Certification appeal process clarified

first_img January 1, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Certification appeal process clarified Certification appeal process clarified Senior Editor A proposal to revamp the certification appeal process has been abandoned in favor of clarified policies, following Bar Board of Governors action last month.The board also accepted the recommendation of the Program Evaluation Committee for a compromise on real estate certification standards that had upset out-of-state Bar members.In past meetings the board had been reviewing a plan to change certification appeal because of problems involving confidential peer review. Under current Bar procedures, only the area certification committee and the Board of Legal Specialization and Education see the peer reviews during an appeal.The peer review is not shown to the appellant, nor is it shared with the board’s Certification Plan Appeal Committee or the board itself when it gets an appeal.That caused concern among CPAC and board members that they couldn’t make an informed decision when the appeal was based on peer review. The BLSE argued that those appeals were supposed to be only on procedural issues and not the actual content of the reviews.CPAC and the BLSE worked out a compromise where the peer review would be shared with an independent appellate committee, and the committee would have the final say with appeals no longer going to the full board. But the two groups disagreed on the membership of the new appellate committee, so the issue was sent to the Program Evaluation Committee for further study.Board members also raised concerns about not letting appellants see the peer review when those were the basis of the appeal.PEC Chair Hank Coxe reported to the board that his committee looked at the issue and recommended returning to the BLSE’s starting position.“Essentially it involves the decision that CPAC would do a procedural due process review and would not be involved in an actual review of the peer review,” Coxe said. “There is a significant, overriding concern of confidentiality with the peer review.”He added that CPAC had approved the proposal. The agreement also raised questions about CPAC’s role, since the revised rules are likely to significantly reduce its workload, Coxe said. PEC will address that matter in future meetings.Board member Jennifer Coberly opposed the revised policies, saying they didn’t address board members’ concerns with peer review. “The whole issue is whether peer review is properly vetted. . . and that has not been properly explored,” she said.The board’s approval adds a new subsection to BLSE policy 2.13, which says that the BLSE’s action on an appeal “shall close the application and peer review evaluation process.”It also clarifies another subsection on appealing to CPAC and the board by saying those appeals can deal only with procedural issues. The new language, in part, states: “Such appeal and review shall not extend to or include further application or peer review evaluation, or review or consideration of confidential peer review responses.”On the real estate certification, Coxe said the issue had ramifications for many other certification areas. The dispute began with requested changes to real estate certification standards that specified an applicant have involvement with Florida real estate law and transactions. That raised concerns from out-of-state Bar members, who might effectively be excluded from getting Bar real estate certification.Coxe said the BLSE, out-of-state lawyers, and PEC reached a compromise, which called for less emphasis on Florida real estate work. The original amendment required applicants to have “continuing substantial experience and involvement with Florida real estate law and transactions” while the compromise dropped the words “continuing substantial.”The current rules require applicants to submit the names of five lawyers or judges who are familiar with their work. The proposed amendment would have required those five to be licensed to practice in Florida, while the compromise says three of the five must be licensed in Florida.The agreement was presented to the board on first reading. It will come back to the board’s January meeting for final approval.Coxe also said many other certification areas have requirements that may need to address a Florida component. “Different areas do it differently,” he said. “Some do it with peer review, saying it must come from Florida lawyers and judges. Others say only Florida trials count [toward certification].”He said PEC voted to ask the BLSE to review each area’s standards for consistency, and to include out-of-state members in the process.last_img read more

Half a million profit off home that last sold post Brisbane’s 2011 flood

first_img177 Laurel Ave, Chelmer.A CHELMER home that last sold weeks after the Brisbane floods has just fetched over half a million more than it did in 2011.The five bedroom house at 177 Laurel Avenue, Chelmer, sold for $2.2 million late last week after in-room auctions at Place HQ. On March 3, 2011, the 1,032sq m property had fetched $1.65m. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago177 Laurel Ave, Chelmer.According to the Brisbane City Council’s flood awareness map, this property – which sits one block back from the riverfront – was ranked as having “very low likelihood (0.05 per cent annual chance)” of flooding. The property has glimpses of the river off its back veranda.In comparison the neighbouring block which is next to the river has varying levels of high (5 per cent chance), medium (1 per cent chance) and low likelihood (0.2 per cent chance) of flooding, according to BCC’s calculations. 177 Laurel Ave, Chelmer.Agent Ann-Karyn Fraser of Place New Farm had marketed the home as “an entertainer’s haven” in one of the suburb’s most prestigious streets.“This stately 1920s homestead enjoys an elevated and peaceful position along a beautiful tree lined street,” according to her listing.“Lovingly preserved and showcasing original features combined with modern additions, this residence offers a comfortable, contemporary lifestyle.”The home had been “tastefully renovated” but maintained its “original polished timber flooring, VJ walls, ornate cornices and intricate breezeways”.The home was kitted out with features expected off a high end property including Back2Base security, zoned ducted air conditioning, built-in audiovisual home automation system, remote gates and garage and a four car garage.last_img read more

Batesville’s Wes McKinney

first_imgWes McKinney, a 2014 graduate of Batesville High School, is now a freshman at Hanover College.  He was recently named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year.  McKinney, a forward on the Hanover basketball team, ranked 3rd on the Panthers team in scoring during conference play, averaging 10.9 points per game and 4.2 rebounds.  McKinney was an all-conference player while at Batesville High School.Some of you may recognize the name Toby Carrigan (Rising Sun) who now is Mount St. Joseph’s head basketball coach.  He was named the Heartland Collegiate Coach of the Year.  His leading scorer is a graduate of South Dearborn High School, Joel Scudder.We want to congratulate all of these southeastern Indiana basketball alumni for their honors in the Heartland Conference.last_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell downplays calf, knee injuries

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — While his teammates played a spirited scrimmage one day after the Lakers’ worst loss in franchise history, D’Angelo Russell tossed up gentle flat-footed shots on the sideline. His right leg was wrapped from his quad to his ankle.No rest for Russell, even when he’s injured. Russell is expected to be sidelined for 1-2 weeks with an MCL sprain, calf strain and bone bruise, but he downplayed the injuries Monday at practice. The second-year guard said it’s the calf strain that’s giving him the most trouble. He feels almost no pain in his knee and feels grateful that it avoided serious injury. “It’s not that big of a deal,” Russell said. “It’s not that serious.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “There are going to be nights like that, but there shouldn’t be nights where we don’t compete,” Ingram said. “I don’t think I competed at the level I should have.”Ingram lamented his lack of aggressiveness with the first unit. When he tried to manufacture it, he found himself forcing difficult shots.Head coach Luke Walton said Ingram’s game is best suited for a second unit that is more free-flowing, but is still encouraged by his progress. In 12 games during the month of January, Ingram is averaging 11 points, the most for a single month in his short career thus far. “He’s had a couple of bad games, but you get 10-year vets who have bad games, Walton said. “He’s 19 years old, going from point guard to small forward, figuring the whole thing out. So we’re very happy with where Brandon is at.” Figuring it outFor Walton, the most frustrating part of the Lakers’ loss to Dallas was the lack of effort. His team never punched back and mustered the run NBA coaches always believe will come. The defense posed no serious threat to a Dallas offense that featured seven double-digit scorers. The ball stuck like the cars fighting through flooded L.A. freeways Sunday. Coming off a win against Indiana, the coach said his team relaxed into its “natural state” at the smallest sign of success.“In this league, with as much as we play, if you win one game, you gotta let that go by the next morning,” Walton said. “Whether it’s practice or shootaround or on the back-to-back, you gotta be ready to start over, refocus and bring that same type of energy level again the next night out. We haven’t figure that out as a group yet.”center_img The 20-year-old suffered the injury last Friday against the Pacers and sat out of the team’s 122-73 loss to Dallas on Sunday. After he missed 12 games in December and November due to a left knee injury, Russell said he better understands the patience it takes to recover and the importance of just getting a few shots up, even if they’re alone in the corner. “It takes time to get back into the groove that you’re in,” he said. “You miss one game, two games, any games, it’s hard to come back from. So knowing that it’s going to be a tough getting back into the groove, there’s better preparation going into that.” Ingram finding rhythm in first unitAlready startled by his team’s 49-point loss to Dallas, Brandon Ingram grew more frustrated when he saw the box score of the most lopsided loss in Lakers history. Beside his name, he saw that his plus-minus was a gaudy minus-45, meaning the Mavericks outscored the Lakers by 45 points when the 19-year-old rookie was on the floor. In his second career start as the primary ball handler, Ingram scored six points, picked up five fouls and turned the ball over three times without an assist in 36 minutes. He called the dismal performance “out of character” for himself, but wanted to remember it as motivation. last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, July 10, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, July 10, 2014:•12:21 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block W. 7th, Wellington. •4:35 a.m. Officers investigated criminal carrying of a weapon in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•5:04 a.m.  Amber D. Baker, 35, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal carrying of a weapon.•12:15 p.m. Officers took a report of a family dispute of a known subject(s) in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•1:34 p.m. Officers investigated an identity theft in the 500 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•2:54 p.m. Tyson P. Hodson, 18, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Warrant for three counts of criminal damage to property and one count of conspiracy to commit criminal damage to property.•3 p.m. Officers investigated criminal use of a financial card in the 200 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•3:30 p.m., No news release.•4:30 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 800 block N. U.S. 81, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Lena M. Sistrunk, 75, Wellington and Gail I. Wyse, 48, Haysville, Ks.•4:30 p.m. Lena M. Sistrunk, 75, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for Inattentive Driving.•6:42 p.m. Non-Injury, private property accident in the 1800 block E. 16th, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Chelsi A. Hansen, 21, Wellington and juvenile female, 15, Wellington.•8:15 p.m. Officers took a report of found drivers’ license in the 300 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.last_img read more