YLD Board Platform Statements

first_img February 1, 2002 Regular News YLD Board Platform Statements 16th Circuit, Seat 1 Samuel Jules Kaufman I am seeking your vote as a candidate for the seat representing Monroe County on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Most of us are not directly involved with the governance of The Florida Bar and do not have direct knowledge of what the Young Lawyers Division does in particular. I have decided to run for this seat in order to promote some changes within the Young Lawyers Division. I have three basic principles in mind that would improve the Young Lawyers Division and our group here in Monroe County. These principles are as follows:1. Promoting Professionalism : The Young Lawyers Division serves to assist The Florida Bar in its purposes including working to enhance the image and reputation of the legal profession and to promote professionalism within the Bar. I believe The Florida Bar should have a standing policy to include a designated position for a “young” lawyer on each grievance committee that exists in each county. The theory for this is that “young” lawyers should be involved in ethics questions and the grievance process. If elected, I will work towards this goal so that we will have greater participation with the grievance process and be more involved with the significant issues arising from alleged misconduct of lawyers in our community.2. Promoting Continued Education : The Young Lawyers Division currently sponsors and coordinates many “basic level” continuing legal education seminars throughout the state including Practicing with Professionalism. At the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors meetings I will advocate that “Basic Level” CLEs should be more practical and less theoretical. These seminars would be more useful when presenters are practitioners who can offer concrete and specific direction in the actual field of law being presented. In addition, the Young Lawyers Division should present one CLE per year in the Florida Keys.3. Promoting Community Service and the Image of Florida Lawyers : As a group we have so much to offer the community. Our collective skills can be organized to assist those who may not be able to afford an attorney. I propose that the Young Lawyers Division of Monroe County organize a community service project, either a pro se clinic for small claims petitioners or an immigration clinic. In turn, we may learn about an area of the law we did not know much about before and our image as lawyers will benefit from the news of our good work in our community. Community service work can benefit all of us!These are ideas that can be implemented with your help both during and after the election. There are 71 “young” lawyers who are eligible to vote in Monroe County this year in this election. With so few voters, every vote will certainly count. Therefore, if you agree with the goals I have stated above, I urge you to vote for me. You will receive a ballot in the mail on or about February 25, 2002. You must return your ballot by mail or vote online by March 21, 2002. Shawn Dwayne Smith (Statement and photo not received.) Out-of-State , Seat 2 Amy Meyers Hass Goals for Board Service: To increase the interaction of the out-of-state young lawyers with The Florida Bar and to provide the younger segment of our profession with a platform by which to voice issues, concerns, and ideas about The Florida Bar and its influence on the legal profession. Background and Professional Practice: As an associate in the Atlanta office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, I practice in the area of litigation. Although I currently reside in Georgia, my ties to Florida are extensive. I grew up in Orlando and I received my law degree from the University of Florida in 2000. In 2001, I was admitted to the Florida and Georgia bars as well as to the district courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Florida. In addition, my law firm has an office in Tallahassee, and the majority of my current workload is centered in the courts of Central and South Florida.Because of my active and ongoing involvement in the Florida legal system, I understand the important role that The Florida Bar can play in the career of an out-of-state lawyer. Furthermore, living in Atlanta gives me the advantage of being in close proximity to the state of Florida, and I will always be available by phone and e-mail. Ronald Scott Kaniuk (Photo not received.) Introduction: I’m a New Yorker and proud of it. While in law school, my parents moved to Florida, and after graduating and taking the New York and New Jersey Bar Exams in July 1996, I registered for and passed the Florida bar exam in February 1997. I am a proud member of The Florida Bar, and am continually impressed with its resources, publications, and programs. I have attended programs sponsored by the Out-of-State Lawyers Division, and even though I am a full-time resident of New York, I would welcome the opportunity to become more active with The Florida Bar through service on the Young Lawyers Division’s Board of Governors. Education and Work Experience: I am a 1993 graduate of Northwestern University (Bachelor of Arts – Political Science and History) and a 1996 graduate of St. John’s University School of Law (Juris Doctor). While in law school, I was a member of the Executive Board of Senior Bar (Top 6 of over 150 competitors) of the Moot Court Honor Society, Associate Articles Editor of the New York International Law Review and a staff member of the St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary.After a bankruptcy clerkship with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Marvin A. Holland (retired), I was associated with the following firms: Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP (Associate, Debtor/Creditors Rights & Bankruptcy Department; September 1997-October 1999), Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, LLP (Associate, Finance & Restructuring/Business Litigation Department; October 1999-February 2000); and Todtman, Nachamie, Spizz & Johns, P.C., New York, New York (Associate, Bankruptcy Department: February 2000-July 2001).This fall, I returned to St. John’s University School of Law as a full-time student in the new LL.M. in Bankruptcy Program. I anticipate receiving my LL.M. degree in June 2002. While in school, I have worked on my own in New York and been associated with the firm of Taplin & Associates in Palm Beach, Florida.I am licensed to practice in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Florida, and admitted to the bar of the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. Bar Memberships and Community Service: I am a member of the following bar associations and organizations: American Bankruptcy Institute; American Bar Association; Association of the Bar of the City of New York; The Florida Bar; New York County Lawyers’ Association; and the New York State Bar Association.I am very active with the Young Leadership Division of UJA-Federation of New York, and hold or have held the following leadership positions: Member, Young Leadership Council (July 2000-present); Co-Chair, Campaign Task Force (July 2001-present); Member, Young Lawyers’ Division Steering Committee (July 2000-present) and Programming Committee (September 1999-June 2001); Co-Chair, Education and Enrichment Task Force (July 2000-June 2001); and Participant, Makor/Lakum Leadership Development Program (August 1999-May 2000). Victoria Eleanor Wu Professional Experience: Currently I serve as counsel to the Honorable Bradley A. Smith, a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission. My duties focus all legal issues surrounding federal campaign finance regulation for the House, Senate and presidential elections. Before moving to Washington, D.C., I was an associate in the Orlando firm of Gurney and Handley and practiced general civil litigation with an emphasis on medical malpractice defense. Education and Bar Admission: B.S., University of Akron. J.D., Capital University Law School. Admitted to The Florida Bar, 2000; Middle District of Florida, 2000. Orange County Bar, 2000. Admission to the D.C. Bar pending. Bar Service: ABA Young Lawyers Division, Liaison to the Law Student Division, 2000-02; ABA Young Lawyers Division Law Student Outreach Committee, 2001-02; ABA Presidential Commission on Loan Repayment and Forgiveness, Liaison, 2001-02; ABA House of Delegates, 1998-99; ABA Law Student Division Board of Governors, 1998-99; and ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition Committee, Liaison, 1997-99. Objectives for Board Service: • Accessibility: Serving a diverse group of practitioners across the nation is a daunting challenge, but I want other members to feel as I do – that each of us is a vital part of The Florida Bar and the Young Lawyers Division. It is my goal that the Young Lawyers Division remain accessible, responsive and attentive to the needs of its constituency, particularly those who are out-of-state members.Since my first day in law school, service to the bar has been my great interest. It has enriched my life immeasurably and has given me the opportunity to reach out to groups of people whose voices are sometimes not heard. As a member of the YLD board, I would work towards receptions and mixers for members who are now living in cities with large Florida Bar memberships, like Atlanta, Chicago, and New York. These events would allow members of the bench and bar with Florida ties, regardless of age or length of membership, to meet and network. To this end, I would also focus my efforts on increasing ties between the YLD and the Out-of-State Practitioners Division.• Commitment: Accessibility and hard work are key. YLD members should be assured that the YLD leadership is working to improve services for both in-state and out-of-state members. Serving on the ABA Commission on Loan Repayment and Forgiveness and nearly four years of advocacy for students and young lawyers has taught me the necessity of communication strategies and ties to gain results. As a YLD board member, I would work within the leadership to call attention to the importance of state and national programs that assist young lawyers and the role of the organized bar in lobbying and legislation. I also believe that loan repayment is vital issue for thousands of Florida YLD members, regardless of where they might practice, and will work to make it available to the widest audience.Thank you for your time and attention. I appreciate your support and votelast_img

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