first_imgMARRIAGE LICENSES -SEPT. 19-26Miller, Courtney Breanne, 28, and Griffin Michael Hall; 29,both of 430 West Mill Road, Sept. 19Zirkelbach, Lynnsey G., 29, and Eric D. Miller; 30, both of 3441 Orchard Road, Sept. 19Worthington, Adam Jason, 31, and Stephanie Ann Garey; 27, both of 1918 Elmendorf Ave., Sept. 19Parrish, Philip D., 57, and Yeisika McKean; 43, both of 400 Warioto Way, Ashland City, TN, Sept. 19Oliva, Luke J., 24, of 4444 N. Iroquois Drive, and Nicole M. Keeling; 23, of 10240 Eastgate Drive N, Mt. Vernon, Ind., Sept. 19Bement, Craig Alan, 32, and Kristina Marie Stewart; 33, both of 2329 E. Delaware Street, Sept. 19Goodwin, James M., 35, and Katherine Ann Snethen; 26, both of 1410 Cumberland Ave., Sept. 20Brantley, Marc Lee, 25, of 740 E. Iowa St., and Nichole Danielle Raley; 24, of 507 Fairway Drive, Sept. 20Johnson, Lashawn, 46, of 655 Cross Street, and Amanda Scott; 37, of 3215 Mount Vernon Ave., Sept. 20Kunze, Christopher Ryan, 27, of 1256 Erie Ave., and Christiana Ruiz; 25, of 807 Keck Ave., Sept. 20Worsdorfer, Brent Andrew, 28, and Bailey Dawn Wilks; 27, both of, 6905 Mesker Park Drive, Sept. 20Robinson, David Christopher, 46, of 415 W. Young St., Morganfield, KY, and Julie Michelle Meredith; 36, of 2801 Ridgewood Drive, Apt. A, Sept. 20Brown, Lea Shannon, 47, and Ronald Edward McCrarey; 59, both of 512 Stanley Ave., Sept. 20Reising, Kathleen Elizabeth, 27, and Mitchell Lawrence Harrison; 27, both of 2720 South Blvd., Apt. 483, Charlotte, NC, Sept. 20Wytovak, Chloe Michele, 19, of 3022 Hartmetz Ave., and Atticus Quinn Sander; 20, of 4405 Orchard Road, Sept. 20Duff, Kara Dawn, 29, of 2440 Southlake Drive, and Chad Michael Ford; 35, of 16 W Tennessee St., Sept. 21Switzer, Brittany Nicole, 32, and Samuel Cody Lewis; 33, both of 331 Hunter Drive, Sept. 21Sitz, Marti Dante, 38, of 1012 26th St., Louisville, Ky., and Dakota Michael Payne; 21, of 22 W. Columbia St., Sept. 21Cai, Christie M., 30, and Jesika G. Reed; 35, both of 670 S. Burkhardt Road, Sept. 21Russell, Zachary Kean-Avy, 22, and Airica Paige Keach; 22, both of 1912 E. Michigan St., Sept. 21Phillips, Johnny Edward, 30, and Nya Enjolee Rush; 36, both of 1265 Devonshire Court Drive, Sept. 22Erdmann, Michael R., 32, of 2151 E. Blackford Ave., and Leighanna M. McKeethen; 28, of 1001 W. Heerdink Ave., Sept. 22Matthis, Jon Michael, 30, and Lauren Carter; 28, both of 2918 Lenox Drive, Sept. 22Marx, Jesse Elliott, 24, of 5800 Middle Mt. Vernon Road, and Erin Elizabeth Eckert; 24, of 2708 Timber Park Drive, Sept. 22Petraitis, Jordan Edward, 31, and Julia Kathryn Clark; 29, both of 206 Wagon Trail N, Powell, OH, Sept. 22Norris, Tiffany Leigh, 35, and Abbey Jo Fraser; 36, both of 7351 Old State Road, Sept. 22Ritz, Colton John, 25, and Jennifer Lynn Smith; 27, both of 939 Greengate Court, Sept. 22Kirklin, Amanda Michelle, 25, and Michael Anthony Meadows; 27, both of 1309 Lincoln Ave., Sept. 22Tanaka, Rafe Patrick, 31, and Stephenie Raye Berry; 35, both of 121 N Bob O Link Run, Henderson, Ky., Sept. 22Melton, Kyra L., 31, of 1351 W. Buena Vista Road, and Ryan A. Brown; 34, of 364 Rosenberger Ave., Sept. 22Anderson, Carissa Faye, 23, and Scott A. Davis; 28, both of 6109 Alexandria Drive, Sept. 22Bredemeier, David W., 53, and Aleatha J. McGuire; 41, both of 2626 Sawgrass Lane, Sept. 22Nelson, Whitney P., 25, of 738 Alyssum Drive, and Andrew M. Duncan; 25, of 7001 Broadway Ave., Sept. 25Ellis, Adam Lee, 33, and Heaven M. Bentle; 28, both of 2023 Euclid Drive, Sept. 25Fitzgerald, Stephen Scott, 28, and Catherine Elizabeth Albert; 27, both of 3500 N. Harlan Ave., Sept. 25Brawner, Joseph Robert Jr., 27, of 244 Lake Inwood Drive, Princeton, Ind., and Emily Kay Snapp; 28, of 8464 Lincoln Ave., Apt. A, Sept. 25Tindell, Alexis Denae, 25, and Brandon Mason Long; 26, both of 2200 Haven Drive, Apt. A, Sept. 25Miller, Amanda Leigh, 29, of 1113 MacArthur Circle, and Zachary D. Springer; 26, of 5666 Kent Drive, Newburgh, Ind., Sept. 25Schuetz, Nicholas R., 23, and Charissa J. Lahee; 22, of 3305 Kern Road, Sept. 26FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee continues their rigorous tour schedule, as the group has just announced some major plans for this summer. The band has some performances with a number of great groups on the schedule including Zappa Plays Zappa, Sinkane, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Werks, The Main Squeeze, and Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath.The full schedule released includes some previously announced dates, like the two-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. A number of festivals are on the bill as well, including Mountain Jam, Bunbury Music Festival, Riverbend Festival, Summerfest, and Lockn’.You can check out the full schedule below, and head to UM’s website for details.Umphrey’s McGee Summer Tour Dates06.02 – Mountain Jam – Hunter Mountain, NY06.03 – Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY06.04 – Bunbury Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH06.16 – Riverbend Festival – Chattanooga, TN06.29 – Brenton Skating Plaza – Des Moines, IA06.30 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI07.02 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO %07.03 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO $07.07 – Avondale Brewing Company – Birmingham, AL *07.08 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC *07.09 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC *07.15 – Pier Six Pavilion – Baltimore, MD **07.17 – The Stone Pony Summer Stage – Asbury Park, NJ **08.03 – CrossroadsKC – Kansas City, MO **08.05 – The Lawn at White River State Park – Indianapolis, IN08.06 – Iroquois Amphitheater – Louisville, KY **08.11 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT08.12 – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA ***08.13 – The Peach Music Festival – Scranton, PA08.14 – F Shed at the Market – Syracuse, NY ***08.18 – Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN08.19 – Tennessee Theatre – Knoxville, TN08.25 – Lockn’ Music Festival – Arrington, VA – Get Tickets% with special guests Sinkane and Zappa Plays Zappa$ with special guests The Main Squeeze and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead* with special guest The Werks** with special guest The Main Squeeze*** with special guest Brownout Presents Brown Sabbathlast_img read more

first_imgIt seems The String Cheese Incident guitarist Bill Nershi and bassist Keith Moseley will be soaking up the sunshine in January 2017. After yesterday’s big Los Muertos Con Queso announcement, another performance will feature members of SCI, as well as regular talents of Terrapin Crossroads, for a big benefit concert in Hawaii.Titled “A Grateful Aloha,” the event will see Nershi and Moseley perform alongside Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Scott Law, Jason Crosby and Alex Koford – the Terrapin All-Stars – as well as Tim Bluhm and Danny Kortchmar. On January 6th, 2017, this awesome lineup will perform at the Kaua’i Community College Performing Arts Center as part of a benefit show for the Kaua’i Hospice’s Transitional Music and Boundless Compassion.The Terrapin All-Stars comprise a core of talented musicians who play regularly at Phil Lesh’s venue, Terrapin Crossroads. Together with all of the special guests, the artists will be playing the music of the Grateful Dead, String Cheese Incident, The Mother Hips, singer/songwriters of the 1970’s and 80’s, and artist originals as well.For more information about the event, you can head here. All ticket revenue will be matched dollar for dollar by the Weisman Family Foundation and IGE.last_img read more

first_imgMichael Puett, the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History, has taught thousands of undergraduates in his course “Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory,” inspiring many who have later confided to him that the experience prompted significant life changes.“They come back constantly, saying, ‘I thought these four years were about finding myself and discovering what I’m good at,’” he said. “They realized it’s a different question. It’s about exploring all the things that can help them grow, and they start leading a very different life.”With his new book, “The Path,” written with local author Christine Gross-Loh, Puett wanted to bring the beliefs of philosophers such as Confucius, Mencius, and Laozi to a wider audience. The result — a best-seller — confirms he was onto something.“There’s such a hunger out there,” said Gross-Loh. “There’s an idea our current ideas have let us down. People are looking for something new, and, ironically, are finding that the ideas that resonate with them are actually very old. Part of why it’s been published so widely [in 25 countries] is that there is no book out there that explains Chinese philosophy in an accessible way.”While Puett’s course, which has the third highest enrollment among undergraduate classes at Harvard College, covers a range of theories, “The Path” is focused on a small group of philosophers whose ideas stand in sharp contrast to accepted notions in contemporary society. While many of us think that knowing ourselves is key to a liberated life, Confucius would say that, in fact, we “risk building our future on a very narrow sense of who we are — what we see as our strengths and weaknesses, our likes and dislikes,” the authors write.In a recent interview over coffee at Crema Café, Puett expounded on Confucius in terms his undergraduates can understand, explaining that “many students just grew up thinking to live a good life, they should look within, find their true self, be sincere to that true self, and live life according to that self, making decisions based on who they think they are.“All that sounds great, but Confucius confronts them with ideas that this way of looking at our lives is not just wrong, but constraining. When we look within that way, we’re actually just looking at a snapshot in time. What if, on the contrary, we are just messy people who have fallen into patterned responses from a very young age? If so, then who ‘I’ am is really nothing more than a set of passive responses and patterned ruts. Confucius encouraged a different way of approaching our lives, by using rituals to break these patterns, in order to become a better person.”Puett cited himself as case in point, recalling his study of classics in high school. He noticed that the classical canon was exclusively from the West, so he began searching for materials from other parts of the world, including China.“But, actually, I use myself as a negative example,” he said. “I could have shifted gears beginning in 10th grade when I was reading these Chinese thinkers who fascinated me, but I had this clear vision of who I was and who I should be. I kept learning European languages and philosophy, and thinking about China only on the side. In college, I even went so far as to apply to graduate school to study Western history. On the evening before I had to reply to these schools, it dawned on me: I didn’t want to do this; I wanted to study Chinese.”He added: “It’s by working against the idea that you’re a defined person that you open yourself up to possibilities that transform you.”The very idea of changing relationships and life plans can be daunting, but Gross-Loh, who received her Ph.D. in East Asian history from Harvard in 2001, said that Chinese philosophy encourages readers to think of change as incremental.“We think of life changes as grand gestures, but they aren’t really,” she said.She said she often encourages her four children to do things outside their comfort zones, regardless of whether the new activity yields immediate or obvious success.“There’s so much pressure on kids now to plan ahead, and not make any missteps,” she said. “I want them to keep stretching and growing, and to cut against what our society tells them they should do.”She pointed to the quintessential Daoist text of Laozi, and its belief that being soft and weak are virtues that paradoxically lead to strength.“We usually think that if we’re dominating or controlling a situation, we’re being strong,” Gross-Loh said. “But the Laozi says the entire world is based on endless connections. If everything is based on connections, in the long run bombastic domination will defeat what you’re trying to do.“Think of water rather than a stone. What you want to be is supple and ever-shifting. It’s very counterintuitive and yet really profoundly right.”It’s also incredibly practical, said Puett, who tells the young minds sitting in the packed benches in Sanders Theatre every fall to take classes that make them uncomfortable.“You do not yet know where your life is going to go. You don’t know who you are.“Do things that don’t feel like you, because the act of living that way will open up possibilities you couldn’t imagine,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgAs the Indiana State Excise Police continue their Intensified College Enforcement (ICE) initiative in South Bend, their officers made more than 14 times as many arrests during the Michigan game weekend than the first home football weekend against Purdue. Excise officers arrested 72 individuals on 99 charges Friday and Saturday, according to a press release issued by public information officer Corporal Travis Thickstun this week. The officers arrested five people on nine charges during the home football game against Purdue on Sept. 8. On Friday, excise officers arrested 31 people on 46 charges, the release stated. Those arrests included 18 adults who were furnishing alcohol to a minor. During tailgating around campus Saturday, officers arrested 41 people on 53 charges. Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) also reported seven arrests on various charges in the Stadium on Saturday. The majority of the individuals charged by the Excise Police were minors for illegal consumption or possession of alcohol, the release stated. Eight of those 45 individuals charged were less than 18 years old. “Excise officers also cited six minors for possession of false ID,” the release stated. “Two people were arrested for public intoxication, two for resisting law enforcement and one on a drug-related charge.” Other citations included juvenile in possession of tobacco, disorderly conduct, false informing, false government ID and various traffic violations. Student body president Brett Rocheleau said students should be honest and respectful if approached by a police officer. “If anyone gets approached by a police officer, please be respectful and comply,” Rocheleau said. “I know there are some instances where people got tickets for refusing to cooperate or handing over a fake ID.” Student government hosted a safety summit with local and state police officers at the beginning of the school year to inform students about how to interact with law enforcement. Officers from the Excise Police were present at that summit. Rocheleau said he also sent emails to the student body to advise them on staying safe off campus and during game weekends. “From the different stories we heard about the ICE program that they had enacted [at Notre Dame] and seeing that [Indiana University] and [Purdue University] had also been visited by Excise Police, I anticipated them coming to campus, which is why we tried to sort of warn the student body by sending out the emails to every student if they’re underage to watch out for the Excise Police, to make sure they’re being responsible and safe … [and] informing students that if they are underage they should not be consuming alcohol,” he said. The release from Thickstun cited several instances of students who were uncooperative when dealing with excise officers. Thickstun could not be reached for further comment on the weekend’s arrests. “A male juvenile ran from officers as they were speaking with a group of people in the tailgate lots,” the release stated. “He was caught and found to have a [blood alcohol content] of .07 percent. He was cited and was released to his mother after she was cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor. “Another male was arrested after giving a false Pennsylvania driver’s license and other false information to officers. He had a [blood alcohol content] of .16 percent and will face charges for illegal consumption, false informing and possession of false ID.” Rocheleau said Excise officers do not always book individuals into jail when they make arrests. Rather, they issue drinking tickets and citations, though they can issue multiple charges at one time for different offenses. “Excise uses the word ‘arrest’ in terms of a ticket,” Rocheleau said. “While there could have been students incarcerated … a lot of it depends on the circumstances and how the student has been interacting with police.” Indiana State Excise Police, a division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, added Notre Dame to their ICE initiative this year. The new program targets college campuses to reduce underage drinking, and Excise officers also have a presence at five other universities in the state, including Butler University, Indiana University and Purdue University. Rocheleau said the Excise officers will continue to have a presence in the South Bend area, even during the upcoming bye weekend and away game weekends. “They are focused on liquor stores as well as bars,” he said. “They want to make sure that no one underage is going into liquor stores and bars on non-football weekends.” While excise police have upped the number of arrests in the area and reported evasive student behavior during tailgating, Rocheleau said he has heard of only positive interactions between students and South Bend Police Department and St. Joseph County Police Department officers. He encouraged any students with complaints about treatment from police to contact him directly. Rocheleau meets with representatives from those local law enforcement agencies and Excise Police three times each year. “Their message is basically if you’re under the age of 21, you should not be consuming alcohol, going into liquor stores or going into bars,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgThis video by Dean S. Potter caused a lot of buzz — and ensuing controversy — when it was released onto the Internets this week.When Dogs Fly: World’s First Wingsuit BASE Jumping Dog from Dean S. Potter on Vimeo.On a lighter note, here’s a short clip on Washington’s boutique Dry Fly Distillery…And, a rare beaching of dozens of dolphins in Brazil and beachgoers come to their rescue:last_img

first_img May 15, 2002 Jennifer Krell Davis Regular News Meet the Court: Justice Fred Lewis Meet the Court: Justice Fred Lewis[Editor’s Note: This is the sixth installment in a series of brief profiles on the justices of the Florida Supreme Court as produced by the Bar’s Public Information and Bar Services Department. These profiles serve to let Bar members and others get to know each justice as an individual.] Bar Public Information Coordinator In his application to the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission in 1998, Fred Lewis wrote about why he wanted to be a justice: “I offer eyes and ears that can not only see and listen, but also understand and hear human difficulties. My lessons of life came from being born into generations of coal miners in the mountains of West Virginia and the sense of community and human interaction necessary for survival at that time.” It is that sense of community and the need to work for a better tomorrow that has led Justice Lewis to become heavily involved in children’s issues, a passion he says he can trace back to his first “real job” as a youth director at his local YMCA in West Virginia. “The summer before coming to college in Florida, I was able to do the things I loved with the kids,” said Lewis, who attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland on a basketball scholarship and then earned his J.D. from the University of Miami. “I thought, ‘It doesn’t get any better than this.’” His interest in children’s issues also grew as his own family did. Lewis and his wife, Judith, have two children. The oldest daughter, Elle, was always heavily involved in sports, and the family often traveled around the country for her tennis competitions. But it was his youngest daughter Lindsay — who battles a metabolic disorder — who taught Lewis first-hand about children who struggle just to survive. “With Lindsay’s problem, then I saw sick kids,” Lewis said. “Before, the worst problems the kids had was whether they were going to the movies or getting pizza, and with the sick kids [it was] if they were going to live the next day.” It is through the illness of his youngest daughter that Lewis learned “there are a lot of things that need attention.” Lewis has served as a member of the board of directors of Miami Children’s Hospital and many of its committees and panels. While in private practice, he was heavily involved in providing counseling to families with impaired children, and he provided pro bono legal services and counseling for cancer patients seeking proper treatment for multiple conditions. Lewis also coached youth baseball teams in Miami. “My wife would tease me because the neighborhood kids would come by to see if I would come out and play.” He now volunteers with the Florida Law Related Education Association and travels around the state visiting classrooms, putting a human face on the Supreme Court, while making the law relevant to students of all ages. Growing up poor in the mountains, Lewis said just going to college seemed an improbability, let alone someday becoming a Supreme Court justice. “Where I grew up, if you had a problem, you went to a lawyer,” Lewis said. “So, once I realized I was going to be able to go to college, I thought that would be a good thing to be. I never even had a thought that I would be able to go to college. So it kind of developed, and after becoming a lawyer, I really loved being a lawyer.” Becoming a justice was not an easy process for Lewis, who was once turned down for a seat on the Third District Court of Appeal. “Before that, I had never really known [now retired] Judge [Thomas] Barkdull, but he explained it in terms of by just being involved you make the process better, because you elevated the group from which a judge was to be selected. So, by not being selected, you still served a positive function,” Lewis said. “And that meant an awful lot, because when you go through it and you have that possibility and you feel rejected, it is not a good feeling.” Lewis said he never sought to become a judge because he tired of being a lawyer, but “because there’s a job that needs to be done.” Justice Lewis said he saw the opportunity to serve on the Florida Supreme Court as a great chance to help people, especially children. “It is real special to be able to be in the schools and to share,” said Justice Lewis, while choking back tears. “Some of these kids will never have these experiences if we don’t go to them. When you have the opportunity to be in this institution, it’s more than just a job. That’s why I get so emotional. It’s something that becomes part of your soul, a calling.” Lewis said he went onto the court with an appreciation of enormity of the responsibility before him, but becoming a justice was nothing like he expected. “When I came across from the Capitol that morning, I had no idea what to expect, but it was just like I was a member of the family,” he said. “That is the tenor of this group. You can accomplish a lot of good when you are in that kind of atmosphere.” Lewis said Florida’s Supreme Court is “a remarkable institution from the basement on up.” “I thought I had the best law firm ever, until I got up here,” Lewis said. “The quality of the people and the dedication in what they are doing, it was beyond my expectations.”last_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_imgYou have just won the lottery for a trillion dollars, tax-free! (Just go with it; face reality later.) That’s a 1 with twelve zeroes: $1,000,000,000,000. What will you do with your newfound gains?First, let’s put a trillion dollars in perspective. A stack of a trillion one-dollar bills would go almost one quarter of the way to the moon and weigh approximately ten tons. Assuming you live fifty more years (and cannot purchase immortality for a trillion dollars and/or your soul), you could spend over $54 million every day of your life and still leave a few grand in the bank for the kids.So how are you going to spend all that money? You are certainly welcome to share it with us, but here are some other ideas.Buy All the Sports Leagues – Every billionaire seems to desire a sports team. However, as a trillionaire, you can buy them all.The average NFL franchise is worth $1.4 billion, thus the entire roster of teams is valued at nearly $45 billion. That is pocket change to you. Buy the whole league. Make them play wherever and whenever you want. Have twelve Super Bowls a year and appoint yourself the halftime entertainment. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 53-year-old Setauket man was killed when his SUV crashed into another in West Babylon on Wednesday evening.Suffolk County police said Alfred Bayard was driving a Jeep Wrangler eastbound on Sunrise Highway when his vehicle collided with a Dodge Ram at the Hubbards Path overpass at 6:30 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where she was treated for minor injuries.First Squad detectives impounded the trucks safety checks, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call them at 631-854-8152.last_img read more