Board to take up fees, ads, budget, and section funding

first_img Board to take up fees, ads, budget, and section funding May 15, 2005 Regular News A member-generated petition to amend Bar rules on contingency fees in medical malpractice cases, a decision on section funding issues, and revisiting issues stemming from advertising rule revisions will be on the Board of Governors agenda for its June 3 meeting in Palm Beach.The board will also take a final look at the 2005-06 Bar budget, make several appointments, get a report on the just-ended legislative session, and hear comments “for the good of the order” from retiring members.The contingency fee rule amendment came on a petition to be filed with the Supreme Court by former Justice Stephen Grimes and 53 other Bar members, at the behest of the Florida Medical Association.The petition asks that Bar rules be amended to reflect a constitutional amendment approved by voters last November. That amendment limits contingency fees in medical malpractice cases to 30 percent of the first $250,000 awarded, not counting costs, and 10 percent above that amount. The FMA has been concerned that lawyers have been getting clients to sign a waiver of their constitutional rights on that issue. Grimes filed a notice with the Bar last month that he intends to file the petition — signed by more than 50 members — with the court on June 29. (See story in the April 30 News. )The Disciplinary Procedure Committee first will consider the petition and report to the board. Anyone wishing to comment to the DPC should send those comments to Tony Boggs, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300. Comments may be faxed to Boggs at (850) 561-5665 or via e-mail to [email protected] Comments must be received by May 19.At its April 8 meeting, board members got a report and recommendations on section finances. A special committee that has been studying the issue recommended the Bar get an additional $5 per member of section dues, to offset losses the Bar has incurred in section administrative support.The committee also suggested revamping the way CLE course revenues are split between the Bar and sections in such a way that could increase income for sections.The committee was still presenting its proposals to sections when the board last met, and Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson said she expected that would be finished by the June gathering and the board could make a decision. (See story, page 15.)The board at its last meeting approved an extensive rewrite of Bar advertising rules, based on the recommendations of the Advertising Task Force 2004 and aimed at both simplifying ad rules and tightening them up. The rules now go to the Supreme Court.The board is expected to discuss ramifications of two major proposed changes in the rules: requiring review and approval from the Bar before radio and TV ads can be aired and making all lawyer and law firm Web sites subject to advertising rules, except the requirement to file them with the Bar for review. (See story, page 1, in the April 30 Bar News. )On the budget, the board will consider any member objections to the proposed 2005-06 spending plan it approved in April, and any last minute changes.The legislative session was scheduled to end May 6, as this News went to press. The Bar was active, supporting increased funding for the Civil Legal Assistance Act, more funding for the courts, and an increased number of judges while opposing attempts to interfere with the Supreme Court’s procedural rulemaking authority and any undermining of the independence of the judiciary.Legislation Committee Chair Sharon Langer and legislative counsel Steve Metz are expected to report on the session and a variety of issues the Bar monitored.Appointments to be made include:• Five lawyers for three-year terms on the Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., board.• Three lawyers for two-year terms and one lawyer for a one-year term to the ABA House of Delegates.• Six lawyers to serve terms on the Florida Legal Services Board of Directors.• One lawyer to serve an unexpired term that ends December 31, 2006, on the Judicial Qualifications Commission.• Two attorneys, one each from the territorial jurisdictions of the Second and Fourth DCAs, to serve four-year terms on the Statewide Nominating Commission for Compensation Claims Judges.• Three lawyers for nomination to the Supreme Court to serve five-year terms on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.The meeting will conclude with a chance for retiring board members to comment on challenges facing the Bar and actions they think the Bar should take. “Comments for the good of the order” are designed to allow the departing members to make no-strings-attached suggestions for improving the Bar.center_img Board to take up fees, ads, budget, and section fundinglast_img read more

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Adrian Gonazlez (3 HR) leads Dodgers’ home-run derby over Reds

first_imgOPTIONAL CUT FOR PRINT HEREMonday’s barrage tied the record for the most home runs hit in a game at Great American Ball Park. The Dodgers are the first visiting team to do it. The Reds have done it three times since the stadium opened in 2003.END OPTIONAL CUT FOR PRINT HEREThe seven home runs and four in one inning were also the most by a Dodgers team since Sept. 18, 2006 — the game that featured four consecutive home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning by the Dodgers against the San Diego Padres.“Doesn’t ring a bell,” joked Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who was the Padres’ left fielder that night. “Chavez Ravine. Marlon Anderson, Nomar (Garciaparra). Me in left field. I was in left field watching one go over my head, a couple to right center. Yeah, I remember.” CINCINNATI >> The space between ‘Ball’ and ‘Park’ in the officially named Great American Ball Park is just making room for a baseball to pass through.The most homer-happy stadium in the majors — yes, more so even than Coors Field — played it coy with the Dodgers for three days before letting them go 50 shades of deep Monday afternoon. The Dodgers hit seven home runs, including four in the fifth inning, for their biggest offensive output since 2006 in an 18-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.The Dodgers also had 14 hits that weren’t home runs, giving them a season-high 21 hits. The 18 runs were the most they have scored in a game since a 19-run frolic at Coors Field on Sept. 28, 2006.The win sends the Dodgers into their crucial series with the San Francisco Giants, starting Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, leading the division by a full game. So does Adrian Gonzalez. He was the Padres’ first baseman that night.“Who won?” Gonzalez joked. (The Dodgers won 11-10 when Garciaparra hit the seventh and final home run of the night in the 10th inning.)Boarding started early for the frequent flights Monday. Gonzalez hit the first of his three home runs — a three-run shot — just four pitches into the game. He added a solo home run in the four-homer fifth and a another three-run shot in the seventh, part of a career-high eight-RBI day for him and his second multi-homer game on this trip.After one of his home runs, the SportsNet LA cameras caught Gonzalez trotting back to the dugout with a wide smile, saying, “I love this ballpark.”“It’s tiny, the ball flies,” Gonzalez said. “Right field’s really short. Left field plays short.“I hit two fly balls for home runs today. It could easily have been a 1-for-6 game with five outs. It ends up being a pretty good day.”Gonzalez has had a lot of those recently, including an ongoing 15-game hitting streak. Since being held out of the lineup for two days in late June, Gonzalez is hitting .355 with a 1.013 OPS, nine home runs and 37 RBIs in 46 games.Andrew Toles and Rob Segedin hit back-to-back home runs during the fourth inning — each was the first home run of their major-league careers. It was the first time in franchise history players had hit their first major-league home runs in consecutive at-bats.Corey Seager hit the other home run during the six-run fourth inning, going back-to-back with Gonzalez. It was his 22nd of the season, tying Glenn Wright’s franchise record for a shortstop (set in 1930 with the Brooklyn Dodgers) and one of his four hits in the game (matching his career-high).Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning. It was the first time in Dodgers’ history they had three separate incidents of back-to-back home runs in the same game (excluding the four consecutive home runs on Sept. 18, 2006).Even with all that offense, the Dodgers couldn’t get out of town without another issue in their starting rotation.Starter Scott Kazmir couldn’t make it through three innings, retiring just eight of the 17 batters he faced.Afterwards, Roberts and Kazmir revealed the left-ahnder has been “fighting through” neck and back issues that make it difficult for him to maintain his mechanics on the mound.“Where he’s at right now, consistently trying to execute pitches obviously is tough for him. He’s out of rhythm,” Roberts said. “I think part of it is that neck issue on the right side, trying to get his head to the target. So he’s flying open, trying to create arm speed and all these things. When your front side flies open, it’s tough.”The 32-year-old Kazmir said he has had the issue “for years.”“A little stubborn,” he said “I’m like, ‘I can fight through and get it done.’ That’s just the competitor in me. But when you’re putting up numbers like that and leaving that much for the bullpen to do …”Kazmir said “I fully intend to make my next start,” but acknowledged he will likely undergo an MRI and meet with the Dodgers’ medical staff when the team returns Tuesday to Los Angeles.“Obviously where these games are so important, the bullpen has been taxed — we have to make those decisions that are best for the ballclub that day,” Roberts said. “Right now, we’re not thinking about the DL. We just want to get home and get our docs on him. But that is a decision. If he’s not going to be 100 percent, we have to make the decision that’s best for the ballclub.”NotableOutfielder Josh Reddick was scratched from Monday’s starting lineup due to a jammed middle finger on his right hand. The struggling Reddick is not likely to start Tuesday either against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner. After popping out as a pinch-hitter Monday, Reddick is 10 for 67 (.149) without an RBI in 16 games since he was acquired by the Dodgers in a trade-deadline deal with the Oakland A’s. … Right-hander Ross Stripling joined the Dodgers in Cincinnati but has not been activated yet. The Dodgers are hedging their bets in case the blister on Brett Anderson’s index finger prevents him from making his scheduled start on Thursday against the Giants. Stripling was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday and can only be recalled to replace a player who goes on the DL. … The Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2015, right-hander Walker Buehler, will make his professional debut by pitching in an Arizona Summer League game Tuesday. Buehler had Tommy John surgery shortly after last year’s draft.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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