first_imgA Saint Mary’s professor and two students traveled to Amman, Jordan, to observe and assist the inception and future growth of SheCab, a startup taxi service designed for and by Jordanian women.Associate professor of political science Sonalini Sapra accompanied junior Eleanor Jones and sophomore Emily Beaudoin abroad, a trip that followed the two students’ participation in the Study of United States Institute (SUSI) on Global Women’s Leadership hosted by Saint Mary’s the previous summer.The SUSI, organized and facilitated by the College’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), closed its five-week long program with a capstone project in which students designed a program geared towards helping women in their home country. Jones and Beaudoin said they were unsurprised when the SheCab proposal was chosen as the best of all the participating groups in the 2014 SUSI.“Each team developed great ideas for their project, but SheCab was the clear winner,” Jones said. “I remember Emily predicting their success before it was announced that they had won. Their mission was clear and their action plan was something that was tangible.”Not only was their design tangible, but it was one the Jordanian group encountered in successful action during their stay in South Bend, Jones said.“Gail Hickey graduated from the Spark Program that is hosted at Saint Mary’s by Martha Smith,” Jones said. “Through her participation in this program, she started her own female cab service in the area. The Jordanian delegation met Gail when they were here and they used her idea as the springboard for their own action plan.”Beaudoin said the transportation demanded and supplied by women in South Bend and appropriated for use in Amman speaks to an international interest in women’s safety.“SheCab is part of a larger global movement for female-only transportation,” Beaudoin said. “Mexico, Afghanistan, India and even New York City have already implemented systems of female only public transportation.”“This is a service much needed in Amman, as women oftentimes speak of harassment and feeling generally unsafe in taxis driven by men.”Beaudoin said the the group’s end result was a taxi business — female-purposed and female-serviced — with a mission to provide safe and accessible transportation for women.“Once SheCab is officially launched, the cars will be driven exclusively by females and offer their services to females,” Beaudoin said.Jones said SheCab’s creators have garnered a lot of attention through media outreach since they left the U.S. in August.“Although they have not officially launched, SheCab’s greatest strength thus far has been their outreach,” Jones said. “They were on the front cover of one of their national newspapers, and they have been interviewed on several radio stations.”Although the two Saint Mary’s students did not contribute to SheCab’s initial design, Beaudoin and Jones said they were able to witness and help their international peers’ business model come to life during their trip to Jordan.“Emily and I were able to attend a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in support of the SheCab team,” Jones said. “There, they were announced a finalist for an Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) grant from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.“ … While we were there, they also got the first call from a potential investor.”Beaudoin said the Jordanian entrepreneurs intend to use the SheCab’s media attention to raise the money it needs for an official launch. She said she realized that the most significant way she and Jones could contribute to the growth of SheCab was to provide them with additional funding that would ensure the business’s quick and effective launch.“SheCab is in need of funds to purchase cars, market their business and continue to grow,” Beaudoin said. “Right now the SheCab team is working to finalize their business plan, attract investors and market their business so that when it does come time for the official launch the public is excited and willing to ride in their cabs.”Beaudoin said she was impressed by the Jordanian delegation’s ability to see this feminist-activism project through as a potentially profitable business model.“Personally, I think SheCab won because it was a very specific, highly feasible idea that is part of a larger global movement for female-only transportation,” she said. “The fact that it was entrepreneurial, that the Jordanian team wanted to launch a new business, distinguished it from the other country projects.”This “feasible” idea is ensured by need, Beaudoin said. She and Jones experienced the dangers of male cabbies firsthand during their trip to Amman, she said.“As we spoke with several women who live in Amman and experienced some harassment at the hands of a taxi driver ourselves, it was evident that SheCab is a much-needed service in Amman,” Beaudoin said.Jones said SheCab will not only protect, but empower women.“I wanted to help contribute to this program because in my mind, these women leaders have already succeeded,” Jones said. “ … They not only identified an issue in their community, they are finding a solution. They are finding and sparking confidence in others.”Jones said the opportunity to witness and contribute to SheCab and the rise of the women entrepreneurs that designed and implemented it was inspiring.“Although our institute this summer was only five weeks, I think we developed great bonds with these women,” Jones said. “Being able to watch them succeed in change makes me proud to have been able to watch them develop this dream from the beginning and to have been a small part of their journey.”Tags: Amman, CWIL, Jordan, SheCab, SUSIlast_img read more

first_img April 15, 2004 Senior Editor Regular News House moves attorney advertising bill Gary Blankenship Senior Editor A bill outlawing attorney advertising that urges people to file lawsuits has cleared the Florida House, although a First Amendment expert said it’s unlikely to pass constitutional muster.But nonetheless, the Bar Board of Governors has been told a companion bill is likely to be introduced in the Senate and is expected to pass there.A second bill on medical malpractice is also advancing in the House, and it contains a provision banning lawyers from seeking medical malpractice clients through advertising.The House passed HB 1357, which bans ads that urge people to file lawsuits, on March 25 by a 104-8 margin and sent it to the Senate.President-elect designate Alan Bookman, chair of the Bar’s Legislation Committee, reported to the board that Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, has expressed an interest in the matter.The Legislation Committee, however, has reservations about the legality of the measure. “Obviously there are some constitutional issues, but the House has decided there is a compelling state interest and has decided to go forward,” Bookman said.The board passed a Bar legislative position saying the Bar supports the strongest legislation on lawyer advertising that is consistent with the constitution.Pending on the House floor, as this News went to press, was HB 1821 on medical negligence. The last section of that bill would amend F.S. §877.025 to ban direct or indirect solicitation of clients to file a medical malpractice claim, using third parties to find such cli-ents, or to “advertise, using any form of electronic or other media, in a manner that solicits legal business for a profit by urging a person to consider bringing legal action relating to medical malpractice.”Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, sponsor of HB 1357, told the House during the bill’s second reading, that the legislation strikes a balance and addresses “the overriding interest of our state in providing that the judicial system is properly administered.”When the bill came up for final passage, he added, “It goes a long way toward helping with the fundamental problem we have in our legal system today. Please support it.”Rep. John Quinones, R-Kissimmee, said the bill “is way overdue. We were able to determine there is a compelling state interest based on the fact that we had a medical malpractice crisis last year. This shows we are proactive. We need to weed out frivolous lawsuits and that’s what this does.”He added the bill will help attorneys who care about clients “and not just about making money.”The bill was also praised by Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, who had criticized the original draft of the legislation when it was before the House Judiciary Committee. He said the final version will give The Florida Bar and the attorney general the ability to go after bad legal advertising and it promotes good advertising. He blamed problem advertising on a few “bad apples,” adding, “I think what Rep. Simmons has done with this bill has made a serious attempt to show the legal profession is serious about policing itself.”The bill makes a finding in which the legislature has determined that advertising urging a person to file a suit “destroys personal responsibility of individuals, fosters frivolous litigation, and demeans the judiciary and the practice of law.”It goes on to say this practice has created a crisis in the judicial system and created a compelling state interest in limiting advertising.The measure provides: “It shall be unlawful to advertise, using any form of electronic or other media, in a manner that solicits legal business for a profit by urging a person to consider bringing legal action against another.” The bill does create an exception for public service ads, for matters expressly allowed in Florida Bar Rule 4-7.2(c)(11), or for ads that give only the name of the advertising lawyer or law firm, the area that firm or lawyer practices, and informs injured or aggrieved persons of their right to seek redress. Public service ads must not “entreat, request, or urge another to use the services of an attorney or law firm for the purpose of bringing legal action against another.”HB 1821 contains similar findings and provisions, except it is limited to medical malpractice cases.Both bills impose a civil fine of $1,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for each subsequent offense. (Under the bills, one ad broadcast multiple times counts as only one offense.) They also empower the Bar and the Florida attorney general to enforce the law, and provide for collection of costs and attorneys’ fees from offending attorneys in successful cases. The bills also allow the Bar and attorney general to seek injunctions.The original version of HB 1357 permitted any Florida resident to sue over an offending ad, acting as a “private attorney general.” That was amended out of the bill, and the Bar and attorney general were authorized as the enforcement entities.During hearings of HB 1357 in the Judiciary Committee, Simmons said the bill was drawn up to comply with U.S. Supreme Court rulings on lawyer advertising, particularly in Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp v. Public Service Commission of New York, 447 U.S. 557 (1980).But Ft. Lauderdale attorney Bruce Rogow, an expert on First Amendment issues including attorney advertising, said in an interview he doubts either HB 1357 or HB 1821 will survive if they are passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.He noted that the provisions on HB 1821 apply only to medical malpractice advertising, so, “It’s not even content neutral, and that’s one of the principles of First Amendment law. That doesn’t pass constitutional muster on the simplest grounds.”As for Simmons’ HB 1357, Rogow said, “It is not narrowly tailored. You start out under the Central Hudson test: Is the ad truthful and not misleading? And if it is truthful and not misleading, then it is protected commercial speech. The state can only limit it if it can show a substantial government interest and the rule addresses it in a narrowly tailored way.”While both bills have similar language stating why the legislature sees the need to restrict lawyer advertising, Rogow said that doesn’t mean it meets the burden of proof to restrict free speech.“This kind of ex cathedra statements of government interest unsupported by any record is not going to be sufficient,” he said.Passing a law to restrict lawyer advertising is not easy, Rogow said. The U.S. Supreme Court has only upheld two restrictions, one that prohibits in-person solicitation and the second which upholds The Florida Bar rule requiring a 30-day waiting period before sending direct mail solicitations to potential personal injury clients. Rogow argued the losing side of that 5-4 decision.He noted that the court’s rationale in upholding that rule rested in protecting the privacy of injured persons, as well as Bar studies showing that such solicitations damage the public perception of the legal system. House moves attorney advertising billlast_img read more

first_imgThe “Middle” singer took home three trophies at the CMAs on Wednesday, November 11: Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.Morris used her last acceptance speech of the night to shout-out Black female musicians in country music who weren’t nominated or performing at the awards show.- Advertisement – Confidence boost. Maren Morris admitted she doesn’t always feel accepted in the country music industry, but her big night at the 2020 Country Music Association Awards made her feel less insecure.The “Bones” singer, 30, got candid about her self-doubt via Twitter on Friday, November 13.- Advertisement – “I want to give recognition to, because I’m just a fan of their music, and they’re as country as it gets,” she said. “I just want them all to know how much we love them back and just check out their music after this. It’s Linda Martell, Yola, Mickey Guyton, Rissi Palmer, Brittney Spencer, Rhiannon Giddens.”Morris added, “There are so many amazing Black women that pioneered and continue to pioneer this genre, and I know they’re going to come after me, and they’ve come before me, but you’ve made this genre so, so beautiful. I hope you know that we see you. Thank you for making me so inspired as a singer in this genre.”Maren Morris Says She Gets Hurt When People Claim Shes Not CountryMaren Morris attends The 54th Annual CMA Awards on November 11, 2020 in Nashville’s Music City Center. ABCThe Texas native has been bonding over music with her 7-month-old son, Hayes, with whom she shares with husband Ryan Hurd. In March, Morris reacted after Hozier tweeted a video of a crying infant calming down after hearing her song “The Bones.”“This is too much for words,” she replied. “I will say, the same thing doesn’t work for my baby. 😂😂😂.”During her pregnancy, the “80s Mercedes” singer even attempted to go into labor by dancing to Harry Belafonte‘s “Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)” in an Instagram video. “Harry Belafonte issuing an eviction notice for this baby. 👶🏻,” she captioned the clip.However, the first-time mom isn’t planning on filtering her music just because she’s now a parent. “I am always going to say ‘s–t’ in songs probably,” she told E! News earlier this month.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! “Coming down from the other night. I am still in awe,” she tweeted. “Thank you to my friends and family, my fans and my Nashville peers for this honor.”Morris added that people’s negative comments about her place in country music affect her, but her success has helped her feel better.“I still can get hurt when people claim I’m ‘not country’ but when I stood there accepting@cma Song of the Year, I realized it is much harder to forge your own path & sound than attempt to be a knock off of someone who’s already pioneered the genre,” she continued. “Thank you for accepting me.”Maren Morris Says She Gets Hurt When People Claim Shes Not CountryCourtesy Maren Morris/Twitter- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more