Dignity in Law takes to the college gridiron

first_imgDignity in Law takes to the college gridiron September 1, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Program to be showcased at key matchups Dignity in Law takes to the college gridiron Senior EditorThe Florida Bar’s Dignity in Law campaign will soon be displayed at several of the state’s premier events — college football games.Bar President Tod Aronovitz and Christine Barney, CEO of rbb Public Relations, which is managing the campaign, reported to the Board of Governors last month that the program has concluded its initial phase. They also said it is utilizing a unique opportunity in presenting events at four college football games around the state, using former football players from each school who are now lawyers.The program will start September 7 at the University of Florida versus University of Miami game and subsequent events will be at UM, Florida State University, and Florida A&M University, which is reopening its law school this fall after a 34-year hiatus.Preliminary plans call for an on-field presentation with the law school dean, lawyers/former football players, and Aronovitz recognizing the pro bono efforts of Florida lawyers, and a 30-second video played on the stadium video screens, highlighting the benefits and services of the legal system.There may also be a display area for information about Dignity in Law and an ad in the game program.“We’re really excited because we got the University of Florida to do all this at basically no cost,” Barney said. “We just have to provide the video and the players/lawyers.”As for the rest of the program, Barney said the company and the Bar have completed the start-up phase and agreed on goals. That includes settling on a clear, concise message to communicate. Aronovitz said that after extensive discussions it was decided the key message would be that the legal profession is widely misunderstood; the job of lawyers and judges is to make the law work for everyone; and The Florida Bar is the “gold standard” of state bars throughout the country.The Bar, Barney said, has revamped its Web site news center, conducted a survey of journalists, and has signed up 25 reporters for a service that provides them, via e-mail, information and background about topical legal issues and story ideas.“The lion’s share of what we’re going to do is getting out news,” Barney said. “The biggest challenge I have is getting stories from members. I just want to hear everything you think might be of interest to the media.”She urged board and Bar members to fill out and submit tip sheets (included in the August 1 and 15 News, and at the end of this article) on potential news stories. Bar sections and local bar associations are also being contacted and solicited for ideas. Barney said the Dignity in Law campaign got about 15 to 20 story ideas in its first month, and she wants to increase that three times over.“Lastly, we’re also doing some communications outside the media and focusing on the legislature,” Barney reported. She said the Bar will be doing an update for legislators in September that will focus on court funding, a crucial issue as the state complies with a constitutional mandate that it take over more trial court funding from the counties in the next two years.Barney also encouraged board members to keep talking up the program, and noted Aronovitz has received overwhelmingly positive responses from Bar members. “Give the program a chance,” she concluded. “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”Aronovitz reported he’s gotten good responses from newspaper editorial boards and reporters around the state to the Dignity in Law campaign. He also said voluntary contributions have been healthy and could surpass $250,000. That includes $50,000 from the Young Lawyers Division, $25,000 from the Family Law Section, and more than $90,000 from more than 2,000 individual attorneys.When the program was initially approved, Aronovitz said he wanted to raise at least $200,000 of the $750,000 cost from donations to lessen the impact on the Bar’s budget.last_img read more

When credit unions think disruption, think beer

first_imgThat might sound a bit odd, but it’s true. The disruption happening in the financial sector now, with neobanks, fintechs and e-banks – not to mention business development companies and private equity firms and real estate investment trusts on the commercial side – a lot is changing in the staid, conservative world of banking.That’s where beer comes in.No, not to drown your worries about being left behind in the fintech movement.This is about coming to the realization that what is happening in the financial sector with fintech in all its many forms is just the next iteration of the trend toward digital productivity and customization that tech is spreading across all sectors of the economy.And t’s most analogous to the challenges that CUs are facing moving forward.The beer industry was run by a handful of large firms that dominated local and national markets. Size mattered. And it chugged along just fine, tweaking recipes to maintain margins and buying out smaller players in local markets – or forcing them out – to increase market share for stockholders.It was a pretty straightforward model that worked well for decades since antiquated, Prohibition-era regulations created barriers to entry that kept upstarts and smaller players on the opposite side of the moat. The big players had only worry about themselves since none of them were interested in changing the status quo.Then, craft brewers started popping up. The big players scoffed at them. I remember when the trend started a couple of decades ago, craft brewers represented 1% or 2% market share when Samuel Adams started getting press and broader distribution. Gnats in the grand scheme of things.The big brewers did nothing about it. ‘Let them have their minuscule niches’ was the view from the boardrooms. As a matter of fact, the big players started to look for growth not downmarket but upmarket, eating their own. Huge mergers consolidated the beer market even more than it already was, now on a global scale.That left local and regional markets open to smaller breweries who were taking advantage of tech-savvy brewers and more sophisticated logistics and marketing techniques. And more and more customers were being exposed to what beer could be when it wasn’t brewed by the accounting department of a multinational conglomerate. There were new levels of variety, quality, customer attention, and innovation for local customers.It caught the monolithic masters of the brewing universe by surprise.According to USAToday, craft brews now account for more than 24% of the $114 billion market. What’s more, beer sales year over year are relatively flat, yet craft brew sales grew about 5%.They’re now the growth engine in the sector.And now the big brewers are scrambling for growth by buying small brewers to get a piece of the action. The hubris of ‘bigger is better’ thinking has been disproven by technology.Fintech is the same kind of disruptive force. Credit unions in this environment are sweating rising efficiency ratios and dwindling net interest margins as rates drop. But fintech is a way out, where the little guy can outmaneuver the big players.Fintech provides credit unions with the same powerful tools that the big banks have and allows CUs to leverage their local knowledge and connections to local customers and businesses much better than larger banks.So, when you read that next article on some new neobank or fintech, think about how you can use it to your advantage, don’t see it as a threat. And remember how craft brew Davids have put the Goliaths on notice. 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Gregg Early Gregg is the Strategic Content Director at Geezeo, Digital content development and content strategies for Geezeo’s numerous clients in the Personal Financial Management (PFM) and FinTech sectors.Building the bridge … Web: www.geezeo.com Detailslast_img read more

Pellegrini comments on potential West Ham move for former Man City ace

first_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Dzeko and Pellegrini worked together at Manchester City Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Most read in Premier League huge blow Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Earlier this week it was reported West Ham are keeping tabs on Dzeko with a view to a moving for him in January, with a £20million bid allegedly being prepared by the east Londoners.However, Pellegrini has played down these suggestions in his pre-match press conference.He said: “You can talk about five, six or seven players that are linked with us. We must not talk about one player. gameday cracker predicted Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion changes tense revealed TOP WORK whoops latest 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury He played under current Hammers boss Pellegrini while the pair were at the Etihad, helping the Chilean guide City to the 2013/14 Premier League and the 2014 League Cup.The 32-year-old has performed excellently since turning up in Italy in 2015, with a remarkable 63 goals scored in the last two seasons. He’s started this campaign in similar style, netting five times in just nine games in the opening stages. SORRY West Ham’s potential January move for Edin Dzeko has been played down by the club’s manager, Manuel Pellegrini.Dzeko, the forward, has been linked with a return to English football four years after he left Manchester City for Roma. 2 Dzeko has been one of Europe’s most prolific forwards over the past couple of seasons “I know him well but we are not thinking about that at the moment.”West Ham are not alone in their admiration of Dzeko, with the Mirror claiming Southampton, Crystal Palace and Cardiff are also checking on the forward.last_img read more