Fourth DCA JNC to fill an opening January 15, 2009 Regular News The Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Larry Klein.Applicants must have been members of the Bar for the preceding 10 years, registered voters, and must reside in the territorial jurisdiction at the time of assuming office.Applications can be downloaded from www.floridabar.org, or can be obtained from Kara Berard Rockenbach, JNC Chair, 1401 Forum Way, Suite 500, West Palm Beach 33401.The original and nine copies of the application with attachments must be delivered to Rockenbach no later than 5 p.m., Janaury 20. Submission of a photograph is encouraged.If an applicant previously submitted an application to the JNC within the past three months for prior vacancies, the applicant has the option of reactivating his/her prior application by sending Rockenbach a letter of intent. Fourth DCA JNC to fill an opening
More than two-thirds of law firms would be ‘comfortable’ securing funding from an external investor when Alternative Business Structures are introduced in October, and 30% have already made initial contact with potential investors, according to research released today. A survey of 200 solicitors carried out for the Gazette by law firm referral network Contact Law showed a high level of interest in the opportunities presented by the Legal Services Act among its member firms. Some 65% of solicitors said they would consider doing work with a non-legal brand such as a supermarket that wanted to enter the legal services market. While only 26% said their firm would contemplate being acquired by such a brand, 61% would consider giving away a share of the business to a non-legal investor. In terms of funding, 65% said they were ‘comfortable securing external investment from a non-legal investor’, while 30% said they had made ‘initial contact with non-legal businesses or individuals with regard to investment or collaboration’. While 72% of respondents thought they would be able to continue to exist as a traditional law firm without any financial or marketing connections to non-legal partners, 28% thought they would not. Nearly 80% of respondents said their firm was looking to expand in the future. Contact Law director Dan Watkins said: ‘Eight out of ten firms polled expressed their desire to expand their practices, and almost half said that the new legal structure from October would allow them to secure extra funding. ‘However, although there is definitely significant interest in working with non-legal brands and a willingness to bring in non-legal expertise among law firms, most firms stopped short of considering merging with a non-legal partner.’ He added: ‘What’s apparent from the survey is that although most law firms don’t feel it’s a necessity to have a tie-up with a non-legal partner, and are confident that the very existence of their practices won’t be threatened by the introduction of alternative business structures, they do recognise that it makes complete commercial sense to actually do something and not just sit on their hands.’ Contact law works with 5,000 solicitors throughout the UK.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Yeh’s victory at The North Country Golf Club in Hokkaido gave him his second career title on the Japanese tour and first since the 2003 ANA Open. He earned the winner’s check of 24 million yen.“I really enjoyed playing today and my drives and putting were pretty good,” Yeh said. “I kept on attacking especially on the par-5 holes without getting overly defensive.”On the par-5 13th, he faced the danger of having his lead cut after hitting into a pond. But he recovered with a superb shot to save par and went on to victory.Hoshino shot a solid 69 but came up short in his bid for his second career victory, finishing the week at 8-under 280. Jeon claims title ITAKO, Ibaraki Pref. (Kyodo) South Korea’s Jeon Mi Jung claimed her second career title in Japan after shooting a final-round 71 that gave her a two-stroke victory Sunday at the Philanthropy LPGA Players Championship.Overnight leader Jeon added the first title on the tour she captured two weeks ago with an 11-under-par 277 total, holding off a charge by Nikki Campbell of Australia at Itako Country Club in Ibaraki Prefecture. CHITOSE, Hokkaido – Overnight leader Yeh Wei-tze of Taiwan held on to win the Sega Sammy Cup by four strokes after shooting the low round of the day Sunday with a 6-under-par 66.Yeh, 33, gained a one-shot advantage over Hidemasa Hoshino and Azuma Yano after three rounds, increased his lead with three birdies through seven holes and wrapped up his blemish-free round with three straight birdies for a winning total of 12-under 276. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES