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The New Administration and the Judiciary, the Housing Crisis and the Law, Racism and the Legal System Explored at ABA Midyear Meeting Programs


Chicago, IL (Vocus) February 3, 2009

The housing crisis and the role of lawyers in securing housing justice; examining the psychology of prejudice; and insights into the new administration, Congress and the federal judiciary are among issues to be discussed in programs featured at the 2009 American Bar Association Midyear Meeting, Feb. 11 – 17 in Boston.

In addition to the more than 900 events at this premier gathering of legal professionals, the ABA House of Delegates will consider policies affecting the legal rights of military personnel, immigrants and the elderly; the criminal justice system treatment of juvenile sex offenders; habeas corpus petitions of detainees at the Guantanamo Navel Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and measures that would reduce harm and litigation after catastrophes. The House meets Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. at the Hynes Convention Center, ballroom, level 3.

Also during the House meeting on Feb. 16, Presidents’ Day, will be a presentation by Walter Dellinger, Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law, Duke University, on “Abraham Lincoln as a Lawyer.”

Click here to see the full Midyear Meeting program agenda.

Among program highlights are:

“Obtaining and Retaining a Diverse Judiciary”

Issues of a lack of diversity within the judiciary, how the public perceives the judiciary based on that deficiency, and how false and unfair attacks against the judiciary have jeopardized its diversity will be discussed by panelists and audience members in an effort to develop strategies to reverse this trend.

Feb. 11, 2 p.m., Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Av., Cambridge

“Foreclosing on the American Dream: The Housing Crisis and the Role of Lawyers and Laws in Securing Housing Justice”

Families are losing their homes, often with no place to go. Innocent tenants paying their rent on time every month are being evicted on short notice when their landlords go through foreclosure. These are just some of the fallout of the housing crisis. This interactive program will focus on a hypothetical family in crisis and explore how lawyers can assist those facing such turmoil as well as ways to bolster efforts to create new affordable housing options.

Feb. 13, 8:30 a.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 308, level 3

“Mindbugs: The Psychology of Ordinary Prejudice”

Panelists will discuss how human interactions are greatly affected by implicit and unconscious biases. These biases have significant implications for all members of the legal profession, particularly women and minorities, as they impact decisions with respect to hiring, assignments, evaluations, promotions and layoffs.

Feb. 13, 10 a.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 312, level 3

“The New Administration, the New Congress and the Federal Judiciary – Judicial Appointments, Compensation, and Judicial Relations”

Join veteran Potomac insiders for key insights into what can be expected–both at the White House and in the Senate–concerning federal judicial appointments, as well as issues of judicial compensation, court-stripping, cameras in the courtroom and ethics reform.

Feb. 13, 1 p.m., Sheraton Boston, Liberty Ballroom B, 2nd level

“The Assumption of Justice: A Dialogue on Color, Ethnicity and the Courts”

Expert panelists will provide an understanding of institutional racism and the reality of disparities in the charging and sentencing of minorities in the courts. Attendees will consider ways to develop solutions within their communities.

Feb. 13, 10 a.m., Fairmont Copley Plaza, Forum Room, lower lobby level

“Health Care for Immigration Detainees: What Should be the Standard?”

Issues of detainee medical care and the adequacy, implementation and enforceability of medical standards will be addressed by panelists. Also explored will be the critical role the health care profession plays in ensuring successful service delivery, and the detainee health care system lawyers need to understand to more effectively assist their individual or institutional clients.

Feb. 13, 2 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 208, level 2

Implementing Health Care Reform: The Massachusetts Example”

When Massachusetts enacted an act providing access to affordable, quality, accountable health care in 2006, it undertook a comprehensive and visible effort to reform health insurance and health care practices. This panel will explore the Massachusetts experience in implementing the universal coverage mandate and the areas in which the state’s experience may or may not provide a useful model for the nation.

Feb. 13, 1:45 p.m., Fairmont Copley Plaza, State Ste. A, lower lobby level

“HIV and the Rule of Law: A Legal Roadmap for a New Administration”

Much has been done in the last eight years to address the global HIV/AIDS crisis. Yet a crisis it remains, and while billions of dollars have rightly been allocated to address the pandemic abroad, federal funds for the domestic epidemic have been flat or even cut, with potentially devastating consequences. This program will examine the domestic and international legal dimensions of HIV/AIDS and the key legal elements that must be part of the new administration’s approach. Feb. 14, 2:30 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 309, level 3

“Spirit of Excellence Awards”

The Spirit of Excellence Award celebrates the achievements of diverse lawyers who contribute to the legal profession and society. Awards are presented to lawyers who excel in their professional settings; who personify excellence on the national, state or local level; and who have demonstrated a commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession. This year’s recipients include Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Richard A. Soden, of counsel, Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston; Julius L. Chambers, civil rights lawyer and educator, Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham and Sumter P.A., Charlotte, N.C.; Sen. Colleen Hanabusa, Senate president, Hawaii State Legislature, Honolulu; Joan Mei Haratani, partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, San Francisco; Chief Justice Daniel Sosa Jr. (Ret.), Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico, Las Cruces, N.M.; and William A. Von Hoene Jr., executive vice president and general counsel, Exelon Corporation, Chicago.

Feb. 14, noon, Sheraton Boston, Grand/Independence Ballrooms, 2nd level

“Renewed Hope: Human Rights and the New Administration”

John Shattuck, CEO, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor under President Bill Clinton, will address how President Barack Obama can work to address concerns around the world of this nation’s commitment to human rights and the rule of law.

Feb. 16, noon, Sheraton Boston Hotel, Back Bay Ballroom D

Other programs include:

“Judicial Clerkship Program”

Feb. 12, 1 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 302/304, level 3

“Managing the Bailout: Execution and Oversight of the Federal Response to the Financial Crisis”

Feb. 12, 4 p.m., Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., room 285

“Recent Developments in Communications Law: Fox v. FCC”

Feb. 13, 10:45 a.m., Fairmont Copley Plaza, State Ste. B, lower lobby level

“Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiatives: Lasting Model or Historical Artifact?”

“Feb. 13, 10:45 a.m., Fairmont Copley Plaza, State Ste. A, lower lobby level

“Building a Bridge to Keeping Youth in School: Connecting Education and Legal Advocacy”

Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 309, level 3

“Meeting the Needs of Highly Mobile Students: The Education Rights of Homeless Children and Youth and Those in the Child Welfare System”

Feb. 13, 2 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 309, level 3

“Women Rainmakers: Linking Public Service and Business Development”

Feb. 13, 3 p.m., Boston Marriott Copley Place, Grand Salon F, 4th floor

“Students Rights: Free Expression and Beyond,”

Feb. 13, 3:30 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 309, level 3

“IP Privacy in the Digital World of the Internet”

Feb 14, 10:15 a.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 208, level 2

“IP Protection of Computer Software: The State of Copyright, Patent, and License Protection for Computer Programs”

Feb. 14, 1:45 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 208, level 2

Online registration for news reporters wishing to cover the House of Delegates or any other function at the Midyear Meeting is easier than ever. Credential guidelines are at http://www.abanews.org/credentials.html.

For the latest information on the Meeting visit the Midyear Meeting Online Web site at http://www.abavideonews.org/ABA548/.

Accredited reporters are welcome to attend and cover all sessions for free. A press room for working journalists will be at the Hynes Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D, Level 2, starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, and will remain open for on-site media registration daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The press room will close one hour after the adjournment of the House. For more information, call 312/988-6171, or 310/551-7569. From Feb. 12 – 16 call the Midyear Meeting press room at 617-954-2896.

With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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Programs, Policy Lead Agenda for ABA Midyear Meeting In Orlando


Chicago (Vocus) January 13, 2010

When the American Bar Association Midyear Meeting takes place in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 4 9, ABA members will gather for hundreds of programs on such legal topics as immigration reform, court funding and diversity. Additionally, the associations House of Delegates will consider more than 35 new policy recommendations when it meets Feb. 8 9.

Headquarters for the 2010 ABA Midyear Meeting is the Walt Disney World Dolphin.

For reporters online registration is easier than ever. Credential guidelines are at http://www.abanews.org/credentials.html. Reporters also may stay updated before and during the Midyear Meeting by visiting ABANow.org.

The 555-member House of Delegates will meet on Monday and Tuesday, Feb, 8 and 9, in the Northern Hemisphere Ballroom, 5th Level, Walt Disney World Dolphin, to consider policy recommendations and vote on resolutions, including legal policy issues ranging from child welfare to worker compensation benefits, from structural reforms in courts hearing immigration cases to criminal justice reforms, from equal pay for equal work to responses to violence against women.

For details of these proposals for debate and vote during the ABA House of Delegates meeting, click here. Click on the recommendation number to read the full text and supporting report.

Among Midyear Meeting program highlights are:

Feb. 4

Not Illegal to be Young: Using the Law to Protect, Not Punish, At-Risk and Homeless Youth

Walt Disney World Dolphin, Europe 9, Lobby, 3rd Level, 1 p.m.

Alone Without an Attorney: Why Doesnt Florida (and Some Other States) Provide Lawyers to Foster Children?

Walt Disney World Dolphin, Europe 9, Lobby, 3rd Level, 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 5

More Responses to Court Funding Budget Cuts

Walt Disney World Dolphin, Southern Hemisphere I/II, 5th Level, 8:10 a.m.

The Changing Face of Discrimination: From Where Weve Been to Where Were Going in Civil Rights

Walt Disney World Dolphin, Asia 3, Lobby, 3rd Level, 8:30 a.m.

Smart Soloing: Effective Strategies for Diverse Lawyers

Walt Disney World Dolphin, Northern Hemisphere, A3, 5th Level, 12:30 p.m.

B. B. Wolf vs. Curly Pig, introduces the concept of the rule of law, giving the audience the opportunity to serve as the jury; children welcome; 4 p.m.

Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Mockingbird 1, 1st Level

Feb. 6

Sixth Annual Summit on Indigent Defense Improvement offers a luncheon presentation, Wrongful Convictions and Other Costs of Inadequate Representation, by Barry Scheck, Co-Director of the Innocence Project at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law as well as two panels, one on The Exonerated Efforts in Texas and Florida to Right the Wrongs and the other on Collaboration to Restore Justice

Walt Disney World Dolphin, Pacific Hall A, 1st Level, 11a.m.

Diversity on the Bench: Is the Wise Latina a Myth? asks whether judges can really check their individual identities at the courthouse door

Walt Disney World Dolphin, Northern Hemisphere A4, 5th Level, 2:30 p.m.

Accredited reporters are welcome to attend and cover all sessions for free. A press room for working journalists will be at the Walt Disney World Dolphin, Atlantic Hall C, 1st Level, starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, and will remain open for on-site media registration daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The press room will close one hour after the adjournment of the ABA House of Delegates. For more information, please contact 312/988-6171, or 407/939-2914, Feb. 3 9. Credential guidelines are at http://www.abanews.org/credentials.html.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.


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ABA Midyear Meeting Agenda Features Discussions on Immigration Reform, Funding Crisis Facing Courts and the Changing Face of Discrimination


Chicago, IL (Vocus) January 27, 2010

As comprehensive immigration reform looms on the legislative horizon, the American Bar Association will examine recommendations to enhance immigration courts while improving the professionalism, independence and accountability of immigration court judges during the associations 2010 Midyear Meeting, Feb. 3 – 9, in Orlando, Fla.

Indigent defense system improvements, access to care for HIV/AIDS patients, the funding crisis facing state and local courts, the changing face of discrimination and diversity on the bench are among other topics that ABA members will discuss.

With top-quality legal programs and events, along with presentations by the countrys foremost law experts and speakers, the ABA Midyear Meeting is one of the nations most significant gatherings of legal professionals.

The 555-member House of Delegates will meet on Feb. 8 and 9 in the Northern Hemisphere Ballroom, 5th Level, Walt Disney World Dolphin, to consider policy recommendations and to vote on resolutions. Among the policy recommendations that the House of Delegates will discuss are support for a series of measures that would reform legal proceedings to remove immigrants and support for criminal justice reforms in non-juvenile cases.

Other proposals urge states and territories to adopt a Model Act Governing Standards for the Care and Disposition of Disaster Animals; urge Congress to legislate more effective remedies, procedures and protections for victims of pay discrimination, including discrimination based on gender; and support child welfare financing law reforms to eliminate financial incentives for placing children in foster care.

Details on these and all recommendations are available at the ABA House of Delegates Web site. Follow activities at the Midyear Meeting at http://www.abanow.org.

Highlights of the 2010 ABA Midyear Meeting include:

Fifth HIV/AIDS Law and Practice Conference:

Speakers include Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Christopher Bates, director, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of HIV/AIDS Policy;

Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director, American Public Health Association; Dr. Barry Zukerman, founding director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership; Frances Ashe-Goins, director, Office of Womens Health, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; and

Janet Cleveland, deputy director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control.

Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, Walt Disney World Dolphin, Asia 1 Lobby/3rd Level

A full listing of the programs is available at the AIDS conference site: http://www.abanet.org/AIDS/conferences/2010/home.htm.

Not Illegal to be Young: Using the Law to Protect, Not Punish, at-Risk and Homeless Youth:

This panel will discuss legal ways of helping young people who find themselves homeless.

Feb. 4, 1 p.m., Walt Disney World Dolphin, Europe 5, Lobby/3rd Level

State Budgets, Court Funding and Access to Justice: Sobering Facts and Tentative Solutions:

State court funding has been dramatically impacted by the economic downturn, resulting in what the New York Times has called a tangible narrowing of access to justice. This discussion will look at the positive steps state and local bar leaders are taking to address this situation.

Feb. 5, 8:30 a.m., Walt Disney World Dolphin, Convention Foyer 3, Lobby/3rd Level

The Changing Face of Discrimination: From Where Weve Been to Where Were Going in Civil Rights:

This program will explore how the Civil Rights Act was intended to address discrimination and how current discrimination issues fit into that statute.

Feb. 5, 8:30 a.m., Asia 3, Lobby/3rd Level

Smart Soloing: Effective Strategies for Diverse Lawyers:

This program is designed to help new solo/small firm lawyers build the skills needed to run a successful practice and will address strategies that minority and women practitioners can use to overcome barriers, to capitalize on opportunities and to develop a support network.

Feb. 5, 12:30 p.m., Northern Hemisphere A3, 5th Level

Prosecuting and Defending Immigration-Based Criminal Offenses: What Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys Should Know:

In many cases, numbers of non-citizens are facing prosecution in criminal courts. In some instances, these offensives are immigration-based crimes such as fraudulent passports or false claims to citizenship. This session will discuss how to examine an A-File and how a particular court result will affect immigration status.

Feb. 5, 1 p.m., Walt Disney World Swan, Swan Ballroom 2, 1st Level

Hot Off the Press: A Call for Reform of the Immigration Adjudication System:

This panel will include leading immigration advocates and scholars from across the country, including Miami-based staff attorney Debbie Lee, co-director of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center.

Feb. 5, 3 p.m., Promenade Salon IV, Ground Level, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

Wrongful Convictions and Other Costs of Inadequate Representation:

Barry Scheck, co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, will deliver the keynote address during the luncheon at the Sixth Annual Indigent Defense Improvement Summit.

Feb. 6, 12:30 p.m., Walt Disney World Dolphin, 1st Level, Pacific Hall A

The 5000-Year-Old Formula: Negotiation From Moses to Next Monday Morning The Rules Havent Changed:

Based on Lee Hetheringtons innovative law school course on negotiation, this program will provide a practical framework designed for lawyers engaged in deal making and in settling disputes.

Feb. 6, 1 p.m., Walt Disney World Dolphin, 5th Level, Northern Hemisphere A2

Diversity on the Bench: Is the Wise Latina a Myth?:

A growing number of studies are demonstrating the impact of a judges gender or ethnicity in certain types of cases. The studies underscore the importance of diversity on the bench. This panel looks at the new research as well as suggests what can be done to promote accuracy, fairness, consistency and predictability in judicial decision-making.

Feb. 6, 2:30 p.m., Walt Disney World Dolphin, Northern Hemisphere A4, 5th Level

Reporters with ABA credentials are welcome to attend and cover all sessions for free by obtaining credentials in the full-service Press Room in the Walt Disney World Dolphin, Atlantic Hall C, 1st Level, starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. The Press Room will remain open for onsite media registration from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and will close one hour after the adjournment of the House of Delegates on Feb. 9. Credential guidelines are online at http://www.abanet.org/media/credentials.html. Reporters also can complete registration online. The on-site Press Room phone number is 407/939-2914.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative Feature Commitment at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

New York, NY (Vocus) September 21, 2010

The nations largest conservation organization has joined forces with sustainable green building products company Serious Materials and Jayni Chase, Green Community Schools founder and author. The Commitment to Action developed by these three entities will be featured Tuesday at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Serious Materials, and Jayni Chase have committed to creating and supporting a coalition of manufacturers, installers, unions and others to launch a comprehensive environmental and energy-efficient experiential education model in 500 schools by year-end 2012.

The resulting Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative is a comprehensive strategy to reduce barriers for implementing energy efficiency in Americas schools. The solution is through building retrofits and hands-on application of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by students. Students will produce energy models, decide on alternatives and savings, learn about conservation and efficient technologies, and develop skills to meet the needs of the emerging clean energy economy.

The Energy Efficient Schools Initiative collaboration embodies the mission of National Wildlife Federation, which works to ensure a healthy planetabundant with wildlife and the natural resources on which all life depends. To achieve a sustainable world, we must deploy conservation practices and environmental education simultaneously. Helping young people think critically about energy sources, consumption and how to work together to solve problems is absolutely necessary, said Larry Schweiger, President & CEO of National Wildlife Federation.

This Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative commitment addresses three problems:

-Climate change and carbon-based energy consumption

-Declining STEM education in American schools

-Declining human capital and locus of controlan individuals desire to make a difference and

feel that their actions matter.

Improving education is a national priority that needs to be tackled with attention paid to developing the economy as a whole. The ultimate goal is preparing our nation’s children to be more confident and successful adults. At the same time, our joint expertise will bring together suppliers, service providers, construction workers and others to build a more sustainable economic future, said Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Materials. Serious Materials is the leading provider of high-tech products and services that reduce energy usage in the built environment, the largest contributor of CO2 worldwide.

President Barack Obamas administration deems bettering education a national priority that needs to be tackled with attention paid to developing the clean energy economy as a whole. Our nations economic competitiveness and the path to the American Dream depend on providing every child with an education that will enable them to succeed in a global economy that is predicated on knowledge and innovation, according to the White House education landing page.

Talk about a good investmentthe more we invest in our schools, the bigger returns we will reap on every level. Schools are the hearts of our communities, our future depends on how much we choose to nurture or ignore our children. By investing our dollars and ourselves in our schools today, we will make improvements in the lives of Americas children. The benefits of the Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative will help kids bodies and brains in ways that will pay-off for the rest of their lives, said Jayni Chase, Founder, Center for Environmental Education, who brings decades of leadership in environmental education and sustainable school programs.

Additional Information

Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Materials and Jayni Chase, Green Community Schools founder and author, met at the 2009 CGI Annual Meeting. Surace and Chase subsequently engaged the National Wildlife Federation because of its 75 year history and reputation in science-based environmental education and civic engagement.

Link: http://live.clintonglobalinitiative.org

Twitter: Follow the CGI 2010 conversation with hashtag #cgi2010

Contact: Carey Stanton, Sr. Director for Education & Integrated Marketing, at 734-834-6483 (cell)

National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. NWF is the host organization for Eco-Schools USA, part of the international Eco-Schools program network of 37,000 schools in 50 nations. Visit ecoschoolsusa.org to learn more.

About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the worlds most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 125 current and former heads of state, 15 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 1,700 commitments valued at $ 57 billion, which have already improved the lives of 220 million people in more than 170 countries. The CGI community also includes CGI University (CGI U), a forum to engage college students in global citizenship, MyCommitment.org, an online portal where anybody can make a Commitment to Action, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young leaders from business, government, and civil society. For more information, visit http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.

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NAPW Sacramento Local Chapter Hosted a Successful Networking Meeting this April with Guest Speaker, Elisa Taylor


Garden City, NY (PRWEB) May 19, 2011

The Sacramento Chapter has two meetings, a lunch and a dinner meeting, each month in order to accommodate the busy schedules of the members. While both meetings have the same agenda and speaker, often several people came both times. Obviously they enjoy the speakers and the atmosphere of the group enough to attend twice! For the sake of simplicity, both meetings have been folded into one in these minutes.

Sharon Darrow, Sacramento Chapter President, opened the meetings by welcoming everyone, then briefly speaking about the NAPW. She spoke about the upcoming convention, which will take place on April 29th in New York City. Sharon also reminded everyone that their introduction is filmed to assist in accurate minutes and, with their permission only, are also posted on the new NAPW Sacramento Chapter Facebook page.

Marissa Eldreth is the CEO of BizWiz Consulting & Marketing Solutions and owner of the new magazine, “City Connect International”. The magazine tries to promote the unity of different nationalities and cultures. The magazine’s first event will be on June 18th, and everyone is invited to participate. Marissa’s company markets multiple products and helps businesses structure their company and market their products. Her latest project is a company from the Philippines that makes custom furniture. In keeping with her non-profit work, she has asked them to contribute a portion of their profits to a group that helps protect the watersheds in the Philippines.

Diana Borroel is a financial adviser with the Principal Financial Group. Financial advisers are prohibited from promoting their businesses through social media, so we are unable to show her in the video presentations. Dianna has 23 years experience in the financial services business, helping people set their goals and reach their dreams. She uses a four-step process: set goals, prioritize goals, implement the plan, and then monitor the plan.

Terry Burke Maxwell now owns a publishing company, after a career in education, publishing and computers. She sells several of her own workbooks, primarily on math and computers, for children and adults. Adults need to be involved in their children’s education, and these workbooks are designed to facilitate that. They are also useful for adult education. Terry is now publishing and editing other authors under a new imprint called Earth Patch Press.

Daphne Hewitt, a guest for the first time, is an independent consultant and area manager for Arbonne International, which is a health and wellness company offering natural, botanical based products for the skin, aromatherapy, nutrition, and weight loss.

Carol Siegner, with Ships and Trips Travel, is a travel agent specializing in Europe, especially riverboat cruises. She has been in the business for six years, booking families, corporate, and groups of all kinds.

Sharon Darrow, owner of Travel ID Cards, creates plastic ID cards, with or without photos, for your organization, company, sports team or family group. She says they now also do luggage tags to make your baggage identification and retrieval a snap on your next trip. Their newest items are the “Fun Cards”, which are unique creations that make great gifts — “Worlds Greatest [Fill-In-The-Blank]” for example, with pictures and personalized text front and back. She then reminded everyone of her core products for travelers, the KidsTravelCard, TeenTravelCard, AdultInfoCard, and PetTravelCard.

Sara Lopezis is the owner of SGL Enterprises. It is her holding company for marketing Amway Global. The Amway business is about providing consumers with the flexibility of online shopping for everything including personal care, home care, health and wellness, and practically anything else. She was very pleased to say that the vitamin and supplement line, Nutrilite, had just celebrated their 75th anniversary and was the very first company to come out with an organic vitamin/mineral supplement. In addition to the exclusive products, there are over 600 online partner affiliates, which enables the consumer to save money. Sara reminded everyone that her business is a great way to develop residual income for the future.

Elizabeth Rosen, a guest attendee, has a business called Pet Your Dog, which offers both services and products for your pets. Her services are designed for those with busy schedules. She is the one to call for dog walking, pet sitting in her home, and training.

Andrea Newhouse is the Director of Aquatic Services at Easter Seals in Sacramento. They have a warm water therapy pool available to anybody with a doctor’s prescription. The pool temperature is 92 degrees, and it is open all year round.

Linda Melodyis is with Pre-Paid Legal Services. She said that many people don’t think they need an attorney, don’t know an attorney, and can’t imagine why they would want one. But in this day and age there are many scenarios where having access to one would be helpful, even if just to have one to call and ask questions. Linda brought a brochure with “101 reasons not to be without your life-events legal plan”, including things like child support enforcement, advice on a divorce, buying or selling a car or home, and liability questions regarding a business startup. Knowing you can call an expert in your field is a great source of peace of mind!

Alicia O’Hara, attending for her first time as a guest, is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Certified Behavioral Therapist. She has been in practice for three years, and describes what she does as “giving people their power back”! She helps people work directly with their subconscious minds to get past the obstacles and blocks that are in their way so they can reach their goals. She also gives people tools to empower themselves, so they can make the changes and improvements that they need. She works out of the Healing Alternative Meditation Center, offering programs, workshops, and individual sessions. Some of the things she helps people with are stress, pain management, age regression therapies, fears and phobias.

Autumn DeCosta is an empowerment coach, which can mean different things to different people. She uses different methods focusing on self-awareness and reconnecting with oneself. One of the programs she offers is called “Imagine a Woman”. She and Alicia will be offering a program together on April 23rd at the Healing Alternative Meditation Center, called “The Journey Home”, to help women reconnect with themselves and honor the woman within.

June Azevedo, of Azevedo Print & Design, started out with an enthusiastic endorsement of the benefits of hypnotherapy in her life. She says that her job is to make the printed items you work with reflect the beauty of yourself. She is pleased to have done that with several of our members, and is ready to help anyone else that might need assistance.

Susan Harkeis is both a mobile notary and a CPA. She is glad to help anyone with tax questions, tax issues, letters from the IRS that you don’t understand and the person who prepared your taxes has skipped town or is no longer in business! Susan invited anyone to contact her if they need help.

Ester Gordillo, attending as a guest, is an international trade consultant at the Center for International Trade Development. She assists both importers and exporters navigate the process, including such things as finding suppliers, finding buyers, dealing with customs, working with customs brokers, and understanding the import/export process. Ester’s consulting services at the Center are free, but there are also paid workshops available as well.

The Chapter’s April speaker was Elisa Taylor, a Travel Agent specializing in family travel. She truly demonstrated her specialization through her assistant, 5 month old Samuel, who stole everyone’s heart! Her company is World Less Traveled, and she prov

The Lakota People’s Law Project Sponsors Dakota Sioux Meeting March 3 to Bring Children Home from South Dakota Foster Care, Uniting Families


Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) March 01, 2012

Janice Howe was featured in NPRs October 25th investigative report “Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Lives. Ms. Howe, who lost and later reclaimed her granddaughters after a two year battle with the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS), has been working to educate and help other Lakota/Dakota/Nakota who have lost their children and grandchildren to the foster care system. Ms. Howe, responding to many requests, has called a meeting for Saturday, March 3 in Ft. Thompson, South Dakota, on the Crow Creek Indian reservation. Family members will have the opportunity to share their stories and learn about their rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act. This community education meeting will feature a presentation by Chief Counsel of the Lakota Peoples Law Project (LPLP), Daniel Sheehan, who is working on a campaign to enforce ICWA in the state. Dana Hannah, Special Counsel for the ACLU, will also be in attendance.

This important Dakota self-empowerment initiative is being sponsored, in part, by the Lakota People’s Law Project and by the Swift Foundation of Santa Barbara, CA. LPLP Executive Director Sara Nelson said, We were enthusiastic about helping with expenses for the meeting. Ms. Howe and other Lakota are heroically volunteering their time and money to take positive measures to rescue their children. We reached out to the Swift Foundation, whose Board decided that they too wanted to help with this landmark meeting.

According to NPR, Native American children in South Dakota comprise only 15% of all children in the state, but they constitute over 50% of the kids in state foster care. According to public defender files, once Native children have been taken by the South Dakota Department of Social Services, parents and family members often have to drive more than a hundred miles to attend a hearing to find out why their children were taken. Moreover, parents and family members complain that they are not told where the children are ultimately placed and are not allowed to communicate with them. Without money for private attorneys, family members have no real legal recourse. Public defenders are overworked with case loads of 100s of clients.

According to their own monthly reports to the ICWA offices, the South Dakota Department of Social Services has seized and removed over 5,500 Indian children from their parents, grandparents and tribe over the past decade. State documents (The Demographics of Children in Alternative Care) show that over 68% of these children were placed in Caucasian-owned and operated foster care facilities or with Caucasian foster parents. This is a direct violation of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 which mandates that Indian children be placed with relatives, members of their tribe, or members of another tribe before being placed with white families and institutions.

Statistics provided by Judge William Thorne, Jr. of the Utah Court of Appeals show that 63% of Indian children who age out of the current foster care system and reach 20 years of age are homeless, in prison, or dead.

According to NPR reporters Laura Sullivan and Amy Walters, money may be a factor in the foster care process. Every time a state puts a child in foster care, the federal government sends money. Because South Dakota is poor, it receives even more money than other states – almost a hundred million dollars a year. – Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families, October 25, 2011

The Swift Foundation supports local stewards and their allies who are dedicated to protecting biological and cultural diversity, building resilience amidst climate change and restoring the health and dignity of communities globally.

The Lakota Peoples Law Project is sponsored by the Romero Institute, a 501(C) 3 not-for-profit corporation based in Santa Cruz, California. The Lakota People’s Law Project has been researching and investigating Lakota foster care issues since 2006. The project was begun at the request of Lakota grandmothers who were actively seeking the return of thousands of missing Lakota children, whom they call The Lost Birds. LPLP tribal liaison, Madonna Thunder Hawk, is working now with grandmothers though out the state.

Romeros Lakota People’s Law Project has funded Lakota investigators, interviewers and professional consultants to provide technical assistance to the tribes. The goal has been to plan Lakota/Dakota/Nakota-value-driven Family Service Agencies. The project has written and distributed Indian Child Welfare Act A Guide to Rights, Recommendations and Court Processes for Parents in Abuse and Neglect Cases. The booklet is a step by step guide for parents who have had their children taken by the DSS, and may be the only such guide in the country. It is available for download at no cost at http://lakotapeopleslawproject.org/resources/.

The Romero Institute honors the spirit of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador by working on cases where injustice is severe and systemic, and where people lack the resources to get help elsewhere.

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E-OTD Industry “Already Meeting” Hatfield E911 Report Recommendations On Collaboration And Standards, Says CPS

Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd (PRWEB) October 20, 2002 -wide co-operation, co-

ordination and standardization and said progress towards many of its recommendations was already underway in the E-OTD industry.

The wide ranging “Report On Technical and Operational Issues Impacting the Provision of Wireless Enhanced 911 Services” by former FCC technology chief Dale N Hatfield calls for:

Meeting the CDC Challenge: Comar Introduces a Safer Measure for Childrens Medicine


Buena, NJ (PRWEB) March 26, 2013

Comar is protecting children with an easy-to-use, two part system called DoseGuard. Responding to the call of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Comar created the DoseGuard system to prevent unintentional ingestion of liquid medications by children. The products innovative design gives parents and caregivers the ability to prevent infants and toddlers from gaining unsupervised access to liquid medications. Product samples are currently available.

Each year in the US, the CDC reports that one out of every 151 two-year olds is treated for an unintentional medication overdose, and over-the-counter (OTC) medications are involved in one-third of all emergency room visits for children less than 12 years of age. The CDC formed the PROTECT Initiative with leading manufacturers of OTC medications, medication packaging manufacturers and healthcare professionals to devise strategies for preventing unintentional medication overdoses in children. As a member of the initiative, Comar shared its expertise in child-safe drug delivery and dispensing solutions.

The DoseGuard System consists of two parts: the Comar proprietary valved bottle adapter and oral dispenser. DoseGuard oral dispensers are available in 0.5mL, 1mL, 3mL, 5mL, 10mL and 20mL sizes. Consumers insert the dispenser into the valved bottle adapter to withdraw the product. After the product is dispensed, the system reseals and remains securely sealed, providing protection against unintentional ingestion of the container contents. According to Mike Ruggieri, President of Comar, The CDC request was particularly challenging. They were looking for a passive system that would still be effective for applications in which children were unsupervised. Combining design innovation with manufacturing skill, Comar met the challenge.

The Comar DoseGuard System is protected by patents and CE marked. System components are manufactured in facilities that comply with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and ISO 9001:13485 quality standards. Comar provides manufacturing services for pharmaceutical and Class 1 medical device molding. For additional information, please call Comar toll free at 1 800-962-6627; international callers, please dial 1-856-692-6100.

About Comar

Comar, Inc is a market leading designer and manufacturer of innovative packaging solutions and liquid dispensing products, serving the pharmaceutical, diagnostic, health, and personal care markets. The company is devoted to safely and accurately delivering medications to everyone, and currently has manufacturing locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information please visit http://www.comar.com.







Meeting the CDC Challenge: Comar Introduces a Safer Measure for Childrens Medicine


Buena, NJ (PRWEB) March 26, 2013

Comar is protecting children with an easy-to-use, two part system called DoseGuard. Responding to the call of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Comar created the DoseGuard system to prevent unintentional ingestion of liquid medications by children. The products innovative design gives parents and caregivers the ability to prevent infants and toddlers from gaining unsupervised access to liquid medications. Product samples are currently available.

Each year in the US, the CDC reports that one out of every 151 two-year olds is treated for an unintentional medication overdose, and over-the-counter (OTC) medications are involved in one-third of all emergency room visits for children less than 12 years of age. The CDC formed the PROTECT Initiative with leading manufacturers of OTC medications, medication packaging manufacturers and healthcare professionals to devise strategies for preventing unintentional medication overdoses in children. As a member of the initiative, Comar shared its expertise in child-safe drug delivery and dispensing solutions.

The DoseGuard System consists of two parts: the Comar proprietary valved bottle adapter and oral dispenser. DoseGuard oral dispensers are available in 0.5mL, 1mL, 3mL, 5mL, 10mL and 20mL sizes. Consumers insert the dispenser into the valved bottle adapter to withdraw the product. After the product is dispensed, the system reseals and remains securely sealed, providing protection against unintentional ingestion of the container contents. According to Mike Ruggieri, President of Comar, The CDC request was particularly challenging. They were looking for a passive system that would still be effective for applications in which children were unsupervised. Combining design innovation with manufacturing skill, Comar met the challenge.

The Comar DoseGuard System is protected by patents and CE marked. System components are manufactured in facilities that comply with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and ISO 9001:13485 quality standards. Comar provides manufacturing services for pharmaceutical and Class 1 medical device molding. For additional information, please call Comar toll free at 1800-962-6627; international callers, please dial 1-856-692-6100.

About Comar

Comar, Inc is a market leading designer and manufacturer of innovative packaging solutions and liquid dispensing products, serving the pharmaceutical, diagnostic, health, and personal care markets. The company is devoted to safely and accurately delivering medications to everyone, and currently has manufacturing locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information please visit http://www.comar.com.