Scoreboard roundup — 5/15/18

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUE Final Pittsburgh 7 Chi White Sox 0 Final N-Y Mets 12 Toronto 2 Final Minnesota 4 St. Louis 1 N-Y Yankees at Washington 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Baltimore 7:05 p.m., postponedAMERICAN LEAGUE Final Oakland 5 Boston 3 Final Detroit 9 Cleveland 8 Final Tampa Bay 6 Kansas City 5 Final Houston 5 L-A Angels 3 Final Seattle 9 Texas 8, 11 InningsNATIONAL LEAGUE Final San Diego 4 Colorado 0 Final Miami 4 L-A Dodgers 2 Final Chi Cubs 3 Atlanta 2 Final Arizona 2 Milwaukee 1 Final San Francisco 5 Cincinnati 3NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Final Boston 107 Cleveland 94 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Final Tampa Bay 4 Washington 2Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. May 16, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 5/15/18center_img Written bylast_img read more

Weber State beats UC Davis 36-20, stays unbeaten in Big Sky

first_img Associated Press Tags: Big Sky/Weber State Wildcats Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Trey Tuttle kicked five field goals to help Weber State beat UC Davis 36-20 on Saturday night and remain undefeated in the Big Sky Conference.Weber State (6-2, 4-0), ranked fifth in the FCS Coaches Poll, entered Saturday tied with Sacramento State atop the conference standings. The Hornets host Weber State next Saturday.No. 22 UC Davis (4-5, 2-3) had its two-game win streak snapped and plays at Portland State on Nov. 9.Josh Davis and Kevin Smith had touchdown runs for the Wildcats. Jake Constantine was 25-of-39 passing for 275 yards and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Devon Cooley that stretched Weber State’s lead to 36-14 with 3:44 remaining.Cooley finished with seven catches for 104 yards. Tuttle made all five of his attempts from inside the 40.Jaylin White scored on a 100-yard kickoff return in the first quarter for UC Davis. Jake Maier threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jared Harrell to pull the Aggies to 19-14 midway through the third quarter. October 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State beats UC Davis 36-20, stays unbeaten in Big Skylast_img read more

Pacific Air Forces Commander Visits US Naval War College

first_img View post tag: Commander View post tag: air View post tag: forces Commander, Pacific Air Forces, visited the U.S. Naval War College Dec. 15, to address students and faculty on leadership and joint cooperation.During his visit, Gen. Gary L. North shared his views of leadership developed over two decades in the U.S. Air Force.Lectures such as this underscore the core responsibilities of the Navy’s mission outlined in the chief of naval operations’ Sailing Directions to assure joint operational access and sustain cooperative relationships.“My challenge to you is to ask yourself every day how you can make a difference and how you can contribute more,” said North, who is responsible for Air Force activities supporting 45,000 personnel serving in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Korea and Japan.Whether serving in a joint or a service command, North said there are three things that are key for a leader to succeed: understand the purpose for which the organization exists, be the expert in the workplace and be a team player.“In the military we have Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines who know their mission, but might not know everyone else’s,” said North. “It is easy for thinking to stovepipe and for leaders to only see what’s in their lane, but we all need to understand ‘jointness.’ You’ve got to know your own service, and know the other services better. That’s what’s great about being here in a joint, educational environment.”There are currently 54 Air Force officers enrolled in NWC’s ten-month tour of academic and strategic study as part of their professional military development.“The Naval War College provides an outstanding opportunity for Air Force officers to prepare for the next level of leadership by broadening their understanding of strategy, policy and war, of national security affairs, and of joint-military operations,” said Col. Phil Haun, NWC senior Air Force advisor, and one of 13 Air Force faculty and staff members. “Our officers leave here with not only a Masters of Art in national security and strategic studies, but more importantly having formed lasting professional and personal relationships across services and around the globe.”The U.S. Naval War College is accredited by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff to award JPME Phase I credit for the intermediate program and Phase II credit for the senior program.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 19, 2011; Image: navalwarcollegemuseum View post tag: visits View post tag: US Back to overview,Home naval-today Pacific Air Forces Commander Visits US Naval War College December 19, 2011 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: War View post tag: Navy Pacific Air Forces Commander Visits US Naval War College View post tag: College View post tag: Pacific Training & Education View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

A bleak future for student protest

first_imgAt the end of last month six students at the University of Lancaster were found guilty, in a magistrates’ court, of taking part in a peaceful demonstration against companies linked to the arms trade who held a conference on the campus in late 2004. The University decided to press charges of aggravated trespass against their own students.The George Fox Six, as the arrested students have become known, were exercising their right to free speech just as generations of students have done for decades across the country. If the case of the Lancaster students, whose seemingly harmless crime was to hand out leaflets and hold up banners, is to be taken as a precedent, the rights of students throughout Britain to protest could be in jeopardy.This is particularly the case in Oxford where the University owns so much land. One of the Lancaster student protesters commented on his university’s situation: “The University has a duty to allow and even facilitate the expression of views opposing unethical companies and the University’s involvement with them.It is wrong, and in the long term counter-productive, for an academic institution to ignore such concerns, let alone to prosecute those who raise them.” In the wake of a New Labour convention which attempted to set limits on democracy and freedom of speech, and in an age in which the public is banned from protesting within a kilometre of parliament, as students we must ask whether our voice is been taken away from us. And if it is, do we really care? Other universities do seem to protest better than Oxford.While only a small number of Oxford students protested earlier in the year against Reed Elsevier’s connection with the arms trade, the action which took place at Lancaster has galvanised their student body into protest. Perhaps we simply need a few student heroes in Oxford in order to avoid the extinction of student activism.Yet with less than half a per cent of Oxford’s considerable student body turning up to Examination Schools to protest against the introduction of top-up fees, they seem unlikely to emerge. At least those who did protest in 2004 managed to get the University to cancel lectures on the day of the march and the contingent of Oxford students who joined the Stop the War march succeeded in keeping the words ‘Oxford student’ and ‘protest’ in the same sentence in the local press.Yet other universities sent much bigger groups than Oxford. The question to be asked is whether Oxford students still feel that they have the power to make a difference, or even whether they care enough to protest about social issues affecting them. Oxford today is synonymous with animal rather than human rights issues and the student population seems curiously detached from the world around them.Student campaigning does not have to be limited to ‘student issues’, but has traditionally related immediate concerns to wider issues of human rights and international solidarity. This seems to have been forgotten in the present student political climate. Is the age of student protest coming to an end? Have students become dulled into deference? Without doubt, the glory days of student protest in Britain were in the sixties and then again in the eighties.The real beginning could perhaps be dated to 1965 when the birth of the new polytechnics and universities saw student numbers increase to about 300,000. Britain was suddenly overwhelmed with a new wave of students who had voices, and these students wanted universities and governments to listen to them.They were angry, and they were determined to get their concerns addressed and protect their freedom. This period saw the formation of the Radical Student Alliance (RSA) and then an organisation called the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign which organised student protest throughout the country seemingly far more effectively than the more recent Stop the War campaign. University sit-ins were commonplace at universities all over the country. Our parents’ generation looks nostalgically back to these sixties demonstrations and the mark they made. If they were in Grosvenor Square in 1967 they will wax lyrical about the part they played in stopping the Vietnam War.But perhaps they had an advantage: they were helped by a groundswell of student protest across Europe and more importantly across the United States. British students were protesting in the sixties at a time when the rest of the world was also demanding to be listened to. The Vietnam protests coincided with student support for the Civil Rights Movement and protests about freedom of information in many UK universities.The fact that Jack Straw and Charles Clarke were probably marching around at the same time chanting “Hey hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?” is pretty disillusioning given their recent role in invading Iraq. But in 1968 students all over the world were protesting and having a real effect on governments. These students certainly weren’t as apathetic as our generation.President Lyndon Johnson was so shocked by the wave of student protests in his country that he told a friend, “I felt that I was been chased on all sides by a giant stampede. I was being forced over the edge by ration blacks, demonstrating students, marching welfare mothers, squawking professors and hysterical reporters.”1968 was the year when the scent of student revolution could be smelt all over the world. Not just the university system but the government itself was rocked in France when students in Paris took to the barricades and were joined by striking workers.In Germany student radicalism spawned the Baader-Meinhof group, the most feared terrorist cell in mainland Europe. In Britain the days of student marching, protesting, demonstrating and campaigning reoccurred in the eighties at Greenham Common with demonstrations, particularly by women, against nuclear warheads in the UK.Later, in 1989, there were huge marches against the poll tax. These were the years in which most of us were born. Perhaps we have some vague childhood memories of chants of “Maggie Maggie Maggie out out out!” and remember that although the poll tax went, the Conservative government certainly did not. Student grants were cut and replaced by student loans.Students were just not important any more. They didn’t even bother to vote. Recently, the National Union of Students and, more specifically, their president, Kat Fletcher, have faced huge criticism for an apparent lack of interest in student activism and for backing down over the issue of top- up fees.The NUS has lost the will to campaign and perhaps to even exist, as was aptly illustrated by the postponement of the annual conference this year. When the conference finally did meet it was cut from four to three days – not a great demonstration of a union bursting with energy and anger on behalf of students.In addition the NUS is currently £700,000 in debt. Debt may have become part of the student experience but for the NUS it reflects a declining membership, ironic when student numbers are rising. Recently Fletcher has joined a government information campaign to promote the policy of top-up fees and has pledged to “build an effective opposition to the student left”.This stance might come as a surprise to many students who see the NUS as a left-wing representational body for students across the country. What other union backs the government in worsening the conditions of its members? Frustrated by these proceedings by the NUS, daniel Randall has founded an alternative platform for student activism called Education Not For Sale. On the subject of Fletcher and the NUS, Randall commented, “Since [the creation of the new group], she has made numerous attacks on democracy and accountability within NUS, slashing funding for National Executive members, reducing the size of annual National Conference and cutting it to less than three days.She and the clique around her, many of them former left-wingers, have done nothing to restore a campaigning link between the NUS structures and the students they are supposed to represent. They have refused to organise a fight to repair the years of damage inflicted by right-wing government policy.” If the NUS executive have become apologists for a government which has inflicted top-up fees on students and cannot organise effective campaigning is it any wonder that students throughout the UK feel frustrated? While it is certain that protest does still exist in Oxford, Oxford students are nevertheless right to feel politically impotent.The government and many leading members of the cabinet who were themselves at the forefront of student politics seem to utterly ignore the concerns of today’s student population. Perhaps we cannot make a difference but at least some Oxford students still try to concern themselves with other things than the bar prices across town. There was for instance an anti-capitalist protest outside the Said Business School in August with a handful of protesters.In July protesters were outside Tesco on Cowley Road on behalf of Polish workers in Ireland. A contingent of Oxford students were in Scotland over the summer for the G8 summit, although once again other universities sent greater numbers. A small number of students protested about animal rights outside Thomas Cook in September while others joined the much larger protests against the University.Last week Oxford CNd were urging students to join the downing Street Peace Camp formed by mothers of soldiers killed in Iraq as a sad sequel to that Stop the War march to which Oxford students contributed only a handfull of students to in 2003. Perhaps Oxford relies on the Oxford Union as its voice of protest. Indeed the Union says on its web pages that it is at the cutting edge of controversy, however it then cites the last time it made a national impact as 1975 – before most of us here were born.Some of the debates held at the Union do certainly seem to stir up controversy, and even in the past month protesting students have had to be removed from an address by President Mogae of Botswana who is accused of persecuting the Bushmen of Botswana. Oxford students do, however, seem to petition more effectively than protest: over 2000 signatures were gathered from students and dons to protest against the decision to go to war with Iraq. Similarly the petition against Margaret Thatcher following her decision to cut academic funding for universities resulted in her being the only post-war Oxford educated Prime Minister not to receive an honourary degree.But these petitions seem to pale into insignificance when compared to the mass protests of the sixties. If you feel it is about time you became a student protester then the opportunities arecertainly waiting for you in the University. The Oxford Student Activist network and the Oxford Action Resource centre on Cowley Road will tell you what you can protest about, where to go and what to do. Forthcoming events include a Campaign Against Climate Change demonstration in London on 3 december.A hundred people have attended the first Oxford planning meeting, and the protest is to include a bicycle ride through London. It will be interesting to see how successful the event is. If the London demonstration and other future protests fail, and the mindsets of students do not change soon then universities, and indeed Britain, will have lost a very potent campaigning political voice.Our apathy means that not only will the issues which students are concerned with continue to be ignored, but that the glory days and direct action of the sixties will recede further into the past.ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005last_img read more

Ocean City to Try Bold Plan to Rescue Flood-Prone Merion Park

first_imgA project to improve drainage in the flood-prone Merion Park section of Ocean City is nearly complete. The Ocean City neighborhood was built on wetlands in the 1950s, and “wet” has always been an apt description for Merion Park.Westminster Lane resident Marty Mozzo estimates that street flooding traps him at home 12 to 15 days a year. His cars are usually OK in the driveway, but he’s unable to drive them through the deep water that gathers on the street during storms and exceptionally high tides. If he needs to travel, he has to find high ground for a car and then wade through the water to retrieve it. Most of Mozzo’s neighbors in the sprawling development are all too familiar with the ritual.But on Thursday night, City Council unanimously passed a resolution that seeks bids on an ambitious project to provide relief to Merion Park. For the first time in city history, pump stations will be used to help drain flooded streets.Ironically, a nor’easter and a near-full-moon tide prevented Mozzo from attending the meeting to hear the good news.“Marty Mozzo told me the only thing that would keep him from coming here would be being flooded in,” Business Administrator Mike Dattilo said with a smile.The new stations will be part of a large-scale improvement project that includes:Replacement of 60-year-old undersized drainage pipes, some of which are known to be damagedReplacement of drainage inletsInstallation of concrete gutter for improved flowRegrading of streets, curbs, sidewalks, driveways and some front yards to achieve better drainage patternsRebuilding and repaving of streetsThe improvements will not be able to prevent flooding in major storms when the tide level rises above the level of streets — instead it’s designed to remediate the more common nuisance flooding the neighborhood experiences.The three pump stations will be installed to increase the drainage capacity of outfall pipes at street ends. The first phase of work (which does not require environmental permitting) is anticipated to start in April. The city hopes to start the second phase during the summer after permits are obtained.“Although the spring-summer timing of the project is not typical, the work will be staged so that access will be maintained for the homeowners,” Georgia Arnold, director of community development, said in a memo to City Council.City Council on Thursday also approved a bond issue and capital plan that designates about $5 million for road improvements this year.For Mozzo and a group of about 22 neighbors interested to working to solve the problem, the approval marks the end of a rewarding process in which the city and the firm Baker Engineers worked with them to create a viable plan.Joseph Newsome, whom many knew as the “Mayor of Merion Park,” long advocated for flooding relief before he passed away in 2011. Mozzo and neighbor Steve Cole picked up the torch and launched the “Flooding in Ocean City, NJ” Facebook page in 2012 after a Fourth Ward meeting hosted by Councilman Pete Guinosso.“Both of us are tired of the flooding,” Mozzo said at the time. “It really destroys the quality of life. We knew that the entire island has issues, not much really was being done, and we want to try to get residents to post comments/photos on the page so that others will know it’s a big problem.”More than a year later, Mozzo is happy to see a solution come to fruition.“To me, this is the way to do it,” he said Friday. “I’m very impressed with Baker Engineering. They did a super first-class job. And they listened to the neighbors. What our problems are and what we need.”Mozzo said he’s confident that the plan will not solve the flooding problem in the “traditional” way — by pushing floodwaters in somebody else’s direction. Waterview Boulevard in the Merion Park section of Ocean City takes on new meaning during several storms and high tides each year.Cars line the streets at any high point in Merion Park during a nor’easter like the one Ocean City experienced on Thursday, Feb. 13.last_img read more

Policy paper: Childhood obesity: time for action report – government response

first_imgThe government’s response addresses each of these areas. a whole systems approach marketing and advertising price promotions early years and schools takeaways fiscal measures labelling support for children living with obesity This command paper sets out the government’s response to the conclusions and recommendations in the Health and Social Care Select Committee’s report ‘Childhood obesity: Time for action’.The committee’s report covered the following areas:last_img

The Disco Biscuits Announce Two Nights In Asheville

first_imgDisco Biscuits Upcoming 2018 Tour DatesAPR 19, 2018 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PAAPR 20, 2018 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PAAPR 21, 2018 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PAMAY 18, 2018 – Salvage Station – Asheville, NCMAY 19, 2018 – Salvage Station – Asheville, NCMAY 24, 2018 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, COMAY 25, 2018 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, COMAY 26, 2018 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, COMAY 27, 2018 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, COJUL 12, 2018 – JUL 14, 2018 – Camp Bisco – Scranton, PAView All Tour Dates Today, the Disco Biscuits have announced a two-night run at Salvage Station in Asheville, North Carolina on May 18th and 19th. This pair of shows will mark the group’s first performances in the Southern city since 10/30/10, when their Halloween run came through Thomas Wolfe Auditorium during Moogfest. The Biscuits’ upcoming Asheville shows come ahead of the group’s highly anticipated Bisco Inferno run in Colorado from May 24th to 27th, which will see the jamtronica juggernauts perform three nights at Denver’s Ogden Theatre ahead of their annual headlining performance at the iconic outdoor venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre.Fans interested in attending the Biscuits’ upcoming Salvage Station run in Asheville, North Carolina, on May 18th and 19th can request tickets starting today via BiscoTix, with the request period closing on Wednesday, April 11th, at 4 p.m. (EST). Random selection of lottery winners will begin on Wednesday, April 11th, at 5 p.m. (EST). The public on sale for tickets will begin on Friday, April 16th, at noon (EST).You can head over to the Disco Biscuits’ website for more information about their upcoming touring schedule here, or check out the dates listed below.last_img read more

Bob Weir, Sammy Hagar, Guy Fieri, & More Celebrate Taj Mahal’s Birthday In San Fran [Video]

first_img[Video: Sammy Hagar][H/T Rolling Stone] On Tuesday night, a number of high-profile musicians gathered at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium for the fifth-annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert, which benefitted the pediatric cancer program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. The sold-out concert, which also doubled as a 76th birthday party for Taj Mahal, focused on a special collaborative super jam led by Taj Mahal, Bob Weir, and Sammy Hagar, and saw a surprise appearance from famed producer and bassist Don Was.During Bob Weir’s acoustic set, the iconic Grateful Dead guitarist offered up a take on “Only A River”, a number off his 2016 solo album, Blue Mountain, as well as “Easy Answers”, a relatively rare collaboration between Bob Weir and Robert Hunter, which was debuted by the Dead in ’93 and performed less than 50 times between then and June of ’95. Weir’s acoustic set also saw the Grateful Dead guitarist invite out REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin for the fan-favorite “Friend Of The Devil”.During the night, the show served as an informal reunion for the members of Chickenfoot for the first time since May of 2016. Chickenfoot is an outfit featuring Hagar, his former Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and famed rock guitarist Joe Satriani. During Chickenfoot’s truncated four-song set at Acoustic-4-A-Cure, the band laid out renditions of “Big Foot”, Sexy Little Thing”, “Something Going Wrong”, and “Oh Yeah”.Given that the show fell two days before Taj Mahal’s 76th birthday, during the concert, celebrity chef Guy Fieri took all the attendees to flavor town, providing the beloved blues singer and his musical companions at the show with a custom-made cake. During Taj Mahal’s set, the singer and guitarist performed beloved numbers like “Corrina” and “Fishin’ Blues”.While the various artists got the chance to perform brief sets of a few songs, the pinnacle of Tuesday’s Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert was its all-star jam, which saw the many big musical names come together. You can watch a recently released pro-shot video of Hagar, Taj Mahal, Weir, Was, Cronin, Satriani, Smith, Anthony, and Vic Johnson perform Otis Redding’s classic “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” below.last_img read more

Barnett leads the ABA

first_img Barnett leads the ABA October 1, 2001 Regular News One of Martha Barnett’s first acts as president of the ABA was to issue a national call for action for America’s lawyers to support a moratorium on executions. She used her bully pulpit to declare the current American system of capital punishment “absolutely unacceptable,” and she urged Congress to pass legislation that will “help ensure that the system of capital punishment in this country is administered fairly and equitably and minimizes the risk that innocent people are not executed.” “I thought people would be angry with me,” Barnett admitted in an interview, recalling one newspaper editorial that said it was as though she had painted a bull’s-eye on her forehead and dared people to shoot. Instead, she ended up sparking a national debate that has been constructive and illuminating. A lot of things came together at the right time to elevate the debate on unfairness in carrying out the death penalty, including headline-grabbing research at Columbia University law school and scientific advances in DNA testing that support claims of wrongly convicted death row inmates. Dozens of states considered moratorium proposals, following the lead of Illinois Gov. George Ryan who said: “I cannot support a system which.. . has proven to be so fraught with error and has come so close to the ultimate nightmare: the state’s taking an innocent life.” Legislation has been enacted in Florida prohibiting the execution of the mentally retarded, including the promise from Gov. Jeb Bush: “I will never sign a death warrant for an individual who is mentally retarded.” And three justices of the U.S. Supreme Court (Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sandra Day O’Connor) have raised questions about the death penalty. Even Justice O’Connor, a long-time supporter of the death penalty, said, “The system may well be allowing some innocent defendants to be executed,” and that legal representation in capital cases has “too often been inadequate.” The ABA sponsored a death penalty conference last October at the Carter Center in Atlanta, bringing many perspectives together in search of a fairer system. “As lawyers, we know that the system is broken,” Barnett said. “What is needed now is action.” She gives the example of 30 inmates on Alabama’s death row waiting for the critical review called habeas corpus. But they do not have lawyers, and after Oct. 1 their chances for review will be forever lost. “The eyes of nations around the world are on us, and history will surely judge us on how we deal with this issue,” Barnett said. That notion was driven home when she attended an ABA meeting in Paris last year. The head of the Paris bar was passionately giving his remarks in French, to lawyers gathered from more than 60 countries. “I got caught up in the pageantry and cadence, not understanding a word,” Barnett recalled. “Then he pauses and looks straight at me in the front row and begins to speak in English: ‘The French love the Americans. You gave us back our liberty, and for that we will be eternally grateful. We look to you for leadership on civil issues. Because of this strong bond, we feel we need to tell you about something which belies this bond: You must abolish capital punishment.’ “I just sat there startled,” Barnett said. “He didn’t know that the ABA had made the death penalty a priority. That day I realized a lot of things: how right we were for me to try to use my opportunity as president of the ABA to rachet this up in the public’s attention. The eyes of the world were on the USA on this issue in ways I never understood before. If we are to be the leaders of the free world, then lawyers who are involved in fairness and civil rights must speak on this issue. In that moment, I knew it was the right thing to do.” • An unexpected agenda cropped up regarding the ABA’s role in evaluating judicial candidates after the current Bush Administration decided to no longer use the ABA to vet the professional qualifications of potential federal judges. “It was widely reported that the ABA was ‘kicked out of the process,’” Barnett said. “That is not the way I see it.. . I believe we built bridges and made new friends.. . . But in the end, agree or disagree, it was the President’s call.” Barnett, along with other ABA officers, met with White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and Attorney General John Ashcroft about the federal judicial selection process. They had what Barnett described as a “detailed and constructive discussion” about the ABA’s historical role in providing advice to each of the last nine administrations on the professional qualifications of federal judicial candidates prior to their nomination. While the Bush Administration officials said they would continue to use the ABA, a decision had not been made on whether it will continue to give the ABA names of candidates before they are made public, even though the ABA stressed this long-standing practice was essential to the confidential process in evaluating the candidates. “I have a firm belief that that process was ultimately beneficial for the American Bar to go through because it forced us to explain to the administration and to educate the public and to remind the Senate what we did and did not do,” Barnett said. “Our role is not to nominate or eliminate anybody from federal judicial appointment, but to have a peer review of professional qualifications and integrity and competence and judicial temperament.” In the end, Barnett said, she believed the discussion helped strengthen the role of the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary, not weaken it. They heard not only from both Senate Republicans and Democrats that they wanted the information, but from the nonlawyer public, as well. “It validated our position in the eyes of the American people and in the Senate,” Barnett said. “Despite the rhetoric, our Standing Committee has not missed a beat and continues to provide its same valuable service. The only difference now is that it is advisory first and foremost to the United States Senate and to the public. Perhaps, this is what it always should have been. Strength often comes from adversity, and that is what happened here. We used this opportunity to educate the Senate about our peer review process. I believe that the ABA’s role has never been stronger.” • Another issue involving federal judges was working closely with the Federal Bar Association and Chief Justice William Rehnquist regarding the erosion of pay for federal judges. An ABA and FBA joint report completed during Barnett’s tenure documented that inflation has eroded the real income for federal judges, who received only three of the past eight recommended cost-of-living adjustments, resulting in a 13.4-percent decline in real income since 1993. At the same time, private-sector salaries of top lawyers have risen dramatically. “It’s had a huge impact. We did a study that documented the fact that judges are leaving the bench early, and it is affecting the quality of people who offer themselves for federal judgeships,” Barnett said. “We’re still getting wonderful people, but more and more, it’s chilling the willingness of 40- and 50-year-old lawyers to leave lucrative practices for a cut in pay. We’re asking our federal judges to take a major cut in pay, and calling them to public service. But for the last decade, we’re saying, ‘the way, your real buying power in salaries is declining.’” At a minimum, Barnett said, federal judges should be awarded cost-of-living raises, and she argues they should be awarded back pay. “I’ve spent a lot of time working with the Federal Bar to lobby for this. If lawyers can’t speak up for this, who can?” • Barnett said her conference on women at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, called “What a Difference a Difference Makes,” was a “smashing success.” “We want to continue to raise consciousness,” Barnett said. “The challenge for the profession in the next decade is to take a not-family-friendly profession and help our lawyers – both men and women, though it affects women more – to help people find a way to balance the demands of the profession and the demands of family life in more constructive ways. We are losing people in the profession when they can’t do that.” When Barnett closed her remarks to the House of Delegates in Chicago, she reeled in a story about her mother, who was the fisherman in the family, devoted to catching large-mouthed bass. “Like every fisherman, Mama was always after the ‘big one.’ Just the thought that this might be the day lured her back to the lake time and time again,” Barnett said. “I don’t think she ever caught that fish, but she always had the hope that someday, maybe someday, she would. “If Mama was here today, I think she would say, ‘Martha, Baby Girl, look at you. You really did it. You went and caught the Big One!’ “And she would be right. Being president of the ABA is really a big one. Now, mindful that it might never get better than this, I will just take my symbolic fishing pole and tackle box and go home. But, before I do, I want to say that for one shining moment in my life, I have had the opportunity to be the voice of the lawyers of America and to bask in your reflected glory. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the privilege.”center_img Barnett leads the ABAlast_img read more

New City HQ for Close Bros

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