Board to take up technology and practice issues

first_imgBoard to take up technology and practice issues August 1, 2002 Regular News Board to take up technology and practice issuescenter_img Final reports and recommendations in two areas that symbolize the changing legal world — both technological and daily practice — are scheduled for the Bar Board of Governors meeting August 16 in Sarasota.The Technology Task Force is set to make a final presentation, with budget figures, for the proposed new Bar World Wide Web portal. The portal, free to Bar members, will offer e-mail service, free online legal research services, and other benefits for Florida’s lawyers.And the Unbundled Legal Services Special Committee II is scheduled to make its recommendations on the Supreme Court mandate to develop a rule that will allow lawyers to provide unbundled legal services in family law matters.The cost for the web portal, tentatively called MyFloridaBar, is $150,000 for the 2002-03 budget year and $95,000 for the following year. The plans call for each user to be able to customize the service to receive, for example, law updates and CLE notices for his or her practice area.Other projected services include access to online discussion groups on various legal issues, user ability to link to news services and market reports, online access to SEC and other government reports and documents, online access to legal forms, and a user-selected set of links.The board gave tentative approval to the proposal at its May meeting, subject to final budget figures and nailing down details for the program. If approved, it could be offered to Bar members this fall.The program is similar to one set up by the State Bar of Texas, which has signed up almost half of that bar’s membership. A Texas lawyer who helped created that system, Craig Ball, has been hired as an advisor for The Florida Bar’s effort.The unbundled committee was appointed last April by immediate past Bar President Terry Russell, following up on a Supreme Court request that the Bar draw up a rule addressing unbundled services in the family law area. The court specifically asked that the rules address in-court representation by lawyers in family law matters.The court said it has not prejudged whether such a rule is needed or desirable, but wants a proposal before it addresses the issue.Unbundled services are defined as allowing a lawyer to perform a discrete service for a client without undertaking a complete representation. For example, a pro se litigant might engage the lawyer to only make the court appearances in a case, or just do legal research or document drafting.The issue has been getting increasing attention as more and more Floridians, particularly in family law cases, represent themselves in court. In many areas of the state, most dissolution cases have at least one party acting pro se.The special committee was finishing its report as this News went to press.On other matters, the board will hear from a special committee appointed to recommend the Bar’s response three plans submitted to the Supreme Court on how government lawyers can perform pro bono services.And the board will get an update on President Tod Aronovitz’s Dignity in Law program.In addition, the board will nominate nine lawyers for three upcoming vacancies for five-year terms on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.last_img read more

Hodge finds voice as Syracuse’s new starting middle linebacker

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 3, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Clark Lea knew he’d have to replace middle linebacker Marquis Spruill after the 2013 season. He just wasn’t exactly sure how. “Going into camp we weren’t sure about the middle linebacker position and for a coach, that’s a weird spot to be in,” said Lea, Syracuse’s linebackers coach. “But then Marqez (Hodge) started to develop and there was a point in camp where I thought ‘Yes, this is it.’“From there, I felt a whole lot better about the situation.”Hodge, who made his first start at middle linebacker in the Orange’s 27-26 win over Villanova on Friday, is the first to admit that he’s a shy guy. He inherits the spot from Spruill, a notably vocal leader who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons.But while Hodge has transitioned into a position that practically demands on-field communication, the sophomore’s shyness has proven more a blessing than a curse.When Hodge talks, his teammates listen. Not only because he’s at the heart of Syracuse’s defense, but because it’s uncommonAdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t talk all the time, but when I do it’s usually serious,” Hodge said. “Not bad serious or anything, just that it’s something that everyone else should know.”From a physical standpoint, shifting from outside to middle linebacker isn’t too hard of a task. Hodge played outside linebacker at Miami Central (Florida) High School and that’s the position he played when he caught SU coaches’ attention against Georgia Tech last season.Syracuse switched to a 3-4 defense in that game — which ended in a 56-0 loss — and Hodge replaced defensive end Robert Welsh in the starting lineup. He recorded a career-best 12 tackles in the game, and his adaptation to middle linebacker has been a natural process ever since. “There aren’t really many differences, maybe a few footwork things and some small stuff in coverage,” senior outside linebacker Cameron Lynch said of the two positions. “If you can play in the outside, you can play in the middle, and vice versa. Marqez is a natural linebacker and he’s been fine crossing over.”Working on his communication, though, was a steep task for Hodge at the start of training camp.When he was still unfamiliar with the position, Hodge said he had no way of breaking out of his shell. But as he learned the language of the defense and got comfortable in between seniors Lynch and Dyshawn Davis, he found himself taking ownership of the role.Against Villanova, Hodge recorded five tackles — tied for fourth most on the team as Lynch led with 15 — and added a sack and two tackles for loss. He also helped the defense adjust to the Wildcats’ attack while clogging the middle of the field.Villanova rushed up the middle 39 times and gained just 76 yards, which comes out to 1.9 yards per carry. “It’s been little by little but I think I have really started to communicate better,” Hodge said. “The spot is all about communication because you are just in the middle of everything and have to control the middle of the field. That’s something I saw from Marquis that I am trying to do, too.”The Orange’s run defense was arguably its strongest suit in 2013. Lynch, with 69, Spruill, with 66, and Davis, with 49, ranked second, third and fourth, respectively, on the team in total tackles. The trio combined for 33.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. SU’s run defense gave up the fourth-fewest rushing yards in the Atlantic Coast Conference.Now Hodge is the new face in an established unit and the change has been relatively seamless. Lea, barring any injuries, won’t have to make any more personnel decisions until the end of the season and he certainly isn’t rushing to.“Spruill went after he finished up and then we’ll have to eventually think about Cam and Dyshawn’s spots. I mean we have a lot of young talent on the outside,” Lea said before pausing and smiling. “Let’s just enjoy having Marqez in the middle now and knowing we have a solid starting core from week to week.” Commentslast_img read more

Canceled Fountain Run replaced by Senior Run

first_imgThe cancellation of USC’s end-of-the-year Fountain Run tradition led to the creation of multiple alternatives for seniors to celebrate their impending graduation.For nearly a decade, students participated in the unofficial Fountain Run tradition which was not sanctioned by the university. On the evening of the last Thursday of spring semester classes, graduating seniors would run through every fountain on campus.The Fountain Run was canceled this year, however, because according to university administrators, it had become too dangerous for students and too damaging to campus property. Assistant Provost for Student Affairs Monique Allard said that in the past five years, there have been 73 medical calls and 25 ambulance rides during the Fountain Run, most of which were caused by alcohol-related incidents. Last year’s campus destruction from the Fountain Run included biohazardous materials in the fountains, broken fixtures and significant damage to the Youth Triumphant statue  in total, almost $50,000 in property damages.Some students were disappointed by the cancellation. Nicole Daviau, a rising senior majoring in business administration, was upset by the cancellation of the Fountain Run because she wanted to celebrate the college careers of her graduating friends.“It seems unfair. When the seniors leave, the Fountain Run is often what they say is the greatest thing they did at USC, even if they’ve studied abroad or did something really cool throughout their years here,” Daviau said. “I feel like I was being robbed of an experience.”As an alternative, the administration Student Affairs hosted the Senior Run, on April 30.“[T]his year, USC Student Affairs launched an educational campaign informing students of the dangers and destruction that this unsanctioned event causes,” Allard wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Our approach was to inform students about the facts while simultaneously supporting student leaders in creating a new, fully sanctioned that was termed the ‘Senior Run.’”The event, which was led by Undergraduate Student Government, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and Residential Student Government, was a festival that included inflatables, music, food trucks and giveaways.Approximately 1,500 students picked up wristbands, which were required to attend the Senior Run. Because of the large attendance, Allard said she was hopeful that the event grows in years to come.“We are looking to the campus’ student leaders to continue to invest their time and energy in coordinating this as a new tradition,” Allard wrote. “USC Student Affairs believes that celebrating the culmination of years of students’ hard work is important. Even more important is celebrating while keeping our community safe.”Students also attempted to organize another alternative to the Fountain Run — an Undie Run. Also held on April 30, the Undie Run event was created on Facebook as a response to the Fountain Run’s cancellation. The Facebook page instructed attendees to meet at Tommy Trojan at 10:30 p.m. dressed in undergarments. Daviau felt it could be a good alternative to the Fountain Run.“As a commuter and transfer student, it can be hard to find a sense of community on campus and feel really connected to the Trojan Family … But something that comes up for most people is that the Fountain Run gives them that sense of community,” she said. “The Undie Run could have replaced what was taken away.”When the night of the run arrived, however, the student-organized event was too uncoordinated to take off.“When people got there, [they] set off running in opposite directions because there was no map or plan on where to go,” Daviau said. “There was not enough information to the students, so at the given time, some people ran forward about 10 feet and then stopped and ran back because they were confused.”Some people congregated around the meeting area, a few of which were also attending the Senior Run. When the running did not happen, people eventually left.“There was an underlying sadness during the Undie Run because there was that lack of cohesion. I really hope in the upcoming years that we come up with something to celebrate our years here,” Daviau said.last_img read more