Miami’s Bass to lead the ABA

first_img September 1, 2016 Regular News Miami’s Bass to lead the ABA Hilarie Bass of Miami assumed the role of president-elect of the ABA at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. “I am honored to take on the position of ABA president-elect and look forward to serving my fellow attorneys, while working to eradicate bias, enhance diversity, and advance the rule of law,” said Bass, the co-president of Greenberg Traurig. “Giving back to the profession that has given me so much is something I feel strongly about, which is why I have dedicated myself to supporting the ABA mission for more than 30 years.” She will serve a one-year term as president-elect before becoming ABA president in August 2017. Speaking during the ABA Annual Meeting, Bass highlighted her priorities for the organization in the coming years. Most importantly, she emphasized the significance of the association’s involvement in advancing equal access to justice. “At a time when many are questioning whether the concept of ‘justice for all’ applies to them, the ABA must lead by implementing strategies across this country to ensure that our citizens can believe the civil and criminal justice system is truly blind to color, gender, religion, and income inequality,” Bass said. Bass also stressed the need for the profession to embrace the use of technology to assist in meeting the largely unmet needs of the millions of citizens who seek legal aid but have been turned away for years because they cannot afford it. She said technology can help make more information readily available to the public and enable individuals representing themselves to more easily access the information and the forms they need to navigate a complex judicial system. Bass pushed for the ABA to be a leader in evaluating how future lawyers can be better educated through a system that trains law students to gain “practical hands-on skills, whether through internships or some other form of experiential learning, to allow them to graduate with the ability to solve a client’s problem in a practical and real way.” “The ABA must be a leader in evaluating how we can do better in educating and testing the competency of the future lawyers of our country,” Bass said. Bass has been involved with the ABA for more than 30 years, beginning as a young lawyer and working her way up to become chair of the 70,000-member Section of Litigation in 2010-11. As chair, she spearheaded the creation of the Task Force on Implicit Bias in the Justice System. She has held several other positions at the ABA, including serving as chair of the Committee on Rules and Calendar (2012-14), member of the Board of Governors (1990-93), House of Delegates (1988-95, 2000-present), and the Florida representative to the Nominating Committee (2010-present). In her practice, Bass has successfully represented high-profile corporate clients in jury and nonjury trials involving hundreds of millions of dollars in controversy. In recognition of that success, Bass was inducted in 2011 to the American College of Trial Lawyers. She has worked and settled more than 100 cases, tried more than 20 cases to conclusion, and argued numerous appeals. Among her significant cases, Bass led the effort to eliminate Florida’s 20-year-old ban on gay adoption, which was found unconstitutional in 2010 and led to the state removing questions of sexual orientation from the adoption application. Bass earned her law degree at the University of Miami School of Law and her bachelor’s degree at George Washington University. Miami’s Bass to lead the ABAlast_img read more

Gallery Events

first_imgPhoto by Elena Lyakir in the show “Quivers of Spring.”Quivers Of Spring“Quivers of Spring: Photographs by Elena Lyakir,” the artist’s debut East End show, will be held at The Spur in Southampton. The solo show is curated by Southampton-based art advisor, Heidi Lee Komaromi, and is a celebration of Women’s History Month.An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 30, from 5 to 9 PM. Lyakir is a fine art photographer and an internationally exhibited artist.The show will feature 12 works by Lyakir, who is known for her double-exposure landscapes created in the style of photo impressionism. Comedian and CNBC host Bill McCuddy will lead a Q&A.Augustus NazzaroThe Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton present Augustus Nazzaro’s “Threshold.” An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 30, from 4 to 7 PM. The show runs through April 28.Parrish PerspectivesParrish Perspectives at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill presents artists Renate Aller and Jean-Luc Mylayne. The show runs through July 28. The series features monumentally-scaled photographs drawn from the permanent collection that illuminate the intimate bond between subject and photographer. For more info, visit www.parrishart.org.Forms & FiguresThe William Ris Gallery in Jamesport presents “Forms & Figures,” highlighting the creative energy of nine women artists — Chris Ann Ambery, Deborah Brisker Burk, Shawn Ehlers, Madison Fender, Jan Guarino, Jennifer Hannaford, Margaret Minardi, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, and Susan Saunders. The show runs through April 14. An artist talk will take place on Saturday, April 6, from 2 to 4 PM.Takeover!“Takeover! Artists in Residence” continues at the Southampton Arts Center. Curated by Amy Kirwin, the show includes artists Scott Bluedorn, Daniel Cabrera, Darlene Charneco, Kara Hoblin, Ruby Jackson, Laurie Lambrecht, Jerome Lucani, Paton Miller, and Jeff Muhs. There is a weekly “hangout” every Thursday from 6 to 8 PM. For a full schedule of events, visit www.southamptonartscenter.org. The show runs through April 14.Guild Hall MembersGuild Hall’s 81st Artist Members Exhibition will run through April 6. The guest juror is Jocelyn Miller, the assistant curator at MoMA PS1. For more info, visit http://www.guildhall.org.A Walk In The ForestSara Nightingale Gallery in Sag Harbor presents “A Walk in the Forest.” The exhibition runs through April 2. Artists include Irina Alimanestianu, Ani Antreasyan, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Tom Brydelsky, Rossa Cole, Elizabeth Dow, Cara Enteles, Sara Genn, Shirley Irons, Laurie Lambrecht, Elena Lyakir, Christa Maiwald, and Anne Raymond.Black & WhiteThe White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton presents “Black & White.” The group exhibition displays paintings, mixed media, sculptures, and photographs in black and white. Artists include Athos Zacharias, Stephen Bezas, Keith Ramsdell, Lynn Savarese, Andrea McCafferty, Kat O’Neill, Susan Washington, Gerry Giliberti, Abby Abrams, Berges Alvarez, Karen Kirschner, Joseph McCloskey, Christina Stowe, Martha McAleer, and more. The show runs through March 31.Winter PhotographsClovis Point Winery in Jamesport is showing Jim Sabiston’s “Winter Photographs,” curated by Alex Ferrone. The exhibit runs through March 31.Genesis And TranscendenceThe Eastville Community Historical Society in Sag Harbor is showcasing Michael Butler’s work in an exhibit titled “Genesis and Transcendence.” The show features approximately two dozen works, spanning a range of the artist’s creative endeavors. The show runs through April [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Orlando nightclub gunman’s wife faces charges tied to attack

first_imgOrlando nightclub gunman’s wife faces charges tied to attack Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The wife of Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen faces a court hearing in California after being arrested there in connection with his Florida shooting rampage that left 49 people dead.Noor Salman, 30, is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court Tuesday morning in Oakland, following her arrest a day earlier on Florida charges that authorities said include obstruction of justice and providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. They gave no further details on her alleged role or what specific actions led to the charges.Salman is from the San Francisco Bay Area and in the aftermath of the Orlando attack that also left her husband dead she returned here with their son, whose name she has since sought to change.She had been repeatedly questioned by FBI investigators over whether she had any knowledge of her husband’s plans.Her attorney Linda Moreno said after her arrest that she “had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night.”Salman knew her husband had watched jihadist videos but was “unaware of everything” regarding his intent to shoot up the club, Salman said in a New York Times interview published in November.Salman also said he had physically abused her, which her attorney reiterated Monday.“Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands,” Moreno said. “We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person.”The San Francisco office of the FBI said Salman was taken into custody Monday morning in Rodeo, which is the small Bay Area community where she grew up and where her family lives. Jail records, however, say she was arrested about 30 miles away in Dublin. The reason for the discrepancy wasn’t clear.U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a Monday interview with MSNBC that “from the beginning, we were going to look at every aspect of this, of every aspect of this shooter’s life to determine not just why did he take these actions – but who else knew about them? Was anyone else involved?”Salman met Mateen online and the two married in 2011.They lived in Fort Pierce, Florida, at the time of the shooting.Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in a 911 call during the three-hour standoff that ended in his death. Forty nine patrons were killed and another 53 were hospitalized.“Nothing can erase the pain we all feel about the senseless and brutal murders of 49 of our neighbors, friends, family members and loved ones,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said Monday. “But today, there is some relief in knowing that someone will be held accountable for that horrific crime.” Related Articles:50 slain in Orlando nightclub, worst mass shooting in US historyWife of Orlando massacre shooter arrested by FBI Author: AP Published: January 17, 2017 8:03 AM EST last_img read more

England Women Sevens Finish Third In Pool In Sydney

first_imgThe side, which saw Bristol Ladies’ Chantelle Miell make her Sevens debut alongside fellow Bristol teammates Katie Mason and Abbie Brown, lost two and won one of their Pool C matches at Allianz Park on Friday.England ended the day with a disappointing 31-5 defeat to Russia. Elena Zdrokova stepped inside England’s defence to cross for Russia’s opening try inside two minutesNatasha Brennan dived over in the corner to level the score but Zdrokova outpaced the England defence on the left wing to score Russia’s second try to give them a 10-5 half-time lead.Baizat Khamidova flew down the right wing to outpace England’s defence for their third, as did Marina Petrova, while a late Nikolina Riashina try sealed a comfortable win.Winning startEarlier in the day England got their Sydney campaign off to a winning start beating Spain 19-10 through a Jo Richardson-Watmore hat trick and two Lauren Cattell conversions.They led 14-5 at the break with Richardson-Watmore going over in the second minute before crossing a couple of minutes later and once again with four minutes of the game remaining.Despite Fisher’s ‘wonder try’ England were then beaten 22-14 by the United States.They led 14-10 at the break with captain Abbie Brown crossing in the opening minutes while Fisher later seared through the opposition outside her own 22m before outpacing the United States defence to touch down before half-time.However, United States then scored 17 unanswered points, having earlier scored through Kristen Thomas, to earn their first victory of the day after an earlier defeat to Russia.England Women squad, Sydney1. Natasha Brennan, 2. Abbie Brown (C), 3. Alice Richardson-Watmore, 4. Millie Wood, 5. Lauren Cattell, 6. Rachael Woosey, 7. Heather Fisher, 8. Kelly Smith, 9. Fran Matthews, 10. Jo Richardson-Watmore, 11. Katie Mason, 12. Chantelle MiellPool C resultsFriday, February 3rdv Spain 19-10v USA 22-14v Russia 31-5last_img read more

Flanders destined to flourish

first_imgBy Tyler Lewis Sam Flanders is destined for greatness. The highly touted youngster is a no nonsense type of footballer…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Big goal for netball

first_imgBy DANIELLE GALVIN A NETBALL pavilion at the Holm Park Reserve will bring netballers “out of the dark ages” after…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

How to Do Internships the Right Way

first_imgAccording to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 72 percent of interns are offered a job, and 85 percent accept. Historically, the retention rate of hired interns is higher than other entry-level employees, Beaudry said. “Even though I think that stat is more likely for larger employers. It’s probably 30-40 percent for smaller employers because they don’t have as many entry-level jobs to offer.” Internships are not meant to be free help. They are not meant to replace an employee. And they shouldn’t be used for busy work. “It’s a ‘try before you buy’ approach,” she said. “You’ll be able to reap the benefits later on.” [SHRM members-only toolkit: Employing Interns] Beaudry advised HR professionals at the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition to think long-term when designing an internship program. Internships are a great way for students to get real-world experience in a particular career and for employers to scope out potential new hires upon graduation. But when they are not well planned, they won’t be successful for the interns or the employer, said Sharon Beaudry, a former HR director and currently an assistant professor of management and program director at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. To continue reading this article, please click here.last_img read more

Human Resource Professional Day 2019 | Spotlight: Jeff Palkowski

first_imgSeptember 26 is #HumanResourceProfessionalDay. Every day, HR professionals positively impact the lives of employees in workplaces around the world and contribute to the business strategy that allows their organizations to compete, grow and thrive. We asked our bloggers to share their HR stories.Why did you choose a career in HR?With a hat tip to my friend Steve Browne I chose “HR on Purpose!” After spending about a decade after college working in management roles within the financial services industry, I reflected on how much the human resources professionals that I worked with were so important to my success as a manager. As I began to realize how much I enjoyed the HR tasks in my work, I made a decision to complete a graduate degree in HR management, pass my HR certification exam, and start my HR career in my late 30’s. It has been an interesting journey starting in an entry-level staffing role and then progressing to various positions within HR over the past 15 years. I would not change a thing!What has been the most rewarding part of your HR career?Probably the most rewarding part about working in HR is the daily successes. Almost everything that we do affects one or more employees. Being able to help employees navigate through complex workplace issues, mentor managers and supervisors with challenges, and see tangible results from ideas and actions that I’ve implemented in my various HR roles continues to reward me on a daily basis. Knowing that what I do makes a difference is extremely motivating and fulfilling.Why would you recommend a career in HR to students or those looking to transfer into the HR profession from another field?From a practical standpoint, HR is a career that is not bound by industry nor location. Every organization has some form of human resources, which allows a person to have a great deal of flexibility in choosing where to work. From a professional standpoint, few careers allow an individual to have an impact upon each employee in their organization by the work that a human resources professional provides. Personally, I enjoy the fact that I am able to see the direct impact of my work on my employees on a daily basis. I believe that these are all great reasons to consider a career in HR.What advice can you share with others who are planning a career in HR?One piece of advice that I would give is to be flexible in your interests. Most individuals in HR tend to gravitate to a specific discipline such as talent acquisition, compensation, payroll, etc. You will likely find areas in HR that you like more than others, but I think that it is important to be open to all areas of the profession. If you strive to be a generalist, business partner, or even one day a Chief Human Resources Officer, having broad knowledge, experience and skills in many areas of HR will make you more marketable and a stronger HR professional.last_img read more

Jewelers’ Security Alliance Six-Month Crime Statistics and Trends

first_imgJewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) has released its crime statistics for the first six months of 2016 which indicate a continued decline in crime against the diamond, jewelry and watch industry in the United States. Dollar losses decreased from $33.2 million to $30.8 million, and the number of crimes decreased from 562 to 528.John Kennedy, President of JSA, said of the results, “While violence and large losses still pose a major threat to the industry, the long-time trend of overall losses is still heading down. Improved security measures by jewelers, greater sharing of information on crimes and suspects, and excellent work by the FBI, ATF, and local law enforcement agencies around the country have all contributed to improved results.”Notable features of the six-month results included 30 smash and grab robberies, and over 40 gunpoint robberies, which provided a majority of the large losses. Violence in these robberies included shootings, pistol whippings, the use of pepper spray, and other violence. There were also 10 cases, an unusually large number, in which burglars used vehicles to break into retail jewelry stores, and 20 cases in which burglars broke in from the roof, side walls or an adjoining business rather than through a window or a door.- Sponsor – JSA received reports of 187 grab and runs in retail jewelry stores, 49 distraction thefts and 36 sneak thefts. Despite the new credit cards with chips, thieves have used stolen cards and counterfeit drivers’ licenses to continue to carry out numerous fraudulent transactions, particularly seeking high end watches.Finally, off-premises losses, primarily of traveling salespersons, were concentrated in Texas and Southern California, including the homicide of a traveling salesperson in Dallas, TX, who was attacked at a gas station close to the airport.On a positive note, there were many successful investigations that resulted in indictments and convictions of gang members and criminals in the first half of the year, and in many of these cases JSA had assisted law enforcement. Successful investigations included the arrest of seven gang members who carried out smash and grab robberies in Southern California totaling $6 million over the last two years; the female robber, backed up by three gang members who stayed outside, who carried out six armed robberies totaling $4 million in the South; and the arrest and unsealing of an indictment of three suspects who defrauded over 40 retail jewelry stores through counterfeit documents and false credit applications to obtain high end watches.Kennedy said that in addition to weekly Email Crime Alerts sent to JSA Members and law enforcement personnel, jewelers can get daily crime alerts on JSA’s website at http://www.jewelerssecurity.org/message_read.php?action=read. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more