Bar panel readies to release unbundled services report

first_imgBar panel readies to release unbundled services report September 15, 2001 Regular News Bar panel readies to release unbundled services report A report that could help improve access to the courts and could have major implications for the ways lawyers help some clients will be presented to the Board of Governors next month, but it’s still too early to say what will be recommended. Board of Governors member Sharon Langer, chair of the Special Committee on Unbundled Legal Services, told the board on August 23 that the committee will be making recommendations at the board’s October 19 meeting. The Supreme Court asked the Bar to explore the subject in light of the explosion of pro se litigation, especially in family courts. Langer said the committee defined unbundled services as allowing an attorney to handle a discrete task in a larger case. Another way of looking at it, she said, was seeing a case as a bundle of sticks and allowing the attorney to address only one or a few of the sticks. So far, she reported, the panel has looked at three major areas: allowing attorneys to make limited court appearances for clients; ghostwriting, or allowing attorneys to assist in preparing documents where the attorney’s name will not appear; and doing a discrete portion of a larger case. Four other states have already drafted rules allowing unbundled services, and New York is working on a rule, Langer said. The ABA has also identified unbundling as the number one way to increase access to the courts, she said. She quoted ABA President Robert Hirshon as saying, “Unbundling is like splitting the atom. We have a tool that can create incredible benefits, but it can also create incredible disaster.” The committee published preliminary recommendations in the Bar News and received comments, she said. Since then, representatives from the Young Lawyers Division have been added to the committee, the ABA Ethics 2000 project made specific recommendations about unbundled services, and other input has been received. “What we’re going to be bringing before you at the October meeting is a final report,” Langer said. “I honestly can’t tell you what that final report will be.”last_img read more

Mullins lands Japanese prize

first_img The eight-year-old was well beaten on his Tokyo debut when only ninth in the Pegasus Jump, but he stepped up markedly on that form in landing this richly-endowed Grade One contest. A winner at the highest level at Leopardstown back in December 2011, Blackstairmountain stepped back up in trip to two miles and five furlongs to land first prize in Japan’s premier jump race. Press Association Blackstairmountain claimed a famous success for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh in the Nakayama Grand Jump in Japan.last_img

Dodgers run win streak to five games with 5-1 win in St. Louis

first_imgST. LOUIS – This is what it looks like when a plan comes together.Remember it, because baseball’s relentless schedule has a way of finding the loose threads and fraying even the best of plans. But for now, the Dodgers are hitting on all cylinders, and many favorable counts.Chase Utley, Cody Bellinger and Logan Forsythe hit the latest longballs as the Dodgers extended their winning streak to five games with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday afternoon.The win also was their ninth in the past 11 games and 18th in 26 games this month. May has been very good to the Dodgers. They have moved to within a half-game of the Colorado Rockies’ NL West lead by scoring 149 runs this month (second only to the Rockies) and relying on the best bullpen in baseball. “Everything’s clicking right now,” Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger said accurately.Bellinger is one of those things. Since the 21-year-old made his big-league debut, the Dodgers are 23-9 — the best record in baseball over that time.Given the green light on a 3-and-0 count in the fourth inning Monday, Bellinger took Cardinals starter Mike Leake deep. The 429-foot drive deep into the right-field seats was his 11th home run of the season. Since April 25, Bellinger is tied with Angels outfielder Mike Trout for the most home runs in the majors. The 21-year-old Bellinger is one of only five players in the past 100 years to hit as many as 11 home runs in his first 32 big-league games — joining Jose Abreu, Dave Hostetler, Kevin Maas and Mike Jacobs.“I like him in the batter’s box,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, smiling at the understatement. “There was a stretch where he was striking out a lot. But still, to go back and give us good quality at-bats and not get too down, says a lot about his makeup.”Utley led off the third inning with his third homer in the past five games. After a miserable start to his season — he was batting .098 just three weeks ago – Utley is 19 for 52 (.365) with 13 RBI in his past 18 games. Forsythe’s homer was his first as a Dodger but their seventh in the past two games, 11th during the winning streak and 34th in May.“Up and down the lineup we’re having the good, quality at-bats we hope for,” Roberts said. “No player will ever tell you that they’re trying to hit a home run. But I think if you look at the at-bat quality, we’re getting in leverage counts. Today, Cody hit a 3-0 homer. Yesterday, Kike’ (Hernandez) hit a 3-0 homer. I think we’re getting into good counts to look for a pitch that we can do some damage with. That’s a sign of a good offense.”That was enough to back Rich Hill in his first start since walking a career-high seven in his start against the Cardinals last week.“We made some mechanical adjustments this week that proved successful,” Hill said. “I feel much more comfortable with where I am now. … Staying back on the rubber, getting my hand out of my glove on time – two really easy things to fix. I was getting my hand in a good place to attack hitters.”Hill retired the first 10 Cardinals in order before allowing a run without allowing a hit in the fourth inning. The Dodgers left-hander also ran into some trouble in the fifth without allowing a run. Those two innings, however, ran Hill’s pitch count up to a season-high 86 and he was done after five innings.The Dodgers’ bullpen took over from there. Pedro Baez, Sergio Romo, Chris Hatcher and Brandon Morrow each pitched a shutout inning to seal the victory.Dodgers relievers have not been charged with a run during the five-game winning streak and have allowed only six hits over 19 2/3 innings in that time — numbers that have propelled them to the lowest ERA among NL bullpens and don’t surprise everyone.“Not really because they’re that good,” Hill said. “When we have guys with the arms they have, committing to pitches, attacking hitters, those are the kind of results you’re going to see. It’s not really surprising.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more