Chief Justice asks lawyers to consider running for office

first_img April 1, 2002 Managing Editor Regular News Chief Justice asks lawyers to consider running for office Mark D. Killian Managing EditorBe they Democrats or Republicans, the state needs more lawyer-legislators, according to Chief Justice Charles Wells.Addressing the Board of Governors in Tallahassee in March, the Chief Justice said lawyers — especially young lawyers — have the talent and expertise necessary to effectively serve the state and their communities.“The important thing is that we have people who are truly oriented toward public service,” Chief Justice Wells said. “What is increasingly clear to me is that the legislature is where the decisions of this state have to be made in the entire spectrum of the quality of life in Florida.”More lawyer-legislators would not just advance the interests of the profession or the judiciary, but benefit the state as a whole, Wells said.“I know that there is a lot of public sentiment or comment that people don’t want lawyers in these offices, but I don’t think that is really true,” he said. “I think that if lawyers are willing to make the sacrifice to perform that kind of service — especially young lawyers, lawyers in their 30s, and law firms that have talented people who could perform that type of public service in office — Florida truly needs that type of talent in the legislature.”There are currently 31 lawyers in the 120-member House of Representatives and 13 of 40 senators are lawyers.Wells said lawyer-legislators are needed now more than ever “because the passage of laws in all sorts of areas just demand there be technical expertise by people who are trained in the law.”Wells said he is encouraged by the fact that a number of young lawyers were elected to the legislature in 2000.“But we need more lawyers, and more lawyers that would see that serving in the legislature is something that would really benefit their communities and this state,” he said. “I think there can be really no substitute, and the time is now that we get members of the legal profession actively involved in the legislative process.”Wells asked the members of the board to go back to their communities and recruit lawyers to run for state office. Chief Justice asks lawyers to consider running for officelast_img read more


Syracuse earns crucial win over Seton Hall to remain in Big East hunt

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 29, 2012 at 9:51 am Contact Jack: [email protected] Phil Wheddon knew Friday’s match was a must-win if his team wants to be a competitor in the Big East. Syracuse had too much in its favor to let it slip away.“Those are exactly the words I used,” Wheddon said.  “We’re at home, we had a big crowd, the stadium looked great, this for us was a must-win.”The Orange (6-4-2, 3-1-1 Big East) used all of that to its advantage en route to a 3-1 win over Seton Hall (6-7, 1-4) Friday on a cold, rainy night at SU Soccer Stadium in front of 313 fans. Three different players scored for Syracuse in a game where controlling the ball was a challenge because of the slippery turf.Despite Wheddon’s message to his team that the game was a “must-win,” Alyscha Mottershead said the players didn’t feel any added pressure.“In the Big East almost every game is a must-win game so it’s kind of pressure that you just have come to expect,” she said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPlayers struggled to find solid footing all game. With such a slick ball, both teams had to find a way to limit their mistakes.Seton Hall goalkeeper Gina Maiorana learned this the hard way in the 24th minute. After she extended too far outside of the box to clear a ball, Mottershead played the deflection right back into the box. Senior Jenna Rickan then headed the ball into an empty net to give the Orange a 1-0 lead.But in the 32nd minute, it was Syracuse who fell victim to an error when the ball slid through its backline and stopped in the box. Seton Hall forward Katie Ritter ripped the ball into the Orange goal to tie the game.Slippery conditions were highlighted again six minutes later when Seton Hall’s keeper, Alyssa Kelly, could not hold onto the ball and Mottershead kicked the loose ball past her to give Syracuse a 2-1 lead.Mottershead said that in such wet conditions, players have to follow the ball knowing that anything can happen.“You know that the keeper is going to have to make a difficult save and luckily for me I just followed it up,” Mottorshead said.In the 57th minute, freshman Erin Simon followed up a ball that came loose after an SU player slipped, crossing it into the box where Jackie Firenze headed it in to give the Orange a two-goal lead at 3-1. That gave Syracuse separation as it held the Pirates offense in check for the rest of the game.The Orange matched its season high for goals in a game with three, but the game was about the Orange defense. In the second half, Seton Hall only took one shot.Wheddon hopes to see his team play more like they did in the second half going forward.“I would love to see us put together a complete game at the back as well, I mean we dropped off and gave them a little bit too much space to play in the first half,” Wheddon said.  “In the second half once we condensed the field a bit and gave them less space to play we limited them to even fewer shots.”Mottershead said the slick conditions called for a need for a strong defensive effort because of the fluke plays that can result from the wet field. The defensive unit was ready for any challenges that came as a result of the weather.“If one person ever got beat, slipped, fell, then we’re always right behind them to save them,” Mottershead said. Commentslast_img read more


Does last season’s fate await USC? (Point)

first_imgIt looks familiar, doesn’t it? Last season USC, then 5-2 overall, hosted No. 1 Oregon on Halloween weekend. ESPN’s College GameDay visited the Coliseum for the nationally televised primetime matchup.In flight · When ESPN’s College GameDay visited USC last season, running back LaMichael James (above) and Oregon beat the Trojans at the Coliseum 53-32, handing the Trojans their third loss of the year. – Daily Trojan file photoSimilarly this season, USC (6-1) hosts another Pac-12 juggernaut in No. 4 Stanford. The Cardinal is also undefeated, as ESPN’s Emmy Award-winning college football pregame show descends upon Los Angeles.The circumstances are certainly familiar for these Trojans. But will it be different this time? Will USC give us a treat and play as it has in the last two games or will it only trick us into thinking things have really changed this time around?For many, USC’s resounding 31-17 victory over Notre Dame last Saturday in South Bend, Ind., signified a turning point in its season. Many dubbed the game USC coach Lane Kiffin’s signature win. Others believed the Trojans played their most complete game on both sides of the ball.With the win, USC thrust itself into the national spotlight, jumping to No. 20 in the Associated Press top-25 poll. Despite the ranking, fans should be warned: It’s déjà vu all over again.Yes, USC’s defense looked better against the Irish. It won the turnover battle three-to-zero and allowed just 226 passing yards and 41 rushing yards. But Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees isn’t typically mentioned in the same breath as Stanford signal caller Andrew Luck. Tailbacks Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray aren’t exactly Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor or Tyler Gaffney.The Trojan defense has certainly had its moments, but it hasn’t been consistent. A 17-0 lead midway through the second quarter should have been safe, but it wasn’t. Junior safety Jawanza Starling’s fumble recovery was a 14-point swing. Had Notre Dame scored, the Irish would have had all the momentum and it’s a coin flip the rest of the way.The Trojan defense has had its moments, but at times, it’s almost as if it’s 2010 again. A great offensive team like Stanford will capitalize on these weaknesses. Its offensive line has allowed just two sacks all season, which ranks first in the nation. Luck will have plenty of time to find his receivers and tight ends should USC not be able to pressure him. The Cardinal won’t turn the ball over in the red zone, it won’t make any unforced errors and it will score when given the opportunity.The USC offense also seems to be hitting its stride, but its toughest test will be against Stanford. USC coach Lane Kiffin has raved about physical front sevens from Utah and Notre Dame, but Stanford’s rushing defense ranks second in the nation behind Alabama. Its scoring defense ranks fourth in the nation and 18th in total defense.Another thing: Stanford has been nothing short of dominant this season and the second half of last season as it defeated its last 10 opponents by at least 25 points.The Trojans have made improvements on both sides of the ball, but still have room to grow. Sure, the last two games have been encouraging and even nice for a change. Beating up on Notre Dame — something that has been almost expected now — is one thing, but hanging with a top-five team in the nation is completely different. Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves: USC football has certainly turned the corner, but it just doesn’t have that killer instinct or aura about it that all great teams possess. And this weekend’s matchup against Stanford will prove the true measuring stick.Click here for a different viewpoint.last_img read more


UFC is to return to Ireland.

first_imgMcGregor and Mendes will square off for the interim featherweight championship at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The card is unlikely to feature Conor McGregor, but the likes of Cathal Pendred and Paddy Holahan should be among those entering the octagon that night.McGregor next sees action at UFC 189 on Saturday week, but he won’t be facing Jose Aldo.The featherweight champion has withdrawn from their title bout with a rib injury, and has been replaced by Chad Mendes.last_img