Read Full Story A new free online course from Harvard University will explore the principles guiding humanitarian response to modern emergencies as well as the challenges faced by responders when providing aid.Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster—offered through HarvardX, the University’s branch of the online education platform edX—begins Aug. 30, 2016. Already, more than 9,000 students from 175 countries have enrolled.Through interviews, discussions, and case studies, the course will cover topics such as rapid population displacement, violence against civilians and aid workers, civil-military engagement, and neutrality of humanitarian workers during combat. The course will be co-taught by Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights and director of Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and Michael VanRooyen, chair of emergency medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). Other course contributors will include experts from Harvard, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Oxfam America and the U.S. Naval War College.“From the Syrian refugee crisis to the West Africa Ebola outbreak, humanitarian emergencies have reached unprecedented dimensions and proportions,” said VanRooyen. “This course is designed to raise the bar for leaders in the humanitarian field, in policy roles, and in the armed services who will face increasingly difficult challenges while serving vulnerable populations around the globe.”VanRooyen and his team at Harvard have responded to some of the worst humanitarian crises in modern history—in Somalia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
Proposed board actions Proposed board actions Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 1.60, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar hereby publishes this notice of intent to consider or take final action at its January 30 meeting on the following items. These matters are additionally governed by Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, where applicable. Most amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that are finally acted upon by the board must still be formally presented to the Supreme Court of Florida, with further notice and opportunity to be heard, before they are officially approved and become effective. To receive a full copy of the text of any of these proposed amendments call (850) 561-5751 — reference any requested proposal by its title or item number and date of this publication. RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR Chapter 1 General Subchapter 1-3 Membership 1. 1-3.8 Right to Inventory Summary: Creates new subdivision (e) which would require each member of the bar who practices law in Florida and who is the only lawyer responsible for protecting the interests of the member’s clients to identify another member who is willing to serve as inventory attorney in the event of any need for such; clarifies that the designated member is under no obligation to serve in that capacity. Chapter 3 Rules of Discipline Subchapter 3-5 Types of Discipline 2. Rule 3-5.1 Generally Summary: Within subdivision (c), clarifies that a failure to comply with terms of probation or a finding of probable cause for misconduct during probation may be prosecuted as contempt and processed as other contempt proceedings elsewhere; additionally confirms that any order of sanctions for contempt hereunder may also terminate probation previously imposed; consistent with proposed changes in rules 3-6.1, 3-7.2, 3-7.10, and 3-7.12, within subdivisions (g) & (j), revises the term “disciplinary resignation” throughout, to read “disbarment on consent”; additionally within (j), streamlines verbiage to reflect that disbarment by consent shall have the same effect as and shall be governed by the same rules as provided for disbarment, and that matters involving disbarment by consent shall be processed in the same manner as conditional guilty pleas for consent judgment. Subchapter 3-6 Employment of Certain Attorneys or Former Attorneys 3. Rule 3-6.1 Generally Summary: Consistent with proposed changes in rules 3-5.1, 3-7.2, 3-7.10, and 3-7.12, adds attorneys who have been “disbarred on consent” within subdivision (a) as individuals subject to this rule. Subchapter 3-7 Procedures 4. Rule 3-7.2 Procedures Upon Criminal or Professional Misconduct; Discipline Upon Determination or Judgment of Guilt of Criminal Misconduct (disbarment on consent) Summary: Consistent with proposed changes in rules 3-5.1, 3-6.1, 3-7.10, and 3-7.12, revises verbiage within subdivision (j)(1), to reflect discontinuation of the term “disciplinary resignation.” 5. Rule 3-7.4 Grievance Committee Procedures Summary: Within subdivision ( l ), alters the requirement that the presiding officer of a grievance committee sign a formal complaint, to only require that the document be “approved” by such officer. 6. Rule 3-7.10 Reinstatement and Readmission Procedures Summary: Within subdivision (h), deletes language that requires the referee to copy The Florida Bar with the referee’s report as to reinstatement; also consistent with proposed changes in rules 3-5.1, 3-6.1, 3-7.2, and 3-7.12, adds verbiage within subdivision (n) to make this rule applicable to an attorney who has been “disbarred on consent”. 7. Rule 3-7.12 Disciplinary Resignation From The Florida Bar Summary: Deletes entire rule in view of proposed amendments to rules 3-5.1, 3-6.1, 3-7.2 & 3-7.10 which would supersede and moot current provisions, and otherwise create unnecessary redundancy. Chapter 4 Rules of Professional Conduct Subchapter 4-5 Law Firms and Associations 8. Rule 4-5.4 Professional Independence of a Lawyer Summary: Within subdivision (a)(4), clarifies existing language prohibiting bonus payments to nonlawyer employees based on the generation of clients or business, or calculated upon a percentage of legal fees received by the lawyer or firm. 9. Rule 4-5.8 Procedures for Lawyers Leaving Law Firms and Dissolution of Law Firms Summary: New rule, which sets forth guidance for allowable client contact by lawyers and law firms when a lawyer is leaving a law firm or when a law firm is being dissolved. Chapter 6 Legal Specialization and Education Programs Subchapter 6-9 Standards for Certification of a Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer 10. Rule 6-9.1 Generally Summary: Adds to purpose of standards the criteria of “character, ethics and reputation for professionalism”; also adds language to address uniqueness of Florida real estate law and necessity for applicants to demonstrate knowledge and experience in Florida real estate law and transactions. 11. Rule 6-9.2 Definitions Summary: Expands definition of real estate law to include matters relating to ownership and rights, examination of titles, real estate conveyances and other transfers, sales and other transactions, property owner associations and planned developments, regulation in land use and zoning. 12. Rule 6-9.3 Minimum Standards Summary: Within subdivision (a), requires applicants to demonstrate experience with Florida real estate law for at least 3 of the 5 years of law practice before filing an application; within subdivision (b), requires applicants demonstrate experience and involvement with Florida real estate law and transactions; within subdivision (c), requires at least 3 references to be licensed to practice law in Florida or alternatively authorize references from non-Florida lawyers, judges, and others; within subdivision (d), authorizes establishment of policies by BLSE to provide guidance on CLE accreditation. 13. Rule 6-9.4 Recertification Summary: Within subdivision (a), eliminates “continuous and substantial” as criteria for involvement in real estate law since last date of certification; within subdivision (b), provides BLSE with authority to establish policies to govern CLE credit allocations; within subdivision (c), requires 3 of the 5 references to be licensed to practice law in Florida and adds “character, ethics and a reputation for professionalism” as criteria for recertification. STANDING BOARD POLICIES 500 Committees, Sections & Divisions 14. SBP 5.10 Standing Committees Summary: Conforms name changes, additions, or deletions of various committees as necessary. 1000 Program Evaluation and Strategic Planning Policy and Procedure 15. SBP 10.50 – Long Range Planning Committee Summary: Transfers strategic planning responsibilities from the Long Range Planning Committee to the Executive Committee. 1500 Lawyer Regulation Policies 16. SBP 15.10 Waiver of Disqualification as Attorney for Respondents Summary: Within subdivision (b), revises current prohibition against a member of board member’s law firm representing a respondent in a disciplinary proceeding, and specifies those circumstances under which the board may grant a waiver for such representation. 17. SBP 15.30 Executive Committee Actions on Disciplinary Matters Summary: Within subdivision (b), clarifies existing policy for the disposition of unopposed reinstatement matters, to allow agreements or stipulations for reinstatement to be treated the same as consent judgments which do not require board or executive committee review. 18. SBP 15.55 Deferral of Disciplinary Investigation During Civil or Criminal Proceedings Summary: New policy in furtherance of rule 3-7.4(e), to provide additional guidance for deferral of the investigation of a disciplinary complaint that may have been initiated to influence a separate civil or criminal proceeding. BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION AND EDUCATION POLICIES 200 Florida Certification Plan 19. BLSE Policy 2.13 Applicant Review Process for Certification or Recertification Summary: Adds new subdivision (n) to clarify the end of the substantive review process regarding peer review denial at BLSE level, and to confirm that any subsequent appeal shall only address procedure; revises all affected subdivision entries accordingly. 400 Appeal Procedures 20. BLSE Policy 4.03 Standard of Review Summary: Within subdivisions (a) and (b), clarifies scope and standard of review to be followed by the Appeals Committee in an appeal of certification denial at BLSE level; amends subdivision titles accordingly. 21. BLSE Policy 4.09 Consideration of Appeal Summary: Within subdivision (b), clarifies content of record regarding BLSE denial of certification if appealed to Appeals Committee. BYLAWS 22. Appellate Practice Section Summary: In Article IV (Duties & Power of Officers), adds that the section treasurer shall serve as chair of the website committee and shall supervise the development and maintenance of the section site; in Article VI (Meetings of the Section), clarifies that the executive council may direct matters to be submitted in writing to section members for mail vote “unless otherwise specified herein;” in Article IX (Committees) adds the website committee as a standing committee, and confirms that annual committees of the section may be created or dissolved either upon recommendation of the chair or chair-elect and majority approval of the executive council, or by motion of the council and its majority approval; and in Article XII (Amendments), clarifies that these bylaws may only be amended at the section’s annual meeting. 23. Labor & Employment Law Section Summary: Within Article III (Officers) and IV (Executive Council) deletes“continuing” from various references to legal education committees and seminars; within Article VI (Standing Committees) streamlines and updates existing provision by deleting selected standing committees, and by creating a smaller standing committee structure with subcommittees; also adds appropriate section/subsection headings throughout Articles II through VI where omitted. January 1, 2004 LAWS Regular News