Board of Governors makes a host of appointments

first_img June 15, 2004 Regular News Board of Governors makes a host of appointments Board of Governors makes a host of appointmentscenter_img Nominations for judicial nominating commissions and the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and appointments to the ABA House of Delegates were among the recommendations and appointments the Bar Board of Governors made recently.The board, which met May 28 in Hollywood, also made appointments to the Florida Legal Services Board of Directors, the Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., Board of Directors, the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, the Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, and the Florida Medical Malpractice Underwriting Association Board of Governors.Applicants for the judicial nominating commissions were screened by special committees set up by the board and under the supervision of President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson. The board makes three nominations for each of the 26 JNCs, and Gov. Jeb Bush picks one for a four-year term that begins July 1.Those nominated are: • To the Supreme Court JNC, Ky M. Koch of Belleair, Jane Kreusler-Walsh of North Palm Beach, and Diana Santa Maria of Davie. • To the First District Court of Appeal JNC, A. Graham Allen and Tracy S. Carlin of Jacksonville, and Vikki R. Shirley of Monticello. • To the Second DCA JNC, David M. Caldevilla of Tampa, John P. Cardillo of Naples, and Betsy E. Gallagher of Tampa. • To the Third DCA JNC, Ramon A. Abadin, Peter Prieto, and Adrienne F. Promoff, all of Miami. • To the Fourth DCA JNC, Richard E. Berman and Joel L. Kirschbaum, both of Ft. Lauderdale, and Gerald F. Richman of Palm Beach Gardens. • To the Fifth DCA JNC, O. John Alpizar of Melbourne Beach, Kirk N. Kirkconnell of Altamonte Springs, and Jill S. Schwartz of Maitland. • To the First Circuit JNC, Stephen F. Bolton of Pensacola, Terence A. Gross of Gulf Breeze, and Drew S. Pinkerton of Shalimar.­ • To the Second Circuit JNC, Michael F. Coppins, Elaine N. Duggar, and Dean R. LeBeouf, all of Tallahassee. • To the Third Circuit JNC, Angela M. Cancio and Andrew J. Decker III, both of Live Oak, and S. Austin Peele of Lake City. • To the Fourth Circuit JNC, Patricia M. Dodson, William C. Gentry, and Joseph William Prichard, all of Jacksonville. • To the Fifth Circuit JNC, Katherine P. Glynn of Reddick, Jeannette M. Haag of Inverness, and Joseph J. Mason, Jr., of Brooksville. • To the Sixth Circuit JNC, Joshua Magidson, Paul A. Meissner, and Scott E. Schiltz, all of Clearwater. • To the Seventh Circuit JNC, Harold C. Hubka and Michael H. Lambert, both of Ormond Beach, and Brynn Gail Newton of Flagler Beach. • To the Eighth Circuit JNC, Zelda Hawk, Leonard E. Ireland, Jr., and Sharon T. Sperling, all of Gainesville. • To the Ninth Circuit JNC, Wayne L. Helsby, Mary Ann Morgan, and Richard P. Reinhart, all of Winter Park. • To the 10th Circuit JNC, Sidney M. Crawford of Mulberry, Richard E. Straughn of Winter Haven, and Janet M. Stuart of Lakeland. • To the 11th Circuit JNC, Cynthia A. Everett of Miami, Eugenio Hernandez of Coral Gables, and Maria L. Rubio of Pinecrest. • To the 12th Circuit JNC, Patricia D. Crauwels, Lori M. Dorman, and Shirin M. Vesely, all of Bradenton. • To the 13th Circuit JNC, Caroline Kapusta Black, Edward W. Gerecke, and William F. Jung, all of Tampa. • To the 14th Circuit JNC, Larry Ashmore Bodiford and John M. Boggs, both of Panama City, and Jeffrey P. Whitton of Lynn Haven. • To the 15th Circuit JNC, Susan F. Kornspan of Boca Raton, David C. Prather of Jupiter, and Spencer Sax of Boca Raton. • To the 16th Circuit JNC, David P. Horan and Richard M. Klitenick, both of Key West, and Thomas D. Wright of Marathon. • To the 17th Circuit JNC, Ileana M. Almeida of Ft. Lauderdale, Steve E. Moody of Davie, and Valeria Shea of Ft. Lauderdale. • To the 18th Circuit JNC, Leonard A. Barrow, Jr., of Melbourne, Harold T. Bistline of Indian Harbour Beach, and Julie G. Pierce of Melbourne Beach. • To the 19th Circuit JNC, Stephen Paul Hoskins of Ft. Pierce, Renee Marquis-Abrams of Port St. Lucie, and Louis B. Vocelle, Jr., of Vero Beach. • To the 20th Circuit JNC, Jeffrey D. Fridkin of Naples, Eugene H. Smith of Ft. Myers, and Christopher T. Vernon of Naples. For the ABA House of Delegates, the board appointed outgoing President Miles McGrane and former President Edith Osman for two-year terms, former President Howard Coker and former board member Michele Cummings for one-year terms, and Jennifer J. Ator of Miami for a two-year term as the under-35 delegate. For the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, the board nominated six lawyers for two seats, each serving five-year terms beginning November 1. The Supreme Court will make the final appointments.Nominated were Alan H. Aronson of Miami, Victoria R. Brennan of Tavernier, Reginald J. Clyne of Coral Gables, Gregorio A. Francis of Orlando, Reginald D. Hicks of Orlando, and Jason M. Murray of Miami.Other appointments were: • To the Florida Legal Services, Inc., Board of Directors for two-year terms beginning July 1, Cristina Alonso of Miami, James L. Bell of Charleston, SC, Sally D.M. Kest of Orlando, Warren Thomas LaFray of Clearwater, and Daniel F. Wilensky of Jacksonville. • For the Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., Board of Directors, for three-year terms beginning July 1, William L. Blackwell of Punta Gorda, Billy J. Hendrix of Tallahassee, Norman S. Moss of Orlando, and Mary L. Wakeman of Tallahassee as lawyer members and Barbara Dena Geraghty of Ft. Myers as a nonlawyer member. • For a four-year term beginning July 1 on the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, Kevin A. Ashley of Lake Wales, Martha F. Barrera of Tallahassee, Douglas Duncan of West Palm Beach, Diana Santa Maria of Davie, and Thomas G. Schultz of Miami as lawyer members and Vivian Hobbs of Tallahassee as a nonlawyer member. • For the Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, for a four-year term beginning July 1, Marjorie Gadarian Graham of Palm Beach Gardens. • For the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association Board of Governors, for a two-year term beginning July 1, James J. Nosich of Coral Gables.last_img read more

Blind with eyes open (Jn. 9:1-41)

first_img 49 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyle Blind with eyes open (Jn. 9:1-41) by: – April 5, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share By: Father Henry Charles Ph.dPhoto credit: riverblindness.orgSomeone once asked Helen Keller, who was blind from the age of nineteen months, if blindness was the worst thing that could befall a person. She answered that the worst thing that could happen to a person was not to lose their sight but to lose their vision.The Gospel today is focused on the blindness that Jesus cured, but the blind man cured is not the only blind figure in the passage. The Pharisees who are equally central figures are blind in another sense, not simply spiritually but wilfully. They don’t see what they don’t want to see.What confronts them is a clear instance of God’s doing – someone blind now clearly able to see – but they refuse to acknowledge this. Why? Because they’re against Jesus, the one responsible for the miracle.  Anybody with eyes can see what’s in front of them, the erstwhile blind man tells them; but they can’t bring themselves to do this. Why? Because it turns their presumptions upside down, and detracts from their standing in their own eyes. Rather than make the obvious admission, they choose to remain blind.This is wilful blindness, as I say, and we should all recognize something of it in ourselves. Often when we are confronted by some novel view, our reaction is not to examine the matter but to respond in a way that says in effect: I do not want to be disturbed by anything that upsets my universe. Why are you bringing up things like that? I was quite content, at peace till you started. Why can’t you keep your views to yourself?What we perceive as a threat not just to our standing (as with the Pharisees), but to our interpretation of the world, our basic view of things, makes us quick to remain blind and defend our blindness. It’s more comfortable to be wrong in thinking than to be at sea, not knowing what to think.How does someone who thinks they’re seeing clearly but are actually blind, come to acknowledge their true state? Hardly through persuasion. When the will stubbornly says no, reason can be quite powerless. When our insecurities are exposed, the most natural thing to do is not to listen to the person pointing this out, but to reject the bearer of bad news. We choose to remain blind.The clearest breakthrough in situations like that comes only through conversion. All conversion stories have one thing in common, when the person in the moment recognizes their true state: I was blind, but now I see. Which means that you couldn’t have convinced me otherwise, before I came to this point. I would have insisted that I saw. NOW I see that I was blind.What conversion does in other words is break through our defences. It forces the scales to fall from our eyes; it reveals our tendency to self-deception, to be selective and self-serving, to keeping truth at some distance from ourselves. Conversion brings us face to face with all of this.  It’s a humbling moment, when we see ourselves without blinders.This will happen to many people during the course of this Lent. They will go to a mission, for instance, not thinking very much about anything, and suddenly something the preacher says, or a hymn is sung at exactly the right moment, and suddenly they’re standing with all their defences exposed. What they become aware of is what was there all the time, only they didn’t see it.  They were blind with their eyes open.The next best thing to conversion is being honest in how you pray. We should keep asking for light, guidance, and wisdom. Such a prayer means that you may be in darkness, if not now, at some other time; you may need to find your way, perhaps more clearly now, and you always need the ability to discern truth from fiction in your decisions and judgements.  Perseverance in praying honestly is a sure path to genuine self-discovery. It’s a form of continual presence before God, with open hands and heart.last_img read more

Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma encourages education, voting, activism in fight against racism

first_img“There’s a lot of good cops, too,” Kuzma told Anthony. “There’s all races of people out there in a cop uniform, and it’s more about the system than it is the actual departments. We need police around. Who do you call for anything, you call the police … you’re instilled to kind of lean on it in times of despair.“The biggest thing is just the system, and the system dating back to slavery and how that’s manipulated people’s minds to think that one race should be more than the other.”And when Spears asked Kuzma to identify possible solutions for improving relations with police and ending police brutality, Kuzma offered this: “Make it a little more prestigious to be a cop.”“A lot of people, straight out of high school, they just go to the police academy, and that’s just a way of life,” Kuzma continued. “That’s something I remember in Flint: People either went to the police academy or went to General Motors and worked in the factory. So that’s a prime job, but if its a prime job, you need it to have prime requirements. Like, not only getting into the police academy, we need to have extra requirements to get out of the police academy.”Furthermore, he said, “we need cops that are in these areas of color that can relate to these areas. It’s never made sense to me why someone from Santa Clarita or Orange County is patrolling Compton.”Kuzma also has been stressing education, encouraging those listening to his conversation with Anthony to delve into African history and also to dig deeper into African American history. Kyle Kuzma is making his voice heard.The 24-year-old Lakers forward from Flint, Michigan, has in the past couple of days encouraged education, applauded local and national activism and stressed the value of voting as he’s added his thoughts to the discourse on racism and police abuse in the United States.He shared his perspective in a Players’ Tribune piece, “Ain’t No Sticking to Sports,” posted Tuesday morning, and in a virtual conversation over a glass of wine Monday evening with Carmelo Anthony, the Portland Trail Blazers star.And then, modeling the Black Lives Matter T-shirt available for purchase to raise funds for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Kuzma joined the Undefeated’s Mark J. Spears early Tuesday afternoon for a conversation streamed on Instagram. “That is the most important thing,” Kuzma told Anthony, noting that he previously had misgivings about the validity of voting. “It’s one thing to go out there and march, it’s one thing to go out there and protest, to spread awareness. But if you want real change, it’s not from there, you know? The real change is voting.“But on top of voting, you have to be educated. And it’s both fields: Just because you’re poor or you’re impoverished, don’t believe that you have to automatically vote for Democrats, or vice versa, if you’re super-rich, you don’t have to vote for Republicans.“Actually educate yourself on the policies, educate yourself on what the actual politicians believe in and see if it matches up with what you do. That’s where the ultimate change comes from.”And in the Players’ Tribune piece Kuzma indicated how he’ll be approaching his civic duty: “We have to vote out people that blindly support spending more on police departments than on healthcare and education. And we also have to vote out the people who aren’t making the change that we want fast enough.”Related Articles In Kuzma’s words on the Players’ Tribune:“Racism is about slavery more than anything else, and how those stories of slavery have been passed along to white families for centuries and centuries.“In something called the Cornerstone Speech, the Confederate vice president, who led the people fighting for slavery in the Civil War, literally said their movement was based on the idea that white people were ALWAYS going to be superior to blacks. That from birth, black people were meant to live as slaves.“He said: ‘Our new government foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man.’“And when slaves were emancipated in 1865, and when the Civil War was done, it wasn’t just like boom, black people are free, racism is done, you know?“At that time, black freedom was scary to a lot of white people in this country. There were plenty of people who wanted slavery to continue. I’m talking senators and people in power. Lawmakers with that mindset.“So, laws were put into place after slavery to put black people in a kind of ditch that would be tough to get out of.“Look at the 13th amendment. It abolished slavery except as punishment for a crime. Essentially, they were saying, OK, they’re free now, but they can’t be free if they’re criminals. So, let’s make them criminals. Let’s make rules so tough that it’s easy for them to mess up.”Kuzma said he also wants people to educate themselves on the issues facing society now — and then to take that knowledge and apply it at the ballot box. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers With that in mind, Kuzma ended his Players’ Tribune post by announcing that he’s planning to launch a voting campaign because, as he wrote, “You know, back when this all started, during slavery, the one thing that the white man feared was a black man that had a mind of his own. Someone who could READ. Someone who could WRITE. Someone who could THINK for themselves. Someone who could VOTE.“You know why? Because that person could stand up!!“And that’s what I’m doing and going to continue to do until all people are free.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersKuzma addressed the historically strained relationship between black people and the police in all three forums, including his written piece, a wide-ranging, 1,900-word essay in which he also touches on what life was like growing up as the son of a white woman and a black man.“My grandmother was actually a lieutenant in the Flint police department,” wrote Kuzma, who earned a sociology degree from at Utah. “I know there are great police officers out there. But even though that is a part of my family, being black in America, no matter who you are, famous or not, you’re still always going to be paranoid of the cops …“Even as an athlete, I’m still scared when I get pulled over,” Kuzma added. “If I’m driving and I see a cop, I’m checking my rearview mirror for like the next five minutes.“That is the epitome of what this has done to us as black people, living in a racist society. That’s what we have to fear: the people who are supposed to protect us.”Kuzma talked more about it on Monday’s episode of Anthony’s “What’s in Your Glass” series. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more