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Two new certification areas proposed

first_imgTwo new certification areas proposed October 15, 2005 Regular News The Board of Legal Specialization and Education has approved two new specialization areas and is looking at a third.Meeting in September at the Bar’s General Meeting in Tampa, the BLSE gave its okay to Intellectual Property Law and State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice as new certification areas. The latter was objected to by the Administrative Law Section, which said the title could be misleading.The BLSE plans to submit the two programs to the Program Evaluation Committee and the Bar Board of Governors at the board’s October 20-21 meeting for initial review. The governors could give their final approval at their December meeting and forward the new certification areas to the Supreme Court for final approval.The board also heard a proposal for subrogation law, but took no final action.The State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice certification is being pushed by the Government Lawyer Section, and immediate past Chair Keith Rizzardi said the section had worked with the Administrative Law Section and the Environmental and Land Use Law Section.At the last minute, he noted, a hitch developed with the Administrative Law Section, which did not like the words “administrative law” used in the title of the proposed new certification area.“It’s about the name to the extent that someone holding that certification would have that specialty,” said Deborah Kearney, chair of the Administrative Law Section. The section executive council, she said, thinks “that this certification would mislead the public that this [certified] person had some degree of experience or expertise in administrative law. That is the crux of the objection.“There are those in our section who had read this with a fine-tooth comb and who believe there are a number of ways a person could get certified without a shred of experience with the state or federal administrative procedure acts.”Rizzardi said part of the problem is how administrative law is defined. The Administrative Law Section sees it as F.S. Ch. 120 and its federal equivalent, he said, while the Government Lawyer Section sees a broader application. That includes lawyers who might work in the Sunshine Law or state government ethics, but not specifically Ch. 120, but still see themselves as administrative lawyers, he said.“We believe people who would pursue this certification would want to be defined this way,” Rizzardi said. “They would say, ‘We are administrative lawyers; we are government lawyers; we are both.’ Just because the Administrative Law Section doesn’t want to play doesn’t mean that the rest of us who put this proposal together are wrong.”He also noted that the two sections had worked well together on the proposal, until shortly before the BLSE meeting when the Administrative Law Section Executive Council voted 10-8 to oppose the certification plan.The BLSE eventually voted, with one objection, to approve the Government Lawyer Section proposal, with the name unchanged.On Intellectual Property certification, attorneys Jim Gale and Stephen E. Nagin noted that the Business Law Section and other interested groups were backing the proposal. They said the criteria were carefully drawn not only to define intellectual property, but also to allow people with related experience to qualify for the new certification.“The areas covered by intellectual property certification include the core areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and patent litigation, as well as related areas of trade secrets, covenants-not-to-compete, false advertising, unfair competition, and other areas of law that relate to the protection of intangible property rights,” Gale said after the meeting. “The areas of law to be certified are meant to be inclusive, rather than exclusive, in nature.”That means areas such as unfair business practices, secrecy, and antitrust could count in some cases, he said.“This area is ripe for certification due to the number of lawyers that have begun practicing in this burgeoning area of law and who are now holding themselves out to the public as practicing in the area of ‘Intellectual Property Law,’ he added. “having a certification. . . it will hopefully guide the public to those attorneys who have demonstrated proficiency in this specialized area of the law. Additionally, this area of law is constantly changing and requiring additional education and training. requiring this additional education and training in order to maintain this certification, the public is assured of receiving high quality services from lawyers who are knowledgeable in these latest changes.”Dawna Bicknell, director of the Bar’s certification programs, said if approved by the Board of Governors by December, both certification areas would be submitted to the Supreme Court as part of the Bar’s annual rules package early next year. If the court approves that later in the year, the first certification testing in the new areas could occur as early as 2007.Attorney Sarah Clark Holloway addressed the BLSE about subrogation certification. She said it’s important to recognize the value of subrogation and the key role it plays with the insurance industry.“Insurance companies can spot trends in the claims that they pay. A good example of that is the Firestone tire litigation.. . . It is my understanding that Firestone tires were recalled based on a subrogation case,” Holloway said after the meeting. “If private individuals were trying to sustain this litigation against a giant multi-national corporation, they would have little chance of success, and this litigation benefits the consumer and the public as a whole.”Holloway said several areas of law could be impacted, noting she practices in auto and product liability subrogation, while others may practice in such areas of health benefits subrogation.“They [the BLSE] advised us they were going to consider our presentation and would be in touch with us regarding how they wanted us to proceed in the next step toward the certification process,” she said. BLSE gave thumbs up to Intellectual Property Law and State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Two new certification areas proposedlast_img read more

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Rohr Says Eagles Not Under Pressure as S’Africa Storms Uyo

first_imgAFCON 2019 QUALIFIERBaxter: Bafana Bafana not intimidated by Nigeria’s starsOkon Bassey in UyoSuper Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has admitted missing key Nigerian star players like John Mikel Obi, goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, Victor Moses and dependable defender, Leon Balogun ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group E clash with South Africa on Saturday. They are all nursing one form of injury to the other. Speaking at a media parley at the Ibom Le-Meridien and Golf Resort in Uyo yesterday, the Franco-German gaffer however stressed that he had no choice but adapt to the situation by bringing younger players into the Eagles.Rohr: “We are without some of our important players in the team. We miss our captain, John Mikel Obi who is injured. We miss our goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme who is injured as well. We will miss a very important defender, Leon Balogun who is not here, so we have to reconstruct the team to beat South Africa.“It will not be easy to beat them (Bafana Bafana). It is very difficult for me to name my starting 11 from the 24 players in camp because everyone is fit,” observed Rohr while fielding questions on the preparation of the Eagles for the game.Despite the setback caused by the absence of Mikel and others, Rohr flanked by some of his players insisted he’s not under any pressure.“Nobody is telling me how to do my work; I work independently with my assistants. There is no pressure on me to field any players.“We have good players from Nigeria in this team, I have some fine players. We have good players who can play well for this country. No pressure on me, the team is open to all good Nigerian players,” Rohr stressed.While also fielding questions from reporters, Super Eagles interim Captain, Ogenyi Onazi, said the objective of the team in Uyo is to win the game and subsequent ones and qualify Nigeria for AFCON 2019 in Cameroon as well as the World Cup 2018 in Russia.He said: “We want to do our own and make sure we win the match on Saturday. Definitely we need the prayers of all Nigerians. We just want to let them know that it is not going to be easy.“We need your support; you should come out and support us to make sure we get the three points on Saturday,” stressed the Turkey based player.Also speaking, an Akwa United FC player, Alhassan Ibrahim, who is one of the home- based players in the team, said that he was excited selected for the national team.Ibrahim said that it was an honour for him to be selected to feature for Nigeria at the national level out of the three players invited by the coach.He noted with pleasure the cooperation he enjoyed from the experienced senior players since he joined Eagles training camp in Corsica and Paris.Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana of South Africa and their technical crew arrived Uyo yesterday with their Head Coach, Stuart Baxter, warning that his wards are not intimidated by Super Eagles profile in Europe.Baxter, the players and crew who checked into the Ibom Le-Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort at about 2.07 pm yesterday afternoon said the South African national team players are unfazed by the status of clubs where most of the Super Eagles ply their trades.According to him, playing as a unit remains more important to him than having individual star footballers stressing that, “We don’t have the big stars but we have a team. Every Africa nation faces the same problem but then the coaches try to balance the stars and others.“We are not going to be defensive or careful because Nigeria has good players. We should not be intimidated by anybody. David had beaten Goliath but this is not a case of David and Goliath because there is no David and Goliath in this game.“Nigeria is the favourite for this game but will South Africa be intimidated? No. Though the Super Eagles have more time to train but that is the way it is.“We are confident in the way we are approaching the game at the moment but the players know what to do together the job done. The players are hopeful ahead of the game but not intimidated,” Baxter emphasized.Speaking on the effect of the weather on the team, Baxter who is making a return to the team after an eventful first stint said that though humid and warmer, his players have not complained about conditions as they are professionals.“The weather is okay. South Africans can adapt to the weather. It is warm and a bit humid. I am not used to it but the players are not complaining and they have told me to get used to it,” he concluded.FIXTURESFRIDAYGroup A: Sudan v MadagascarGroup E: Libya v SeychellesSATURDAYGroup A: Senegal v Equatorial GuineaGroup B: Malawi v Comoros, Cameroon v MoroccoGroup C: Burundi v South Sudan, Mali v GabonGroup E: Nigeria v South AfricaGroup F: Sierra Leone v KenyaGroup G: Democratic Republic of Congo v Congo BrazzavilleGroup H: Ivory Coast v GuineaGroup I: Botswana v Mauritania, Burkina Faso v AngolaGroup J: Niger v SwazilandGroup L: Tanzania v Lesotho, Cape Verde v UgandaSUNDAYGroup D: Benin v Gambia, Algeria v TogoGroup F: Ghana v EthiopiaGroup G: Zimbabwe v LiberiaGroup H: Central African Republic v RwandaGroup J: Tunisia v EgyptGroup K: Zambia v Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau v NamibiaNote: hosts Cameroon, 12 group winners and three best runners-up after six match-days qualify for 2019 tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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