Two new board certification areas in the works

first_img Two new board certification areas in the works Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Proposals are now on the table to create two new areas of board certification — in administrative and governmental practice and subrogation law.“I think both of these are excellent areas for board certification,” said Judge Ralph Artigliere, chair of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education.Judge Artigliere said one of BSLE’s goals is to make board certification more available to Florida lawyers through the current certification areas and by creating new ones.“What we are trying to do is make sure as many people fit into the categories of specialization for certification as possible,” Artigliere said. “Unfortunately, despite 20 years of tremendous effort by the staff and the volunteers in the program, we still have a smaller percentage of lawyers certified than we want.”If ultimately approved, administrative and governmental practice and subrogation law would become the 21st and 22nd practice fields available to attorneys for board certification. More than 3,800 of the Bar’s 76,000 lawyers are now board certified. Administrative and Governmental Keith Rizzardi, immediate past chair of the Government Lawyer Section, said with the administrative procedures act becoming increasingly specialized, the field is now ripe for certification.“The Government Lawyers Section thinks the area of administrative practice and practicing before the government is one of the missing pieces of the certification puzzle,” said Rizzardi, who works for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. “There are an awful lot of folks out there who practice not civil trial, not appellate practice, but practice before administrative law judges and governmental tribunals.”Rizzardi said while local government law certification captures a certain percentage of public sector lawyers, those who are state and federal practitioners in the administrative arena “really don’t have anywhere to go.”He said the Government Lawyer Section has asked the Administrative Law Section and the Environmental and Land Use Law Section to review its proposal and also will work with the Local Government Law Section and Military Affairs Committee on the plan.Bobby Downie, chair of the Administrative Law Section, said his section is studying — and has made some suggested revisions — to the Government Lawyer Section’s effort.“We support a proposal for certification in administrative and governmental practice and right now we are working on the details,” Downie said. “We are working toward what we hope will be a good joint proposal.”Judge Artigliere said the BLSE doesn’t want new certification areas to detract from established ones and doesn’t think the administrative and governmental practice plan does.“I think there is a place for it, but we want to make sure we coordinate with existing certification areas,” Artigliere said.Rizzardi said the section hopes to get the proposed certification area before the Supreme Court by next January.“We are optimistic this is something that will benefit the members of the Bar and the public by giving them a chance to find attorneys who are acknowledged as experts in this area,” Rizzardi said. “We need as many people as possible to step up and say, ‘Hey, I would like the opportunity to get certified,’ and let the leaders in their sections know that they support the concept of certification.” Subrogation Law Miami’s George Cimballa, a staff counsel for Geico Insurance, was looking into getting a subrogation designation from the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, when he thought, “Wouldn’t it be more meaningful to have something like this from my state bar?”With that, he started calling other lawyers in the subrogation field, who indicated they, too, supported the concept.“I think subrogation lawyers and nonsubrogation lawyers understand that this is a real unique area of practice,” Cimballa said. “This is a good way to improve the practice of law in the state of Florida, and it would enhance the idea of subrogation as its own specialization to make the client more aware of the kind of work that is being done in this area.”Cimballa said drumming up support for a new subrogation law certification area presents a challenge since there is no subrogation law section to draw support from.“This is really a grass roots effort that relies on the enthusiasm of people that I meet to spread the word,” Cimballa said. “We are trying to build a database of interested lawyers to put them in touch with the Bar.”Judge Artigliere agreed, and said those interested in pursuing subrogation law certification will need to work hard to demonstrate there are enough lawyers interested in becoming certified in the field to justify the resources needed to support the certification area.“My personal view is that it is an ideal area if they can get the numbers of people interested.. . because it is a discrete area that has very good educational and testing possibilities,” Artigliere said.In order to demonstrate that commitment, Cimballa is asking those who have an interest in subrogation law certification to contact him at (305) 381-6073 or [email protected] proposed certification areas will be on the BLSE’s agenda for its March 10 meeting in Ft Lauderdale. For more information about board certification, or to comment on the proposals for administrative and governmental practice and subrogation law certification areas, contact Dawna Bicknell, director of Legal Specialization and Education, at [email protected] lawyer seeking to be certified must have practiced law for at least five years; show substantial involvement in the specific area of law during three of the last five years; show satisfactory continuing legal education; pass a certification examination; and be recognized as both competent and ethical through peer review. Only certified attorneys may identify themselves as “Florida Bar Board Certified,” as a “Specialist,” or as an “Expert.” March 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News Two new board certification areas in the workslast_img read more

Upcoming webinar focused on safety amid civil unrest

first_img continue reading » CUNA announced a new membership benefit webinar today, Site Security Amid Civil Unrest, to be held on June 30. This one-hour webinar, will be led by security risk experts who will cover ways that credit union leaders can strengthen safety processes and train their staff to respond to a variety of circumstances that may result from the current climate.Session content also includes examples of recent credit union insurance claims.“As communities across the country face civil unrest, many credit union leaders are concerned about the safety of both staff and members,” said Kathy Smith, instructional design manager at CUNA. “This webinar provides timely information on how to prepare for potential facility security issues and mitigate risks.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Global virus infections top 10 million

first_imgGlobal infections from the novel coronavirus have topped 10 million as the rate of new cases surges, particularly in the United States and Latin America, according to an AFP tally on Sunday.One million new infections were recorded in only six days, according to the count based on official sources, just as countries start to unwind punishing lockdowns that have devastated their economies and thrown millions out of work.The worldwide death toll from the disease that first emerged in China six months ago is also nearing 500,000 as fears grow of a full-blown second wave, with the rate of contagion doubling since May 21. ‘Very serious situation’ The tension between reopening battered economies — efforts pushed in the US by Trump — and public health is a source of debate in nearly every country.US deaths now exceed 125,000, about one-quarter of the world total.”This is a very, very serious situation and the window is closing for us to take action and get this under control,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on CNN.The EU has pushed back a decision on a list of “safe countries” from which travellers can visit Europe — a list which could exclude the US.In Florida, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis conceded there has been an “explosion” in new cases as the “Sunshine State” notched a record 9,585 cases in 24 hours.The average age of people infected has dropped sharply — to 33 from 65 two months ago. Young people frustrated by months of confinement have poured back to the state’s beaches, boardwalks and bars, often without masks and seemingly unconcerned about social distancing.Miami announced beaches will close over the July 4 holiday weekend and bars are also shutting their doors.With Trump struggling to lift his re-election bid off the ground ahead of November, the campaign confirmed that events featuring Vice President Mike Pence in Arizona and Florida next week have been postponed “out of an abundance of caution”.In California, the governor ordered some areas to reinstate stay-at-home orders, while San Francisco announced a “pause” in its reopening.Texas — among the first US states to reopen — also shut down its bars after the governor conceded he had allowed them to get back to business too soon.Infections are also running higher in India, where densely populated cities have been particularly hard hit, although a nationwide lockdown is gradually being eased. The country set a daily record Saturday with 18,500 new cases and 385 deaths. Total infections are at 509,000, with more than 15,600 deaths.Iran, which has struggled to curb its outbreak even as it gradually lifted restrictions from April, said it will make mask-wearing mandatory in certain areas from next week. Many global events have had to be curtailed because of the pandemic, with the 50th anniversary of the first Gay Pride march marked mostly online.The virus has also thrown world sports into turmoil, although South Korea said it will begin allowing limited numbers of spectators at sports events and the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro said it will allow some football fans into stadiums from July 10.Topics : The United States, the hardest hit country, has surpassed 2.5 million cases alone, as efforts to reopen the world’s economic powerhouse were set back by a jump in new infections in big states such as Florida.President Donald Trump was under mounting pressure to set an example by wearing a facemask as his health secretary warned the “window is closing” for the country to gain control of the pandemic.The disease is also rampaging through Latin America, where Brazil has over 1.3 million cases alone.Infections are up too in other parts of the world that have reopened, with Europe still registering the biggest caseload at over 2.6 million, although daily rates have stabilized.center_img ‘Severe and complicated’ Several countries are having to impose new restrictions as fresh outbreaks occur.China imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people in a province surrounding Beijing to contain a fresh cluster.Beijing official Xu Hejian described the situation as “severe and complicated,” saying the city needed to continue tracing the spread of the virus.And the British government warned it may have to shut down the central English city of Leicester and its population of 340,000 because of a spike in cases that media reports said were linked to outbreaks at food production plants.The news comes at a worrying time for Europe’s worst affected country.Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is set to ease lockdown restrictions from July 4 — despite predictions of a second wave — opening pubs, restaurants and hairdressers across England.last_img read more

Saudis suspend World Cup referee over bribery

first_imgIn a statement, the disciplinary and ethics committee said Mirdasi had approached the president of Al-Ittihad asking him for a bribe to enable his team to win.“The Ittihad president Hamad Al-Sanayeh called the Saudi Football Federation to state there was evidence that Fahad Al-Mirdasi had reached out via text messages on WhatsApp. He asked for an illegal sum of money in exchange for helping his team win the game,” it said.The case was referred to the Saudi Football Federation, then the General Authority for Sport — the highest sports authority in the kingdom — triggering an administrative investigation.Mirdasi confessed to the charges, according to the statement, and it was decided “to deprive him from participating in any football activity for life”.The committee recommended that Saudi Arabia officially request FIFA to remove Mirdasi from the list of referees participating in the 2018 World Cup and suspend him for life.“Our integrity is above all considerations,” said Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the General Authority for Sport.Mirdasi was one of five Arab referees chosen by FIFA to officiate at the 2018 World Cup.Share on: WhatsApp Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | The Saudi Football Federation have banned referee Fahad al-Mirdasi for life over bribery and urged FIFA to remove him from the pool of referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Mirdasi was suspended after admitting offering to take a bribe to influence the outcome of a match, the federation’s disciplinary and ethics committee said late Tuesday.The 32-year-old is one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent referees, having earned a FIFA badge in 2011 and officiating at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017.In a statement to AFP, FIFA said it was looking at the case and seeking more information.“FIFA notes the information that referee Fahad Al Mirdasi has allegedly been banned for life from all football-related activities by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF),” it said.“FIFA has requested more information from the SAFF before making any further comments.”Mirdasi was chosen to referee Saudi Arabia’s Kings Cup final between top clubs Al-Faisaly and Al-Ittihad on Saturday but was pulled from the roster just a few hours before the game.last_img read more