Outgoing board members share advice for the future June 15, 2002 Regular News Joking that his 10 years on the Bar Board of Governors amounted to “60 meetings and 25 pounds,” board member John Cardillo advised his fellow board members to keep their ears tuned to what individual lawyers are saying.The occasion was the close of the board’s May 24 meeting in Jacksonville, the last board gathering of the 2001-02 Bar year and the final one of Bar President Terry Russell’s tenure. tradition, the board reserves the closing minutes for “Comments for the Good of the Order” from retiring board members.The occasion was marked by sentimentality, sincere advice, and appreciation for the experience and friendships made during board service. Or as board member Michele Cummings put it, “This has been the best experience of my life.” After a pause, she added with a smile, “Don’t tell my husband I said that.”Cardillo led off, recalling friends he’s made and the camaraderie among board members. But he cautioned them, in closing, to remember to listen to their constituents and to prepare for the future of the profession.“We must be conscious of what is going on at [Bar] committee levels and allow lawyers to get our ears,” Cardillo said. “We are the most privileged of the professions. The lawyer keeps the client’s confidences and is the defender of the client’s rights and is his key to freedom. . . . No other profession has that great a role and that great an impact on society. We have to take that and educate the youth of our profession. Our salvation in the future is the youth of our profession.”Board member Mike Smith, like several other speakers, advised the board to continue mentoring new board members, who can be overwhelmed by the scope of board work, including the necessary work on board committees. “I will go back to my circuit and try to educate them on the fact the job you do is an important one,” he said.Board member William Kalish, as might be expected from the outgoing chair of the Budget Committee, sounded a fiscally prudent note. He urged board members to always recall “it’s really not our money and we cannot play around with it. . . . We cannot play around with other people’s money,” he said. “Sometimes when people refer to me as ‘Dr. No,’ I take it as a badge of courage.”It’s also important for board members to educate local bars and others about what they do, board member John Kest said, and remember that not everyone plays by the same codes and rules that lawyers do.Referring to the hundreds of pages of backup that board members get for each meeting and the countless hours they spend on Bar business, he said, “Members of your [local] bars, no matter how good they are, have no appreciation for what goes on in this room, and no concept of what we read or what we do. They really don’t know and you need to start at square one and explain it to them.“We are a very trusting group of people, trusting in the sense we are bound by ethical standards different from other professions,” Kest added. “We need to look at the things we are dealing with and say, ‘What if the other side doesn’t act as ethically as we do?’ We can pass laws, but if other people aren’t going to follow them, it won’t be very effective.”Board member Kirk Kirkconnell praised the fellowship on the board as one of its strengths. “When I came on the board, I was totally intimidated. I didn’t know where to sit. I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t know if I could say anything,” he recalled. “Within five minutes, people made me feel at home.”He also said for those who complain about the public perception of lawyers, one solution is to get involved in Bar and other work. “I’ve had a pet peeve and that’s people who complain about lawyers and their image and then don’t get involved,” Kirkconnell said.Leaving was bittersweet for Steve Chaykin, as he noted he won a contested election two years ago only to have his seat abolished by reapportionment this year. He decided not to run against other board incumbents seeking reelection for the 11th Circuit this year. He referred to his departure as “a short recess,” and he urged board members to follow through on President-elect Tod Aronovitz’s Dignity in Law campaign, on the proposed new Internet portal for Bar members, and other challenges.He also reminded them that “Lawyers are the guardians of our system of justice, and you all are the guardians of the guardians.”Cummings picked up on that theme, noting, “We are the guardians of the profession and the work has been energizing. Every time you come to a meeting, no matter how tired you are, you become so entrenched in what is going on.”She thanked board member Henry Latimer, who she said called her and encouraged her to run for the board.Board member Christine Milton agreed the work was fascinating, but she also urged the board to keep its eye on what is important.“I found the breadth and diversity of the issues fascinating,” she said. “The procedures, I found sometimes incomprehensible and difficult. Sometimes the board misses the point because it gets caught in the procedures.”Young Lawyers Division President Liz Rice thanked the board and Russell for their cooperation with the division, including delegating to it the job of putting on last January’s CLE program on ancillary business. “I have been so impressed by the level of collegiality and debate,” she added. Outgoing board members share advice for the future
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 42-year-old man died after he crashed his car, causing it vehicle to burst into flames in his hometown of Baldwin over the weekend.Nassau County police said Gregory Balmir was driving a Toyota Camry southbound on Grand Avenue when he crossed over two lanes of traffic at the corner of Woodside Avenue, where he crashed into a utility pole and a building shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.First Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crash to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
ESL UK has formally announced the ESL Premiership is returning this autumn which’ll see Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends teams competing for a £21,000 prize pot. There is also a League of Legends Challenger Series Qualifier spot up for grabs. The top four teams from the recently-completed Spring Season have been invited back from the Autumn Season. This means that when it comes to League of Legends, players from MnM Gaming, Team Xenex, ExceL eSports and CycloneGG will be back in action. As for CS:GO attendees can expect to see FM Esports, Fish123, exceL eSports and The Imperial potentially making a return.Open Qualifiers will be the process which decide the remaining four spots for each title. These will be held on June 26th-27th and 3rd-4th July for CS:GO and June 28th-29th and July 5th-6th for League of Legends. Anyone can make a bid for these. The ESL Premiership’s Autumn Season group stage will take place in a round robin format. This will begin Monday 17th of July for CS:GO and Wednesday 19th for League of Legends. Teams will play on a single night in a best-of-one format, set to run for seven weeks until August 30th.Playoffs will begin on September 4th for CS:GO and September 6th for League of Legends with two best-of-threes played between the top four teams. The victors will then face off at the live finals in mid-September.Will Attwood, ESL UK Product Manager commented: “Following on from the incredibly successful Spring Season, we’re delighted to see the UK’s best talent returning for the Autumn Season. ESL UK is committed to developing the UK esports scene, which is why we’re once again holding Open Qualifiers. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a professional esports player, this is your shot!”Esports Insider says: It’s good to see ESL UK continue to include Open Qualifiers for half the available spots. With £21,000 and a valuable League Challenger Series Qualifier in the mixer, competition should prove fierce.