I’m really late introducing you to Ed Markowski. So, here’s a sneak peek that should hold you until tomorrow’s formal presentation.
Do you notice anything different
about Ed’s approach
catching * * snowflakes
on * * our tongues
between * * kisses
the gospel choir
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House Majority Leader John Rogers, the head of a commission studying indigent legal services in Massachusetts said today that the Commission — which is expected to issue its report next week — will recommend another payhike for private lawyers who represent the poor. (details here, from Boston Herald, March 21, 2005) (prior posts, links here)
It’s springtime, and anyone with a dog knows that sunshine can uncover
things we’d rather not see (or step on). Nonetheless, the legal reform
group HALT is contuinng to fight for better disclosure of judicial
financial holdings, while shining its own spotlight on the problem of
influence federal judges too,” March 4, 2005). Also, check out HALT’s
the soccer ball emerges
month. The following legal reform provisions are now part of CFA’s 2005
Policy Resolutions Manual (from the HALT eJournal, March 16, 2005)
CFA Endorses HALT Recommendation of Gift Receipt Restrictions for Judges.
CFA supports strict limitations on the gifts that federal and state judges may
accept. Judicial standards should parallel the standards imposed upon the
executive and legislative branches, not to exceed de minimus amounts.
CFA Endorses HALT Proposal to Require Written Professional Fee Agreements.
Any professional licensed by the state must provide clients with plain language
written fee agreements and send itemized monthly statements when fees are incurred.
CFA Endorses HALT Recommendation for the Creation of Free Legal Hotlines for
Low-Income Seniors. CFA supports the establishment and generous public and private
funding of free legal hotlines for low-income seniors, staffed by licensed attorneys and
covered by legal malpractice insurance. Senior hotlines should exist nationwide.
CFA Endorses HALT Recommendation for the Implementation of Small Claims
Court Advisors. CFA supports expanding the availability of legal self-help through
small claims court systems. Such expanded access should include small claims advisors.
Small claims advisors are individuals other than clerks with an understanding of small
claims procedures whose primary duties are to explain those procedures to small claims
litigants and guide them through their cases.
MCI. (Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, March 14, 2005). The MCI board is expected to
make its choice between suitors on March 28th. The AAI statement concludes:
“On balance, and after a necessarily abbreviated analysis, the AAI holds the opinion
that an acquisition of MCI by Qwest rather than Verizon would better serve the public’s
interest in a competitive telecommunications market. Our conclusion is based primarily
on the expected competitive landscape post-acquisition in the business wireline and the
internet “IP backbone” markets.”
The NYT article on Saturday about unbundling broadband from local phone
service also suggest that Qwest might have a better attitude about providing
consumers what they want. (“Dangling Broadband From the Phone Stick, “March 19, 2005)
last day of winter —
the early buds
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