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Trump impeachment: Trial extended after Senate votes to call witnesses

first_img Trump is facing his second impeachment proceedings over accusations he incited a violent mob of his supporters to storm the Capitol (Getty Images) Also Read: Trump impeachment: Trial extended after Senate votes to call witnesses whatsapp Trump impeachment: Trial extended after Senate votes to call witnesses Tags: Donald Trump He is the first president to be impeached twice and the first to face trial after leaving office. If convicted, the Senate could vote to block him from running for office again. Saturday 13 February 2021 4:33 pm James Warrington However, a conviction is considered unlikely, as it would require at least 17 Republicans to vote to find Trump guilty, as well as all 50 Democrats. Trump is facing his second impeachment proceedings over accusations he incited a violent mob of his supporters to storm the Capitol (Getty Images) Also Read: Trump impeachment: Trial extended after Senate votes to call witnesses Share The decision came after it emerged that Trump told a top Republican during the assault on the Capitol that the rioters were “more upset” about his election defeat than politicians. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoTaco RelishSuspicious Pics That Are Fishier Than The SeaTaco RelishUndoPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoSportinal20+ Female Gymnasts And How They Look NowSportinalUndoMagellan TimesIf You See A Red Ball On A Power Line, Here’s What It MeansMagellan TimesUndoZen HeraldShe Inspired Three Of The Most Popular Songs EverZen HeraldUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndocenter_img Trump is facing impeachment proceedings over accusations he incited violence ahead of the storming of the Capitol on 6 January, during which five people died. New video footage emerged during the trial highlighting how close the mob came to US politicians when they broke into the Capitol following Trump’s call for his followers to march on Washington. Trump is facing his second impeachment proceedings over accusations he incited a violent mob of his supporters to storm the Capitol (Getty Images) Much of the trial has focused on how much Trump knew about what was happening in the Capitol as rioters rampaged through the building in a bid to halt the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. The impeachment trial of former US President Donald Trump has been extended after the Senate voted to allow witnesses. She said Trump had initially denied the rioters were his supporters, making the false claim that they were members of the left-wing Antifa movement. whatsapp Recounting a conversation between the former president and top Republican Kevin McCarthy, Beutler quoted Trump as saying: “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.” Herrera Beutler, one of the 10 Republicans in the House of Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, last night revealed that Trump had sided with the mob. Show Comments ▼ The vote, which passed 55-45 in favour of calling witnesses, means a verdict in the trial is unlikely to come tomorrow, as previously expected.last_img read more

Court ruling keeps bearded seals on Endangered Species List

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Climate Change | Energy & Mining | Environment | Federal Government | WildlifeCourt ruling keeps bearded seals on Endangered Species ListOctober 24, 2016 by Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Bearded Seal Pup. (Photo courtesy NOAA)An appeals court today upheld a federal decision to list a species of ice seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision that threw out the listing.The National Marine Fisheries Service added two Arctic populations of bearded seals to the Endangered Species list in 2012, in part because the sea ice they depend on is rapidly disappearing due to climate change.Groups including the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation sued to stop the listing, saying the decision wasn’t based on science and could restrict development. The seals live in the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off Alaska.A district court judge in Anchorage ruled in their favor, saying long term climate predictions were volatile and the federal agency didn’t have enough data on whether the seals could adapt to the loss of their habitat.The Appeals court rejected that argument.The Center for Biological Diversity, which petitioned for the listing in 2008, called today’s decision a “huge victory” –one that shows the importance of the Endangered Species Act to protect animals threatened by climate change.The Alaska Oil and Gas Association says it’s disappointed with the decision and considering its options moving forward.Share this story:last_img read more

‘We will rebuild’: Kaktovik prioritizes getting kids back to class following school fire

first_imgFire in North Slope village of Kaktovik engulfs school overnightShare this story: Arctic | Community | Education | Local Government | North Slope‘We will rebuild’: Kaktovik prioritizes getting kids back to class following school fireFebruary 11, 2020 by Wesley Early, KOTZ – Kotzebue Share:Smoke fills the air in the North Slope village of Kaktovik. A fire destroyed much of the community’s only school on Feb. 7. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Kaleak)The village of Kaktovik is still clearing the rubble after a Friday morning fire destroyed much of the only school in town. The community plans to rebuild the school, but the timeline is still unknown.Kaktovik Mayor Amanda Kaleak said the first priority is restoring a sense of normalcy for the students as they resume school.“We have a five-plex that we’re going to be using for classrooms,” she said. “Just getting everything to where the kids don’t have to fall back, and so we don’t have to extend the school year any longer.”Kaleak said the city hopes to get kids back into classes next week.Currently, the city building’s internet bandwidth isn’t set up to accommodate the needs of the students, so that is something Kaleak said is being worked on. Additionally, the building will need more power to adjust to the students.Kaleak said the North Slope Borough met with Kaktovik officials over the weekend to discuss the long-term plans for replacing the school. While the building was insured, she said, the borough doesn’t yet know how long it will take to build a new school.“There’s still all that rubble and all the frames and stuff of what was once our new gym and our school that are still there,” Kaleak said. “We still have the fire marshal here investigating. So after they have that all turned over, then we will be able to demo all that and go from there.”“We will rebuild,” Kaleak continued. “That’s our plan. Everyone’s in high hopes.”Kaleak said the students and the community are still in shock over the loss of the school. She said about 20 students were away at a basketball tournament in the village of Atqasuk when the fire started last week. They returned home to a huge loss.“We had all our banners from every award that we ever won, from the ’70s and ’80s, all the trophies,” Kaleak said. “All those memories. It’s kinda hard to think about it.”When they do end up rebuilding the school, staff will be able to decorate with the sportsmanship trophies the boys and girls won during their weekend tournament.last_img read more

Top apprentices can earn £50,000 more than university graduates, Sutton Trust study claims

first_img Top apprentices can earn £50,000 more than university graduates, Sutton Trust study claims Apprentices with the highest qualifications can earn £50,000 more than a university graduate over the course of their lifetime, new research claims. Those apprentices who train up to a level five qualification stand to take home almost £1.5m in the course of their career on average, beating the typical person with an undergraduate degree from a non-Russell Group institution. whatsapp Share Catherine Neilan Figures compiled by the Boston Consulting Group and analysed by think tank the Sutton Trust suggest that a major discrepancy exists once you factor in the cost of going to university and student debt levels against the fact apprentices can earn while they learn.The think tank says its analysis shows how vital it is for the UK to adapt “if apprenticeships are to fulfil their potential as a vehicle for social mobility”.In the current system, 60 per cent of apprenticeships are set only at GCSE standard (level two), which does not offer young people enough opportunity to develop their skills, Sutton Trust said.  A ComRes poll suggests that apprenticeships are still not considered equal to degrees – in fact, 80 per cent of the young people surveyed said they thought a university education would be better for their long-term career prospects.  Previous Sutton Trust polling found that 65 per cent of secondary school teachers would rarely or never advise a student to take an apprenticeship if they had the grades for university, while the Commission on Apprenticeships estimates that just a third of parents think an apprenticeship would be the best option for their son or daughter. The government is being urged to provide more higher-level apprenticeships, launch a wider awareness campaign and reform the qualification system. Sutton Trust chairman Sir Peter Lampl said: “Today’s report shows that the best apprenticeships offer similar financial security as an undergraduate degree.”Although the government’s target for apprenticeships to 2020 is three million, we’ve only had 30,000 higher apprenticeships in the last two years. We need more good apprenticeships to offer genuine alternatives to A-levels and degrees. We also need to tackle the ingrained negative culture of apprenticeships that exists amongst teachers, parents and young people alike.” center_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Friday 9 October 2015 7:44 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorlast_img read more

News / Black Friday peak for air freight rates, but port congestion may bring a Xmas bonus

first_img Black Friday, according to retailers, saw sufficient goods in stock for the annual discount buying spree across the western world. As a result, air freight rates, which have hit year-highs, are now beginning to ease off, according to market sources.But it’s not quite over yet – there are concerns that shops in the US may have difficulty in re-stocking next week, as the west coast ports continue to struggle with congestion.As a result, charter rates out of China remain high for the first week of December.One charter specialist in Asia said December rates were starting to soften. While they had, at the November peak, hit highs of $600,000 for a round trip from China to the US, rates were now set around $450,000 for the second week, after a backlog was expected to clear in the first week of December. While charter brokers had anticipated that the month would see less modal shift from sea to air, capacity is expected to remain relatively tight, with the integrators taking a significant chunk of capacity.“Demand tapers off in the second week of December. There’s not much demand out of Hong Kong, the strongest route is Shanghai-Chicago,” said the charter source.“January and February look like it will normalise to between $370,000 and $400,000. The shippers just aren’t willing to pay these higher prices for general cargo – although the integrators are still willing to pay higher rates.”It comes as no surprise to hear that air freight rates in October hit a 2014 peak, according to Drewry East West Air Freight Price Index. Still below last November, when the average buy rate paid by forwarders, including the fuel and security surcharge, hit $3.81/kg, they did nevertheless rise 11.9 percentage points to $3.75/kg.“The latest increase was the result of strong peak season demand and tighter capacity conditions, with rates for eastbound transpacific rising particularly fast, indicative that pricing on that route was inflated somewhat by a modal shift from ocean to air in response to potential delays at US West Coast ports,” according to Drewry Sea & Air Shipper Insight. “We expect air rates to have remained high through November and into December, but to fall in January with the end of the peak season.”The charter specialist added that the market had been surprised by the November peak – but not everyone had profited.“No one saw the November spike coming as sharply as it did,” he said. “And it is still quite brisk. The airlines, such as Cargolux, Cathay and China Airlines, have done well. But some forwarders will be among the guys who lost out. They have been managing their risk by trading on the spot market while on long-term contracted rates with shippers – they will have got stuffed. It might make people rethink their strategies. But no one knows how strong the market to the US will remain. It blows hot and cold.”UTi last week announced that it was chartering two 747 freighters to bring goods to Chicago for customers who had missed the boat. The second was due to depart Shanghai on December 1.Despite their reluctance to spend more on air freight outside of the holiday season, shippers have had concerns about importing sufficient goods by sea in advance of the two-week Chinese new year factory closures on February 19.ILWU negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association will begin again on December 2, but the “perfect storm” of structural problems at US ports could mean congestion is here to stay for some time. By Alex Lennane 28/11/2014last_img read more

News / Maersk sets $500 misdeclaration fee for wrongly-sized out-of-gauge cargo

first_img In a further effort to crack down on misdeclared cargo, Maersk Line will introduce a $500 fee for special and out-of-gauge cargo if the actual dimensions of the cargo differ from booking details.Maersk has warned shippers that, from 1 July, even if the actual sizes differ from booked dimensions by as little as a few centimetres, the fee will be applied.A customer advisory explains that, globally, it sees around 20% of all cargo changing dimensions from booking to loading, with 6% causing issues “due to misdeclaration where it is either not safe nor operationally feasible to handle the shipment”.It adds: “Furthermore, the fee is not added as a penalty per se, but is introduced to cover all additional administrative efforts these misdeclarations cause, among others the re-quote, terminal checks for feasibility and costs, as well as documentation amendments.”Five days prior to departure date, the Maersk Special Cargo team contact the shipper or freight forwarder to confirm the booked dimensions, as well as the end-wall position if the cargo is transported on a flat-rack.“If we do not receive updated dimensions before gate-in, but discover the actual dimensions exceed the booked dimensions, the customer will receive a new quote with an updated rate and terminal handling charges, as well as the misdeclaration fee,” said the carrier.However, should there be divergence in dimensions, as long as Maersk is notified of the updated size before the cargo passes the terminal in-gates, the shipper would be able to avoid the fee.“The dimensions are, typically, not known 100% at the time of quoting and booking. However, after lashing and at the time of pick-up, the final dimensions are typically available. If the customer is still unable to provide updated dimensions, they are always able to add a few centimetres buffer to the assumed dimensions during the booking stage, if the quoted dimensions are not exceeded,” it said.The fee is the latest in a series of carrier efforts to clamp down on misdeclared cargo. Despite the implementation of the IMO verified gross mass (VGM) regulation, there are still plenty of incidents where the declared weight of a container is less than the actual weight.Hapag-Lloyd this morning advised shippers in Senegal that it would begin to check every container weight, after it had “found several examples of VGM missing or misreported, either fraudulently or negligently.It said: “This is a very serious situation as it poses risks to the safety of our colleagues on ships and of employees at the terminal level, so that we immediately implement stricter governance around VGM.” ID 39999850 © Kamonrutm | Dreamstime.com By Gavin van Marle 22/06/2020last_img read more

All-New Captur storms in at #1 in its segment – available now at Joe Mallon Motors

first_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp WhatsApp By Megan Shiel – 5th March 2020 Facebook Twitter Previous articleHigh quality in store as Mountmellick Drama Festival gets underwayNext articleRathdowney Panto gearing up for 34th annual show Megan ShielMegan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she’s happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don’t mention the 2019 champions league final Facebook Home Sponsored All-New Captur storms in at #1 in its segment – available now… Sponsored Twitter All-New Captur storms in at #1 in its segment – available now at Joe Mallon Motors News TAGSJoe Mallon MotorsRenault Renault Group Ireland has enjoyed a positive February, finishing the month on the podium in third position.The Group is also in third place in the market year-to-date with 9.4% market share.All-New Captur stormed into first position in the competitive compact SUV segment for February;All-New Clio remained number one in its class year-to-date and the best-selling petrol car in Ireland;Renault’s LCV range came in at number three on the podium for February and year-to-date;New Trafic was the best-selling van in Ireland last month and finished first place in the medium-sized van segment year-to-date;New Master is the number two large van in Ireland year-to-date.March will see the arrival of New ZOE at Joe Mallon Motors which is the best-selling electric vehicle in Europe, and the most affordable electric car in Ireland at €26,990 RRP with 395km range, saving customers a minimum of €9,000 versus other long-range electric cars.Renault continues its Renault Carbon Rewards 201 offer for March with €3,500 savings guaranteed for customers who choose a cleaner, lower emissions car at Joe Mallon Motors.With this unmissable offer ending 31st March 2020, customers are guaranteed savings of €3,500 on new cars, including All-New Clio, All-New Captur and New ZOE with €1,000 Carbon Cashback and 2.01% APR (saving customers €2,500 on interest payments compared to high street banks).Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director, Renault Group Ireland: “We are thrilled with such a positive result for Renault Group in February – All-New Clio and All-New Captur have certainly grasped the attention of Irish car buyers, who have clearly fallen for the new muscular design of All-New Captur, the premium finish of the new interior of All-New Clio, the state of the art ADAS safety features and the EASY LINK multimedia and navigation systems. We look forward to the arrival of New ZOE to Joe Mallon Motors later this month and continued success for 201.”www.joemallonmotors.ieSEE ALSO – Joe Mallon Motors Car of the Week: 192 Dacia Duster from €73 per week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic Pinterest Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role last_img read more

2020 Remembered: Much-loved Rathdowney character remembered in stunning mural in local pub

first_img WhatsApp Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival In July, the owners of The Brewery pub in Rathdowney decided to redecorate their pub during the lockdown which resulted in the created of a mural.Claire and Glyn Jenkins had only taken the lease on the Brewery pub in Rathdowney five weeks before they were forced to shut due to the Coronavirus restrictions.They have now been closed for over four months and though they could have opened on June 29 as they serve food, they decided to hold off until July 20 so they wouldn’t have to turn away customers who only wanted a drink and not something to eat.However, with the Government postponing the re-opening of pubs until August 10 at the earliest, they have decided they can’t afford to be closed any longer and they will now open their doors for business again this coming Monday.They have put time in lockdown to good use however by carrying out very quirky decorations.At the very centre of their new look is a stunning mural of one of Rathdowney’s most famous and loved characters Jimmy Daly.The mural, which shows Jimmy driving an old delivery lorry, is located inside the pub and goes across two walls. It is the work of the very talented local artist Keifer Smeaton.“The Brewery pub is maintaining the link Rathdowney has with the original Perrys brewery,” said Glyn Jenkins.“We feel it’s important that a famous part of the history of the town is remembered.  Keifer Smeaton, who did the art work, is gifted and we hope that it gets him deserved recognition.“It also creates a conversation from people who knew the gentleman in the mural. It was unfortunate that having only been open five weeks we have lost nearly four months.“We can only hope that through local support that we can survive the challenging months ahead but it won’t be through lack of effort.”Jimmy, who lived in the nearby Conoboro estate, was remembered in an old Rathdowney Review article. “There is hardly a soul in the town that he didn’t help out on at least one occasion,” it said.“He would stand on his head for you or he might drive to the end of the earth for you … he was an old brewery man … and a great singer. He served on the Community Council, the Centre Committee, the Festival Committee, the Social Services Committee and spent five years as Lord Mayor of Rathdowney.“No one has done his bit for Rathdowney as well as Jimmy Daly.”In all the pub has been very tastefully decorated which you can check out in the images below.The Brewery in Rathdowney re-opens for business this Monday, July 20. WhatsApp Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 27th December 2020 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic center_img 2020 Remembered: Much-loved Rathdowney character remembered in stunning mural in local pub Electric Picnic SEE ALSO – For more 2020 Remembered stories, click here RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGS2020 Remembered Previous articleCoronavirus: Four further deaths and 744 new casesNext articleDeaths in Laois – Monday, December 28, 2020 LaoisToday Reporter Twitter Home We Are Laois 2020 Remembered: Much-loved Rathdowney character remembered in stunning mural in local pub We Are Laois Facebook Electric Picnic last_img read more

Attorney-General thanks Chief Justice Murrell and Justice Burns

first_imgAttorney-General thanks Chief Justice Murrell and Justice Burns Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury has thanked ACT Supreme Court Chief Justice Helen Murrell and Justice John Burns for their distinguished service after they announced their resignations from the bench last night.“I received written resignations from both judges yesterday,” Attorney-General Rattenbury said. “On behalf of the ACT Government and the Canberra community, I offer my sincere thanks to Chief Justice Murrell and Justice Burns for their contribution to the law in the ACT.”Helen Murrell is the first woman to be appointed Chief Justice in the ACT and has served as Chief Justice since 2013.John Burns has been a judge of the ACT Supreme Court since 2011 and was a Magistrate for nineteen years before that.“Justice Burns will complete his duties on 31 August 2021 while Chief Justice Murrell will retire on 6 March 2022,” Attorney-General Rattenbury said. “I look forward to thanking and wishing them well in person, closer to their respective retirement dates.”A recruitment process to appoint new judges will begin shortly. The criteria that apply to the appointment of resident judges are set out in the Supreme Court (Resident Judges Appointment Requirements) Determination 2015 (No 1). /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Act, ACT Government, Australia, Canberra, community, court, Government, justice, law, retirement, Supreme Court, womanlast_img read more

Bar’s Virtual Town Hall examines the challenges of practicing during a pandemic

first_imgBar’s Virtual Town Hall examines the challenges of practicing during a pandemic Aug 06, 2020 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories ‘The crisis has inspired more collaboration among lawyers when it comes to scheduling and discovery issues’ Eager to hear the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 200 South Florida lawyers logged in August 5 to a Florida Bar Virtual Town Hall forum geared to the 11th Circuit.The first of 20 forums she plans to lead in the next few months, President Dori Foster-Morales began with a brief introduction, and a plea for suggestions.“This afternoon, we’re focusing on how we as lawyers are coping with the pandemic, how the judicial system is adapting its operations to the pandemic, and what more the Bar can do to assist our members during this pandemic and the recovery,” Foster-Morales said.She also asked for patience.“It has been my experience during the pandemic that we, as representatives of our clients and officers of the court, need to zero in on being flexible and creative, patient and professional,” she said. “And I always believe that we as a profession have the unique ability to do those things.”Foster-Morales also urged participants to take advantage of the new Florida Lawyers Helpline, a confidential, toll-free line staffed by mental-health professionals who serve as a gateway to free mental-health counseling, financial counseling, elder and child-care services, and a host of other resources (833-FL1-WELL).“If you, like me, are struggling, it’s okay to get help,” Foster-Morales said.An anonymous poll conducted during the forum showed that 6% of respondents had phoned the help line, 64% had heard of it, and 30% were unaware of it.Foster-Morales said suggestions from the forum would be forwarded to a newly created COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Task Force.Chaired by President-elect Michael Tanner, the 13-member panel’s mission statement is to “study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Florida’s legal profession, identify key issues facing citizens of Florida and Florida Bar members, and advise The Florida Bar president and executive director on how to best address the key issues.”In addition to Florida Bar board members, the task force includes Esther Jacobo, director of the Citrus Family Care Network, a lead child welfare agency in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties; Masimba Mutamba, assistant county attorney for Palm Beach County; and Laura Davis Smith, a prominent family law practitioner and managing partner with Davis Smith & Jean, LLC, in Miami.At an inaugural meeting on July 15, Chair Michael Tanner said the panel will not operate like previous Bar task forces that focused on a single issue to develop a white paper.“We’re going to have to be more flexible than that,” Tanner said. “One of our overarching goals is to identify specific, tangible benefits for members to deal with COVID-19.”Forum moderator and Board of Governors member Steve Davis, who represents the 11th Circuit, introduced panelists, including Chief Judge Bertila Soto, Civil Division Judge Jennifer Bailey, Family Division Judge Scott Bernstein, and Criminal Division Judge Nushin Sayfi, and several local voluntary bar presidents.Attendees who asked about a date for returning to jury trials were bound to be disappointed. Earlier in the day, state officials announced that COVID-19 cases had surged beyond 500,000, with a daily death toll reaching 225.South Florida is feeling the brunt of the surge, Judge Bailey said.“We will not return the courthouse to normal for a very extended amount of time,” she said. “Some lawyers are in denial about that…judges aren’t.”Bailey said lawyers should be focusing on meeting deadlines and moving their cases along as much as possible, because the courts will be inundated when the pandemic subsides, she said.“There’s a tendency to want to sit on your cases until we get back to normal,” she said. “The truth of the matter is that at least in civil, we expect to be swamped.”But a lack of jury trials doesn’t mean the courts have been dormant, said Chief Judge Soto. She reported that since March 30, the 11th Circuit has conducted 51,819 remote hearings.“We are working really, really hard, and we know you are too,” she said. “Business has changed completely since March 30.”The pandemic’s psychological toll has been evident in the family division, with divorce and domestic violence rising dramatically, Judge Bernstein said. “Apparently all of this togetherness…is not going really well for our families,” he said.But the good news, Bernstein said, is that the crisis has inspired more collaboration among lawyers when it comes to scheduling and discovery issues.“The level of cooperation among lawyers is way up,” he said.A recent Florida Bar survey showed that 35% of lawyers reported that their weekly billable hours have decreased in the past two months, compared to 12% who reported an increase in weekly billable hours. About one-third, 30%, reported no change in weekly billable hours.Miami-Dade County Bar Association President Jane Muir said her organization is planning to set aside space in its downtown building to give lawyers a place to work between hearings at the courthouse.The majority of Miami-Dade County’s 17,000 lawyers are sole practitioners or in small firms, and may need the help, she said.“We expect a lot of law firms are going to downsize their offices or move to remote to conserve resources,” she said. “Because of this, we are anticipating a softer market, and less available resources for lawyers.”Cuban American Bar Association President Frances Guasch said members of her organization have been struggling. CABA organized mental-health seminars to help its members deal with stress, she said.“The challenges are so varied, one size does not fit all,” she said. “The challenges depend on age, resources, computer skills, likewise, younger attorneys are missing out on networking and mentoring.”The health crisis didn’t stop more than 200 South Florida lawyers from volunteering their services to Dade Legal Aid, said executive director Karen Ladis.“However, the flip side is we are experiencing a huge spike in family law, domestic violence, and housing [cases], and we definitely need more lawyers to volunteer,” she said.As the forum was winding down, Foster-Morales urged participants to consider answering Ladis’ challenge.“One of the greatest ways to become a proficient lawyer is to take a case and put something back,” she said. “You’ll be helping out your community, you’ll be helping out the court system, and you’ll be learning something.”last_img read more