Courts This Week- A Weekly Round Of Important Legal Developments In The Country [Episode-10]

first_imgTop StoriesCourts This Week- A Weekly Round Of Important Legal Developments In The Country [Episode-10] Sanya Talwar19 April 2020 11:32 PMShare This – x…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginNext Storylast_img

Project success

first_imgMost researchers will tell you that making a great scientist doesn’t require vast amounts of knowledge, but rather a keen interest in learning. Just ask Tomer Avidor-Reiss, an assistant professor of cell biology at Harvard who has been inviting area high school students to work in his lab for the past five years.“The key for me is motivation,” Avidor-Reiss said, sitting in his office at Harvard Medical School (HMS) surrounded by blown-up photographs of the fruit fly cells he spends his days researching. “We can teach them, but they have to have motivation to learn. We bring students into the lab, show them the science, and they have no choice — they fall in love.”Such is the goal of Project Success, a program operated by the Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity and Community Partnership that targets Boston and Cambridge high school students to participate in mentored summer research internships with researchers like Avidor-Reiss.An intensive, hands-on experience for students who are interested in science and medicine, the program is intended to create a pipeline of students from underrepresented communities going into high-tech fields. The students meet with senior researchers at each lab, devise a project, and then are given guidance on how to proceed, developing a hypothesis and testing it through the course of the internship.Since the program was launched in 1993, 99 percent of all Project Success graduates have been accepted at four-year colleges — including 10 percent who became Harvard undergraduates.For Frederick Chim, participating in Project Success opened the door to a career in science. A native of Hong Kong, Chim moved to Brighton in 2004. A guidance counselor noticed his interest in science and encouraged him to apply to Project Success.“Part of me thought, ‘Wow, this is amazing,’” Chim said of his acceptance into the program. “The other part thought, ‘Can I do this?’”Chim landed in Avidor-Reiss’ lab, studying genetic mutations of fruit fly cells and conducting experiments to shed light on how these genes are formed in the hopes of discovering how brain diseases develop. Because Project Success enables students to return to the labs throughout their undergraduate career, Chim has been able to see the long-term results of his work.“My friends who took science classes in school rarely saw the practical aspect,” he said of his days in high school. “For them, science was something you did for a grade. There was no incentive or connection to make science into a career. To work in a lab, to see science happen in front of you, is fascinating, fun, and inspiring.”Similarly, Ronny DeLeon, of Roslindale, said he’s using his experience in Project Success to figure out who he is and what he wants to do with his life. A 17-year-old senior at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, DeLeon knew he liked science, but wasn’t sure how to turn his interest into a career.“Project Success is a tool for me to explore what I want to do,” he said. While his friends spent last summer enjoying their break, DeLeon spent it working in Brigham and Women’s Hospital‘s Visual Attention Lab.“I was nervous at first,” he said. “The expectations are high in the lab. But everyone is friendly; I feel at home there.”Students’ lab work is augmented by seminars and workshops given by faculty and administrators, site visits, and career guidance counseling. For DeLeon, those experiences have opened doors to career possibilities and life lessons. A visit to a neuroradiologist’s office piqued his interest in the field, while group exercises have given him a better sense of self.“Every time we leave a session, we have to say five positive things about ourselves,” he said. “At first, it seemed kind of cheesy, but then I thought about it and realized that I don’t do that with myself very often. It’s kind of nice to focus on the positives.”Students have the opportunity to return to the program for multiple years during high school and college. As an undergraduate at Boston University, Chim spent at least 12 hours a week in Avidor-Reiss’ lab. Now, he works as the program coordinator for Project Success, continuing the experience for students following in his footsteps. He plans to apply to graduate school next year and study what he calls “the science of life” — biology.last_img read more

Bar to study the need for unbundled legal services

first_imgBar to study the need for unbundled legal services June 1, 2001 Regular News Bar to study the need for unbundled legal services Mark D. Killian Associate Editor Facing an ever-increasing number of pro se litigants in family courts, the Supreme Court has asked the Bar to study the possible need for “unbundled legal services.” If the committee finds the need exists for unbundled legal services, Chief Justice Major B. Harding, in an administrative order, asked the Bar to submit a proposed rule amendment to facilitate the use of such services no later than March 1, 2001. “This is a very significant committee that will be investigating an important subject to most attorneys,” said Bar President Edith Osman, noting any changes could have a profound impact on lawyers who bill by the hour. The unbundling of legal services — also sometimes known as discrete task representation — would allow the client to select which activities will be performed by the lawyer and which will be performed by the client, if they are performed at all. The client may also specify the extent of each service the lawyer is to perform. Osman said the study committee also must investigate how unbundled legal services might transcend family law or if it can be limited to family practice. That, she said, is why she intends to appoint lawyers who practice in the areas of real property and commercial litigation as well as members of the family bar to the study committee. “The purpose of unbundling legal service is to provide greater access to the legal system to more people,” Osman said. “For example, middle class clients could obtain a lawyer for just those parts of a case they are concerned about.” Family Law Section Chair Ky Koch said limited representation in a divorce case could be as simple as helping decide who gets to keep the cat or as complex as handling child custody matters while the couple works out the financial split, or the lawyer drafts a qualified domestic relations order and the divorcing couple handles the of rest the case. Looking into unbundled services responds to the proliferation of pro se litigants in family cases, particularly divorce, and the Bar needs to consider unbundled legal services to accommodate the needs of people who use the system, Koch said. “Pro se litigants are a majority of our customers in the divorce arena and we have to be responsive to them,” Koch said. “What we have been faced with is how do we respond to that need, both to the people who don’t have lawyers and to make sure that legal rights and representation are provided when needed.” Looking at the pro se problems is a balancing act, he said. “We can’t go into this with the sole perspective of protecting lawyers’ pocketbooks, but we have got to also recognize that things are changing within the family law division and we have to meet those needs,” Koch said. As it now stands, Koch said, providing limited representation is not precluded by Bar rules, “it is simply that there are all kinds of problems related to it.” Is it ethical for a lawyer to involve himself or herself only in a limited portion of a case? From a legal malpractice perspective, what is the response from the insurance carrier about limited representation? Will judges permit lawyers to take part in one aspect of a case and not another? “Most judges take the position, and I think reasonably so, that if you are on this case, you are on this case,” Koch said. “It is not like you are kind of pregnant — you are either on or off.” Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert said the Supreme Court has generally declined to adopt rules that apply only to lawyers in a specific practice area. In 1969, Tarbert said, the court rejected a rule intended to govern the conduct of in-house counsel for insurance companies. More recently, Tarbert said, the court declined to adopt a rule that would address the conduct of family law practitioners. “Specifically, the court said `the petitioners have not demonstrated that there is a need to treat those members of the Bar who practice family law differently than other members of the Bar,’” Tarbert said, citing Amendment to Rules Regulating the Florida Bar — Rule 4-1.18, Client-Lawyer Relationships in Family Law Matters, 662 So. 2d 1246 (Fla. 1995). Tarbert said the Professional Ethics Committee has followed the court’s general precept. As an example, the panel published Florida Ethics Opinion 90-4, which indicated the rule prohibiting communication with represented persons applies to Department of Justice attorneys when the DOJ argued otherwise. “Florida was at the vanguard of states that declared that DOJ attorneys could not just try to exempt themselves from state rules,” Tarbert said. Tarbert said there is now only one rule approved by the Supreme Court which specifically addresses one type of practitioner — Rule 4-3.8, Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor, which deals with the conduct of prosecutors in criminal cases. Colorado’s new limited representation rules went into effect last July. “Colorado lawyers and judges supported the idea that some lawyer help to pro se parties is better than none,” Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey told that state’s Judicial Conference last year. “The rules are meant to achieve candor to the court and to allow citizens to obtain legal services without having to hire an attorney for the entire litigation or go without.” The rules require a pro se party to disclose on the pleading the name of the attorney who assisted in drafting the pleading. An attorney must advise the pro se party of that requirement and also to explain the risk involved in obtaining limited representation in contrast to full representation in litigation. Under the revised civil rules, limited representation by an attorney does not constitute an entry of appearance, and the court and opposing parties are not required to serve the assisting attorney. The Colorado rules also provide: “Whether these rules will function as intended depends on the willingness of bench and bar to have them work,” Justice Mullarkey said. Koch noted Arizona also has similar unbundled legal services rules; however, it is difficult to compare the Arizona and Colorado experiences to Florida because Arizona’s rules differ sharply from Florida’s, and Colorado’s rules have been in place for less than two years. “In Arizona when pro se litigants come in, they have people at a desk that answer questions, and if there is a feature of their case these pro se litigants need assistance with they have a list of lawyers who will assist them — on an unbundled basis — as to particular topics,” Koch said, noting, too, that Arizona has no UPL rules. Anyone interested in serving on the committee or providing comments to the panel may contact The Florida Bar, Office of the Executive Director, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300. The attorney/client privilege applies to limited representation as it does to full representation under the ethical rules. The appearance of the attorney’s name on the pro se pleading is not the occasion for other parties or the court to question the assisting attorney regarding the case or the actions of the pro se party. The rules do not contemplate the opposing party questioning the pro se party about the preparation of the pleading or inquiring into or discovering the attorney’s versus the client’s own drafts of the pleading. If the matter of sanctions should arise because the client did not disclose the name of the attorney, or the attorney did not advise the client to make the disclosure, the matter should be handled by the court apart from the merits of the pro se party’s case and include confidential in-camera treatment of papers, conversations or other matters that implicate the attorney/client privilege. last_img

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgThe former U.S. Olympian is asymptomatic but says she tested positive for the virus on Saturday. The rest of Mayer’s camp has tested negative, including her longtime coach. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFOOTBALL-OBIT-RILEYFormer Bengals star Ken Riley dead at 72ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ken Riley was a ball-hawk defensive back in the NFL before serving as a head coach and athletic director at his alma mater, Florida A&M. Matches will be streamed live with organizers saying every sight and sound will be captured. VIRUS OUTBREAK-MAYERBoxer Mayer tests positive for COVID-19, out of return boutUNDATED (AP) — Junior lightweight contender Mikaela Mayer has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been pulled from the co-main event of Las Vegas’ first major boxing card since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.Mayer announced her positive test on social media two days before her scheduled bout against Helen Joseph in the Top Rank show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Update on the latest in sports: TENNIS-NEW TOURNAMENTNew tennis tournament in France aiming for younger audiencePARIS (AP) — With discussions ongoing over whether the U.S. Open or the French Open can even take place later this year, a new digitally friendly tennis tournament starts Saturday in southern France with four Top 10-ranked players involved.Co-founder Patrick Mouratoglou hopes the Ultimate Tennis Showdown can change the way tennis is viewed by allowing a younger audience to access the raw feelings of players.The UTS features ATP Finals winner Stefanos Tsitsipas and U.S. Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini. There will be 10 players with matches every weekend for five weeks in a round robin format. The school has announced that Riley died early Sunday morning at 72. No cause of death was given.Riley was a four-year starting quarterback at Florida A&M and a Rhodes Scholar candidate before he was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 1969 NFL/AFL draft. Moved to cornerback by head coach Paul Brown, Riley had 65 career interceptions for 596 yards and five touchdowns in a 15-year career with the Bengals. He also recovered 18 fumbles, and his interception total ranks fifth in NFL history.Although named a First Team All-Pro three times and a second teamer on two other occasions, Riley still hasn’t been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite his impressive statistics. He landed on the All-Pro First Team in 1983, his final season.Riley coached the Rattlers from 1986-93, going 48-39-2 with two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles. He took A&M to the second-ever Heritage Bowl, losing to Grambling State in 1992.NFL-OBIT-ZOOK Ex-Falcons DE Zook diesATLANTA (AP) — Former NFL defensive end John Zook has died in his native Kansas after a long battle with cancer.Zook originally was taken by the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth round in 1969 but was subsequently traded to the Atlanta Falcons. He teamed with Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey to give the Falcons a dynamic combination at defensive end from 1969-75. Zook never missed a game during his tenure with the Falcons, starting 97 of 98 contests. He made his only Pro Bowl appearance in 1973, joining Humphrey in the all-star game.Zook played his last four seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals before retiring after the 1969 campaign.His brother, Dean Zook, confirmed the death to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Associated Press June 7, 2020last_img read more