Board to meet in Coconut Grove October 25

first_img Board to meet in Coconut Grove October 25 Board to meet in Coconut Grove October 25 Two-year procedural rule amendments, considering adequate funding for the courts, a report from a special committee on Bar Rule 4-4.2, and reports from new and ongoing committees will occupy the Bar Board of Governors at its October 25 meeting in Coconut Grove.The board, under the leadership of President Tod Aronovitz, will consider five sets of two-year cycle rule amendments at the meeting. Last year, the Supreme Court and Bar went to a new procedural rule review system. Instead of reviewing the 11 sets of procedural rules once every four years, the rules are now reviewed on a staggered two-year cycle.Last year, the Bar committees proposed and the board reviewed and forwarded to the court amendments in six areas.At this meeting, the board will review Civil Procedural, Probate, Family Law, Judicial Administration, and Small Claims rules. The proposed amendments, as well as some out-of-cycle rule changes going to the board, are noticed in this News. The court funding issue is being raised by the Criminal Law Section, which has forwarded three resolutions to the board asking it to adopt them as Bar-wide legislative positions. The resolutions address the state’s taking over more funding of the trial courts, which must happen by constitutional mandate on July 1, 2004.The section’s recommendations include making sure that the rights of parties in criminal procedures aren’t affected by the fiscal change, ensuring adequate monies for court operations, including technological improvements, and guaranteeing there is enough money for hiring competent defense counsel in conflict cases. (See story on page 1.)In a letter to section Chair Stephen M. Everhart, Bar General Counsel Paul Hill said the Bar will be taking a position on the court funding issue at the October 25 meeting. “If the Bar is consistent with its prior stances on appropriations issues, I could imagine a politically flexible position that may track Article V, Section 14’s verbiage and. . . express support for ‘adequate funding’ of ‘the state courts system, state attorneys’ offices, public defenders’ offices, and court-appointed counsel,’” Hill wrote.He added that general language would leave sections with the flexibility to adopt more specific recommendations.The Special Committee to Review Rule 4-4.2 is recommending an editorial change to the comment of the rule, clarifying that parties who are suing government agencies can speak with public officials, under their rights as citizens to address their government.Some civil and criminal practitioners had suggested major changes in the rule, specifically on when prosecutors can approach represented defendants and when attorneys can approach government bodies they are opposing in court. But after extensive testimony and discussion, the committee settled on the comment change, as most lawyers said they are comfortable dealing with the current rule.The proposed change in the legislative format is: “ Communications authorized by law Permitted communications include, for example, the right of a party to a controversy with a government agency to speak with government officials about the matter.”Two new or revamped committees will have their first meetings prior to the board gathering, and then report to the board. Those are the Ancillary Business Special Committee, which succeeds the former Commission on Ancillary Business/MDP, and the Multijurisdictional Practice of Law 2002 Commission, which will be reviewing recent ABA recommendations on MJP issues.The board is also scheduled to get an update from the Technology Task Force on the proposed new Bar Internet portal. That panel is working to nail down costs for the planned free service to Bar members, which will include e-mail, free legal research, scheduling programs, and other services that can be customized to a lawyer’s specific practice areas and interests.The task force and the board hope to offer the service before the end of the current Bar year.The board is tentatively set to hear reports from the Labor and Employment Law Section and the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, and will appoint a lawyer to the Supreme Court’s Judicial Management Council.center_img October 15, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

Badgers halt skid, defeat Nittany Lions

first_imgAfter snapping their two-game losing streak, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team left the field full of smiles after narrowly defeating Penn State 1-0 Saturday afternoon.The Badgers (6-3-0) were able to stay on top of the Nittany Lions (6-3-0) despite allowing numerous penalties near their own goal.“It was a group effort and something we haven’t seen yet this season,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I am very proud of them today.”Saturday’s game was a big matchup for the Badgers, as it marked their first Big Ten conference game of the season. Penn State’s stature as the defending Big Ten Co-Champions only magnified the pressure surrounding this game. However, the Badgers were able to overcome any anxiety and claim their first Big Ten win of the season.During the 17th minute of play, senior forward and captain Laurie Nosbusch was able to put the ball in the back of the net off a long throw-in into UW’s offensive third to give the Badgers the lead.“I think [defenseman] Joana [Bielefeld] went up and flicked it on, and I was just standing in the middle of the goal wide open and it bounced right to me,” Nosbusch said. “Basically everyone else did all the work; I was just in the right place at the right time.”The team fought hard as the Nittany Lions never stopped pressing into the Badgers’ defensive end. Although the offense was able to produce a goal, it was the defense and senior goalie Michele Dalton who kept the Badgers in the game.“Whenever we have a zero next to their score, we have done our job,” Dalton said. “I am happy with the shutout.”Dalton made several diving saves throughout the game to keep the ball out of the Badgers’ net. In the 67th minute of the game, Dalton was barely able to get a hand on the ball as she punched the PSU’s shot over the crossbar.“The one that [Michele] tipped over the bar is the game-changer,” Wilkins said. “She has been doing that throughout the season and did it today.”Dalton’s impressive seven saves in Saturday’s game took much pressure off the offense, which knew it only had to score once.“As always, she is an amazing goalkeeper,” Nosbusch said. “Any time she can get a shutout, it makes our job easier. It gives us a lot of confidence knowing that, even if we mess up.”Aiding Dalton’s strong performance was the strong Badger defensive line. UW was able to maintain control in the back as it battled some of the top offensive players in the country. The Nittany Lions were able out-shoot the Badgers 12-6, but failed to turn any into a score.“I think we were coherent enough that we were all moving at the same pace and were all covering each other,” senior defenseman and captain Meghan Flannery said. “We trusted each other, so I think it was hard for them to penetrate our back line.”Wisconsin maintained composure throughout the game, something it lacked in its last game against Central Michigan Wednesday night.“I think the back line has always been our rock, and for some reason we have sort of lost that a bit in the past week,” Dalton said. “But I think we found it back and know what it feels like now.”Although the Badgers were able to hold off the Nittany Lions, several close calls due to penalties and handballs near the box kept the game within PSU’s reach. With two minutes remaining in the first half, the Nittany Lions had two opportunities to score from free kicks right outside the 18-yard box. However, UW narrowly escaped without being scored on when one kick hit the post and the other was saved by Dalton.Emotions also ran high for both squads Saturday. After an ugly battle for an air ball between Wisconsin’s junior midfielder Alev Kelter and Penn State goalie Erin McNulty left both players shaken up, the game intensified and players did not back down.“It was a good start to the Big Ten, which is always a physical conference,” Nosbusch said. “It kept us emotionally charged.”Free kicks were taken in high numbers. Both teams battled hard as the game became increasingly intense and physical. Four Badger players received yellow cards throughout the game, as did two of Penn State’s players.“Some of that was fatigue from us playing Wednesday,” Wilkins said. “It was a little bit more challenging for us being tired, and I just thought we brought the mentality that we were going to win balls and not let them settle it.“They are a great technical team and a great tactical team with their spacing, so we wanted to make sure that they didn’t have any clear possessions.”A factor that set the UW offense apart was the long flip throws from junior defender Lindsey Johnson near the PSU goal. It was this tactic that ultimately gave Nosbusch her opportunity to score.“Lindsey Johnson did her flip throw and it was her best one of the game,” Nosbusch said. “The defense has to worry about giving us a throw in down there because of the threat of a long throw.”Ultimately, the group effort allowed the Badgers to come away with a victory and be able to look ahead to their road trip with confidence.“[We] saw a lot more heart on the field today than we have in the past week with our play,” Dalton said. “I was really happy to see that, and moving forward, I hope we will continue.”last_img read more