Ocean City High School Encourages Student Participation Through Annual ‘Club Carnival’

first_imgAs the 2016-17 school year begins, students are eager to return to their usual sports, clubs, and activities. In Ocean City High School’s effort to make sure every student is given the chance to explore their opportunities and find the perfect after school activity, they host the annual OCHS Club Carnival sponsored by Student Council. This year, the Club Carnival will be held on Thursday, September 22nd in the school’s cafeteria, beginning at 2:45PM and ending at 3:30PM. The Club Carnival is an OCHS September tradition that goes back several decades, typically showcasing over 30 student clubs and activities. The idea is to have students walk around and visit numerous booths, helping them find something that sparks their interest. This event offers higher recognition for the school’s clubs and activities, like there currently is for athletics. According to Matt Purdue, the Student Council Adviser, over 400 students are expected to be in attendance.“The Club Carnival provides students with a unique opportunity to see all of the high school’s clubs and organizations in a friendly and exciting atmosphere.” Brad Altman, Student Council OfficerThe event is open to all students and attendance is strongly encouraged. Late buses will be available for students as well.last_img read more

Fine Arts League Announces Winners of November Show

first_imgOcean City Fine Arts League on Asbury Avenue The Ocean City Fine Arts League chose the winners of the ”Anything Goes” Art Show & Exhibition in November.Lance Balderson, of Seaville, “Creative Instinct,” acrylicShirley Hawthorne, of Seaville, “Crane Dance,” oilJackie Souders, no hometown listed, “Jazz for the Soul,” mixed mediaHonorable mention included MaryAnn Kline, of Egg Harbor Township, “How Does Your Garden Grow,” mixed media, and Susan Paskiewiez, of Longport, “Working Girl,” graphite.December is the Petite Show. So, there’s always a little space on your wall for a piece of artwork.The Fine Arts League location is at 711 Asbury Ave. The shop is open seven days a week and all artwork is for sale. All proceeds support local artists.In addition to the artwork in the exhibition, the gallery showcases watercolor, glass, mixed media, pottery, photography, oil, acrylic, textiles, jewelry and sculpture made from professional local artisans.For more information, call (609) 814-0308 or visit oceancityfineartsleague.org.Lance Balderson, of Seaville, took first place with this piece of art. (Photo courtesy Ocean City Fine Arts League)last_img read more

Speech: Continued progress in Guinea-Bissau

first_imgThank you very much Madame President and may I also thank Ambassador Zerihoun and Ambassador Mauro Vieira for their briefings and although he’s left us for technical difficulties I’d like to thank Executive Director Fedadov. It was important to hear from him given the specific threat of organised crime in Guinea-Bissau.Madame President, like others who have spoken so far, the UK welcomes the recent progress that we have seen in Guinea-Bissau and that progress is considerable. A consensus Prime Minister after some months of difficulty, a date for legislative elections, and the formation of an inclusive government are all signs that good sense and consideration for Guinea-Bissau’s stability have trumped narrow political interest.But I think we would all need to witness continued progress before we are all able to be convinced that this really is a new reality. We need Guinea-Bissau’s leaders stick to their political agreement: it is an agreement for the country’s future and their people’s future and it must not be held hostage to personal disputes. We need unity behind preparations for elections, now only six months away. And we need unified steps towards political and constitutional reform in line with the concrete commitments made in Conakry.We have already seen how civil society – whether religious leaders or women’s mediators – have acted in the country’s long-term interest. We would urge Guinea-Bissau’s leaders to create opportunities for their meaningful participation in political processes. We know in this Council that political settlements which are inclusive are political settlements which last.It is clear that we would not be discussing progress in Guinea-Bissau without the patient leadership shown by ECOWAS. We urge ECOWAS to continue its engagement to see the political crisis through, and in return we in this Security Council to remain united in our support for ECOWAS and all the very impressive things that they have been doing.Madame President, in February the Security Council renewed the mandate for UNIOGBIS with a narrower focus on good offices. While the situation on the ground has changed, the mandate remains just as, if not more, relevant.In the short-term, the priorities must be consolidating the political settlement and delivering the elections. Continued good office support will be required in the medium term to see through political reforms. We also welcome the deepening focus on transnational organised crime and illicit drugs, which are security threats not only for the country but for the region and the international community at large.Madame President, we welcome warmly the briefing of Ambassador Vieira and agree with him on the importance of the sustaining peace approach. Given a changed political environment on the ground and a refreshed mandate, the appointment of the new SRSG José Viegas Filho is timely and welcome. He has an opportunity to bring renewed direction and drive to refocusing and slimming down UNIOGBIS as per the February mandate and delivering the priority tasks at hand.But let me in the same token, in the same vein offer the sincere thanks of the United Kingdom to former-SRSG Modibo Touré. Despite the obstacles UNIOGBIS has faced, he demonstrated genuine commitment to Guinea-Bissau through to the end of his term and helped deliver the positive progress we are discussing today.last_img read more

PREMIERE: Escaper Brings “Hands Up” To YouTube Space New York

first_imgSpace rock outfit blending funk, rock jazz and fusion, Escaper will release their sophomore effort, Edge Detection on February 23rd via Ropeadope Records. Comprised of guitarist Will Hanza, drummer Andrew Nesbitt, bassist Jay Giacomazzo, keyboardist Adam Ahuja and saxophonist Johnny Butler, the group’s members have previously played with Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Breakneck Boys, and even Beyonce, while as a unit, they’ve supported acts such as Aqueous, Jimkata, and others.Together, Escaper is an open-minded musical project, flirting with the title of jam band and thriving without the limiting confines of a specific genre. As guitarist and bandleader Will Hanza notes, “The term ‘jam’ can be a loaded one, but the idea of having some concrete ideas yet still allowing the music to be open and flowing to take advantage of the moment is really important to us.”As with their first album (Skeleton Key), the band recorded the songs live at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY with co-producer John Davis (Lettuce, Brad Mehldau, Black Keys). The album was recorded over the course of two days with all five band members playing together simultaneously, while in isolated rooms. Recording this way helped capture the great live synergy between the players which you can witness during their performances. Their live sets tend to be open with many in-the-moment improvisational aspects, and this essence was not lost during the studio recordings.The band was recently invited by YouTube to perform at their YouTube Space New York located above Chelsea Market in Manhattan. Live For Live Music is thrilled to share the recording of “Hands Up” from the YouTube session, which will be featured on their upcoming album. Enjoy!Head to Escaper’s website for more information.The album is available for pre-order as of today right here. With the pre-order you get to download the studio version of “Hands Up” from the upcoming album![Video production by Chris Capaci with assistance by Will Schwerd and Dani Mari.]last_img read more

St. Liam’s offers treatment for SAD

first_imgStudents depressed by continual snowfall, below-freezing temperatures and cloudy skies can seek refuge in the Inner Resources Room in St. Liam Hall, University Health Services staff psychologist Wendy Settle said. Settle said every year thousands of Americans fall victim to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of clinical depression that emerges during the long and dark winter months. Research shows people need a certain amount of sunlight to maintain their well-being. Settle said light absorbed by the body stops the production of melatonin, a hormone produced to help the body sleep. During the winter, people are drowsier because the body produces more melatonin with fewer hours of daylight. “We become almost like a bear hibernating,” she said. Symptoms of SAD include depression, fatigue, irritability and weight gain, according to Settle. About one to two percent of Americans experience severe symptoms, while 10 to 25 percent encounter the “winter blues,” a watered-down version of SAD with milder symptoms, such as over-eating and over-sleeping. Victims of SAD and the winter blues typically reside in the middle latitude regions of the United States, Settle said. As residents of South Bend, students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s are extremely vulnerable. The Inner Resources Room, located on the third floor of St. Liam Hall, was designed specifically to help students suffering from winter depression on campus. In addition to a massage chair, negative ion therapy and a mini waterfall hanging on the wall, the Inner Resources Room offers light therapy. The Light Box provides full spectrum light with no UV rays. While the large lamp does not tan skin at all, Settle said the light box rejuvenates students suffering from depression with its artificial sunlight. The Inner Resources Room has one Light Box on hand as well two others available for rental. Settle said thirty minutes per day could snap light box users out of their winter funk. Most patients use light therapy in the early morning hours, Settle said. “[The light box] is best to use in the morning,” she said, “because it tricks your body into thinking your day has been extended.” Benefits of light therapy include higher energy levels, better concentration, fewer mood swings and a better night’s sleep. The Inner Resources Room is available for students, faculty and staff without any recommendation or official diagnosis from a doctor. Patients start to feel a difference in as little as three to four days, and research shows light therapy’s effectiveness rate is similar to antidepressants, Settle said. Light therapy can benefit an individual feeling the effects of SAD but Settle said professional treatment is still the best option for anyone suffering depression. “Anyone with symptoms of SAD should be evaluated by a physician to determine the best treatment option,” she said.last_img read more

Journalist explores history of racism in America, connection to modern-day

first_imgJournalist Jelani Cobb explored America’s history of racism as well as its present existence Tuesday night. Cobb, a professor in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has been published in The Washington Post and has written a series of articles centered on race, the police and injustice for The New Yorker.Kathryne Robinson His lecture, titled “The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today,” was hosted by the Dean’s Fellows of the College of Arts and Letters. Cobb said race replays itself constantly as a theme in history.“It’s not simply an issue,” Cobb said. “We can’t fundamentally understand how the country came into existence or what the country is without looking at this subject. … This idea of ‘We the People,’ this founding creed, that the ultimate authority is ‘we.’ But the more important question is who is this ‘we’? It’s a question we have never reconciled.”Cobb said he previously taught at Moscow University, and it was there that one of his colleagues mentioned a particular optimism he thought defined Americans. He said it’s this sense of optimism that is applied to our understanding of the past. However, he said he stands firm on the belief that progress is not permanent, and there’s always the potential of moving backwards.“Progress doesn’t look like a straight line,” Cobb said. “It looks more like an EKG. We’ve seen these great moments of peaks which have been followed by valleys with the hope that the peaks are higher and the valleys are shallow.”Cobb said the rise of hateful organizations like the Ku Klux Klan and acts such as lynching was fueled by an underlying objective to eliminate a sense of racial progress and was part of the resistance to racial integration and equality.Cobb said discrimination was not limited to African Americans and cited examples through history such as the Chinese Exclusion Act. He talked about inequality for African Americans among areas such as health care, life expectancy and unemployment rates.“We find that race matters in all these kinds of ways and that it continues to replicate the hierarchies that are baked into this country’s history,” Cobb said.Cobb said it is people’s responsibility to move the world in a desired direction. He said 2.9 million people took to the streets to protest after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, which demonstrates that movements come about when “abstract principles become concrete concerns.”“Despair is the ally of the people who you are fighting against,” Cobb said. “The whole point is to break people’s will and to leave people dispirited. But keep in mind the victories people have achieved against really large odds. Optimism is the fundamental building block of anything that comes after.”According to Cobb, that optimism is tragic because he believes racism will never fully disappear, but that it will turn from a fatal illness to a chronic ailment as people find better ways of addressing it.Cobb said there is no notion of a “post-racial society.” According to Cobb, there was an anxiety felt among some white groups who felt other racial groups were becoming more advantaged after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, but that anxiety was a result of racism.“[If] you are defining your citizenship by your cumulative advantages over this group of people, then yes you will find progress to be threatening,” he said. “There’s no other word for that than racism.”Cobb said it was particularly the testing times of racism and injustice that acted as an impetus of moving forward with social progress.“The place where I find optimism is in each moment where we have encountered these values, where we find ourselves moving backward [that] has had a catalyzing effect on people of conscience who have come together and demand that we create a more decent, equitable and more democratic world,” he said. “We have seen that shockingly small number of people summon the will to perform acts of importance far beyond their numbers.”Tags: Discrimination, Jelani Cobb, Journalism, Obama, Politics, post-racial, Racismlast_img read more

Tough termite

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThe Formosan termite is considered the most destructive structural pest in the Southeast. And specialists are trying to keep it from getting a foothold in Georgia.The Formosan subterranean termite initiative was established to find and eradicate the colonies of this ferocious, foreign insect in Georgia.Formosan termites are much more aggressive than native termites, said Dan Suiter, University of Georgia Extension entomologist spearheading the initiative.SitesSo far, Suiter and UGA colleagues in Athens and Griffin, Ga., have located, destroyed and continue to monitor 16 confirmed Formosan termite colonies in Georgia.Most sites are confined to the metro Atlanta area. One was recently found in an apartment complex in Cairo, Ga. Three sites are in Savannah.”The Formosan termite will eat almost anything containing cellulose,” he said. “And when they start feeding, they don’t leave until it’s gone.”One Savannah colony was discovered eating cotton underwear in an overturned tractor trailer. But termites generally prefer softwoods.The Formosan has already caused $20,000 to $80,000 in damage to various Georgia sites. That’s nothing compared to what it can do once it really finds a home.Invasion tiesIt has caused more than $100 million in damage in New Orleans. A federal program is now spending millions of dollars a year just to fight the termite and save that city’s famous French Quarter.The Formosan is believed to have been introduced to the ports of Charleston, S.C., and New Orleans on ships returning from the Pacific Ocean after World War II. Originally from China, it quickly felt at home in the subtropical climate and developed a taste for American wood.It has since spread sporadically to other states, including Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Florida and parts of California. The hungry critter is believed to have caught a ride out of New Orleans on railroad crossties used mainly as landscaping timbers.DNA research at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has confirmed that the Formosan termites in Georgia came from those introduced in New Orleans.Through the national Railway Tie Association, Louisiana voluntarily quit exporting crossties to help slow the spread of the termites. “But by no means does having landscape crossties mean you have Formosan termites,” Suiter said.The termite is still rare in Georgia. “We want to keep it that way,” he said.The FormosanFormosan termites swarm at night in May and June only and are attracted to light. No native termite in Georgia does this. If you witness this bug swarm, contact your county’s UGA Extension Service office.Formosan termite soldiers have oval- or teardrop-shaped heads. Native termite soldiers have rectangular-shaped heads. Formosan soldiers will spread their mandibles when threatened and try to bite anything that handles them.They make up as much as 25 percent of a colony, which can contain millions of termites. Native termite soldiers make up only about 3 percent of a colony.Members of Georgia’s structural pest control industry and the Georgia Pest Control Association are partners in the initiative. Several chemical companies have donated termite baits and chemicals to help eradicate the Formosan.The Georgia General Assembly allocated $75,000 each year for three years to fund the initiative, which ends this year.last_img read more

Beyond Hemp

first_imgAlthough you may not have the kind of backyard garden that University of Georgia horticulture Professor Jim Affolter has, you might find many natural and traditional remedies hiding in plain sight in your ornamental garden.“You’d be surprised at how many medicinal plants you may already have in your home landscape,” said Affolter, the Larry R. Beuchat Professor for Annual and Perennial Ornamental Plants Research, during his presentation, “Hidden Pharmacopeia: Your Ornamental Garden is a Medicine Chest,” given at the recent Georgia Green Industry Association Wintergreen 2020 conference.Using a slideshow to walk participants through Affolter’s own Athens, Georgia, home garden, he pointed out common landscape plants, bushes and trees that can be used for home remedies.“Nearly every culinary herb is a medicinal plant,” said Affolter who is the director of research at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA and a researcher in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).In one study, he said, extracts from 30 culinary herbs and spices were tested against bacterial cultures and all of the compounds either inhibited or killed at least 25% of the bacterial species tested.“The four most potent were garlic, onion, allspice and oregano,” he said.In fact, the active ingredients in the popular antibacterial mouthwash Listerene are eucalyptus oil, menthol from peppermint, wintergreen oil and thyme oil, Affolter said.Among the plants in his own yard, Affolter listed a number used in natural remedies for complaints ranging from gas to anxiety, as well as plants whose compounds are used to fight heart disease and cancer, including Bee balm, garlic chives, oregano, salvia, parsley, foxglove, valerian, sage, lemongrass, patchouli, pennyroyal, catnip, Foxglove digitalis, Lobelia, Black cohosh, Yellowroot, wild ginger, Mayapple, Goldenseal, Pecan, Yaupon holly, Brugmansia, Gardenia, Chaste Tree, Rose, winter Daphne, Hibiscus, Dogwood and Madagascar periwinkle.“Whether you know it or not, when you are walking around your neighborhood or working in your own garden or other gardens, you are probably surrounded by a lot of medicinal plants,” he said. “Having more knowledge about these plants is useful and makes gardening more interesting.”Noelle Joy Fuller, herb program coordinator at the UGArden student community farm, said the garden grows 40 different medicinal herbs and plants the students use in a line of herbal products sold at local Athens businesses.Fuller has a master’s degree in horticulture from the UGA CAES and is studying for her doctorate in horticulture with Tim Coolong, associate professor of horticulture at CAES. Her focus is drying and post-harvest processing of hemp.UGArden grows more than 4,000 herb plants each year for the commercial herb market, and another 3,000 herb plants for use in products. The garden’s main herb crops are holy basil, hibiscus, blue vervain and licorice mint.“Herbs offer a huge opportunity for growers to think about growing commercially and for home gardeners to grow in their own landscapes. There are so many varieties and the market for medicinal herbs continues to grow,” Fuller said.To learn more about herbal medicine, visit the American Botanical Council website at abc.herbalgram.org or LearningHerbs.com. Learn more about UGArden at ugarden.uga.edu, on Instagram at @theugarden and Facebook at facebook.com/ugardeners.last_img read more

Vanderplas wins Simon Pro Bono Service Award

first_imgJudge William A. Van Nortwick, Jr., a native of Morehead City, NC, received his B.A. from Duke University, with honors in economics, and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law, where he was executive editor of the Law Review. Prior to Judge Van Nortwick’s appointment to the bench, he practiced law with a Jacksonville firm specializing in both business transactional work and appellate practice. Judge Van Nortwick was appointed to Florida’s First District Court of Appeal in 1994.As a lawyer, Van Nortwick was actively involved in providing free legal assistance to the poor. Starting in the early 1970s, he represented many individual clients through Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. In addition, he used his business law expertise serving as pro bono counsel to various organizations that addressed the needs of the poor. With respect to one such charitable organization, he provided more than 200 hours of pro bono legal services to a neighborhood group by forming a non-profit corporation to establish and operate a medical clinic in an inner city area of Jacksonville.Judge Van Nortwick also has worked to enhance support for legal aid and pro bono service organizations. He chaired the Joint Commission of The Florida Bar and The Florida Bar Foundation which, in a year-long study, assessed Florida’s delivery system for providing legal services for the poor. The commission issued significant recommendations to improve access by the poor to legal services and to expand and strengthen how legal services are delivered, including creation of Florida’s current pro bono rules. For the adoption of this innovative plan, The Florida Bar received the ABA’s prestigious Harrison Tweed Award. In addition, Judge Van Nortwick has served as a director and two-term president of both Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., and Florida Legal Services. Judge Van Nortwick led successful efforts to clarify and expand the mission and reach of both organizations in addressing the legal needs of the poor. Judge Van Nortwick also served as chair of the Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Committee, and a term as president of The Florida Bar Foundation, where he expanded its professional staff.As a judge, Judge Van Nortwick has continued to be a leader in supporting the provision of pro bono legal services. At the request of then Florida Bar President Terry Russell, in 2001, he planned and chaired the Bar’s statewide symposium on equal access to justice, which led to the various recommendations to improve the delivery of legal services, including the development of legislation that secured the first state funding for civil legal services to the poor. He continues to serve as an active member of The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono Service.In 2002-03, he chaired the Task Force on Pro Bono Activities by Judges, affiliated with the standing committee, which petitioned the Supreme Court to adopt an aspirational duty to increase judicial participation in pro bono activities. As a result, the court did amend Canon 4 of the Code of Judicial Conduct to “actively encourage” judges to speak, write and engage in quasi-judicial activities concerning the legal system, including supporting pro bono legal services.Judge Van Nortwick also works to improve the administration of justice. In 1997, he was appointed as one of the original members of the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, and was instrumental in the creation of the circuit professionalism committees. Since 2001, he has been a member of the Commission on District Court of Appeal Performance and Accountability, which was established by the Supreme Court to oversee, at the district court level, the judicial branch initiative to enhance the performance of Florida’s courts. In addition, he is a member of the Committee on District Court of Appeal Workload and Jurisdiction, charged with developing recommendations to the court on uniform criteria to determine the need to increase, decrease, or re-define the appellate districts and with making recommendations concerning district court structure and jurisdiction.In 1995, the ABA awarded Judge Van Nortwick its Pro Bono Publico Award in recognition of his pro bono service work. He also received The Florida Bar Pro Bono Service Award for the Fourth Circuit in 1992 and has twice (1992 and 2001) received The Florida Bar President’s Award of Merit for his contributions to equal access to justice. THE FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT’S PRO BONO SERVICE AWARD The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award was established in 1981. Its purpose is twofold: “to further encourage lawyers to volunteer free legal services to the poor by recognizing those who make such public service commitments, and to communicate to the public some sense of the substantial volunteer services provided by Florida lawyers to those who cannot afford legal fees.” This award recognizes individual lawyer service in each of Florida’s specific judicial circuits. It is presented annually in conjunction with the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award given by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Florida. Steven E. Quinnell Pensacola First Judicial Circuit Steven E. Quinnell is based in Pensacola with the law firm of Chase, Quinnell, McIver & Jackson, P.A., and practices throughout the First Circuit. He is board certified in Elder Law by The Florida Bar. Quinnell’s received his B.S. degree and J.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. He received his LL.M. in taxation from New York University. Quinnell has served as a volunteer primary instructor at the First Circuit’s Guardianship Education Course since its inception in 1990. He regularly represents Lutheran Services guardianship services, and other guardians, and frequently handles cases for wards who are indigent, or who later become indigent. He usually has 10-15 indigent cases at any time. Quinnell also is a frequent speaker on issues of elder law, probate, guardianship, and general estate planning, speaking to college classes, church groups, hospice organizations, financial planners, and social-work groups. He is past president of the Estate Planning Council of Northwest Florida, and is on the Advisory Board for the Area Agency for Aging for the First District. Martin R. Dix Tallahassee Second Judicial Circuit Martin R. Dix is a shareholder in the Tallahassee office of Akerman Senterfitt where he practices primarily in the area of pharmacy health care law and is a member of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group. Prior to joining Akerman Senterfitt in 2004, Dix was a shareholder with Katz, Kutter, Alderman, and Bryant, and practiced with this firm and its predecessor firms since graduating from Florida State University College of Law with honors in 1985. Dix graduated from Florida State University in 1977. He is a member of both the Health Law Section and the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar, and is a member of the American Society for Pharmacy Law. He was the 1988 recipient of The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section’s Judy Florence Memorial Outstanding Service Award. Dix serves on the board of Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. He has served as the treasurer and vice president and recently ended a two-year term as president. While at Katz Kutter, he was the firm’s pro bono coordinator and managed its collective satisfaction plan. He has handled a variety of pro bono cases, both through the Tallahassee Bar Association’s Legal Aid Organization and through matters he has taken on himself. He has handled more than 20 foreign adoptions on a pro bono basis and developed pro se adoption forms for parents. He is a founding member and first president of the Tallahassee Families with Asian Children. Mr. Dix also served on the initial board as the attorney representative and as vice chair of the Chinese Children Adoption International Advisory Council. Nancy C. Holliday-Fields Lake City Third Judicial Circuit Nancy Holliday-Fields is originally from Kansas City. She graduated from Rockhurst College and worked as a paralegal for 14 years before attending law school. She graduated from Avila College with a B.A. in political science and received her J.D. in 1992 from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Holliday-Fields currently serves with the court administrator’s office as the family court manager for the Third Circuit and as the drug court coordinator for the Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency Drug Courts. She previously served as the pro se coordinator, domestic violence coordinator, and guardian ad litem attorney for the circuit. She is president of the Third Circuit Bar Association and has served as the president of the Columbia County/ Lake City Bar Association. After moving to Florida in 1993, Holliday-Fields volunteered at the Seventh Circuit guardian ad litem office and established its family law guardian ad litem program, volunteering more than 500 hours. Holliday-Fields then went into private practice in family law, juvenile law, and social security disability law. She began accepting pro bono cases from Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc., and joined its board of directors. Holliday-Fields is currently the board president for Three Rivers. During her tenure, Three Rivers has expanded its service area from 12 to 17 counties and established new offices. Holliday-Fields joined the court administrator’s office in 1998 and has been unable to accept standard pro bono referrals. However, she has continued to be active promoting and supporting pro bono programs. Holliday-Fields was instrumental in establishing the Family Law Assistance and Self Help Project jointly with Three Rivers and the clerks of court within the Third Circuit. Chad S. Roberts Jacksonville Fourth Judicial Circuit Chad S. Roberts was born and raised in Miami. Roberts received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1981. Following graduation, he was commissioned as a U. S. naval officer and served for seven years aboard guided missile cruisers and destroyers. His tours of duty included deployments to the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq War, to Beirut, Lebanon, in support of the Multi-National Peace Keeping Force, and to the Caribbean Basin in support of Drug Enforcement Agency international interdiction operations. Roberts graduated, with high honors, from the Florida State University College of Law in 1991, where he was an associate editor of the Law Review. While at Florida State, Roberts served as research assistant and speech writer for Dean Sandy D’Alemberte, then the president-elect of the ABA. Roberts is a trial lawyer and partner at Spohrer Wilner Maxwell & Matthews, P.A., in Jacksonville. He has been a barrister of the Chester Bedell Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and is board certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Aviation Law. His principle areas of practice are professional negligence, defective products liability, serious personal injury, and aviation law. In Jacksonville, Roberts is an officer and director of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, the community’s legal services organization. His extensive pro bono efforts through the years have included numerous litigation matters involving physical abuse of detained prisoners in local detention facilities, protracted ADA and Federal Fair Housing Act litigation on behalf of the local chapters of the National Association for the Mentally Ill, and predatory lending and consumer fraud activities preying on military service families. D. Patrick Dalton Ocala Fifth Judicial Circuit D. Patrick Dalton is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Florida, and West Virginia, having graduated from the University of Miami School of Law. His private law practice began in West Virginia in 1976, where he was also a fiduciary commissioner, workers’ compensation hearing examiner, municipal court judge, and family law judge. He moved to Florida in 1989 and began law practice with Legal Services in Ocala in early 1991, specializing in representing victims of civil domestic violence. He then practiced with the firm of Trow, Appleget, and Perry for five years prior to becoming the child support hearing officer in October 2004, for the five counties of the Fifth Circuit. In addition to working for Legal Services for almost seven years, in 2003 he spent more than 250 pro bono hours on pro se divorce clinics, representing victims of domestic violence, mediating family law disputes, and representing indigent clients in family law matters. After leaving Legal Services, he took a one year sabbatical and performed more than 500 hours of family pro bono law work from his home. While he was an associate with Trow, Appleget, and Perry, he averaged more than 300 pro bono hours per year. Dalton performed more than 300 hours of pro bono work in the first nine months of 2004. Dalton has two children and three grandchildren. He also finds time to manage two mid-size shopping centers he built in Broward County while in law school, in addition to managing his 1,100 acre ranch in Highlands County. James M. “Van” Vanderplas Indian Rocks Beach Sixth Judicial Circuit Vanderplas received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in psychology and mathematics from the University of Texas in 1948, 1949, and 1951, respectively. He served as a research psychologist at the Aero Medical Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH, from 1951 to 1955. He then served as assistant associate and professor of psychology at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, from 1955 to 1983. During his tenure as professor, he attended the Washington University School of Law on a part-time basis from 1973 to 1980, where he was awarded his J.D. degree. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1981 and joined the Clearwater Bar Association that same year. He has carried on a solo practice in Indian Rocks Beach since 1981. Since 1982, Vanderplas has donated a minimum of four hours per week to the Gulfcoast Legal Services’ Clearwater office. He conducts interviews of prospective clients, obtaining all information necessary for adequate evaluation for possible — and appropriate — representation by the staff attorneys. Vanderplas applies his experience in real property, probate, family, landlord/tenant, collections, consumer, and Social Security law to offer advice and counseling. In all, Vanderplas has donated approximately 4,500 hours to pro bono activity in 22 years of volunteer service. He has taken an active role in local municipal affairs, both in St. Louis and Indian Rocks Beach, where he has resided since 1983, serving on the city’s Budget Review Committee during the 1980s and aiding in the distribution of support materials during the hurricane of 1985. He also served on the Governor’s Human Rights Advocacy Committee for about five years. Diego Handel Daytona Beach Seventh Judicial Circuit Diego Handel, a native of Uruguay, graduated from the University of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in philosophy. He graduated in 1983 from the University of Miami School of Law, where he served as an editor of Lawyer of the Americas Journal of International Law. Handel had practiced for more than 20 years of private practice in international business litigation, civil and criminal litigation, immigration and nationality law, and commercial and corporate litigation. Handel has served as a law clerk to the general counsel to the Labour Party in Jerusalem, Israel; as the Central Florida regional coordinator for The Export Legal Assistance Network; as the chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the Volunteer Lawyers Project in Daytona Beach; as an international lecturer at the Universidad Regiomontana, in Monterrey, Mexico, and at Daytona Beach Community College; and has presented seminars for parents for the Flagler County School Board. Handel is active in his community, having served in many ways at Congregation Temple Beth-El and as a member of the board of the Daytona Beach Symphony Society. Handel has performed his pro bono work primarily through Community Legal Service of Mid-Florida and the Volunteer Lawyers Project in Daytona Beach; through The Florida Bar under the Disaster Relief Program following last year’s hurricanes; and through the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Once a month for the past two years, Handel has rendered legal assistance at evening advice clinics sponsored by the Volunteer Lawyers Project, providing assistance in domestic and consumer law, and representing a number of pro bono cases. In addition, Handel works on a pro bono basis with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network assisting indigent aliens who are detained by the government and awaiting appeal decisions. Joseph S. “Joe” Jackson Gainesville Eighth Judicial Circuit Joe Jackson is a legal skills professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He graduated with honors in philosophy from Princeton University in 1979, and earned his J.D. with high honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1982. After 10 years of private practice in Arizona and Tampa, Jackson turned to teaching in 1995. He was awarded a fellowship in mental health law at the University of Virginia in 1997. Jackson serves as an advocate for the homeless and for homeless service providers. He rides with the HOME Van, a mobile outreach soup kitchen that delivers food and other necessities to homeless people throughout Gainesville. He has provided pro bono representation in probate, criminal, and other legal matters, and has lobbied local officials to rescind oppressive policies and create needed facilities. When the City of Tampa arrested people for serving food in a downtown park, Jackson persuaded the city to drop the charges and allow the activity to continue. When a Gainesville police officer entered a campsite and shot a homeless person’s dog, he secured an apology from the officer and convinced the city to pay for the dog’s injuries. When a large tent settlement was evicted from private land, Jackson got permission for one ill, elderly man to remain until a unit opened in elder housing. Jackson serves actively on the Public Interest Law Section’s Committee on Homelessness, and was recently named 2004 Outstanding Advocate for the Homeless by the Florida Coalition for the Homeless. James M. Magee Orlando Ninth Judicial Circuit James M. Magee was born in Woodbury, NJ, in 1948 and moved to Orlando in 1957. He graduated from Bishop Moore High School in Orlando in 1966. He then attended the University of Missouri for one year on a ROTC scholarship before transferring to the University of Florida, earning a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1970. While working for DuPont after graduation, he attended South Texas College of Law, receiving a J.D. in 1973. He was the recipient of the EE Townes Award for Scholastic Excellence, and an editor of the South Texas Law Journal. Magee returned to Orlando in 1973 and joined the law firm of Robert D. Melton & Associates, along with lifelong friend and current partner, Joseph Neduchal. Together, they formed Neduchal & Magee, P.A., in 1976. Their practice areas are commercial litigation, small business, probate, real property, juvenile and family law. Magee has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. Magee volunteers through the Orange County Bar Association Legal Aid Society as a guardian ad litem. Through this program, he meets with the child and all other interested parties to gather facts, reviews the child’s medical, psychological, and school records, and reviews reports and records of the Department of Children & Families. He is responsible for appearing in court at all hearings concerning the child, and reporting his recommendations concerning the child, including medical and psychological needs, school related issues, and residence recommendations. Magee has been volunteering as a guardian ad litem since 1974. He has represented more than 100 children during that time. Magee was the recipient of the Orange County Bar Association Award of Excellence for Guardian ad Litem work in 1989, 1998, 1999, 2002, and the Judge J.C. “Jake” Stone Distinguished Service Award in 2004. Beth Harlan Lakeland 10th Judicial Circuit Beth Harlan graduated from the University of Florida in 1978 with her B.S. in business administration in economics. She immediately entered the law school at the University of Florida where she graduated with honors in 1981. After law school, she worked as a judicial clerk at the Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland, and for the Attorney General’s Office in the RICO section; and finally, spent 13 years as an assistant county attorney for Polk County. In 1998, she began her private practice as a sole practitioner focusing on the area of family law concentrating in dependency law. This new area of practice has led to her involvement with the guardian ad litem program where she has served as both a guardian ad litem and an attorney ad litem. She is a current member of the Juvenile Rules Committee and has previously served on the 10th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. In her pro bono service, Harlan has been active assisting children who have been placed in the care of the state of Florida. She has acted as a guardian ad litem in many cases, sometimes for children who are in the foster care system but whose needs are not simply met with standard services. Many of these children have been in the system for years and have mental health or other issues, which require extraordinary judicial involvement, and an advocate for their specific needs. In addition to numerous volunteer hours in these programs, Harlan is also a volunteer hearing officer for the Polk County Code Enforcement Board. Matthew P. Coglianese Miami 11th Judicial Circuit Matt Coglianese was born and raised in New Jersey, received his B.S. in biology from the University of Rhode Island, his Ph.D. in biology from Texas A&M University, and his J.D. from the University of Miami. He is a member of The Florida Bar and the State Bar of California. Coglianese is a partner at Bilzin Sumberg, where he practices in the areas of litigation, and environmental law. His practice focuses on CERCLA, RCRA, brownfields redevelopment, state and local environmental matters, mold litigation and toxic torts. Coglianese served as assistant regional counsel with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta, where he handled enforcement of federal water and air pollution laws. As senior attorney with a major petroleum company, Coglianese was responsible for managing numerous Superfund and state hazardous waste sites throughout the country. Coglianese has always enjoyed working with children, from Big Brothers/Big Sisters during his college years, to volunteering in dependency court for the last two years. His work with Lawyers for Children has evolved into de facto “big brother” relationships with the children. Coglianese feels many of these children have not been given a chance to succeed, and truly appreciate having someone guide them in the confusing world of dependency court. He continues to work as a pro bono advocate for disadvantaged children and strongly believes that if all members of the Bar volunteered for one such case, the cumulative positive impact would be immeasurable. Jacqulyn Mack Englewood 12th Judicial Circuit Jacqulyn Mack was born in Bridgetown, Barbados, and later moved to Florida. She received her B.A. in business administration from the University of Miami in 1991. She graduated from University of Miami Law School in 1996. Mack is admitted to practice in Florida, United States Middle District of Florida, and United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mack is a member of The Florida Bar, the ABA, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Venice-Englewood Bar Association, and the Charlotte County Bar Association. Mack was president of the Venice-Englewood Bar Association from 2002-2003, and has been a board member since 1998. Mack has donated numerous hours of pro bono service to the Legal Aid of Manasota and to Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. Mack takes cases no one else will, including ones involving abuse, drugs, etc., focusing on the welfare of the children who are the products of these environments. She has also served as a guardian ad litem. She has received several awards for her dedication to pro bono service including: 2001 Legal Aid of Manasota’s “Newcomer’s Award,” and the 2003 Legal Aid of Manasota’s “Pro Bono Superstar” award. Mack is also a Teen Court judge, participated as a lawyer in the Charlotte County Mock Trial 2004, and co-chairs the Venice-Englewood Law Week. Kathleen S. McLeroy Tampa 13th Judicial Circuit Kathleen S. McLeroy received her B.S. in finance and M.B.A. from Louisiana State University, where she was a Merit Scholar. She received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University, where she served as a member of the Washington and Lee Law Review. McLeroy is a shareholder with Carlton Fields, P.A., working with its Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights practice groups. She has extensive experience in the representation of creditors in disputes with debtors in all forums, including state, federal, and bankruptcy courts, and has significant trial, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, and mediation experience. McLeroy is chair of Carlton Fields’ Pro Bono Committee and a member and committee executive with the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the ABA. McLeroy serves on the board of directors of The Florida Bar Foundation and Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., of which she also served as past president. She periodically serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa. Well-known for her extensive legal work with the poor in landlord/tenant disputes, mortgage foreclosure actions, consumer matters, and collection matters, McLeroy received the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s 2004 Jimmy Kynes Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service and was recognized in 2001 for Outstanding Pro Bono Service for her client intake work with the Hillsborough Attorney Volunteer Efforts Program. She was also the recipient of the 2001 President’s Award for Excellence from The Florida Bar Foundation. William R. Garrett Panama City 14th Judicial Circuit William R. Garrett was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his B.S. in biology with minors in chemistry and German from Alabama College; his M.S. in political science with a certificate in Soviet area studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison; and his J.D. from the University of Alabama’s School of Law. Garrett has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1986. He has served on several Florida Bar committees, including Prepaid Legal Services, chair from 1992 – 1994; Delivery of Legal Services and Support Issues; and the Juvenile Court Rules Committee. Over the years, he has served on provider panels for several legal plans and on the Lawyer Referral Service of the Bar. He was on the attorney panel for the Florida Lawyers Legal Insurance Corporation from 1987 to 1997 and has been a member of the corporation’s board of directors since 1991. He was the first full-time program attorney for the guardian ad litem program in the Fourteenth Circuit. He is currently in private practice and maintains an office in Panama City. Garrett was involved with the Bay County Bar Association’s First Saturday Legal Clinic at its inception in the 1990’s and has twice served as co-chair with help from his co-chairs and from Legal Services of Northwest Florida. He continues to devote many hours each year to pro bono activities through programs and also individually. Garrett is also a supporter of the local mentoring Orchestra of St. Andrew Bay and volunteers with the therapeutic pet organization P.A.W.S. (Pets Are Working Saints) and Covenant Hospice. Aileen N. Josephs West Palm Beach 15th Judicial Circuit Aileen N. Josephs was born in Mexico, and received her B.A. cum laude in 1986 from Brandeis University and her J.D. in 1990 from Boston College Law School. During law school, she was the international coordinator for the Holocaust/Human Rights Research Project. Through that program, she had the opportunity to interview Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel. After graduation, Josephs worked with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, New York City, dealing with all facets of immigration law and procedure relating to refugee processing and immigration issues. Josephs then worked for Florida Rural Legal Services Inc., as the immigration attorney for Palm Beach County. In 1995, Josephs went into private practice concentrating in immigration, nationality, and consular law. In 1991, Josephs participated at the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights study program in San Jose, Costa Rica, as a Blaustein Fellow. She has also helped on a pro bono basis for more than 40 undocumented and abandoned immigrant children. Many of these children are Guatemalan Mayan. Josephs has filed private dependency petitions in juvenile court and assisted them in obtaining their legal permanent residency as “Special Immigrant Juveniles.” One of her most notable cases was the Petrona Tomas case. Josephs also created and launched the first Spanish language immigration portal, called www.MiniMundo.net, which provides information about immigration to the United States and other countries. Josephs is a member of The Florida Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the American Immigration Bar Association, and the Palm Beach County Bar Association. She is also a board member of the American Jewish Committee, Palm Beach County Chapter; and a co-chair of the Immigration Subcommittee, Hispanic-Jewish Coalition of Palm Beach County. Linda B. Wheeler Key West 16th Judicial Circuit Linda B. Wheeler received her B.A. from the University of Florida and her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma Law School. Wheeler was admitted to The Florida Bar and began her legal career as an assistant state attorney in Key West in 1985. She has been in private practice since 1988 in the areas of family law, guardianship, probate and real estate transactions. She has served on numerous community and civic organization boards, including past appointments to the City of Key West Planning Board, the Florida Keys Historic Preservation Board, and the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority. She is also a certified family law mediator. Wheeler’s pro bono service includes providing mediation and counseling services for indigent families, preparation of powers of attorney, living wills and designations of health care surrogate for the elderly, and representation in family law matters and guardianship cases in Monroe County. Wheeler has lived in Key West for more than 30 years. She is interested in historic architecture and has renovated and restored several historic “Conch” houses. Joanne Fanizza Ft. Lauderdale 17th Judicial Circuit Joanne Fanizza, 48, of Ft. Lauderdale, has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1988. A graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, this is her second career. She received a B.S. in political science from the University of Florida in 1981, and spent nine years as a print journalist, working for The Sun-Sentinel, and the Gainesville Sun from 1979-1986. She was associated with Ferrero & Middlebrooks, P.A., from 1988 through 1994. She then established the Law Offices of Joanne Fanizza, P.A., in 1995, where she runs a general civil practice. Fanizza began pro bono work in 1995, assisting a Ft. Lauderdale-based HIV treatment facility with a variety of legal matters for its clients, and accepting cases from Broward Lawyers Care, the Broward Bar’s pro bono program. She twice received the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award from BLC, in 1998 and 2003, recognizing her work on behalf of those suffering with HIV/AIDS and others in need in her community. Fanizza was also named “Best of the Bar” for her pro bono work by the South Florida Business Journal in 2004. Fanizza has assisted BLC clients with estate planning, going to hospitals and homes when necessary to meet with clients and execute documents. She has helped the physically and mentally handicapped with guardianship and collections matters, and recently helped one destitute couple facing mortgage foreclosure — due to severe medical problems — recover their home from a fraud who tricked them into signing their real estate away without adequate consideration. She also provides free legal assistance to Abandoned Pet Rescue, Inc., a 501( c)(3) charity, and others in the community in which she resides, outside the Bar’s pro bono requirements. Kenneth F. Tworoger Micco 18th Judicial Circuit Kenneth Tworoger was raised in South Florida and graduated with a degree in economics from Emory University in 1965. He received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Florida in 1968, where he was a member of the Law Review. After practice with a Washington, D.C., firm, he returned to South Florida in 1970 to develop a business and financial transaction and litigation practice. In 1998, he retired and left Ft. Lauderdale for South Brevard County. Tworoger spends time as a volunteer legal advisor to nonprofit environmental and community assistance organizations, high school mock trial teams, and with Brevard County Legal Aid, where he concentrates on consumer and housing matters. After the hurricanes of 2004, Tworoger, through Brevard County Legal Aid, provided legal assistance for housing related issues at the FEMA hurricane disaster center in South Brevard County and was a panelist at a workshop for organizations involved with disaster relief. Tworoger is a member of the Brevard and Indian River County Bar associations and the Trial Bar for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He is a member of the board of the Marine Resources Council and in 2003 received its award for outstanding volunteer service. He serves as vice chair for a Brevard County Parks Committee and received awards from Brevard County Legal Aid in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, he was a finalist for Florida Today’s Brevard County Volunteer of the Year Award and the recipient of Brevard County Legal Aid’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award. Deborah M. Hooker Okeechobee 19th Judicial Circuit Deborah M. Hooker is a lifelong resident of Okeechobee, graduating with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville. While in law school, Hooker served as the senior research editor for the Florida Law Review and was a legal research and writing fellow. Hooker is currently serving as a magistrate for the Nineteenth Circuit assigned to Okeechobee and Martin counties. Hooker hears family law and dependency matters. Prior to joining the court as a magistrate, Hooker was in private practice in Okeechobee handling estate planning, probate and guardianship, and general civil matters for Conely & Conely, P.A., and earlier for Burton C. Conner, P.A. Hooker also worked for two years after law school as a staff attorney for Chief Judge Gilbert S. Goshorn, Jr., Fifth District Court of Appeal, in Daytona Beach. While in private practice, Hooker was committed to providing pro bono legal services on her own and through Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. From 1993 to 2004, Hooker donated more than 350 hours in pro bono services for legal cases or matters including juvenile dependency, adult protective services, guardianship, mental health, probate, estate planning, and dissolution of marriage, and donated more than 2,300 hours to public service activities, including service to the legal community, civic organizations, and other charities. Hooker served as president of the Okeechobee Bar Association from 2002 to 2004 and received the Okeechobee County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award in 1998 and 2001. Although no longer in private practice, Hooker has sustained her commitment to providing pro bono legal services by continuing to serve on the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, of which she has been a member since 2002. Michael I. Miller Sanibel 20th Judicial Circuit Michael I. Miller has a B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan, a J.D. magna cum laude from Wayne State University and an LL.M. in taxation from DePaul University. During the Vietnam War, Miller was a captain in the U.S. Air Force and served as an aircraft-commander pilot. He is currently a member of the Budget Committee Association of S.W. Florida and is chair of the Sanibel Amateur Radio Volunteer Team. Before establishing his law practice in 2000, Miller was vice president and treasurer of Owens Corning Corporation headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. Miller is a board certified Elder Law attorney with offices in Cape Coral. In his practice he specializes in guardianship litigation, public benefits eligibility, and trusts and estates. Miller is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Planning Association. Miller’s pro bono efforts have included serving as a volunteer attorney with the Ft. Myers office of Florida Rural Legal Services where he represented clients involving various legal issues. In his private practice his pro bono efforts have included public benefits eligibility and guardianship representation. Richard A. Horder Atlanta, Georgia Out-of-State Division Richard Horder received a J.D. from the University of Florida in 1971, an LL.M. in International Law from the London School of Economics in 1974, and an M.B.A. in International Business from Georgia State University in 1977. He is currently a partner in Kilpatrick Horder Stockton, LLP, located in Atlanta and co-chairs the firm’s Environmental Law and Natural Resources Practice Group. He previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1974 to 1977, was in private practice with Horder, McDonald and Mallard from 1977 to 1979, and was associate general counsel with Georgia-Pacific Corporation from 1979 to 1989. Horder has been involved in pro bono matters for his entire career, having served numerous terms on the board of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and as president. He has a long history of involvement in pro bono matters involving children and is an expert in adoption law having co-authored the Georgia Adoption Code. He chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and was responsible for creating the Grandparent Adoption Program, a joint project of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and Kilpatrick Horder Stockton, which addresses the needs of low-income relatives caring for children whose parents are absent due to various factors. This program has represented more than 140 relative caregivers in adoption proceedings donating more than 8,000 hours and positively impacting hundreds of children’s lives. Horder is also responsible for the creation of the first pro bono partner position in a Georgia firm, which was filled in 2001 resulting in the firm’s annual pro bono hours increasing from approximately 8,000 in 2000 to more than 25,000 hours presently. The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award Recipient Melanie E. Damian Miami Melanie E. Damian is a 1991 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and received her J.D. in 1996 from the University of Miami, where she was a member of the Law Review. She was also a Fulbright Junior Research Fellow in Mexico. Damian is a partner with Damian and Valori and practices business litigation including officer and director liability, corporate governance, securities, professional negligence, and employment litigation. Damian is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Damian is a member of The Florida Bar and the Business Law and Labor and Employment Law sections. She is also a member of the ABA and the ABA’s Litigation, Business Law, and Labor and Employment sections, as well as the Dade County Bar Association. Since her final year of law school when she did her clinical placement at the guardian ad litem office, Damian has donated hundreds of hours advocating for children in the foster care system through the GAL office and Lawyers for Children America. From 1997 to the present, she represented five brothers who had been in and out of foster care since birth and needed advocacy for all aspects of their lives, from home placement and health care services to educational planning. Damian also represented a mentally and physically disabled child who was severely abused by his mother so that the child could be adopted into a safe and loving home. In 2003, Damian founded a nonprofit organization called Educate Tomorrow, dedicated to helping foster children or otherwise disadvantaged students to attain post-secondary education by matching the foster children with volunteers who assist them in researching and applying for post-secondary education and obtaining financial aid and, in some cases, providing scholarships. In addition, the organization provides SAT and FCAT tutoring and assists children in graduating from high school and obtaining admission to post-secondary education. This organization now helps hundreds of children make post-secondary education possible. Damian also is the educational planning chair for the Miami-Dade “It’s Your Life Program,” a life skills training program developed for foster children who will soon turn 18 and age out of the foster care system. The program’s purpose is to provide specific services in the areas of money management, educational and employment opportunities, consumer issues, and housing. A judge is in a unique position to contribute to the improvement of the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice. The support of pro bono services improves the judicial system as a whole. This award is for outstanding and sustained service to the public, especially as it relates to support of pro bono legal services.Judge William A. Van Nortwick, Jr., First District Court of Appeal, Tallahassee The purpose of the Law Firm Commendation is to recognize, when appropriate, a law firm which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis. Unlike the Tobias Simon and Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Awards, the Law Firm Commendation is not an annual award. Barrett & Barrett Barrett & Barrett was founded 16 years ago in Dunedin by the husband and wife team of Ted and Alicen Barrett. This general practice firm focuses in the areas of bankruptcy, criminal defense, family law, personal injury, and probate.The Barretts began their volunteer work early in their legal careers. While still in law school, Mr. Barrett was a member of the Sixty Plus Law Clinic, which provided free legal assistance to persons over 60, and Ms. Barrett was a volunteer student advisor and instructor for the Student Tutorial Service sponsored by the Student Bar Association.Since its inception, Barrett & Barrett has provided free legal assistance to those in need. The firm has long participated in general civil clinics sponsored by the Gulfcoast Legal Association, which provides free legal assistance to income eligible persons, and Barrett & Barrett has contributed many hours addressing the legal needs of the poor by accepting pro bono cases from Gulfcoast Legal Association, as well as from other sources. Barrett & Barrett was recently recognized by the Clearwater Bar Foundation for its continuing contributions to the pro bono programs coordinated by Gulfcoast Legal Services.Barrett & Barrett also participate in the Clearwater Courthouse Legal Assistance Clinic, a free program that assists pro se litigants who would otherwise be unable to negotiate the court system due to their financial situation. Both attorneys have participated in a number of Clearwater Bar Association committees over the years, providing legal services for those in need. In the wake of Hurricane Charley, both attorneys signed on as volunteer lawyers with the FEMA-YLD Disaster Legal Services Program. As a certified county court mediator, Ms. Barrett provides pro bono mediation services to those unable to afford them.The firm also has a long-standing commitment to community service. Mr. Barrett donates his time as a volunteer speaker in Pinellas County during Law Day Week, and Ms. Barrett volunteers as a speaker for The People’s Law School, sponsored by the Clearwater Bar Association, which provides free seminars to the community on law-related topics. The firm also mentors local college students who are interested in pursuing a career in the legal field.Mr. Barrett has been a member of Rolling Readers of Pinellas County, reading stories to elementary students, president of the City of Dunedin Committee for Environmental Quality, and a member of the City of Dunedin Marina Advisory Committee. Ms. Barrett donates her time as a volunteer counselor with Florida Department of Elder Affairs SHINE program, which assists persons 50 and older with a wide range of issues involving Medicare, Medicaid, disability, and long-term care.The law firm of Barrett & Barrett is committed to the provision of legal services on a pro bono basis to those who cannot otherwise afford such services. It is the firm’s philosophy that the rewards for doing so far outweigh the time and effort expended. THE VOLUNTARY BAR ASSOCIATION PRO BONO SERVICE AWARD Presented by the Chief Justice Vanderplas wins Simon Pro Bono Service Award Melinda Melendez Assistant Editor Chief Justice Barbara Pariente called James M. Vanderplas’ pro bono work “truly remarkable” at a ceremony held April 7 in Tallahassee, at which he was awarded the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award for 2005. But to hear Vanderplas tell it, he plays only a small role along with a great many attorneys who unselfishly donate their time and effort to helping those who are most in need of legal assistance.“I am only one among perhaps thousands of others who give equally, generously of their time and talent,” Vanderplas said.While Vanderplas expressed gratitude to the court and many others, he also took a moment to address his concern regarding the public image of lawyers.“If one were to believe the stories portrayed by recent headlines,” said Vanderplas, “one would see a view of the typical lawyer as one who is responsible for the exorbitant rise in medical malpractice insurance premiums, or as one who reaps great profits in fees from class action suits.“Seldom seen, in my view, is a headline on a front page depicting the more typical lawyer who does not take cases for lucre alone — who seeks justice and compensation for the injured client,” Vanderplas said. “These are typical of the kinds of cases that are handled by the lawyers at the various legal services offices and other legal aid offices; lawyers who could be earning upwards of three or four times their present salaries, but choose to represent the needy client.”Vanderplas highlighted the importance of the image of lawyers in the public eye and suggested the good works done by countless attorneys are often overlooked.“While the profession and this court duly recognize their contributions, the general public in my view is woefully ignorant of the role they play in society,” he said. “Their efforts can use a great deal more exposure to the public eye and the support, financial and otherwise, of the powers that be.”The award commemorates Tobias Simon, a Miami civil rights lawyer, who died in 1982, and is the highest public honor bestowed by the Supreme Court upon a private lawyer. “We know that the spirit of Tobias Simon lives on in the award that bears his name, which honors those Florida lawyers who have unselfishly carried on his work,” Chief Justice Barbara Pariente said. “He helped to define and preserve certain fundamental rights for us all.”Vanderplas, who has a solo practice in Indian Rocks Beach, was recognized for more than 20 years and 4,500 hours of pro bono service. Since the early ’80s, Vanderplas has been an active volunteer for Gulfcoast Legal Services, donating at least four hours weekly in the Clearwater office. Vanderplas conducts interviews and gathers information from prospective clients of Gulfcoast Legal Services for evaluation. He attends weekly staff meetings and presents his findings to discuss the merits of each case. In instances in which a client may need information rather than legal action, Vanderplas offers his knowledge of real property, landlord/tenant, consumer, collections, probate, and Social Security law on an individual basis.This past year, Florida lawyers donated over $2.5 million in contributions and 1.5 million hours in pro bono work, Pariente said.“These lawyers know that although it is easy to represent a client who is educated and well funded, the poor and the powerless must also have representation if we are to fulfill the promise of equal justice for all,” Chief Justice Pariente said.The court also awarded a new honor, the Distinguished Judicial Service Award, to Judge William A. Van Nortwick, Jr., of Tallahassee. The chief justice presents this award to a judge who has provided outstanding and sustained service to the public, especially as it relates to support of pro bono legal services. Judge Van Nortwick is the first recipient to receive the honor. The court also recognized Barrett & Barrett and the Clearwater Bar Association for their contributions in the area of pro bono work.Kelly Overstreet Johnson, president of The Florida Bar, presented the President’s Service Award to 21 recipients: one winner from each judicial circuit and one attorney from the out-of-state division. The award recognizes outstanding individual attorneys who have made extraordinary contributions in pro bono work.YLD President Michael Faehner also presented the Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award to Melanie E. Damian with the law firm of Damian & Valori, for her many contributions to pro bono work including founding the nonprofit organization “Educate Tomorrow.”Damian was not the only young lawyer to receive an honor. Faehner, who thought he was only presenting an award, was recognized by the court with the Chief Justice Special Recognition Award for his tireless volunteer effort on behalf of hurricane victims last year throughout the state.Chief Justice Pariente said, “In 2004, the state of Florida endured the most catastrophic hurricane season in its history. [Faehner] organized and coordinated a joint program with the YLD and FEMA by which lawyers volunteered their time to help the victims of the hurricanes free of charge. Nearly 700 attorneys answered the call to provide service through this program. Your contributions and leadership were truly remarkable.”“It wasn’t just me; it was the spirit of The Florida Bar, everyone just coming together to help those people,” Faehner said. “I was just one person, in one place, at one time.”The ceremony was dedicated to Bar Board of Governors member Henry Latimer, who died in Janaury in a car accident and who was actively involved in pro bono work. To many, Latimer embodied the giving nature of pro bono volunteerism.Pro Bono Awards THE LAW FIRM COMMENDATION Presented by the Chief Justice The purpose of the Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award is to recognize, when appropriate, a voluntary bar which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis. Unlike the Tobias Simon and Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Awards, the Law Firm Commendation is not an annual award.Clearwater Bar Associationcenter_img The Clearwater Bar Association has a membership of more than 800 and has a long history of supporting pro bono efforts through its foundation and in cooperation with Gulfcoast Legal Services. In the 1990s and early 2000s the Clearwater Bar Foundation coordinated pro bono efforts of bar members. Effective January 2003, the Clearwater Bar requested its funding from The Florida Bar Foundation IOTA grants be transferred to Gulfcoast with the understanding that it would employ the foundation’s pro bono coordinator.This redirection of financial support to Gulfcoast has enabled the Clearwater Bar to increase and enhance its pro bono efforts. Its pro bono committee has been reenergized, co-chaired by Judge Nancy Moate Ley and family law attorney Ky Koch. The committee includes representatives from Gulfcoast Legal Services, the Clearwater Bar Young Lawyers Division, the Clearwater Bar Foundation, and family law and probate practitioners. The committee works with Gulfcoast’s pro bono coordinator to develop and produce programs to benefit indigent clients in north Pinellas County and has expanded to neighborhoods throughout the area.The collaborative effort has yielded great success. Gulfcoast has the expertise to develop programs, and the bar provides a communication link between GLS and the bar members for the purposes of recruiting and recognizing volunteers, public relations, fundraising, and, in general, providing support and assistance to Gulfcoast’s staff toward coordination of pro bono efforts.Program highlights for 2004 include: Hispanic outreach clinics; Ross Norton Recreation Center Clinic; the Pro Bono Client Free Training Seminar; Living Wills Project; People’s Law School; wills and general civil clinics; Clearwater Courthouse Legal Assistance Project; the Clearwater Bar Foundation Recognition of outstanding volunteers; and the ongoing recruiting of volunteers.These programs resulted in approximately 600 pro bono hours in the past year. The Clearwater Bar’s efforts to recruit and communicate with volunteers have kept these hours at a high level.As the Clearwater Bar recognizes its 75th Anniversary in 2005, its members plan to continue their long history of giving back to the community and working collaboratively with Gulfcoast Legal Services and the Clearwater Bar Foundation to provide legal advice and direct representation to the indigent in north Pinellas County. The Clearwater Bar Association will continue to support these organizations in creative ways to enhance the provision of pro bono legal services. THE DISTINGUISHED JUDICIAL SERVICE AWARD Presented by the Chief Justice Vanderplas wins Simon Pro Bono Service Award May 1, 2005 Assistant Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Multiple local temporary closures announced due to COVID

first_imgBeer Tree Brew Co. located at 197 Route 369 in Port Crane announced they will be closing as a precaution of the uptick in COVID-19 cases. The locations say they are closing for the health and safety of the community and staff and will continue to post updates as decisions are being made. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A few locations in Binghamton have announced they will be closed until further notice. center_img Garage Taco Bar will also be closing temporarily after they had been made aware of a positive COVID case.last_img read more

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