are survivors of breast cancer, and were willing to share their stories with others.“We received a lot of interest but unfortunately had to eventually cut it down to 11 women.”She says to support PinkDrive through Courage to Conquer, people can buy breast cancer awareness key rings and Playtex or Foschini branded bras. A portion of the funds raised is donated to PinkDrive.“A donation to the PinkDrive has also been made by the photographer who shot the Breast Cancer campaign,” Cassimjee says.To watch the videos of the other cancer survivors telling their stories, visit the Foschini South Africa YouTube channel.Corporates playing a roleFebe Meyer, PinkDrive spokesperson, says the organisation works with numerous brands, individuals and companies throughout the year to make PinkDrive successful.“Our major sponsors are the financial contributors Pick n Pay, MTN Foundation, the Bidvest Group and Bridgestone.“As PinkDrive does not receive any government funding, we are grateful for any corporate or individual that assist the PinkDrive in raising funds. The impact of any amount raised assists PinkDrive to keep our existing mobile units on the road,” she says.“It also enables us to provide free services to all the medically uninsured people in South Africa.”One of the fundraising initiatives was the Cell C SA Lingerie Fashion Show held on 6 October 2016 at Canal Walk shopping centre in Cape Town. The aim of the event was to distribute 100 care packs to cancer patients at hospitals in the city.The first mobile screening unit of PinkDrive launched in the Western Cape in 2011. It operated through local clinics, community health centres and hospitals. (Image: Supplied)Meyer says the current PinkDrive fleet consists of three mobile mammography units, one educational truck and five educational vehicles.Since the organisation’s inception in 2011, more than 10,600 mammograms and more than 102,000 clinical breast examinations have been done.“It should be noted that currently one unit is doing 20 public sector hospitals’ work in a month! This is a direct ‘report’ of what PinkDrive is doing with all the funding received,” says Meyer.PinkDrive travels to urban and semi-urban areas throughout South Africa. “We have representation in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Kentucky Coal Museum Goes Solar

first_imgResidential solar slow to catch onBluegrass Solar is about eight months old, and if the city of Benham has embraced solar energy with its planned municipal system, Sexton is still trying to get his residential business up to its full potential.“We started trying to focus on residential,” he said, “and we’ve had a lot of interest but not a lot of execution.”Bluegrass joined forces with a partner, Star Solar, and began offering leases and financing and now the company’s focus is on municipal installations. Its alliance with Star Solar has allowed the company to begin offering leasing, financing, and partnership agreements.“That should make it easier for homeowners to get on board,” he said. RELATED ARTICLES A Cloudy Future for CoalCoal Production Hits 35-Year LowWill Taxpayers Get Stuck With Coal’s Cleanup Tab?Can Solar Solve the Coal Problem?‘Clean Coal’ Plant Looks More Like a Boondoggle Sexton told GBA that the project may have raised a few eyebrows in town, but has generally been accepted by city residents.“Everybody sort of smiles and has a little laugh about it,” he told GBA. “But we’ve not been greeted with any animosity or anything. They just get a chuckle out of it. It’s a pretty good headline.”Even though the region has a long history of coal mining, the industry is not as powerful as it once was, Sexton said.“We’re just now kind of getting over that grief and starting to let go,” he said. “It’s certainly still in the roots and everything.”Even in its heyday, he added, coal mined in the area was mostly used in steel production, not coal-burning power plants. “We’re pretty big on metallurgical coal,” he said. “We weren’t really an energy producer anyway.” The exhibits inside are all about the glory days of coal, but it will be the solar panels on the roof that knock as much as $10,000 off the power bills for the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum.Housed in a former International Harvester commissary, the museum features exhibits detailing the history of coal mining in the city of Benham and surrounding parts of Harlan County, a bastion of mining in eastern Kentucky. The museum, which opened in 1994, is owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.The 60 kW solar array now being installed on the museum’s roof by Bluegrass Solar is part of a 250 kW system that will serve Benham’s municipal power grid. Bluegrass owner Tre Sexton said the project is being underwritten by “assorted philanthropic sources.” The 80-panel array is roughly half complete, Sexton told GBA, and could be wrapped up in another week or so.At a time when renewable energy advocates are squaring off against a president who has pledged to “put our miners back to work,” seeing solar come to the rescue of a coal museum is rich with irony. But money is money, and the college estimates energy bills now average about $2,100 a month, according to USA Today.last_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillWhat can Personal Finance Management Staff tell a service member who asks, “What is the fastest way to build good credit?”The most important way to build good credit is to consistently pay bills on time. One late payment can decrease a person’s score by 40 points. Also, advise service members to have different kinds of credit: for example,unsecured credit such as revolving credit (e.g., a major credit card) or a student loan, and secured credit such as an installment loan (car loan or mortgage). They should also keep their balances low (less than half of the total credit line), pay off debt rather than move it between cards, limit the number of credit accounts, and build savings.  For information about credit reports and scores, click here.Browse more military personal finance webinars and articles by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on November 11, 2013.last_img read more

Two arrested for ransacking Prince Anwar Shah Rd eatery

first_imgKolkata: Two persons have been arrested on Wednesday in connection with a case in which a restaurant on Prince Anwar Shah Road was allegedly ransacked by some youths on Tuesday afternoon.According to the police, the miscreants entered a restaurant looking for Arnab Chatterjee, the owner of the restaurant, in a bid to teach him a lesson. When the manager of the restaurant asked the reason, the youths allegedly assaulted him, including some staff members who tried to resist. Following this, the youths allegedly broke the glass of the tables and vandalised the restaurant before fleeing. They also threatened the manager and other staff members with dire consequences. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter Arnab was informed about the incident, he rushed to the restaurant and called up Lake police station and sought help. He also lodged a complaint at the Lake police station against five-six unknown persons and stated that one Raja Chatterjee (residing in Regent Park area) with whom Arnab’s wife has an affair, was behind the act. Arnab also informed the cops that because of matrimonial discord, both he and his wife were living separately since long. Different cases on the issue are still pending in court. On Monday night, Arnab went to Raja’s flat in Regent Park area following which an altercation took place. Arnab alleged that on Monday his wife threatened him with dire consequences following which the restaurant was ransacked. Based on Arnab’s complaint, police checked the CCTV footage of the restaurant and arrested two youths, identified as Rik Dey of Purba Putiary and Subhankar Dhali of Purba Ananda Pally in Regent Park area on Wednesday.last_img read more

Housing projects for slum dwellers

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is presently working on three apartment projects with an aim to provide better living conditions to slum dwellers in three areas of the city, including the project taken up near Mayer Bari at Bagbazar.Mayor Firhad Hakim will hand over the keys and agreement letters on Tuesday for the shifting of 35 families to their respective apartments adjacent to Mayer Bari whose construction has already been completed. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The apartment project near Mayer Bari is going on in full swing. There will be a total 300 flats which will be built in phases. The construction of the first block with 35 flats is complete. There will be a total of 15 such blocks. We have set a time frame of six months for completing each phase with 35 flats,” a senior official of KMC said. The other two projects in the southern part of the city are being executed in Behala and the Town Planning and Town Development (TP& TD) unit of KMC is executing the project. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The construction work for 120 units for slum dwellers Shanti Sangha in Behala (ward 131) is on. There will be a total 40 apartments in three blocks. The roof welding work of the third floor for the first block is now being carried out while the piling work of the second block is over,” a senior official of TP & TD said. The official said the tender for the third project, which will come up in 132 ward on Behala’s Upen Banerjee Road, has already been floated. The project will accommodate residents of Sakal Deo Singh slum. “There will be three blocks and the total number of flats will be 90,” he added. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerje has made elaborate plans to develop Heritage Tourism, including a complete renovation of Mayer Bari in Bagbazar. The KMC with the funds allocated by the state government will come up with a vocational training centre and a children’s park after relocating the slum. The stretch around the heritage building will also be beautified and decked up with illuminative lights to give it a majestic look. Ramakrishna Paramhansha’s wife Sarada Devi had lived at the two-storey house off Bagbazar Street known as Mayer Bari for 11 years (1909-1920). Hundreds of devotees and tourists from India and abroad throng the building every day. It may be recalled that over a decade ago, the first venture to rehabilitate slum dwellers of Rambagan bustee was carried out making this project a model for development agencies to follow.last_img read more

Report Lyon plan talks with Fekir over his future

first_imgLyon president Jean-Michel Aulas reportedly plans to hold talks with Nabil Fekir over his future plansThe 25-year-old forward nearly left Lyon at the end of last season for Liverpool before medical results saw the Premier League outfit attempt to lower the asking price.But Lyon wouldn’t budge which resulted in a break down in talks with Liverpool and saw Fekir remain at the club.However, with 18 months left on his contract, Lyon want Fekir’s future to be resolved before the winter break in France – which starts on December 22 after their game at Montpellier.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Le Progres reports that Lyon president Aulas plans to hold a meeting with the World Cup winner to discuss his plans.Amid reported interest from both Chelsea and Bayern Munich, Lyon wants answers and are not renown for allowing player contracts to expire.Fekir has managed four goals and four assists in 14 appearances this season for Lyon, who lost 2-0 at home to Rennes on Wednesday.last_img read more