Belvoir adds its 313 sales and lettings branches to Boomin

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Belvoir adds its 313 sales and lettings branches to Boomin previous nextAgencies & PeopleBelvoir adds its 313 sales and lettings branches to BoominEstate agency group has also announced that it will pay back staff whose salaries were cut during the lockdown months.Nigel Lewis3rd December 20200714 Views Belvoir and all its sister brands have signed up to Boomin just 24 hours after it revealed its latest results.The announcement adds 313 offices to the Bruce brothers’ property portal including the sales and lettings branches of Belvoir, Northwood, Newton Fallowell and Lovelle.But each of Belvoir’s franchisees will be treated as founder agents by Boomin.This includes a free share allocation, pre-agreed discounted fees until 2024, free use of the portal until 2021 and higher revenue share rates also until 2024.“The team at Boomin have been exceptionally pro-active in sharing their plans and vision for the future and their investment in technology,” says Dorian Gonsalves, CEO of Belvoir Group (pictured, above).“Partnering with agents is a positive step and we look forward to working with the Boomin team to help drive revenues through our franchise network.”Staff pay cut returnedThe announcement by Belvoir comes just 24 hours after it published its latest trading results which revealed that it’s ahead of the company’s pre-Covid expectations for 2020 with profits up in its property and financial divisions by 10% and 11% respectively during the first ten months of the year.The company is also to reimburse all its head office staff who took pay cuts during the lockdown.This includes all employees earning over £25,000 who took a temporary pay reduction of between 20% and 30%, depending on seniority.“This year has demonstrated beyond doubt the incredible resilience of our franchise business model,” says Gonsalves (pictured)“I am immensely grateful to our all our employees who have worked tirelessly to support our networks of property franchisees and financial service advisers through this challenging period.”Belvoir CEO Dorian Gonsalves Belvoir December 3, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Vanderburgh County Make Plans For Jail Overcrowding

first_imgCHANNEL 44 NEWS: Vanderburgh County Make Plans For Jail OvercrowdingNOVEMBER 27TH, 2017  AMANDA PORTER INDIANAWith 706 current inmates, the Vanderburgh County Jail is over its limit of 512 permanent beds prompting the Department of Corrections to send the county a letter stating the county must have a plan to comply with federal regulations within 180 days.In 2017 the state found Vanderburgh County Jail overcrowded, lacking space, beds, and facilities for inmates. The classification system requires 20% vacant beds in the jail.Because of the large amount of inmates, the jail does not have enough staff to support the capacity.A 2015 analysis reveals an increase of 35 confinement officers are required for a total of 119 for the current 512 bed facility. It also reveals a need for five more supervisors.The total cost of one new confinement officer for the Vanderburgh County jail is $58, 816. This number includes salary, estimated overtime and shift differential, clothing, FICA & PERF, Teamsters, and health insurance. For supervisors, that figure is $66, 509.For 35 new confinement officers, and five new supervisors to staff the overcrowded jail and stay in regulation with the D.O.C regulations, the total cost is $2,391,105.County Commissioner Bruce Ungethiem says the Vanderburgh County Council, County Commission, and the County Sheriff will work with the prosecutors, and judges office to fix the problem.Together county leaders will come up with a plan to add to the current facility, or build a new jail.The official plan is due May 26th, 2018.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Volunteer Opportunities on Ocean City Boards and Commissions

first_imgThe following boards and commissions are considering applications:Historic Preservation Commission Meetings: 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, City Hall Council ChambersTourism Development Commission Meetings: 9 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month, City Hall Council ChambersPlanning Board Meetings: 6 p.m. on the first and second Wednesdays of each month, City Hall Council ChambersHealthy Living Advisory Council Meetings: 5:15 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Ocean City Free Public LibraryDuties & Responsibilities can be found here or at the City Clerk’s office.  Complete the online Citizen Leadership form or send the same information to: Melissa Bovera, City Clerk at [email protected] mail/drop off at 861 Asbury Avenue.Deadline for applications is Dec. 5, 2016.last_img read more

What’s new?

first_imgAn easy way of packaging shortbread fingers – one of the trickier bakery and confectionery products to wrap because they are brittle and tend to crumble during the packaging process. The system is based around the Redpack P325 flow-wrapper, which is found in many bakery and confectionery production units.Do explainThis packaging line successfully handles primary wrap, automatic secondary collation and multipack overwrap, and eliminates the many problems previously experienced by the manufacturers of shortbread fingers and similar products.Don’t spare me the detailsShortbread fingers are hand-fed into two feeders mounted over the first flow-wrapping machine infeed. The fingers are fed from each feeder, two high, and transported along the conveyor for primary wrapping. The shortbread fingers are then fed onto a 90-degree conveyor; this features a sophisticated head control that can manage the machine’s speed to match product production flow. The conveyor is also fitted with a mechanism to create a single layer for secondary multi-pack overwrap.Where can I get one?These beauties can be found at Redpack Packaging [email protected]last_img read more

Mötley Crüe Shares Cover Of Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” To Appear On ‘The Dirt’ Soundtrack [Listen]

first_imgNext Friday, Netflix‘s highly-anticipated film adaptation of Mötley Crüe‘s wild 2001 autobiography, The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, will arrive onto the video streaming service. Today, a week ahead of the film’s arrival, the famous hair metal band shared their new cover of Madonna‘s “Like A Virgin”, which appears on the biopic’s official soundtrack. The hard-hitting cover of the 1980s pop hit is the second song shared by the band to appear on the soundtrack, following the recent release of‘ “The Dirt (Est. 1981)”.In typical Mötley fashion, the band swaps out synths for heavy distortion from guitarist Mick Mars to match a thunderous drum beat courtesy of Tommy Lee. Mötley Crüe was just starting to break into the national spotlight when Madonna’s hit single arrived on Halloween in 1984. Both artists would go on to dominate the pop charts throughout the remainder of the decade, although it’s a safe bet to assume that none the fellas in Mötley Crüe ever thought they’d make headlines with a cover of the Madonna classic. Singer Vince Neil really steps up with that high vocal range of his to deliver a performance worthy of one of the biggest hit songs of that decade. Fans can listen to the audio-only video below to hear Mötley’s new take on the old song.Mötley Crüe – “Like A Virgin”[Video: Motley Crue]The Dirt – Official Trailer[Video: Netflix]While the members of the notorious hard rock band remain professionally amicable enough to record together, the band will never again perform together under the Mötley banner after completing their successful farewell tour a few years ago. According to a recent interview with Billboard, the band had only intended to write and record one new original song for the film’s soundtrack but actually wound up with three.Fans can relive Mötley’s wild ride through the 1980s and beyond when The Dirt arrives onto Netflix on March 22nd.last_img read more

Harvard’s IOP announces fall fellows

first_imgThe Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Harvard Kennedy School has announced its resident and visiting fellowships for this fall. Resident fellows interact with students, participate in the intellectual life of the Harvard community, and lead weekly study groups on a wide variety of subjects. The following resident fellows will join the Institute for the fall semester:John Carr, executive director for justice, peace, and human development, United States Conference of Catholic BishopsJim Doyle, governor of Wisconsin (2003-11) and attorney general of Wisconsin (1991-2003)Nina Easton, senior editor and Washington columnist, Fortune magazineMark McKinnon, co-founder, No Labels; chief media adviser to former President George W. Bush; and vice chair, Hill+Knowlton StrategiesBrett O’Donnell, president, O’Donnell and Associates Ltd.; chief strategist, Bachmann for President campaign; and director of messaging, McCain-Palin campaignSonal Shah, deputy assistant to the president and director, White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation (2009-11)George Papandreou, prime minister of Greece (2009-11), will also join the IOP as a visiting fellow this fall. Visiting fellows traditionally meet with student groups, lead discussion groups on topical issues and their experiences in public and political service, and participate in public policy classes with students and Harvard University faculty.Read more information.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Shia LaBoeuf’s Day in Court & More

first_img Star Files Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 View Comments The Genie’s View This we have to see. 2014 Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart will co-host The View on July 25. We just know that Aladdin’s genius Genie will hold his own with the lively ladies of ABC’s hit show.   Audra McDonald’s Number One Six-time Tony award winner Audra McDonald has another achievement to add to her extremely long list. Her original Broadway cast recording of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is her highest- charting solo release ever. In its first week of release the record topped four of the Billboard Charts: #1 in Cast Albums, #1 in Jazz, #1 in Traditional Jazz and #1 in Heatseekers. You can catch her Tony-winning performance live at Circle in the Square through September 21. Related Shows The Winter’s Tale Heads to the Park Wicked alum Christopher Fitzgerald, David Turner, Isaiah Johnson and Todd Almond will appear in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet, with music and lyrics by Almond, the free Public Theater three-night civic event will run September 5 through September 7 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. With cameo group performances by Sesame Street, New York Theatre Ballet, Rosie’s Theater Kids and more, this sounds like an unforgettable evening. And did we mention, it’s free?! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Shia LaBoeuf’s Day in Court Shia LaBoeuf’s lawyers are negotiating with prosecutors for a plea deal after his recent eventful night out at Broadway’s Cabaret. According to The Wrap, LaBeouf briefly attended Manhattan’s Midtown Community Court on July 24 to face a number of charges relating to his arrest on June 26. Suited and booted, LaBeouf looked a world away from his disheveled appearance last month—we hope he’s on the road to recovery. Audra McDonaldlast_img read more

Operation Martillo Uses a Stiletto to Stop Drug Traffickers

first_img WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – Traffickers beware: You’re likely to be pursued by a Stiletto. No, not the knife, a boat – a 90-foot long, 40-foot-wide vessel that reaches speeds of more than 50 mph and is filled with radars and computers and screens to track anything on water. And its unique, M-shaped hull and four 1,650-horsepower diesel engines allow the US$10 million boat to zip across the water while leaving just a small wake. The Stiletto is expected to become even more of a major factor in Operation Martillo, a regional counter-narcotics mission that brings together Western Hemisphere and European countries to cut the flow of illicit drugs through Central America. The Stiletto also has space to store an inflatable boat, which counter-narcotics personnel can use to get closer to vessels they want to board. About 80% of cocaine shipments are moved via maritime routes. Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Operation Martillo is led by Joint Interagency Task Force South, based in Key West, Fla., but it relies heavily on working with law enforcement and military agencies in other countries. “All the nations along the Central American isthmus, the United States, European partners, Canadians, etc., have been working more closely than ever in my 30 years or so working this particular problem set, as a direct result of Operation Martillo,” said JIATF-S Director Rear Adm. Charles D. Michel in January, at the conclusion of the operation’s first year. And what a year it was. Launched in January 2012, Operation Martillo directly seized or assisted in the capture of 127 metric tons (279,987 pounds) of cocaine in 2012, JIATF-S authorities reported. Security forces also have seized 56 go-fast boats, six pangas, two motor vessels, two semi-submersible vessels, two sailing vessels, six vehicles, seven fishing vessels and 12 aircraft and arrested all those individuals who were operating those crafts, according to Michel. A go-fast boat typically carries 1,000 kilograms of cocaine. “Operation Martillo is designed to deny or significantly hamper the ability of the traffickers to operate in the littoral routes along both sides of the Central American isthmus and force them into the deep-water routes. We have not achieved that on both sides of the isthmus,” Michel said. “On the Caribbean side we have been able to change some of the trafficking patterns.” Operation Martillo has carried its momentum into 2013, as the year already has been marked by major narcotics seizures. • Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) agents seized 1.475 tons of cocaine and arrested four Colombians, SENAN Director Belsio González said on April 23. The seizure – the country’s largest of the year – occurred this past weekend when authorities spotted a suspicious vessel off the coast of the central province of Veraguas. Officers chased the boat for several minutes before boarding it. The cocaine was packed in 59 bundles. • In early April, U.S. law enforcement authorities arrested 103 suspects on April 3 in what was described as a “massive operation” against heroin and cocaine traffickers from the Caribbean into the U.S. state of Connecticut. • U.S. and Guatemalan counter-narcotics forces seized more than 998 kilograms of cocaine worth upward of US$90 million in the eastern Pacific in early March. • The Costa Rican Coast Guard seized 1.5 tons of cocaine after four crew members fled a boat to avoid arrest on March 13, Mauricio Boraschi, Costa Rica’s national anti-drug commissioner, said. Costa Rican officials have seized five tons of cocaine, eradicated 51,494 marijuana plants and broken up four narco-trafficking gangs so far this year, according to the Ministry of Security. • On Jan. 4, the USS Gary, a United States Navy frigate, intercepted a suspicious vessel carrying 600 pounds of cocaine. Coast Guard officers seized the shipment, which had a street value of about US$22 million. Michel, however, said there’s more work to be done. “We have seen strategic shifts in trafficking patterns in the Western Caribbean,” he added. “In the Eastern Pacific side, we are still working on that. We have seen some shifts but on the Pacific side we have a lot more challenges than we do on the Caribbean side in significantly changing those routes. One thing I will say about routes outside of Central America is that we have not yet been able to sense significant shifts into other routes, for example deeper into the Eastern Pacific or to Asia, or through the Central Caribbean or Eastern Caribbean. Those routes are essentially the same as they were before but we are constantly trying to sense those routes.” By Dialogo April 29, 2013last_img read more

The Way It Should Be

first_img September 15, 2005 Regular News The Way It Should Be The Way It Should Be Editor’s Note: The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism recently presented Melissa Martin of Kissimmee the Lion of Justice Trophy for winning its annual Law Student Professionalism Essay contest. Martin is in her second year of law school at Barry University. Each year, essays on the topic of legal professionalism are collected by each Florida law school and the best essay from each law school is submitted to the Bar’s Center for Professionalism. The winner is chosen from those essays by The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism. The Center for Professionalism administrates the award for the committee. Melissa Martin Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this. Who can be more nearly a fiend than he who habitually overhauls the register of deeds in search of defects in titles, whereon to stir up strife, and put money in his pocket? A moral tone ought to be infused into the profession which should drive such men out of it. 1The mission of public service is peace; meeting needs, resolving conflict, and restoring order for all members of society — the public. In this pursuit, trust is gained or lost in the manner peace is achieved. Professionalism is the means of maintaining and building that trust while carrying out the mission because it manifests the requisite values of honesty and civility in interpersonal behavior. Without a culture of professionalism in public service, there will be a void between that which the public expects from its servants and what it sees. There will be confusion of what is right and wrong through the hypocrisy of its servant-leaders.It is no secret or stretch of the imagination that the profession of law, at least in the public eye, has decomposed to a point where neither the ends nor means of public service are obvious. Some believe the profession is focused on winning cases through any means necessary, restrained by the rules of ethics and who happens to be looking. Others believe it is all about money, or thriving from a guild of protectionism. As a result, years of commercial focus, deceitful manipulation, and unprincipled conduct have drained what trust the public (might have) had in the term “lawyer.”Despite a substantial population of good, professional lawyers in practice, the public sees only the appalling, clear cases of malpractice and unprofessional conduct that make it on the local news or gossip grapevines. Stereotypes and prejudices usually are founded on the highlighted and publicized perspectives. The profession should anticipate this and make a concerted effort to purge itself of its parasites. The difference between right and wrong is an objective test; determined by the reasonable person in the public and not the reasonable lawyer in dire straits to win a case. The apparent standards of ethics rationalize “doing what is right” into “doing what is right for the interests of my client.” From this, the profession slowly garners ethically accepted methodologies, to include manipulating minds around rules, intimidating well-intentioned witnesses, taking advantage of trust or ignorance, and designing litigation procedures toward lucrative ends. In the eyes of the public, this is simply wrong. If lawyers truly are servants of the public, how is this possible?Human nature is the main culprit. It is easy for most people to focus on the immediate, concrete considerations in daily decision-making. It is foreseeable that one will worry more about the phone calls, timelines, and paperwork of real life, rather than the unfurled anthem of professionalism. Such noble concepts are regarded as niceties or even jokes among colleagues. Apathy, laziness, greed, selfishness, and immaturity have seeped so much into the profession that it has become the culturally accepted reality. The problem, however, is that this was never acknowledged by the public. This was never endorsed. performing short of the public’s expectations, the special bond of trust and confidence between master and servant has been broken.If the law profession is to ever regain the public’s trust, it must care how it goes about fulfilling the mission of peace. As counselor, a lawyer’s fundamental purpose is to ensure his or her client’s legal needs are met. This is the profession’s ancient role in the big picture of justice and tranquility through social order. If the chosen methods are dishonorable, however, no good occurs. No public service takes place; only a mere business transaction between parties. Since the public requires of its service professionals the highest ideals of duty, honor, and integrity, there must be an effort to change the status quo. There must be a way to culturally shift the law profession toward what it was meant to be. Through the analysis of human behavior, there is a two-prong approach of persuading and infusing these principles into the profession, whether the lawyer cares to do the right thing or not: internal and external persuasion.Those who care can be inspired to do the right thing. The capacity of consistent, principled conduct is a matter of focusing on simple professionalism, or the ability to do the right thing in the face of opposing forces. Without this focus, one is left to the devices of dogs eating dogs, and all the underhanded scheming to survive that may come along with it. Though no one is perfect, perfect intentions to do the right thing are within each person’s grasp and supply the essential drive of every public servant. Lawyers are no exception to the rule. They, too, have the choice to do the right thing. The profession of law, however, is a field wrought with personal challenges and temptations. Lawyers are given tremendous power in knowledge and resources, and are expected to use their discretion to act accordingly. “Accordingly” is the fulcrum point of the problem, as it represents the cultural traffic flow phenomenon of keeping up with the latest, most advantageous, bar-accepted means of doing business. All are pressured to go with the flow and play the game according to the lowest-common-denominator rules of ethics. Some are strong enough to spite this tidal effect and maintain the highest ideals of honesty and civility throughout. With strategic competition as the main undercurrent, however, even the most professional of lawyers are sometimes swept out to sea.The scenario starts with a group of well-meaning law students, idealistic and excited to make the world into a better place. Fighting the mundane and perplexing studies of core curriculum, they finally graduate into real life and real opportunity. Working in clerkships, they soon learn the harsh truths of competition and what it really takes to come out on top. They shrug and trudge on, deadening their conscience while learning the ropes of success in the profession of law. Seemingly futile in their original hopes of helping the disadvantaged or building peace, they transform their aspirations into hopes to keep their job, or to gain more power and influence, or to make enough money to one day afford a noble practice. Frustrated, some turn to alcohol or drug abuse. Some bring their work and anger home with them. Others change professions to divorce themselves of the incessant burden. There are even those who may “turn to the dark side” in order to cast a chance for fast success.There is hope in bringing peace to these individuals and their lives; culturally transforming the profession from the inside out, one person at a time. Professional maturity is the light that guides and the armor that protects each and every person claiming to be a public servant. It is a focused progression of professional conduct, above and beyond the rules of ethics. Behind every decision, from civility in personal interaction to good faith and fair dealings with opposing counsel, professional maturity strengthens, hones, and channels intents and efforts to do right. With a grassroots embrace of this concept, defined through the following three steps, the tides will turn and the traffic flow of accepted conduct will eventually move toward the principles of professionalism.First, one must make a solemn choice: others or self. This is probably the most difficult step to master, as it requires a conscientious effort to lower oneself to yield to another. Yet, it is the most fundamental element of (public) service and peace itself. The principles of professionalism are more important than a client’s interests, and a client’s interests are more important than his or her attorney’s interests. The public entrusts its lawyers to abide by this rule. In order to better achieve this paradigm, one must start with making a habit of infusing professional integrity into daily decisions. Give back the extra change the cashier mistakenly returned. Allow road rage to pass. Take no part in gossip. Choose to make peace over unnecessary argument with a friend, relative, spouse, or opposing counsel. This perspective is antithetical to the American culture of individualism, and completely counters the apparent state of the law profession, but such is the life and selfless sacrifices of public servants. As Lincoln advised, “resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer.” 2 I f one prefers the life of freedom and personal liberties over unselfish sacrifices and principled conduct, one should not choose the life of a public servant. The law profession should not be abused as a vehicle for personal or corporate gain.Second, one must meditate on and remember what society has given as a set of values; unity, justice, peace, security, welfare, and liberty. 3 N owhere in any oath or code does it state that society wishes law professionals to deceive and manipulate to achieve success. On the contrary, laws throughout the land echo with the theme of good faith and fair dealing. The public expressly commissioned lawyers with the knowledge and power to resolve its conflict in a civil, orderly fashion. Lawyers are first and foremost peacemakers, not instigators. Stirring litigation is part of the problem, not solution. In a time of legal need, people have no choice but to turn to lawyers who have the advantage and monopoly of resources. Normally, they arrive in a vulnerable state, looking for solace in the hope for justice. Then is not the time to dream about a new car or the opportunity to impress the partners, but a time to reflect on doing what is right. A lawyer wears the hat of a legal expert, mediator, psychologist, family counselor, teacher, and professional friend. These are things clients need more in a time of personal crisis. They do not need lawyers defining or reshaping what their interests are or should be. With this in mind, it is a mark of professional maturity that lawyers are well versed in the fields of human nature, effective leadership, and conflict resolution. These subjects are a part of professional competency and must be studied and understood. With such timeless wisdom and interpersonal skills under their belts, lawyers are better equipped to fulfill the objectives of peace in service to the public.Third, professional maturity is marked by a proactive stance in influencing others toward the principles of professionalism. This step mirrors the convention of servant-leadership, where the torch of professional excellence is held and followed by true disciples of public service. At this stage, sincere conviction blossoms into professional maturity and strengthens the will to do the right thing. It also gives courage and determination in the face of adversity. A professionally mature person would not shirk the duty of mentoring the young and impressionable in the principles of professionalism. A professionally mature person would not look the other way when compromises of integrity occur around him. A professionally mature person would “be” the peer pressure in developing a fellowship of colleagues who share the same beliefs, priorities, and values of professional excellence in public service. Effective time management would enable a professionally mature person to reach out to the community. As an advisor or leader the lawyer can communicate to the public the ideals of professionalism and the character necessary to achieve these ideals. Spreading the good word may even one day counter the negative publicity of the profession’s bad apples to reestablish the bond of trust.These three steps are valuable only for those individuals who care and desire to do the right thing. Not everyone cares to follow the principles of professionalism in public service. Not everyone cares to regain the trust of the public. Despite each and every lawyer having some form of professional responsibility training, some still choose the head-in-the-sand technique in practice, continuing to find and use the loopholes of ethics and abusing the trust of society. “Everyone else is doing it” is used as justification for their actions. Without the excuse of ignorance, the only reason for such childlike behavior would be a willful disobedience to the principles of public service. Just as parental control is often necessary for an unruly child, discipline is appropriate where appealing to the heart is futile. If one chooses to act professionally immature, one should also expect to be treated as such. In order to effectively enforce rules in any respect, there are two specific elements to consider: awareness and accountability.Awareness, or fair notice of the rules, is a preventative measure that comes in many utilitarian forms; from individual to general deterrence, continuing legal education symposiums to moderated focus groups. For reasons of efficiency and/or effectiveness, other service-oriented professions have primarily chosen deterrence through profession-specific codes of conduct that mimic the highest expectations of the public they serve. The military, for example, criminalizes “conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman” and “service-discrediting conduct.” Elements of such conduct include compromising one’s standing in the military profession, bringing dishonor or disgrace to the accused by impugning his or her honor or integrity or otherwise subjecting him or herself to social disgrace, or bringing injury to the reputation of the armed forces. 4 A convicted officer may be dismissed from service, forfeit all pay and allowances, and be confined for the amount of time authorized for the offense listed in the Manual for Courts Martial (but no more than one year). 5 C onsequently, professional conduct is at the forefront for all military officers in their daily decision-making processes, regardless of internal motive or intent.The designed leverage of any deterrence program or rule must meet the core pushbuttons of those with more immediate concerns than professionalism: job security, money, reputation, and power. This stooping may be insulting for some, but is a necessary evil to gain full compliance in any human organization. For example, professionalism would become high priority for anyone under threat of a “three strikes and you’re out” policy for unprofessional conduct. While insurance may easily cover malpractice suits, no one wants to lose their ability to practice in the state of their choice. Conformity to an enforced set of rules would be the only logical choice. Though threats and intimidation of consequence would normally have no purpose in such a prestigious profession as law, the proof is in the pudding that the few bad apples still need to be held responsible for their actions. They are the primary source of the profession’s infamy.Simultaneously, ethical legal practice in Florida could and should be heightened by changing more “shoulds” to “shalls” in the Rules for Professional Conduct. In addition, the professional expectations could be strengthened by incorporating more guidelines as concrete rules of ethics. For example, “Counsel [ shall ] at all times be civil and courteous in communicating with adversaries, whether in writing or orally.” 6 N ow, with infractions come consequences. Unless the bar is raised to the desired standard of expected professionalism, conduct will descend to the path of least resistance and maximum strategic gain. Lawyers are experts of liability. Why waste time or energy on civility when there is no measure of answerability? One cannot breach a duty that was never obligated.Accountability is the other critical ingredient toward enforcement of professional conduct. If a lawyer is guilty of doing something wrong, against the principles of professionalism and/or rules of ethics, there must be swift and immediate action to address and punish accordingly. Wrongdoers must be held to the same standard as everyone else in society. Judges must be the umpire for proper courtroom conduct. Rule 11 and other such established mechanisms should be encouraged and utilized more frequently, as appropriate. 7 O pen hearings, the media, or other watch-dog groups should serve as a check-and-balance to ensure professionalism. Though certain people may be driven out of the profession (as was Lincoln’s intent), America is not, and will probably never be, at a loss for lawyers. As the quantity slows or even decreases, the quality and caliber of law professionals will be in true and trustworthy service to the public.A proposal is as good as its feasibility. Though real change is incremental, no transformation will occur without the endorsement and enforcement of the profession’s leadership. From The Florida Bar Board of Governors to law school professors, it should be the underlying theme in every decision. Those in positions of influence must take the leap of faith and choose how to most effectively and judiciously wield their given power; for either the force of proactive righteousness or status quo. They must choose whether it will serve the public first and foremost, whether it will incorporate such principles into its core and collateral structures, and whether it will lean forward with initiatives toward professional maturation. The system, in its planning, operational, and budgetary priorities, must reflect this set of values in how it manages the profession, and what it deems acceptable and unacceptable. Beyond carrying the torch of professionalism, it must also take certain action to ensure proper application and enforcement of its principles. Society and the welfare of each member in the profession depend on it.In guarding the sanctity of justice in the pursuit of peace, lawyers must either be internally or externally driven to uphold the sacred honor of the profession in honesty and civility. Lincoln understood this. Even more, he saw the power and possibility of infusing the profession with the morals and principles of public service to the point lawyers will one day regain the trust of the people and be esteemed as “good” people in a respected profession. The highest ideals of professionalism will become the cultural means to the end goal of public peace. It is possible. 1. Abraham Lincoln, Notes for a Law Lecture, in THE COLLECTED WORKS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN (Roy P. Basler ed., 1953) available at http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/lawlect.htm . 2. Id. 3. U.S. CONST. pmbl. 4. UCMJ, Art. 133 and 134 5. MCM, Part IV, para. 59e 6. Center for Professionalism, Guidelines for Professional Conduct, available at www.floridabar.org (updated Jan. 2005). 7. FED. R. CIV. P. 11.last_img read more

The power of the branch – Is it here to stay?

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a surprising recent survey, it seems in-branch service is not becoming as obsolete as we once thought. In fact, there is reason to believe it is making a come back. Much in the same way we all once thought the advent of ATMs spelled the demise of the branch, today’s emerging fintech advancements would seem to suggest the same.  When discussing the latest and greatest in mobile banking apps and tools, the conversation often veers towards the convenience and immediacy provided by these tools and their subsequent popularity and the increased demand for them. However, when delving further into the discussion, and as illustrated by various surveys, there seems to be a human element that is still preferred when facing a major or complex financial event.Theres no question that apps and on-the-go banking capabilities provided by the latest fintech are hugely popular and serve as the best way for many to manage various transaction types.  These tend to be smaller, daily maintenance transactions such as checking balances, making deposits, and money transfers. With the more recent introduction of instant remote credit card controls, a member can even report an account lost or stolen, or shut it down completely if potential fraud is suspected.  However, when it comes to the more complex and involved transaction types, where larger amounts of money are involved, an in-person appointment at a branch is still preferred, where a subject matter expert can discuss the details in depth and in private.  This might be applying for a car loan, a mortgage, or opening a savings vehicle like a college fund or CD. These appointments require more personalized interactions, tend to be more involved or lengthy in nature, and often hold the importance of a significant life event.  The savvy credit union will embrace this preference, even capitalize on it, as it often presents an opportunity for larger investments for the institution, and can build member loyalty as it partners with them on a the achievement of a financial milestone. continue reading »last_img read more