By Dialogo June 19, 2009 A vision becomes reality. Ecuador annonced a plan, the German parliament reacted and supported the idea. Now we need money to finance the rescue. Germany will be the first to give money – ITT needs more countries to spent money for the rescue of this world treasure. Berlin, June 18 (EFE).- Today the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Equador, Fander Falconí, received the support from members of committees on Foreign Affairs, Environment and Cooperation, and Development of the German Parliament, to whom he presented the ITT environmental initiative of his government. The project Ishpingo-Tambaococha-Tiputini (ITT) seeks not to develop a large oilfield in the Amazon in exchange for financial compensation from the international community aimed at environmental preservation and social development of Ecuador. The German social democratic MEP Sascha Raabe emphasised the “absolute commitment” of all the political forces of the German Parliament and the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Ecuadorian proposal, and expressed his desire for this project “to be a success.” The ITT initiative intends to preserve about 900 millions barrels of crude oil in the Amazon areas of Ishpingo, Tambococha and Tiputuni, where the Yasuní National Park, one of the main biodiversity places in the word, is located. The project seeks to avoid the production of 407 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), by not developing the oil field. Falconí qualified the proposal as “promising and pioneering,” and he added that it “marks a different rhythm” in the management of international relations and in the fight against global warming. According to his explanations, the initiative recognizes for the first time “the right of nature to be respected. We appeal to the world to be aware of the planet’s destruction.” In order to promote this awareness and protection of the Amazon, Ecuador will organize on September 29 a concert in Madrid, that is expected to attract 300,000 people, and which will be broadcast live on big screens in New York, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, London, Sydney and Tokyo. Among the artists, music bands Radiohead and Green Day are confirmed to participate. The chairman of the board of the ITT initiative, Roque Sevilla, explained that Ecuador will issue “Yasuní Guarantee Certificates (CGY),” the guarantee of oil to remain under the soil” and these certificates will be available to governments, international institutions, companies, foundations and private entrepreneurs. Taking the system of “carbon credit” from the Kyoto Protocol as an example, Sevilla remarked that the cost of stopping 407 million tons of CO2 emissions is worth 7,000 million dollars. Quito proposes the funds be to obtained to be deposited in a mutual fund administrated by an international organization such as the United Nations, the Andean Development Corporation (CAF) or the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Said funds will be used to protect and preserve 40 national parks and native reserves in the country, which cover 38 percent of the territory. Besides, it is expected to be used to reforest a million hectares, changing the energy matrix of the country, and financing the fight against poverty in the places where the project will take place. During his visit to Berlin, Falconí signed the Constitutive Agreement of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). This organization will encourage the use of renewable energy through the assessment of energy policies, the search for funding, the improvement of regulations and promotion of development and transfer of new technologies.
Women lawyers do more pro bono work than men Southeast Florida attorneys also do more than those in other parts of the state Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Sixty percent of all Florida lawyers report they perform pro bono work, with more women attorneys providing pro bono than male lawyers.The Bar’s latest Membership Opinion Survey also found that lawyers in private practice report performing pro bono at a higher rate (71 percent) than their government lawyer colleagues (15 percent) and those in other legal positions (38 percent).A higher percentage of women lawyers (61 percent) perform pro bono than their male colleagues (57 percent). The survey also found that older lawyers tend to do more pro bono than younger lawyers. Forty-five percent of lawyers 35 and under perform pro bono, compared to 63 percent of those 36 to 50; 65 percent of lawyers 51 to 65; and 69 percent of lawyers over 65 years of age.region, 68 percent of respondents in the southeast part of the state say they perform pro bono, while 60 percent of those in the central/southwest part of the state say they provide pro bono services, as do 51 percent of those in the northern part of the state. Forty-six percent of out-of-state respondents say they provide pro bono work.Half of all respondents cited personal satisfaction as their primary reason for conducting pro bono work, while another 43 percent said they have a professional responsibility to do so.Thirty-seven percent of respondents who said they don’t perform pro bono work cited time constraints for not providing free legal work for the poor. Other responses included their government job does not allow for pro bono work (20 percent); not interested (13 percent); family commitments (12 percent); lack of support from firm or legal office (12 percent); not finding appropriate matters to work on (12 percent); their government/public interest job provides sufficient public service opportunities (12 percent); and providing pro bono would negatively affect compensation (6 percent). Of the 18 percent of respondents who listed “other” when asked why they don’t provide pro bono, the most frequently listed responses were “inexperienced/don’t feel competent,” “do other volunteer/charitable work,” and “don’t believe in it.”Only 8 percent of respondents said their firms have a written pro bono office policy.Fifty-six percent of those polled said the Florida Supreme Court’s aspirational goal of 20 hours of pro bono work per lawyer per year should remain the same, while 13 percent said it should be decreased to 10 hours, and 4 percent said it should be decreased to 15 hours per year. Five percent of respondents said it should be increased to 30 hours, and 4 percent would like to see it increased to 40 hours. Of the 18 percent who listed “other,” the vast majority of those responses were “eliminate/delete/no longer require the 20 hours.”Just over two-fifths (41 percent) of all respondents believe that the aspirational goal of a $350 donation to a legal aid organization – as an alternative to the 20 hours of pro bono work per lawyers – should remain the same. Twenty-four percent believe it should be decreased, while 11 percent said it should be increased. Another 25 percent provided responses under the “other” category, the vast majority of which listed “eliminate/delete/no longer require the $350” contribution.The Membership Opinion Survey was mailed to 2,771 randomly selected Bar members in August. the September 27 deadline, 26 percent of the surveys had been returned. Mike Garcia, director of the Bar’s Research, Planning and Evaluation Department, said the results of the survey are statistically valid and the margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence. Women lawyers do more pro bono work than men January 15, 2006 Regular News
July 1, 2006 Regular News Board makes appointments Downs, Rothman, Tanner to serve on Executive Committee Board makes appointments Bar Board of Governors members Mayanne Downs, David Rothman, and Richard Tanner have been chosen by fellow board members to serve on the Bar’s Executive Committee for the 2006-07 fiscal year.Those were among a number of nominations and appointments the board made at its June 2 meeting in Key West, its last gathering of the 2005-06 Bar year.The Executive Committee is empowered to act for the Board of Governors between its bi-monthly meetings.Automatic members for next year include incoming President Hank Coxe, incoming President-elect Frank Angones, incoming Budget Committee Chair Jesse Diner, incoming Legislation Committee Chair Warren Lindsey, incoming Communications Committee Chair Tim Sullivan, and incoming YLD President John Stewart.Coxe also announced at the meeting that he was naming board member Kim Bald and public member Chuck Badger as his appointments to the committee.Other appointments and nominations made by the board include: • Electing outgoing Bar President Alan Bookman of Pensacola and Theodore W. Small, Jr., of Deland for two-year terms to the ABA House of Delegates and former Bar President Edith Osman of Miami for a one-year term. Jose F. Diaz of Miami was chosen for a two-year term as an under-35 delegate.• Nominating Alan H. Aronson of Miami, Stephen C. Chumbris of St. Petersburg, Pedro L. DeMahy of Coral Gables, Michael P. Dickey of Panama City, Jerry M. Gewirtz of Tampa, and David A. Rowland of Tampa for five-year terms on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The Supreme Court will appoint two from that slate to the FBBE.• Choosing Stephen Emmanuel of Tallahassee and Angela Flowers of Orlando for four- year terms on the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism and Brian F. Spector of Miami for a two-year term.• Selecting Patricia E. Lowry of West Palm Beach for a four-year term on the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.• Selecting James Sawran of Ft. Lauderdale for a two-year term on the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association Board of Governors.• Appointing Cristina Alonso of Miami, A. Hamilton Cooke of Jacksonville, Sally D.M. Kest of Orlando, Emery H. Rosenbluth of Orlando, and Daniel F. Wilensky of Jacksonville for two-year terms on the Florida Legal Services, Inc., Board of Directors, and Francisco J. Calvo of Coral Gables and Brian Peter Wolk of Plantation for one-year terms.• Electing John T. Berry of Lansing, MI, Matthew Gissen of Miami, Julie K. Meadows of Tallahassee, Judge Joseph Murphy of Tampa, and Gail E. Sasnett of Gainesville, for three-year terms on the Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., Board of Directors.• Appointing Silvia M. Hoeg of Orlando to the Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims to finish the term left by the resignation of John P. Brooks of Orlando, which expires July 1, 2007.