Leahy brings Senate panel to Vermont to focus on crime solutions

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will chair a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, March 22, in Barre, Vermont. The hearing will examine the effective efforts of Barre and surrounding communities in fighting drug-related crime. Leahy has invited the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, R. Gil Kerlikowske the nation s drug czar to testify at the hearing. Kerlikowske is the former police chief in Seattle, and has almost 40 years of law enforcement experience. Judiciary Committee Member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a former prosecutor, will also attend.Leahy chairs the Senate panel, and noticed the hearing on Effective Community Efforts to Counter Drug-Related Crime in Rural America on Friday. Leahy has been a long-time leader in Congress on efforts to assist state and local law enforcement, as well as community-based efforts to prevent and address crime. This is the third in a series of hearings on drug crime that Leahy has brought to Vermont. He has twice brought the Judiciary Committee to Vermont to hear firsthand about the successful efforts communities have made to address drug-related crime. The hearings, which were held in Rutland and St. Albans, helped to strengthen community resolve to address the problem of drug-related crime, and highlighted successful community-wide efforts to take on this difficult issue. In Vermont, we have felt the presence of drug abuse and drug-related crimes in our communities. The myth persists that these are only big-city problems, but rural America is also coping with these issues, said Leahy. As we learned in Rutland and St. Albans, communities are developing innovative and effective ways to combat crime, and communities across the country can learn from their successes. Vermonters in Barre and the surrounding communities have similarly pulled together to face this serious problem, and I believe this hearing will help other small towns across the country learn from their successes.Leahy has advocated a three-pronged approach to combating rising crime levels in America prevention, treatment and enforcement. He has invited local and state officials to testify, as well as community leaders and advocates. Barre Mayor Tom Lauzon will offer testimony at the hearing.Witnesses who will testify with Director Kerlikowske at the March 22 hearing include:* Col. Tom L Esperance, Vermont State Police Commander* Barbara Floersch, Associate Director of the Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club* *Susan, Graduate of the Vermont Works for Women s Modular Home Construction Program at Northwest State Correctional Facility* Damartin Quadros, Community business ownerThe hearing will be held Monday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m., at the Barre City Auditorium, 20 Auditorium Hill, Barre, Vermont.# # # # #**Name has been changed to protect witness identityNOTICE OF COMMITTEE FIELD HEARINGThe Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on Effective Community Efforts to Counter Drug-Related Crime in Rural America for Monday, March 22, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. in the Barre City Auditorium in Barre, Vermont.By order of the Chairman.# # # # #Source: Leahy’s office. 3.12.2010last_img read more

TV advertising dilutes public confidence in the profession

first_img July 15, 2003 Managing Editor Regular News TV advertising dilutes public confidence in the profession TV advertising dilutes public confidence in the profession New Bar survey also finds lawyers are earning more and are satisfied with their careers Mark D. Killian Managing EditorEven during this sluggish economy, Florida lawyers continue to see their earnings grow and are generally satisfied with their careers. Yet a vast majority of lawyers say the public does not have confidence in the legal system and that lawyer advertising — particularly on TV — reinforces the public’s negative impression of lawyers.Those findings were among the conclusions drawn from a new survey conducted by the Bar’s Research, Planning and Evaluation Department.Two-thirds of the polled lawyers (66 percent) rate The Florida Bar as either an excellent or good advocate for the legal profession. The 2003 results reveal a slight decrease in the percentage of excellent/good ratings from 2001; however, the 2003 ratings are still well above the ratings received from 1993-1997, but is down from the all-time high of 72 percent in 1999.More than three-quarters (76 percent) of lawyers responding to the Bar’s 2003 Membership Opinion Survey also said the Bar is a “supportive and cohesive organization that is interested in the well-being of its members” and 85 percent said the Bar promotes high standards of ethics and competence. The survey found the professionalism program and efforts top the list as to why members have a more positive outlook of the Bar over the past two years.Seventy-three percent of those surveyed, however, still say the public does not have confidence in the legal system.Those surveyed also shared their opinions on judicial competence and fitness. And the survey provides some information on how lawyers are doing financially, although the income data collected is not as comprehensive as is gathered every other year in the Bar’s Law Office Management and Economic surveys.When asked what will have the greatest impact on the profession over the next 10 years, the most often cited responses were computer technology/Internet, an over saturation of lawyers, and changes to the tort laws.The Membership Opinion Survey was mailed to 2,744 randomly selected Bar members in April. the May 15 deadline, 33 percent of the surveys had been returned. Bar senior analyst Mike Garcia said the results of the survey are statistically valid and the margin of error is plus or minus 3 percent at the 95-percent level of confidence. IncomeThe median income for those polled was $95,000, up from $85,000 two years ago.“Just over two-fifths – or 41 percent – of all respondents earned more than $100,000 before taxes from legal work in 2002,” Garcia said.Here’s a breakdown of median salaries of the respondents:• Partners/shareholders, $150,000.• Managing partners, $150,000.• Judges, $130,000.• Lawyers with one or more associates, $110,000.• Corporate counsel, $100,000.• Federal government attorneys, $95,000.• Sole practitioner, $90,000.• Local government attorney, $85,000.• Associates, $73,000.• State government attorney, $60,000.• Legal aid/legal service lawyers, $45,000.The median income for private practice lawyers was $100,000 in 2002, while government lawyers reported a median income of $70,000. AdvertisingThe study found 86 percent of those surveyed believe lawyer advertising negatively affects the public’s view of lawyers and the legal profession, including 80 percent of respondents whose firms advertise.Only 7 percent said lawyer advertising has a favorable effect on the public’s view of lawyers.Just under two-third’s (64 percent) of all respondents believe that television advertising has the most negative impact on the public’s perception of the profession. Billboard advertising (14 percent) and direct mail (11 percent) were also mentioned with some frequency as being the most negative form of advertising.Fifty-seven percent of all respondents believe the current restrictions of lawyer advertising in Florida are too liberal, while 34 percent believe thay are balanced. The Bar as an AdvocateAsked about the Bar as an advocate for the legal profession, 66 percent of respondents rate the Bar as excellent or good, down from 68 percent in 2001, but still up from 53 percent in 1997 and 41 percent in 1995. Nineteen percent gave the Bar an excellent rating, 47 percent good, 25 percent fair, and 9 percent poor.Although a vast majority of the members think the Bar is doing a good job as an advocate for the profession, the survey found 73 percent of lawyers think the public does not have confidence in the existing legal system. Career SatisfactionThe survey also found 72 percent of respondents are either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their legal careers, and only 7 percent say they are “very unsatisfied” with their careers.On a rating scale of one to four (one being very satisfied and four very unsatisfied) judges report the most job satisfaction, while lawyers with one or more associates report the least satisfaction. Judges weighed in with an average score of 1.77; followed by managing partners, 1.81; corporate counsel, 1.90; partner/shareholder, 1.94; federal government lawyers, 1.96; legal aid lawyers, 2.00; local government lawyers, 2.03; sole practitioners, 2.11; state government lawyers, 2.22; associates, 2.29; and lawyers with one or more associates, 2.33.The survey found no significant difference between men and women respondents on the rating of their satisfaction with their careers. The survey, however, showed lawyers over the age of 50 are more satisfied with their jobs than younger lawyers. Also, Hispanic lawyers reported being more satisfied with their careers (2.01) than whites (2.08) and blacks (2.22).The most frequently mentioned reasons for career dissatisfaction are job burnout (26 percent), personal stress (19 percent), salary (19 percent), and hours required at the office (15 percent), according to Garcia.“For those respondents who list ‘salary’ as the primary source of career dissatisfaction, their median salary for 2002 was $70,000 and one-fifth of those respondents earned $100,000 or more,” Garcia said. “For those who listed ‘job burnout’ or ‘hours required at office,’ 70 percent took two weeks or less of vacation in 2002.”Twenty-eight percent of respondents said they have too much business, while 42 percent report they have just the right amount of business. Twenty-six percent said they could use some more work, and 4 percent say they are not busy at all. Garcia said almost half of all sole practitioners surveyed (47 percent) report that they could either use some more business or that they were not busy. Important IssuesGarcia said 55 percent of all respondents report that improving the public’s perception of lawyers and the legal profession is one the most important issues for the Bar to address in the next few years. Increasing professionalism efforts (45 percent) and being more of an advocate for the small firm/solo practitioners (37 percent) were the other two most frequently mentioned issues, the same as they were two years ago. Other issues cited by respondents include implementing tougher standards on lawyer advertising (32 percent — up from 26 percent two years ago); be more aggressive with UPL enforcement (24 percent); amend the rules to allow for multi-jurisdictional practice (19 percent); and focus more on public protection (14 percent).Half of all respondents report that poor public perception of lawyers (50 percent) and lack of ethics and professionalism (44 percent) are some of the most serious issues facing the profession today. Just over one-third listed too many lawyers (36 percent), and frivolous lawsuits (36 percent) as serious problems. JudgesFourteen percent of respondents rate the competency and fitness of judges in their region as excellent and 50 percent rate them as good. Another 28 percent rate their region’s judges as fair, and 8 percent rate them as poor. These results are almost identical to responses from two years ago.There is a significant difference across counties and regions of the state on the opinion of the competence and fitness of judges. Garcia said a much higher percentage of respondents from the northern parts of the state rate the competence and fitness of their judiciary as either excellent or good (81 percent); compared with 64 percent in the central and southwest portions of the state and 58 percent in the southeast. Copies of the 2003 Membership Opinion Survey are available from the Research, Planning and Evaluation Department for $25, plus local sales tax, from Bar Senior Planning Analyst Mike Garcia at 651 East Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300.last_img read more

Rockies at Dodgers, 7 p.m., Saturday, Tyler Chatwood vs. Clayton Kershaw

first_imgROCKIES at DODGERSWhen: Today, 7:10 p.m.Where: Dodger StadiumTV: SportsNet LA Loves to face: Pat Valaika, 0 for 5, 3 KsROCKIES RHP TYLER CHATWOOD (6-7, 4.08 ERA)Vs. Dodgers: 4-7, 3.95 ERAAt Dodger Stadium: 3-2, 1.62 ERAHates to face: Yasmani Grandal, 5 for 9, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HRLoves to face: Kike’ Hernandez, 0 for 4— Bill Plunkett THE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP CLAYTON KERSHAW (10-2, 2.61 ERA)Vs. Rockies: 20-6, 3.13 ERAAt Dodger Stadium: 76-30, 2.05 ERAHates to face: Nolan Arenado, 13 for 42, 3 doubles, 2 HRscenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

Cyclone Taylor field is set – Nitehawks, Thunder Cats represent KIJHL

first_imgThe Storm now face Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champ Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the opening game of the tournament Thursday.In the other contest, tournament host Creston Valley Thunder Cats meet Aldergrove Kodiaks of the Pacific Junior Hockey League.Friday, Aldergrove battles Beaver Valley while Campbell River faces off against Creston.Saturday, the final round robin games have Beaver Valley meeting Creston in the all-KIJHL matchup while Aldergrove takes on Campbell River.The top two teams meet for the Cyclone Taylor Cup Sunday at 7:30 p.m.The third and fourth-place teams meet for the bronze medal at 2 p.m.The winner represents BC at the Keystone Cup in Arborg, Manitoba from April 13 – 16. The field has been set for the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup beginning Thursday in Creston.Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Campbell River Storm was the final team to book its ticket to the four-team BC Junior B Hockey Championships.The Storm needed four overtime periods to edge Victoria Cougars 4-3 in the seventh game of the VIJHL Championship Sunday in Victoria.Christian Brandt was the hero with an unassisted goal at 4:48 of the 4th overtime to give the Storm a trip to Creston and the Cyclone Taylor Cup.last_img read more

Leinart should be applauded for staying

first_imgNow, there are no player haters here. I certainly have no right to question Young for leaving school early for the opportunity to support his family for generations to come. But Young’s decision to turn pro should make every sports fan appreciate now-former USC quarterback Matt Leinart that much more. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonOne year ago, his situation was nearly identical. USC’s junior signal-caller was coming off a Heisman Trophy-winning season, a record-breaking performance in the BCS title game and was nearly certain to be the top pick in the NFL draft. Instead, Leinart elected to stay at USC for his final year of eligibility. Leinart’s decision was as romantic as it was rare – a superstar college athlete passing up certain millions of dollars for one more season of football and life at a university. Reggie Bush will soon announce his intention to leave USC, but who should question that decision? Or perhaps that of teammate LenDale White, whose stock likely rose nearly as much as Young’s at the Rose Bowl? As of Monday night, a total of 30 underclassmen – including UCLA’s Maurice Drew – have entered April’s NFL draft. It’s a list that might double by next weekend’s deadline. These young men are simply doing what every college student eventually hopes to do. They are taking the skills learned in school and applying them to their career when given that chance. Everyone should be so lucky. At the same press conference last year in which Leinart decided to stay, linebacker Lofa Tatupu made the decision to leave and enter the NFL. Some questioned the decision, but now he’s the likely NFL defensive rookie of the year. Tatupu made the right decision and who knows, Leinart might have been offensive rookie of the year. Those circumstances make Leinart’s decision to stay at USC even more extraordinary. The San Francisco 49ers took Utah’s Alex Smith first overall last year and signed him to a $49.5 million contract, including $24 million in guaranteed money. That payday would have been Leinart’s. Now, one can’t be completely naive. Leinart knew that with his injured left throwing elbow, which required off-season surgery, the 49ers might have passed him up. Perhaps he wisely knew that he would improve in his final season at USC, making him more likely to make an immediate impact in the league and therefore score with the real prize – a second contract. For example, Carson Palmer made an immediate NFL impact and earned that elusive second contract worth a possible $115 million, making the contracts of recent top picks Smith, David Carr and even Michael Vick look like chump change. But with Leinart’s decision to stay, there were no guarantees. He was not guaranteed to be a repeat Heisman winner. And he didn’t get it. He was not guaranteed to win a national championship. And he didn’t get it. He was not guaranteed to be picked No. 1 in the draft this year. And he probably won’t get it. Immediately after the Rose Bowl, an ABC reporter asked Leinart about his decision to stay in school, inferring that it was a mistake. Others have said that Leinart was outshined in the game and actually hurt his NFL stock. These people need their heads checked. Sure, Leinart made some mistakes in the Rose Bowl. He threw an interception in the end zone, had two other balls potentially picked off and took a couple costly sacks. But mostly, he was his usual brilliant self. Leinart was 30 for 40 with 365 yards, and threw just two incompletions in the entire second half and for all the praise Young has deservedly received, Leinart’s performance has been unfortunately forgotten. If the game were 30 seconds shorter, USC wins and Leinart is the star. If the game were 30 seconds longer, USC likely wins (or at least temporarily ties) and Leinart is the star. Instead, the game was a perfect 60 minutes, and Leinart is an afterthought. Leinart later expressed, “I have no regrets.” And why should he? Finishing third in the Heisman voting is not failure. Losing a championship game is not failure. Getting picked second or third in the NFL draft is not failure. In defeat, Leinart’s greatness should only be amplified. “Matt’s graduated. He’s going to get paid a ton more money than last year and he got to play for his college one more time,” USC coach Pete Carroll said after last Wednesday’s game. “I know he wouldn’t trade his experiences for anything. “He’s a living example for other people and that makes him a great leader, almost in a small way and icon in the world of college football and we’re very lucky we had time with him.” keven.chavez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img One week ago, Texas quarterback Vince Young was an All-America quarterback with a questionable future in the NFL. One All-World performance in the BCS Championship Game and Young’s NFL stock immediately reached Google-level heights. Young, a potential second-round pick, is now a potential second-overall pick and the college junior on Sunday declared himself eligible for the draft. last_img read more