A decision on whether to raise, retain or scrap the retirement age is stillsome time off, despite newspaper claims it is imminent. The Sunday Times claimed a leaked cabinet paper revealed that ministersintend to raise or abolish the retirement age of 65 and plan to make anannouncement “within weeks”. But sources at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) denied this whenasked by Personnel Today, saying a final decision was far from made and anannouncement had definitely not been scheduled. The Sunday Times also claimed that a letter from trade and industrysecretary Patricia Hewitt “anticipates a Cabinet row over anydecision”. The Government is planning action on retirement age to meet the EU directivebanning age discrimination at work. The DTI has been consulting widely with business, to assess the impact ofraising mandatory retirement ages. The CBI and manufacturing body EEF are both worried any alteration will makeit difficult to manage older workers. Retirement age rumour denied by GovernmentOn 29 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail 1) Soldiers Homecoming // October 31, 2015. Governor Pence welcomes home approximately 160 soldiers of the 1313thEngineer Company, headquartered in Franklin. The 1313th Engineer Company returned after serving the last nine months conducting engineering operations in Kuwait to support the ongoing drawdown of Operation Enduring Freedom.2) Indiana Chamber of Commerce // November 4, 2015. Governor Pence boasts Indiana’s economic success before the Indiana Chamber of Commerce at their 26th Annual Awards Dinner.3) Trick-or-Treating // October 31, 2015. Governor Mike Pence, dressed as a cowboy, and First Lady Karen Pence, dressed as a First Lady(bug) hand out Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters at the Governor’s Residence.4) Business Roundtable // November 4, 2015. Governor Pence welcomes Latino business and community leaders to the Governor’s Office for a roundtable discussion.5) Fox Ridge Nature Park Dedication // November 5, 2015. Governor Pence celebrates the dedication of the Fox Ridge Nature Park with local officials; a project funded, in part, with a grant from the state’s Bicentennial Nature Trust.
We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE we have received numerous e-mails stating that the Ford Center has had only one event during the months of June and July?…we also been informed that as of today the Ford Center doesn’t have one event planned for the month of August? …we wonder how the City is able to pay for the annual bond payment on the Ford Center?IS IT TRUE we give five (5) cheers to the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Department for finally filing a lawsuit against the owners of the McCurdy for the $900,000 water and sewer bill owed to them?IS IT TRUE that it looks like a final legal agreement between Deaconess Hospital-Evansville and Henderson Community Methodist Hospital Hospital has been consummated? …we give the officials at Deaconess Hospital-Evansville credit for seemly making a savvy business agreement between the two area hospitals? … we are told that the quality of healthcare in the Henderson area should dramatically improve after the merger of services between the two area hospitals? …we wish both hospitals the best in the future and hope that the citizens of Henderson County area will continue receiving up-to-date and affordable healthcare?IS IT TRUE we have attached a couple questions that a few CCO readers sent us? …the questions are: 1) Have there been any recent employee changes in the HCMH OBGYN department at Henderson Community Methodist Hospital? 2) Has the Henderson Community Methodist Hospital inpatient pediatrics unit been closed? If so, what hospital are the pediatric patients from Henderson Community Methodist Hospital being transferred to? 3) Are any of the Henderson Community Methodist Hospital ICU and Long-Term Care critical care patients being transferred to other Hospitals in Evansville? 4) Is the Radiation Oncology Center at Henderson Community Methodist Hospital is now closed? If so, was the “certificate of need” to operate a Radiation Oncology Center at the Henderson Community Methodist Hospital transferred to Deaconess Hospital-Evansville? 5) Are the majority of the Henderson Community Methodist Hospital Cath patients being transferred to Deaconess Hospital-Evansville? 6) What’s the status of the Gastroenterology Department at Henderson Community Methodist Hospital? (7) Have some Henderson Community Methodist Hospital family practice doctors entered into ACO with Deaconess-Evansville? If so, are they referring their patients to specialists such as cardiology, gastroenterology, oncology employed by Deaconess Hospital-Evansville?IS IT TRUE we found the comment posted in the CCO by VFW POST 1114 worth reposting? …he said; “The LST represents the dedication to our US Veterans who fought and died for their country. I, for one, and proud of the commitment the City is showing our United States Veterans”. “There are people in here who post who regularly write their support of the enemies of the United States like Putin’s communist Russia, support Putin’s attacks through Trump on NATO, and support the ACLU rights of the Nazi’s who marched at Charlottesville”. “SHAME on you. God bless the United States of America. God bless our US Veterans.”IS IT TRUE we wish that our locally elected officials, business leaders of this region, patriots and Veterans groups would feel similar about the Veterans Memorial Colosseum as they do the LST? …its time that the citizens of this community demand that the Veterans Memorial Colosseum receive the same media attention and financial support as the LST does? …its time that the community brings back the “Veterans Memorial Colosseum” to its original grandeur? …we join VFW POST 1114 CCO poster in saying “God bless the United States of America and God bless our US Veterans”?IS IT TRUE that the Evansville city employees hospitalization fund has been insufficiently funded over several years? …the city’s hospitalization fund, from which city employee medical claims are paid, has had a negative balance of several millions of dollars over the last several years? …we are now hearing that the city’s hospitalization fund will not be an issue in the proposed 2019 City budget? …all we can say is “very interesting?”IS IT TRUE that the EPA has allowed the City of Evansville to pussyfoot around with the lead contamination issue in the Jacobsville area for over 18 years? …the real tragedy is that lead poisoning can be treated, but any damage caused by contaminated lead cannot be reversed? …we hope that before the City build the new $28 million dollar Aqua Center at Garvin Park they will do an extensive testing of possible lead contamination and toxic cleaning chemicals problems in the Garvin Park?IS IT TRUE that in the past we have been a little critical of At-Large City Councilman Jonathon Weaver? …we have been watching with interest how Mr. Weaver is handling the position of Finance Chairmen of City Council? …we must say we are extremely pleased in the way he is conducting himself in this most important and powerful governmental position?IS IT TRUE that several people are expressing disappointment that 3rd Ward City Councilmen G John Hayden, CPA has been extremely quiet concerning City of Evansville financial issues? …we hope that he becomes more engaged in discussing the city’s financial issues in the future?IS IT TRUE we been told by several reliable sources that the officials of the ECHO HOUSING are still spending Federal, State, and local grant money despite an ongoing Forensic audit and an alleged criminal investigation by the Feds?Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: Are you pleased with the direction that the State of Indiana is headed?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”. 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Muse is back with a new song “Dig Down” after two years of musical silence. The new track is accompanied by an illustrious music video that shows a female warrior fighting through villains. The song was co-produced by Mike Elizondo and Muse and mixed by Spike Stent, and is Muse’s first new release since 2015’s Drones.“When I was writing this song I was looking to counteract the current negativity in the world and give inspiration, optimism and hope to people to fight for the causes they believe in,” frontman Matt Bellamy explains a press release, “that as individuals we can choose to change the world if we want to.”To play on the emotions of triumph over tragedy, the music video depicts Lauren Wasser, a former model and athlete who lost her leg to toxic shock syndrome.Director Lance Drake explains, “I’d heard about Lauren a year or so ago, I read her story and she gave me personal inspiration so I’d always kept her in mind to shoot with one day. The power of the song made me think of her … so I wrote the video narrative based on Lauren’s story and how she overcame the odds.”Dig on “Dig Down”:While there is no definitive news on any album, we can expect that with this single and their upcoming tour dates, Muse has new music hiding up their sleeve.Muse 2017 Tour Dates:05/20 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre05/21 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre06/03 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater06/04 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Festival06/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre06/08 – New Orleans, LA Champions Square06/10 – Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater06/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theater06/13 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre06/15 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion06/18 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival07/13 – Pemberton, BC @ Pemberton Music Festival07/15 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest07/16 – Quebec, QC @ Festival d’ete Quebec07/18 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage07/22 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater08/01 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion08/03 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza08/05 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival08/23 – Belfast, IE @ Belfast Vital08/25 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival08/27 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival09/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre09/16 – San Diego, CA @ KAABOO Del Mar09/18 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre09/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre09/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful
When Jane Pickering assumes her new role as William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology July 1, she will have an eye on both the past and the future of the famed museum. Pickering, who was named to the position yesterday by Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay, has been the executive director of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) for six years. She has more than 30 years of experience working in university museums, and was appointed to the National Museum and Library Services Board by President Barack Obama in 2016.Pickering spoke with the Gazette about her love of artifacts, her leadership experience, and her plans for the Peabody.Q&AJane PickeringGAZETTE: What has it been like to be part of the Harvard museum community?PICKERING: I’ve been at Harvard for six years and have loved being here. There are so many amazing people on campus, and having the opportunity to work across FAS has been an incredible experience. We have a wonderful community here of museum people — people who are working in the museums, as well as all the people who are interested in and supportive of the work that the museums are doing.I vividly remember, like most people who have seen them, the moment I first saw the Glass Flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which are impossible to explain to anyone who hasn’t been in the gallery. One of my favorite things is watching a visitor’s face when they realize they are made of glass. It’s just one example of the millions of spectacular objects in the Harvard collections, and so for a museum person like me, it is a perfect place to be.GAZETTE: What have you learned about museum education from your experience as executive director of HMSC?PICKERING: I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished at HMSC, which I think has demonstrated the huge educational potential of the FAS collections, particularly in serving the wider community. We’ve had a huge increase in attendance, with more than 300,000 annual visitors to the museums. We completed 21 major exhibitions in our first five years, together with innovative programs for public and K‒12 audiences. More than 150 faculty have been part of museum activities in meaningful ways — as exhibit curators, advising us on program development, and working on presentations. I’m proud of how we’ve worked across campus, playing a leadership role in how museums can work together and being a model for other universities.Learning through museum collections is an unparalleled experience, hard to describe and unique in its impact. Back when I was doing my degree in museum studies, we had an exercise called “50 Ways to Look at a Big Mac Box” to help us think about different aspects of knowledge. Here at Harvard, initiatives like Professor Laurel Ulrich’s “Tangible Things” project can compare extraordinary objects like a Tiffany vase with a Glass Flower to question traditional categories of knowledge. The power of “real things” is unequalled, whether it is being able to touch one of the oldest rocks on Earth or view an exquisite Hopewell mica effigy.The museums play a fundamental role in the student experience both inside and outside the classroom; more than 85 percent of undergraduates use museum collections during their time here. At HMSC, we worked on initiatives to facilitate the use of the museums outside the classroom, like helping students learn the important skill of how to communicate research to a broad public. For several years, students from the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology course “Biology of Fungi” have run a Fabulous Fungus Fair for our visitors.As online and nonresidential learning become more mainstream, it’s important to think about how students benefit from a residential experience like Harvard. “I’m proud of how we’ve worked across campus, playing a leadership role in how museums can work together and being a model for other universities.” Photographer documents the region through the lens of the area’s natural resources The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. GAZETTE: What makes the Peabody so distinctive?PICKERING: The collections at the Peabody are extraordinary. They are the largest university-based collection of their type in the world, comparable with some of the greatest museums in the U.S. and elsewhere. They cover the entire globe and range of human history and are an irreplaceable record of individuals’ and communities’ creativity and culture. It will be a privilege to collaborate with people both on- and off-campus to think about the unique questions [the collections] raise and the opportunities they enable, unrivaled teaching opportunities and hundreds of research projects being just the start.I thought this position was an exciting way to remain part of the museum community at Harvard, but also to have the opportunity to work more deeply with the Peabody in particular. I think we have the opportunity to be leaders when it comes to thinking about the profound issues facing us and other museums across the world.Under former President Drew Faust, and now under President Larry Bacow, Harvard is beginning to grapple with its past, and, building on the research and programs already underway, the Peabody can play a crucial role in that process.There are many questions about how to be an ethical steward of anthropological collections today. What does it mean in terms of storage and conservation, but also, what does it mean in regard to our responsibility to society and to indigenous communities around the world? Those questions are fundamental for the Peabody. And Harvard is a place where you can address these challenging issues in novel ways, using the collections to foster deep conversation and embrace the perspectives of multiple stakeholders. GAZETTE: What are your goals for your next Harvard chapter at the Peabody?PICKERING: I’m looking forward to supporting the incredibly talented museum staff. Under Director Jeffrey Quilter’s excellent and thoughtful leadership, they have expanded academic programs, completed many significant collections stewardship and conservation projects, and created new publications, exhibitions, and programs that bring the collections to life.On the conservation side, Peabody staff have worked on numerous projects, like a recent collaborative and in-depth study of a unique Alutiiq warrior-whaler kayak with Alutiiq consultants, that is now on display at the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska. Using new analytical techniques to investigate the materials in its construction, the group was able to facilitate conservation of an irreplaceable object and develop knowledge of technologies that inform contemporary kayak-making and promote public awareness of Alutiiq maritime traditions. Harvard administrator will begin five-year term on July 1 Framing the Caspian Sea The Harvard Yard Archaeological Project is another wonderful example of the staff’s work on educational programming. I was thrilled that we were able to livestream activities into K‒12 classrooms around the country this past fall, so middle-school students could interact with the students taking the class on campus.I am also enthusiastic to work closely with the Peabody’s new faculty executive board, which is currently being appointed by Dean Gay, especially in thinking about the distinctive role of a university museum on campus, within the wider community, and as leaders within the museum field. These are questions I’ve addressed throughout my career.One of the exciting things about the Peabody is there is enormous interest across campus in the collections and their potential. The Peabody is very closely tied with the departments of Anthropology and Human Evolutionary Biology, but also collaborates with the Divinity School, Law School, and departments across FAS. This is something that makes the job very inspiring because when I look at the collections, the cross-disciplinary possibilities are endless. Related Pickering named director of Peabody Museum
If you don’t like raking, bagging and dragging leaves to the curb, recycle your leaves into mulch. Leaves are nature’s way of creating a natural blanket for protecting tree and plant roots from extreme cold temperatures. If you remove leaves, you must replace them with some other mulch. Large, whole leaves tend to get blown around and don’t stay within their landscape bed boundaries. The key to successfully using leaves for mulch is to shred them with a lawn mower, bagging attachment or leaf shredder so that they won’t blow away. Use alone or with pine straw or barkA three to five inch layer of shredded leaves can be used around trees, shrubs, annuals or perennials. If you don’t like the look of shredded leaves, use them as a base under a top layer of bark or pine straw mulch. This will also reduce the amount of mulch that you need to buy. Once you learn to appreciate the benefits of leaves, you might find yourself scouring the neighborhood at night to collect bags of leaves that others have discarded. And, leaves incorporated into the fall vegetable garden will become rich, dark humus by next spring.Fall is the best time for planting trees, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, herbaceous perennials and cool-season annuals. Plants established in the fall require less water and are less likely to suffer from drought-related stress next summer. New plants need mulchBe sure to mulch new plants immediately after planting to reduce weeds and provide extra insulation. Even though these plants may go dormant on top, the roots underground will continue to grow all winter long. Mulch will help roots of newly planted trees and shrubs acclimate to the cold faster while they are becoming established this winter. When spring arrives, these plants will have well-developed root systems and be better prepared for possible drought.
The Central Vermont & New Hampshire Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will be re-opening its doors to the public, but thankfully not in response to a disaster. On October 22nd, from 11:00am – 1:00pm, the Red Cross will host an Open House to mark the opening of its 117 Strongs Avenue property in Rutland as the new headquarters of its Central Vermont & New Hampshire Valley Chapter. The Red Cross will also demonstrate its revitalized presence in the Rutland community by providing free training in adult CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to a total of 100 people over the course of that weekend.The programmed portion of the event, including the presentation of a proclamation from Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras and remarks by former National American Red Cross President Jack McGuire, will take place during the October 22nd Open House at 12:15pm.The Red Cross has a rich history in Rutland, but over the past several years its downtown Rutland building has largely lay dormant after water damage to parts of the building. The building has returned to active use with a full-time staff presence, increased use by disaster services volunteers and a regular schedule of lifesaving classes such as CPR, First Aid, Babysitting and more. Now serving as the Chapter Headquarters, the Rutland office will be the hub of activity for the entire Central Vermont & New Hampshire Valley Chapter. The Chapter encompasses Rutland, Washington, Orange and the northern half of Windsor County, along with 12 New Hampshire communities in Sullivan and Grafton counties.‘The Blood Services arm of the American Red Cross has an incredibly deep connection to the Rutland Community,’ remarked Larry Crist, Regional Executive of the Vermont & New Hampshire Valley American Red Cross. ‘Our open house provides us with the opportunity to share with Rutland, and towns throughout Central Vermont and the Upper Valley, the many other ways that the Red Cross and its dedicated volunteers serve the community.’ In addition to offering classes in lifesaving skills such as CPR, First Aid and aquatic safety; the American Red Cross provides assistance to members of the armed services and their families; and provides local disaster assistance at no cost to community members when disaster strikes. Disaster services include food, individual and mass sheltering, clothing and more. Red Cross disaster services are supported by the generosity of donors.To promote their mission of helping people to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, the Red Cross will be providing 100 people with free adult CPR and AED training. For those interested, they will have three sessions to choose from:Friday, October 22nd from 1:00pm – 5:00pmSaturday, October 23rd from 8:30am – 12:30pmSunday, October 24th from 12:00pm – 4:00pmThe class size for each session is limited to 34 students. People can pre-register by calling 773-9159 or stopping by the Chapter Headquarters at 117 Strongs Avenue to sign up. Walk-ins will be accepted, but only if space is available.As the Red Cross prepares for this event, they have received support of the public, Mayor Tom Louras, and the local business community. The ability to offer free CPR training has been made possible through the support of Rutland Regional Medical Center, Casella Waste Systems and Catamount Radio. ‘The public/private relationships that have helped make this event possible are invaluable to the Red Cross,’ Regional Executive Crist added.Source: American Red Cross (Rutland, VT – October 5, 2010) ###
Population: 609,893Public lands: Jefferson Memorial Forest, Daniel Boone National Forest, Beargrass Creek Greenway at Irish Hill, Caperton Swamp, Kulmer Reserve, Waverly Park, Parklands of Floyds Park, Waterfront Park, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Red River GorgeActivities: Mountain and road biking, climbing the Red, spelunking, camping and paddling the Land Between the Lakes
Some of the songs on Christian Lopez’s recently released debut album, Onward, were written when he was only 14. Wise beyond his years, but still fresh-faced now at 20, the West Virginia-based tunesmith is quickly emerging as Americana’s next great artist behind an authentic sound that’s steeped in lyrical honesty.To make his new album, Lopez traveled to Nashville and worked with one of the hottest roots-revival producers in town, Dave Cobb, who helmed Jason Isbell’s Southeastern and Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Lopez isn’t as edgy as the two aforementioned songwriters, but he clearly has a dusty soul, channeling his Appalachian heart through a clear pop-minded voice.“The music is still changing,” Lopez says when asked about his sound. “I don’t try to confine it, but right now if it’s falling into that Americana world, I’m happy to be there.”Lopez grew up in Shepherdstown, inspired by the surroundings of West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, specifically the Potomac River. Musical influence first came from his dad’s record collection, which favored the classic rock of AC/DC and Pink Floyd, but as Lopez got older he started digging country icons Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash and then young revivalists like the Avett Brothers and Trampled by Turtles.In high school he got an acoustic guitar and started writing songs, eventually developing the courage to sing them at open-mic nights at local spots like the Blue Moon Café. Lopez tried to tangle with the industry machine, twice becoming a Hollywood finalist on American Idol, but he’s since realized he’s more suited more for the grassroots scene, gigging incessantly with his namesake band.He’s opened for Zac Brown Band and Dave Matthews Band, but as a headliner Lopez is still working his way through clubs and bars. He’s particularly looking forward to the chance to make new fans during the band’s three sets at FloydFest later this month.“We’re working towards a lot of goals, and that keeps us going,” Lopez says. “We’ve got a lot of hope, and gas in the tank. That’s all we need.”Lopez penned all the songs on Onward, except for a twangy version of the traditional “Oh Those Tombs,” which was made popular by Hank Williams. His originals move between introspective country on the “The Man I Was Before,” the weary front-porch ballad “Seven Years,” and the breezy modern rock of “Will I See You Again” and “Pick Me Up.”“They’re songs that I’ve had with me my whole life,” Lopez says. “They were written from the time I was 14 to the months before we went to record, so they’re personal to me. In the studio we tried to capture the first reaction from everybody’s first listen. That’s something Dave (Cobb) likes to do. The first or second take is your body, your mind, and your heart’s first reaction to the music. Whatever comes out is the way it should be.”This summer Lopez will be mostly living in his motorhome, touring with the band through August, playing shows as far west as California. Despite his new cred in Music City, he says whenever he gets a break, it’s always taken back home in West Virginia.“Everybody in Nashville asks me, ‘When are you going to move down here?’” Lopez says. “I won’t ever leave West Virginia. It’s a great place to call home—good people, good food, good music—everything you could ask for.”—West Virginia’s Christian Lopez Delivers a Tight Twangy DebutCol. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit is reuniting for a full tour.The short-lived underground favorite came out of Atlanta at the tail end of the ‘80s with an exploratory rock sound that blended jazz chops with an outer-limits attitude. With Hampton as the ringleader, the outfit featured a list of all-star players who have gone on to bigger success, including bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), guitarist Jimmy Herring (The Dead, Widespread Panic), and drummer Jeff Sipe (Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams).The band started with weekly gigs at Atlanta’s Five Points Pub and went on to play large amphitheaters with Phish, Widespread Panic, and Blues Traveler on the H.O.R.D.E. tour at the dawn of the second-generation jam band explosion. While many feel ARU was the best of the bunch, the group disbanded in the mid-’90s before reaching its full potential. While reunion shows have popped up over the years, the band is finally getting back together for a full tour, starting in Colorado at the end of this month and heading to its native South for a bunch of dates in early August.aquariumrescueunit.com
Panel seeks unbundled rule Panel seeks unbundled rule Senior EditorSaying it was beyond their scope to write it, a special committee is recommending to the Supreme Court that it direct the appropriate rules committee to draft a rule allowing unbundled legal services, including representation in court. The Special Committee on Unbundled Legal Services held its last meeting September 6 during the Bar’s General Meeting to hash out what its final recommendation should be to the Bar Board of Governors later this month. Unbundled services have generally been defined as allowing attorneys to perform specific tasks for pro se litigants, such as advising about court procedures, drafting specific documents, or appearing at a specific hearing, without taking on all aspects of a case. Another cited example would have a pro se litigant hiring an attorney on child support and representation issues in a divorce but handling other matters, such as property issues, alone. While committee members generally agreed that attorneys should be able to provide limited and specific help to clients, much of the discussion centered on whether that limited help should include appearing in courts. Committee members decided that it should. “This is a concept that will aid in the access to justice, particularly in the family law area,” said committee member Sally Kest. Committee member Richard West, a member of the Family Law Section executive council, made the motion that the committee recommend that the Supreme Court instruct the Family Law Rules Committee to draft a rule specifically allowing the delivery of limited and specific services. “Conceptually what I’m trying to do is let the Supreme Court put the pressure where the pressure should be,” he said. Members noted that the Family Law Section has endorsed and suggested a family law rule for unbundled services. They also said the court’s Family Law Rules Committee has taken the position a rule isn’t needed for out-of-court appearances, and a rule would be too problematic for court appearances. Committee members and Bar Counsel Tony Boggs, however, said allowing limited appearances in court would require changing the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. The Supreme Court’s Family Law Steering Committee has said it is an important issue that should be explored, but not their role to propose a rule change. West and Jeannie Etter, another Family Law Section member, both attended a recent conference on pro se and access issues in Arizona. They reported that Arizona, which has the only unbundled rule in the country, has found that rule allows improved access with no increase in ethical or malpractice complaints against lawyers. West also said there’s already a model in Florida in the Department of Revenue’s representation of parents in getting child support. He noted that the department attorneys may file a paternity action to get child support and the father will respond that he’ll pay, but only if visitation rights are granted. The department, West said, will say that their only concern is with support and other issues will have to be addressed separately. “I’ve always assumed that such a thing existed,” said committee member Austin Peele. “You could sign on for something other than a court appearance, you could contract with a client to provide a specific amount of legal services.” Committee members said there will be problems in working out a way to provide unbundled services. “Part of the problem in family law is the need to go into court with a client mainly on a custody issue, but if you go in, now you’re on the hook for all the financial issues as well,” Kest noted. West asked, “How do you get the lawyer to take on the responsibility for conducting or taking on a trial when they haven’t been responsible for the pretrial discovery and preparation?” Committee Chair and Bar Board of Governors member Sharon Langer said there are also questions about whether the court should be told if an attorney helps a pro se litigant prepare motions and other papers or helps coach the litigant. The committee unanimously approved the motion to recommend that a rule be drafted allowing unbundled services, including court appearances by lawyers. It will be presented to the Board of Governors at its October 19 meeting in Boca Raton. October 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News