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Andover, MA (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2018 – The Massachusetts School of Law (MSLAW) is proud to announce that esteemed athlete, sports educator, administrator, coach, and executive, Peter Roby will deliver the commencement address at the school’s June 1st graduation ceremony. Roby will also receive MSLAW’s highest award, an honorary law degree.
Recently retired after a decade as Northeastern University’s Athletic Director, Roby is a former men’s basketball head coach at Harvard University, marketing vice president at Reebok and director of Northeastern’s Center for Sport in Society. He also served as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for five years and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute of International Sport in 2007.
Northeastern’s competitive success during Roby’s tenure was matched only by its student-athletes’ performance in the classroom, and community service involvement. He is also known as a champion of the role sports can play in bringing about positive social change through research, education and advocacy.
“Peter’s proven leadership skills, along with his legacy of encouraging student academic excellence and community service involvement are inspirational,” says MSLAW’s Dean, Michael L. Coyne. “We’re honored to have him join us at our Commencement Exercises.”
The Massachusetts School of Law graduation ceremony will take place on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m at the Collins Center in Andover, located at 100 Shawsheen Road.
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The New Zealand Law Society has announced the members of the working group which will consider if improvements can be made to enable better reporting of harassment in the legal profession to the Law Society.
The working group will be chaired by Dame Silvia Cartwright, who was a District Court Judge from 1981, Chief District Court Judge from 1989 and appointed to the High Court in 1993. Dame Silvia served as Governor-General from 2001 to 2006 and then took up a position as one of 13 international trial judges on the United Nations Tribunal investigating war crimes in Cambodia. She served on the tribunal until 2014.
The other members are:
Jane Drumm, General Manager of Shine a national charity to target and prevent domestic abuse and family violence. Before becoming Shine’s Executive Director in 1998 she worked as a Victim Advisor for Auckland District Court and as a Probation Officer for 13 years.
Philip Hamlin, Barrister. Mr Hamlin was admitted to the bar in October 1982 and is an experienced criminal barrister. He is a former Crown Prosecutor and has practised as a barrister sole since September 2013. His areas of legal expertise include sex crimes, child abuse and homicides, expert evidence, pornography and computer internet crime.
Joy Liddicoat, Assistant Commissioner (Policy and Operations), Office of the Privacy Commissioner. Ms Liddicoat was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in August 1988 and took up her current role in January 2015. Her career has also included eight years as a Commissioner with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, legal practice, and seven years as Director of the Domain Name Commission Ltd.
Elisabeth McDonald, Professor of Law, University of Canterbury. Professor McDonald graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 1988 and became a lecturer there in June 1989. She worked at the Law Commission on secondment for two years and her research focus has been in criminal law, the law of evidence, law and sexuality, and feminist legal theory. She took up her role at Canterbury in November 2016.
The working group is required to consider whether the existing regulatory framework, practices and processes enable adequate reporting of harassment or inappropriate workplace behaviour within the legal profession, along with how better support can be provided to those making reports of sensitive issues, and the adequacy of the regulatory framework to enable effective action to be taken where such conduct is alleged.
The working group will report to the New Zealand Law Society.
Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2018 – Inebriated driving is a serious problem in Texas, so much so, that police have implemented No Refusal DWI Initiative days in an attempt to prevent people from drinking and driving.
In Austin, No Refusal days usually run holidays and weekends, with police able to obtain warrants to draw blood for drivers refusing sobriety tests during a DWI stop. This year, the Austin Police Department will start No Refusal days in the middle of the afternoon, during 2018’s South by Southwest (SXSW) to catch intoxicated drivers. The No Refusal days initiative began in 2005.
In fact, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) began disbursing grants to law enforcement agencies and over the past ten years has handed out over $410 million on various anti intoxicated driving programs. Most of the funds, which come from the federal government, are used on DWI campaigns and given to police departments asking for No Refusal days grants for more resources and staff. In 2017, the Austin Police Department received federal support funds of about $1.5 million for 142 No Refusal days — a record number of enforcement days.
Some research indicates that DWI crashes are actually higher on No Refusal days than during a regular day. For instance, 2017 data showed a 42 percent increase in DWI collisions on No Refusal days when compared to days when the campaign was not enforced. “This begs the question of whether or not No Refusal days are working,” pointed out Austin wrongful death attorney, Brooks Schuelke. Austin Police however feel No Refusal days are effective and more drivers are consenting to breath and blood testing.
According to a TxDOT study to evaluate No Refusal day’s effectiveness, the results were not clear and the Director of the Center for Alcohol & Drug Education Studies at Texas A&M, Troy Walden stated, “I think the jury’s still out.”
“The long and short of these No Refusal days is that there still needs to be more research to determine how effective they are,” added Schuelke. “In the meantime, if they make a difference, then they are important for the community.”
For those who have been involved in a fatal collision with a drunk driver, it is best to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney about filing a lawsuit. In situations like that, the criminal charges would move forward first, while the civil wrongful death lawsuit could follow.
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A Wellington lawyer has been struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors for disgraceful and dishonourable conduct.
Ian David Hay was found guilty of one charge which included a reckless breach of Rule 5.10 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008.
The charge before the Disciplinary Tribunal related to circumstances surrounding his guarantee of a $200,000 loan from the complainant to a company he was associated with and then failing to repay her the money.
Mr Hay used the funds largely to pay off his own debts, rather than putting them into the Queenstown development which had been discussed with the complainant.
Ian Hay’s defence counsel had submitted to the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal that a censure and imposing restrictions on his practice would be a more appropriate penalty.
The Tribunal disagreed.
New Zealand Law Society President Kathryn Beck says the Tribunal’s descriptions of Mr Hay’s behaviour were very apt.
“Terms such as ‘outrageous’, ‘disgraceful’, ‘dishonourable’ and ‘blatant obfuscation’ leave no doubt as to the impact of his actions on the complainant and also on the reputation of the legal profession.”
Mr Hay had three previous disciplinary findings against him and was also declared bankrupt in 2014.
“The consequences of his actions to the complainant have been extremely grave. She obtained a judgment against Mr Hay for $227, 293.15. However, none of this money was repaid to her because Mr Hay was bankrupted,” Ms Beck says.
The Tribunal noted that Mr Hay has since come out of bankruptcy and his circumstances are described as modest.
Ian Hay who had been a lawyer for 32 years was struck off the roll on 17 April. He has been ordered to pay $25,000 to the complainant, which is the maximum amount of compensation the Tribunal is able to award.
He has also been ordered to pay costs to the Law Society’s prosecuting standards committee of $33,095.74.
The legal profession’s regulator, the New Zealand Law Society, is to pay the Tribunal costs of $14,922.
Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2018 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new mission statement on February 22, 2018 that no longer mentions the provision “services” as part of the mission of the agency. Those seeking services include U.S. Citizens and foreign nationals as petitioners and applicants. The revised statement places emphasis instead on serving “the American people” and ensuring ineligible individuals or those who “would do us harm” are not given immigration benefits.
USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna announced the revisions in a letter emailed to agency employees. He claimed that using the word “customers” to refer to applicants gave the false implication that USCIS serves others rather than Americans. Cissna also said it incorrectly “promotes an institutional culture” in an agency that should not be viewed in a commercial or business sense.
“The USCIS’ revised mission statement removes reference to petitioners for U.S. immigration benefits and foreign national applicants as its customers. This is a strange shift for a federal agency that by law is a user fee funded agency where petitioner and foreign national applicants pay fees for services,” said Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C.
“USCIS mission is to adjudicate benefits and thereby provide services to those who seek and pay for them,” said Rabinowitz. “By removing the word ‘customer’ from its mission statement, USCIS shifts its focus away from providing a service, despite the agency’s name: the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. And the people that pay fees for services are its customers, no matter what USCIS says. How well it does that job determines just what level of service U.S. citizens, U.S. employers and foreign nationals alike receive.”
The revised mission statement also shifts the focus to protecting the homeland by removing a phrase that referred to the historically accurate statement that the United States is a “nation of immigrants.” Cissna’s letter said the new statement explains USCIS’s role in the U.S. immigration system while reflecting the agency’s “commitment to the American people.”
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