Board reviews lawyer advertising appeals

first_img April 30, 2003 Regular News Board reviews lawyer advertising appeals Board reviews lawyer advertising appealscenter_img Among members of the Bar Board of Governors, debates over lawyer advertising appeals are famous, or perhaps infamous. Discussions are frequently extensive as governors probe the nuances of advertising rules and whether lawyers have infringed on them.The board’s April 4 meeting was no different. The lively discussion at one point prompted Bar President Tod Aronovitz, who will preside at his last meeting May 30 in Key West, to lean over to President-elect Miles McGrane, and jovially say, “Miles, I’m really going to miss the advertising cases.”The issue before the board was whether a testimonial given by a lawyer published in the St. Petersburg Times in an ad promoting the newspaper’s advertising services constitutes an ad by the lawyer under Bar rules.The ad, which has run, included the statement, prepared by the newspaper ad staff, which said of the lawyer: “His clients depend on him for sensible, cost-effective solutions. That’s what they care most about.”That statement would not be allowed in an attorney-paid ad because it would create unjustified expectations about the results the lawyer can achieve.Bar staff and the Standing Committee on Advertising both said it was an ad that should be reviewed by Bar staff and comply with Bar rules. The Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, which makes recommendations to the board on advertising appeals, disagreed by a 3-2 vote, saying it was not a lawyer ad under Bar rules.After an extensive debate, the board by a divided voice vote upheld the BRCPE.Board member Anthony Abate summed up the dilemmas presented. “How do you define an ad in the absence of a definition [in this case]? Here he did not pay anything to have it printed. Although he is getting exposure, he is not directing it. He did not have editorial control.”“It sounds to me like he has the choice whether to authorize that to run,” board member Hank Coxe said. “It includes self-serving information that is related to his practice that is intended to persuade other people to use him. It sounds like an ad whether it is paid for or not.”But board member Mayanne Downs noted while the ad listed the lawyer’s address, it did not give his phone number, Web site or e-mail address, or other easy ways of contacting him.“Obviously this is an advertisement, but obviously it’s not an advertisement for the lawyer. It’s not placed by him, paid for by him, promoting him or controlled by him,” she said. “This goes a little beyond the purview [of Bar rules.]”Board member Chris Lombardo disagreed, noting the ad promoted the lawyer’s services. He also said the exception could create a loophole where lawyers could negotiate with other publications to get such a testimonial ad — which wouldn’t have to comply with Bar rules — in exchange for regular advertising.Board member Mike Glazer said the issue raised free speech questions, adding,“While we are dealing in the gray area, we have to err in favor of the First Amendment. That doesn’t mean we can’t deal with it in our rules.”It was a more direct issue to board member Richard Tanner, who said, “It’s a contrivance; it’s an ad, and it ought to be regulated. The rules are unclear and we ought to tighten them up.”But the board disagreed and supported the BRCPE recommendation that the ad was not covered by Bar rules.last_img read more

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Quarter of German investment professionals see Greek exit as positive for markets

first_imgIn a statement, he pointed out a Greek exit would “certainly unsettle markets and further increase volatility” but only over the short-term.Udo Bullman, MEP for the German social democratic party (SPD), a junior member in the German coalition government, expressed a markedly different sentiment at the beginning of the week.In a statement, he stressed neither the European Union, nor Greece, could have an interest in forcing an exit from the euro-zone.According to Bullman, Greece “will have to be saved from default” over the short-term.But he added it was time for “a paradigm shift” with which “construction errors like the Troika” have to be amended and “replaced by a growth-oriented, democratically legitimised institution”.Read about the opportunities Germany’s largest Versorgungswerk, BVK, sees arising from the ECB’s QE programme One in four investment professionals in Germany accept it is “likely” Greece will leave the euro-zone, while a minority think its departure is “very likely”.A survey by the German Federation of Financial Analysts and Asset Management (DVFA) among some of its 1,400 members found that only 3% believed the country’s exit from the single currency could be ruled out.However, almost two-thirds said the impact of such a measure would be neutral and another 27% even think it might be a positive development for capital markets.Only 35.8% expected a negative impact and Ralf Frank, secretary general at the DVFA, concurred that markets could see see a possible “cathartic effect” over the longer term.last_img read more

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NegOcc guv eyes GCQ extension after May 15

first_imgBACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said he is eyeing an extension of the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Negros Occidental after May 15 due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).This province transitioned to GCQ on May 1 after being under a month-long enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), easing some restrictions in public transportation and allowing some business establishments to partially operate.“Personally, I’d like to continue with the GCQ. Anyways, there are a lot of sectors already allowed to return to society. We haven’t really warmed ourselves up under a GCQ. I’m for the extension of the GCQ. I don’t think we’re that ready to just open up and allow everybody to just go out,” the governor said Thursday.According to Lacson, GCQ is “a perfect quarantine model” for this province for now.He said that he is leaving it to the local government units (LGUs), which is composed of 19 towns and 12 cities, to decide whether they need to continue imposing stringent measures for their constituents while this province is under GCQ.“I will not interpose any objection, but under GCQ, they can ease these measures. Maybe what they can do is just check the body temperature of people going out. But again, I give the LGUs some leeway on how to manage the present situation,” he added.As the province transitioned to GCQ, Lacson issued Executive Order 20-23, stating the movement of people is limited to accessing basic necessities and work at most, while uniformed personnel will still be present at border checkpoints.The governor said Negrenses should continue to adopt preventive measures during the implementation of the GCQ such as social distancing, mandatory 14-day quarantine for returning residents and mandatory use of face mask – all were provided in his previous executive orders issued.This city, the provincial capital, on the other hand, remains under ECQ until May 15.Public utility buses and jeepneys cannot transport passengers from other towns and cities in Negros Occidental to here until the ECQ is lifted.Lacson said that he respects the decision of the city officials here to continue with the ECQ which was allowed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).“It’s only a matter of days. Before you know it’s already May 15. Based on the information we received from the IATF, it seems that many of the LGUs will be downgraded to GCQ,. Probably Bacolod will be included,” he added.As of Thursday, Negros Occidental has six confirmed cases of COVID-19, including the two with positive test results released on Wednesday.Patients No. 5 and No. 6 are among the 27 seafarers who arrived in the province aboard the 2GO Group’s “Malasakit Voyage” on April 28.(With a report from PNA/PN) Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson says Thursday he is eyeing an extension of the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Negros Occidental after May 15 due to the ongoing scare of the coronavirus disease 2019. Lacson considers GCQ as “a perfect quarantine model” for this province for now. PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF NEGROS OCCIDENTALlast_img read more

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Robust Hoosier employment numbers continue

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.5 percent for February and remains lower than the national rate of 3.8 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana’s unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than five years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 7,997 over the previous month. This was a result of an increase of 1,755 unemployed residents and an increase of 6,242 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.40 million, and the state’s 65.2 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 63.2 percent.Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here.last_img read more

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Caribbean-Canadian Becomes Princeton University’s First Black Valedictorian

first_imgHe said he plans to spend this summer interning as a hybrid quantitative researcher and software developer at the D. E. Shaw Group before beginning Ph.D. studies in operations research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in fall 2020. Princeton will hold a virtual commencement for the Class of 2020 on Sunday, May 31, at which Johnson will participate. An in-person ceremony will be held in May 2021. Princeton University, a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, has named a Caribbean-Canadian – Nicholas Johnson, the son of a Bahamian father and a Jamaican mother, as the first Black valedictorian in the university’s 274-year history. Princeton said Johnson’s research has focused primarily on sequential decision-making under uncertainty, optimization, and the ethical considerations that must be made given the increasing role of algorithmic decision-making systems. The university – the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution – said Johnson, an operations research and financial engineering concentrator from Montreal, Canada has been named valedictorian of the Class of 2020. In a statement, Johnson said that he appreciates the encouragement he has received at Princeton in developing his academic interests. But, most of all, Johnson said he treasured his relationships with his classmates.center_img “My favorite memories of my time at Princeton are memories of time spent with close friends and classmates engaging in stimulating discussions — often late at night — about our beliefs, the cultures and environments in which we were raised, the state of the world, and how we plan on contributing positively to it in our own unique way.” He said the university’s support, through opportunities including international internships and cultural immersion trips to Peru, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, was “especially significant.” Along with his concentration in operations research and financial engineering, Johnson said he is pursuing certificates in statistics and machine learning, applied and computational mathematics, and applications of computing. Princeton said its faculty accepted Johnson’s nomination by the Faculty Committee on Examinations and Standing at its April 27 meeting. CMClast_img read more

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