Bar President-elect Candidate Renée Thompson’s Platform Statement

first_img For the past year, my campaign for president-elect has allowed me the opportunity to travel extensively across the state, meeting with Florida lawyers and hearing their ideas and dreams while sharing my vision for the future of our Bar. After driving more than 20,000 miles, attending bar-related functions and addressing various organizations, I am grateful to have met so many of you, and I appreciate your insights. My husband currently serves as a county court judge, which has allowed me to interact with and better understand the judicial branch and its needs. If I am fortunate enough to earn your vote, I hope to focus my administration on the issues that I believe are important to you and the future of our profession:1. Helping Florida Lawyers Thrive. Getting Florida lawyers enough work in today’s evolving legal marketplace has been a focus of my Bar service over the past decade and it will continue to be a mission. As a former president of the Young Lawyers Division, I served during the recession when law students were graduating into the legal market where jobs were scarce. There are still so many attorneys dealing with underemployment who need a higher-volume workload. I personally own and operate a small civil litigation practice, and I also mediate, so the daily challenges associated with running an office in today’s legal market are real to me. Fortunately, technology has provided us with some creative solutions. Alongside our Bar president, I helped to transition the Lawyer Referral Service from a mere telephone bank system to a robust online platform, powered by AI technology, assisting Florida lawyers to connect with clients across the nation. Local voluntary bars participating in this service can also generate funds for their organizations, providing another benefit to our members and the general public. My background working with legal technology gives me a unique ability to further enhance and expand this system, as well as to increase its visibility through targeted advertising.2. Enhancing Quality of Life. Being connected 24/7 has become a way of life for many, and finding time for family, the community, and a life outside of the office can be difficult. In today’s fast-paced world, the practice of law can take its toll, and our members face many challenges: law school debt loads continue to grow, women continue to leave the profession during the height of their legal careers, and depression, anxiety, and other mental-health disorders continue to affect many practitioners — who often fear the stigmas associated with such conditions. In recent years the Bar has taken steps to address quality of life issues through mental-health and wellness initiatives and new rules, such as the recent Parental Leave rule, a concept I am proud to say I fully supported from its inception. The profession will continue to evolve, as newly minted lawyers enter the profession with different expectations than prior generations. The Bar needs to continue to further examine and address these work-life balance issues in order to best serve its members, and to ensure the long-term viability of our profession.3. Providing Florida Lawyers the Practice Resources They Need. Many attorneys, especially solo and small-firm practitioners, need updated resources to help them run their practices. My background as a solo and small-firm practitioner allows me to understand the demands of running an office while keeping up with community and bar service and balancing the needs of clients. Technology provides members with the ability to streamline their practice management systems; for example, establishing a comprehensive solution to trust accounting with software that can ensure rule compliance, help with monthly reconciliations, and provide peace of mind for our members is a necessity. Many attorneys find themselves in the disciplinary system due to avoidable errors, and the resulting discipline process places an unnecessary burden upon the Bar’s budget. Equipping our lawyers with the proper tools can not only help our attorneys properly manage their practices, it can help the Bar’s bottom line, and my focus will include a trust accounting software solution that makes life easier for our members. Additionally, many of our younger attorneys and those transitioning to other practice areas need resources to help guide them so that they can succeed.4. True Inclusion and Creating Real Opportunities. With over 108,000 members, achieving true inclusion can be difficult when our Bar is made up of very different and unique individuals who perform many varied tasks in their work as attorneys. I believe that providing real opportunity should be paramount. But achieving real diversity in our Bar requires more than simply repeating talking points focused on traditional areas of gender, ethnicity, and race. While we still have a long way to go in these areas and discussion can be a good thing, the Bar must endeavor to include other underrepresented practitioners at the table. For example, government attorneys, solo and small-practice attorneys, practitioners in rural areas, public-sector lawyers, and young lawyers in general must be included and involved in shaping the future of the Bar, otherwise the needs of only certain groups and more powerful interests will be served. More than 70% of Florida lawyers work in small firms of 10 lawyers or less; however, the focus of Bar policy often seems driven by the needs of those already at the table. Our Bar needs to help all lawyers find a meaningful place in our profession, to be heard and considered, and to have an opportunity to be included in shaping Bar policy. In 2013, I served as the inaugural chair for the first two classes of the Leadership Academy. This experience provided me with unique opportunities to connect with a truly talented and diverse network of leaders and highlighted for me that there is room for everyone at the table of opportunity. I hope to continue to work with these and other inspiring leaders, should I be fortunate enough to be elected to this position. Jan 22, 2020 Bar President-elect Candidate Renée Thompson’s Platform Statementlast_img read more

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Mo Salah strike inspires Liverpool to a comfortable win at Vicarage Road

first_imgAdvertisement 8xe9qqjNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3rp6lWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ehyfcp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) kw4Would you ever consider trying this?😱c4rdCan your students do this? 🌚5nu7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Despite squandering several chances in a first half that was completely dominated by them, Liverpool managed a comfortable 3-0 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road, maintaining their second place in the Premier League table behind Manchester City.Advertisement The Reds survived an early scare in the second minute of the game when Watford hit the back of the net but was ruled out for offside. Since that moment, the entire half belonged to the Reds who created numerous chances but failed to finish them off, as manager Jurgen Klopp visibly seethed with frustration.Advertisement The second half was more of the same, only this time, Liverpool landed three opportunities in the back of the net. The first goal came in the 66th minute through Mo Salah who sent the ball through the legs of the Watford goalie from a low cross from Sadio Mane.Young England international Trent Alexander-Arnold grabbed the headlines with his finish which was an absolute peach of a free kick. The strike had just the right amount of curve and dip to swing past Foster into the top right corner of the net. Foster made a terrific save from a Sadio Mane strike but could no nothing about the follow up from Roberto Firmino for Liverpool’s third.Advertisement Despite the positive result, captain Jordan Henderson was sent off in the 82nd minute and wont be part of Liverpool’s domestic squad for the next couple of games.Liverpool maintain their place in the table right behind the leaders Manchester City but ace a tough couple of games ahead. First, a Champions League encounter away to Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday, followed by the Merseyside Derby in the Premier League on Sunday.Read also :Lacklustre Chelsea’s unbeaten run has been ended with a clinical performance of Tottenham HotspurA slipshod Manchester United manages to return with a point after drawing against Crystal Palace  Advertisementlast_img read more

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