Foundation revitalizes its loan assistance program

first_imgFoundation revitalizes its loan assistance program Mark D. Killian Managing EditorSaddled with heavy law school debts and a modest income as a lawyer for Legal Services of North Florida, Steve Shelton, a single parent of a nine-year-old boy, says every payday he looks at his check and then thinks of his son and wonders if he needs to leave legal aid behind for a more lucrative practice in order to do right by his family.“Every year about this time I do some serious soul searching,” Shelton said. “I wonder if I am doing the best I can by him if I continue to work for a charity, no matter how honorable the cause.”In an effort to keep lawyers like Shelton on the job, he and 21 other Florida legal aid lawyers recently received a grant from The Florida Bar Foundation’s revitalize loan repayment assistance program, which aims to relieve that educational debt burden to allow lawyers to take, and remain, in legal aid positions.While the slightly more than $3,000 Shelton received this year to help pay down his college loans won’t make him rich, “It is the difference between doing it in great pain and doing it with a clear conscience, as far as my son is concerned,” Shelton said.A recent nationwide survey conducted among third-year law students by Equal Justice Works – a national organization that supports public service-minded law students – found that 94 percent of law students finance their studies through school loans and 50 percent graduated this year with law school loan debts of $75,000 or more. For graduates following the standard 10-year repayment schedule, that can result in monthly payments of more than $900 for 10 years following graduation.Most entry level public interest positions in Florida pay between $25,000 and $32,500, and among those graduates who take such positions, many –– when faced with major life decisions such as starting a family –– are forced to leave after only one to two years of employment, according to Paul Doyle, director of the Foundation’s legal assistance grant programs. And that number has been climbing in recent years.A survey of Foundation grantees found that over the past five years, for example, Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center lost 10 staff attorneys and eight lawyers have left Central Florida Legal Services. Over the past two years Gulfcoast Legal Services reports losing six lawyers and Legal Aid Service of Broward County lost four.“One of the issues we face as a profession is the debt load of the graduates and this has a profound effect on lawyers who may desire to devote their lives to the lofty goals of promoting and assisting and providing legal services to the less fortunate and needy people,” said Foundation President William Thompson, adding that the loan assistance program benefits not only the staff attorneys involved, but society as a whole by keeping talented legal aid lawyers on the job.Here is how the Foundation’s program — one of only eight in the nation — works:Once admitted as a participant, an attorney may remain in the program for up to five years, subject to continued eligible employment, salary limitations, bar admission, re-application, and local program endorsement.The staff attorney will receive an amount equal to 75 percent of annual debt payments up to $6,000 per year. For example, a staff attorney paying $7,500 or more a year on law school debt will receive the maximum annual benefit of $6,000.Doyle said the benefits will be in the form of one-year loans which will be forgiven annually at the end of each year provided the staff attorney remains employed on a full-time basis by an IOTA legal assistance to the poor grantee. The benefits are designed to be nontaxable under federal law by making the benefits a one-year loan forgivable at the end of the year and since the Foundation, not the participant’s employer, will be providing the benefits, Doyle said.To be eligible for the program, applicants must:• Be employed on a full-time basis by an IOTA funded legal assistance for the poor grantee.• Receive an annual salary of not more than $40,000 for a newly graduated staff attorney with $3,000 increments to the salary for each year of legal experience.• Admission to The Florida Bar by the end of the first year after having been selected as a participant.The Foundation selects participants through a process of program nominations and regional review committee recommendations. The programs will nominate applicants, utilizing program and applicant application forms designed by the Foundation. Each legal services region in Florida will form a loan-repayment assistance review committee to review all program nominations within the respective region and recommend (or not recommend) and prioritize such nominations to the Foundation. The Foundation makes the final selection decisions.Doyle said the program will cover only law school need-based government or private loans, or university or other private institutional loans. An annual debt payment loans of at least $1,800 is an eligibility requirement.The Foundation has budgeted $90,000 in start-up funds for the first year of the project and participating legal aid providers must kick in 20 percent of each recipient’s grant.Doyle said the Foundation plans to expand the program each year, subject to the availability of funds.“This is a great project for young lawyers who want to go into public service,” Doyle said. “If lawyers are interested in supporting this project, the Foundation would welcome contributions for that purpose.” Foundation revitalizes its loan assistance programcenter_img April 15, 2003 Managing Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri to go back to Empoli for Hamed Junior Traore

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri to go back to Empoli for Hamed Junior Traoreby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is ready to go back to Empoli for a new signing.Local media sources say Empoli youngster Hamed Junior Traore is interesting Sarri, who is tapping his old network for information on the midfielder.The 18 year-old is shining for Empoli coach Beppe Iachini and come to the attention of Sarri.The former Empoli coach is set to call president Fabrizio Corsi about a price for Traore.The Ivorian was outstanding for Empoli in defeat to Sampdoria last weekend. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

New Flyer awarded contract for 40 electric buses from Montreal and Laval

first_imgWINNIPEG – North America’s largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer says the transit commissions of Montreal and Laval, Que., have placed Canada’s largest order for battery-electric buses.New Flyer Canada, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., says it beat two competitors to win a contract for 40 zero-emission Xcelsior Charge transit buses from the transit agencies in Quebec’s two largest cities.A notice to build the buses is expected after a nine-month review of a pilot bus slated to be given the green light Oct. 31.The order for 30 buses from Montreal’s transit authority (STM) and 10 from Laval’s transit agency is supported by funding from the provincial and federal governments.Both transit authorities operate battery-electric bus pilot programs as they aim to become fully electric in the future.The Winnipeg-based company says these buses are already operating in Toronto, Vancouver and several large American cities.Companies in this story: (TSX:NFI)last_img read more

Man running from Alaska to Florida passing through Fort St John this

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Run Pete Run! A man who has made it his goal to run from Alaska to Florida will be making his way through the Energetic City this Saturday.American born Peter Kostelnick is in the 30th day of his historically long journey. The man is running 65-110 kilometres per day and hopes to reach Key West, Florida by early November.Kostelnick, who was in Pink Mountain this morning, will be one of the first ever to run the entirety of the Alaska Highway. Two years ago Kostelnick broke the world record for running across America in just 42 days, six hours and 30 minutes, beating the previous record by four whole days. He has also won the Badwater 135 twice, a race regarded as the “toughest footrace on the planet.” Kostelnick’s current run is completely self-supported which means he is pushing a stroller with his gear and food. He also enjoys company so residents are encouraged to join his run as he passes through Fort St. John.Residents can track Kostelnick’s location via his Strava on petesfeetaa.com. Anyone interested in learning more on his journey can click here.last_img read more

Premier Horgan says LNG decision could be weeks away

first_imgCBC News is reporting that during a question and answer session with reporters after his speech, Horgan said that the announcement could be occurring in the next couple of weeks.Signs have been pointing towards the LNG Canada making a positive final investment decision for nearly the past year, after Petronas – which scrapped it’s proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project last July – announced that it was considering a minority stake in the Shell-led joint venture.Kitimat mayor Phil Germuth said in July that he felt that it was incredibly likely that the joint venture partners would pull the trigger on building the $40 billion project, while in May, LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz said than a final investment decision would occur in 2018, with construction also due to start before the end of the year.With files from CBC News: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/premier-john-horgan-final-address-2018-ubcm-1.4823972 WHISTLER, B.C. – Speaking at his closing keynote address of the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention in Whistler today, B.C. Premier John Horgan said that an LNG final investment decision could be made in the next several weeks.Horgan said during his nearly 40-minute presentation that the government was  “very, very close to having a final investment decision from an LNG company,” though he didn’t say which.last_img read more

Nawazuddin Siddiqui to star in Glen Barretto’s ‘Dusty to meet Rusty’

first_imgMumbai: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will star in filmmaker Glen Barretto’s road trip film, “Dusty to meet Rusty”. The film choices the journey of a girl who takes a road trip from Mumbai to Dharamshala in search of her childhood sweetheart but finds love on her way. “Dusty to meet Rusty” will mark his third collaboration with producer Rajesh Bhatia and Kiran Bhatia’s Woodpecker Movies after his upcoming films “Motichoor Chaknachoor” and “Bole Chudiyan”. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “When Nawaz heard the narration, he loved the script instantly. Its an honour to work with talent like him who brings great value to the script with his nuances and outstanding performances,” Kiran said in a statement. The preparation for the film has begun and another hero as a parallel male lead and a female actor are on the verge of being finalised. The shooting is scheduled to start in August this year with a start to finish schedule.last_img read more

Taliban kill 3 US Marines in Afghanistan

first_imgKabul: US forces in Afghanistan revised on Tuesday the death toll from a Taliban attack the previous day near the main American base in the country, saying three service members were killed but not a contractor who was initially reported among the fatalities. The U.S. and NATO Resolute Support mission issued a statement “to clarify initial reporting” about Monday’s roadside bombing of an American convoy near the main U.S. base. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The Pentagon said later that all three service members killed were Marines. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe mission said a roadside bomb hit the convoy near the Bagram Airfield, killing three American service members, and said “the contractor who was reported as killed, is alive.” The statement said “the contractor, an Afghan citizen, was initially treated along with other injured civilians, later identified as a contractor and treated at Bagram Airfield.” Three other U.S. service members were also wounded in the attack. The base in Bagram district is located in northern Parwan province and serves as the main U.S. air facility in the country. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe wounded were evacuated and are receiving medical care, the statement said. Christopher Slutman, a 15-year New York City fire department member, was among the three Marines killed. He leaves behind his wife, Shannon, and three daughters. “Firefighter Slutman bravely wore two uniforms and committed his life to public service both as a New York City firefighter and as a member of the United States Marine Corps,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a written statement. The Pentagon identified the two other Marines killed as Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, New York, and Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania. In their claim of responsibility, the Taliban said they launched the attack and that one of their suicide bombers detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near the NATO base. The conflicting accounts could not be immediately reconciled. On Tuesday, local Afghan officials said at least five Afghan civilians were wounded in the commotion after the attack on the American convoy. Four were passersby and the fifth was a driver of a car going down the road, said Abdul Raqib Kohistani, the Bagram district police chief. Abdul Shakor Qudosi, the district administrative chief in Bagram, said American soldiers opened fire immediately after their convoy was bombed. Monday’s U.S. fatalities bring to seven the number of U.S. soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscoring the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-wrecked country even as Washington has stepped up efforts to find a way to end the 17-year war, America’s longest. There are about 14,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan, supporting embattled Afghan forces as they struggle on two fronts facing a resurgent Taliban who now hold sway over almost half the country and also the Islamic State affiliate, which has sought to expand its footprint in Afghanistan even as its self-proclaimed “caliphate” has crumbled in Syria and Iraq.last_img read more

Bombs kill two in Egypt’s Sinai: army

first_imgCAIRO – Militants set off four roadside bombs targeting a security convoy in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding five, the army said.The convoy was travelling from Rafah, on the Gaza border, towards the North Sinai provincial capital El-Arish further west, when the bombers struck.Militants then traded fire with security forces before fleeing, army spokesman Colonel Ahmed Ali said on his official Facebook page. One member of the security forces and a civilian were killed, and five security personnel wounded, Ali said.The army has poured troops and armour into the Sinai to try to crush militant activity, which has surged since it overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.A subsequent crackdown on Islamists has resulted in more than 1,000 people being killed and more than 2,000 arrested nationwide.In the Sinai, dozens of soldiers and policemen have been killed in near daily attacks.Since Morsi’s ouster, attacks have also targeted Egypt’s interior minister as well as Christian homes and churches.An Al-Qaeda-inspired group in the Sinai, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, said it was responsible for a car bombing on Saturday in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya that wounded six soldiers and a failed attempt to assassinate the interior minister last month.The military says it has killed or captured dozens of Islamist militants, some of whom proclaim allegiance to Al-Qaeda.last_img read more

Opinion LeBron James Aaron Craft headline intriguing NBA Draft offseason for Ohio

Then-senior guard Aaron Craft attempts a layup during a game against Nebraska March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67. Lantern file photoAs the dust from the NBA Finals has settled, basketball fans have turned their attention to the much anticipated 2014 NBA Draft, and even more so, free agency.For basketball fans in the state of Ohio, two names will be watched closely: LeBron James and, for those in Columbus, Aaron Craft.James, who according to multiple reports will exercise his early termination clause with the Miami Heat, has Cleveland fans buzzing about the thought of seeing “the King” return to his home state and to the team that drafted him in 2003.The Cavaliers have been building, and tearing down at times, their team since James took his talents to South Beach, but with key pieces in place such as Kyrie Irving and Anthony Bennett (just kidding) along with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s draft, Cavs fans can only dream for now.If James was to return to Cleveland, it would be the best move he will have ever made in his career.During his four seasons in Miami, James has been largely the victim of ridicule for how he left the Cavs in the summer of 2010, and rightfully so. As a Cleveland fan on vacation in Florida at the time of “The Decision,” I sat and watched Florida basketball fans celebrate in the lobby of my hotel. I sunk in my chair as all hope of bringing a championship to Cleveland was washed away in the Florida sun.Now, James can fix the broken bridges between he and Cavs fans if he makes his triumphant return home to a city which has not won a major championship since 1964. If in fact he does return, it will be to a better roster than the one he left back in 2010.Which brings me to Aaron Craft. How you may ask? Simple.While discussing sports at a summer job, a co-worker of mine and a fellow Ohio State student brought the following comparison to my attention.Remember James’ old teammate on the 2007 Cavs Finals team, Eric Snow? If you look closely at the similarities between Snow and Craft, you will see where I am going.Snow, a Michigan State grad out of Canton McKinley high school in Canton, Ohio, played four seasons in college, just as Craft did. Both Craft and Snow also put up comparable numbers in their college careers.Craft, who averaged 32.6 minutes per game in his college career also averaged just 8.9 points per game. How does that stack up to Snow? Snow played in just 25.2 minutes per game and averaged 5.9 points per game as a Spartan.While neither Craft nor Snow was a particularly good outside shooter, each shot around 50 percent in their careers. Craft finishing his career with a 45.9 percent career field goal percentage while Snow shot 52.1 percent.However, with every pro there is a con and with every similarity, there is a difference.Craft was clearly the better defender of the two, as he averaged 2.45 steals per game during his time at OSU, while Snow averaged just 1.3 in his time as a Spartan.In terms of passing, Snow was clearly better, however, as he averaged 5.3 assists per game including 7.8 his senior season. Craft never averaged more than five assists per game in a season.So what am I trying to say? Someone needs to take a chance on Craft.If Snow can get drafted (43rd overall) and have a 13-year playing career with three teams – the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and the Cavaliers – Craft can as well. The former Buckeye may not be the fastest, strongest or most athletic guy on the floor, but there is no one in this upcoming draft who will give you more effort than Aaron Craft.Enjoy Thursday’s draft and free agency season Ohio basketball fans, it could very well be a memorable one. read more