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Lawyers can’t ask clients to evaluate their services for a ratings Web site Senior EditorBar advertising rules do not allow lawyers to ask clients or former clients to evaluate their services on the Web site of a national lawyer rating service, according to the Bar Standing Committee on Advertising.The committee, which met September 11 in Tampa during the Bar’s General Meeting, said in that situation the attorney was in effect asking the client for a testimonial and hence is governed by the ad rules. Bar Rule 4-7.2(c)(1)(J) prohibits the use of testimonials in lawyer ads.The company involved is Avvo.com, which runs a national lawyer rating service and also gives both lawyers and clients a chance to comment on a particular attorney’s services.“It seems as though the Avvo process affords the lawyer the opportunity to ask for a kind testimonial and have a third party be the content controller,” said committee member Gary Lesser.“Essentially what we’ve got here is a pretty clear case of an attorney asking his clients to do a testimonial,” committee member Hal Lewis added.But Boca Raton attorney Joel Rothman, who was appealing a Bar ethics staff opinion on the matter, disagreed.“I am not providing that information. I have absolutely no role whatever in writing or posting that information [on the Avvo site],” he said of the client feedback.He said that Avvo has a service that allows the attorney to provide client and former client e-mail addresses and then has a standard message, which the attorney can alter, to request the clients to write a review of the attorney’s services.“The request for feedback from the former client was without any coaching or any attempt to put words in the client’s mouth,” Rothman said. “I basically took the canned text that Avvo has and added a line. . . and sent it out.. . . I have absolutely no control about what is posted.”Josh King, general counsel for Avvo, said the client reviews are an important part of the company’s services.“We have thousands and thousands of client reviews on the site and we’ve gotten consistent feedback from consumers that they find the client reviews valuable,” he said, adding the overwhelming majority of client reviews are positive.King said the company reviews all client feedbacks to verify they are real clients, and if an attorney objects, a further inquiry is made to ensure it is a real client that left the evaluation. He also explained that an attorney cannot remove a review left by a client. Peer reviews from other lawyers are factored into an attorney’s Avvo rating, while client reviews are not, King said.He likened the Avvo service to attorney reviews now being offered by Martindale-Hubbell and on local Internet forums.Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert said the opinion of the ethics staff is there is no problem when clients on their own go to Avvo to leave an attorney evaluation, but when an attorney encourages the client either directly or through Avvo, then that is inviting a testimonial.The committee voted unanimously that requesting clients or former clients to provide reviews on Avvo did violate the Bar prohibitions on testimonials. The committee declined to answer a question on whether providing e-mail addresses for former clients violated the attorney-client privilege. Tarbert said that question is beyond the committee’s purview. The committee also directed Bar ethics staff to prepare a new opinion on the testimonial issue.Avvo began business last year by offering ratings of attorneys in 10 states with about half of all attorneys in the country. They now cover 21 states, and added Florida earlier this year. The company uses law firm Web sites, disciplinary records, professional awards, and other factors to establish a rating, which could then be further modified by peer reviews. The company also invites attorneys to post additional information about themselves on the pages the company has established for each rated attorney, and some of that information can also affect a rating.Tarbert has noted that information that attorneys post on the Avvo page must meet the strictures of the Bar’s advertising rules. The Standing Committee on Advertising has voted in the past that Bar members can use their Avvo rating in advertisements.After the meeting, Rothman said he planned to appeal the committee’s ruling to the Bar Board of Governors, calling it a First Amendment issue for both him and former clients who might want to leave feedback.“This dispute is when is it proper for a former client to provide feedback about their experience with an attorney,” he said. “In my opinion, there is no jurisdiction the Bar has in that process.”Rothman said the Bar apparently doesn’t care if a client leaves a negative review, but is concerned only when a positive review is left that it might be a testimonial.“The committee seems to think this is the same as if a client sent me a letter with a testimonial, and it’s the same as if I took that out, edited it, and put it on my Web site. That’s not what’s going on here at all,” he said. “Clients are going to a Web site operated by a third party and they are making their opinions known about me. They’re interacting with Avvo, and they’re expressing their views on Avvo.”King said Avvo also is considering its options.“I don’t think the outcome (prohibiting Florida attorneys from asking clients to leave online reviews) is required by the rules,” King said. “On Avvo, while an attorney may hope a client leaves a positive review, the attorney has no control over the content of the review.“It’s overreaching to extend those rules in this way,” King said. “By the same logic, the committee might as well require a Florida attorney to advise his or her clients not to speak positively of the attorney to others.” Lawyers can’t ask clients to evaluate their services for a ratings Web site October 1, 2008 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News
Yahoo France:En matière de sexe, le comportement des hommes et des femmes est plus similaire qu’on ne le croit.La Série Sex and the City s’amuse à casser un certain nombre de clichés sexuels concernant les femmes. Elle montre, notamment, combien les femmes adorent, elles aussi, parler de sexe entre elles ! Autant que les hommes et avec les mêmes mots crus. Autant le dire, les femmes peuvent se révéler aussi obsédées et ardentes que les mecs, malgré tous les stéréotypes qui ont cours. Terry D. Conley, professeur assistant de psychologie à l’université du Michigan, sans doute grande admiratrice de la série, s’est amusée à confronter ces clichés aux dernières études menées en la matière. En voici la liste – instructive – publiée dans la revue Current Directions in Psychological Science.Read the full story: Yahoo France More of our Members in the Media >
The Washington Post:We may live in a culture of distraction, but mindfulness has captured our attention.Books on the practice are numerous, including guides to “A Mindful Pregnancy,” “Mindful Parenting,” “Mindful Politics,” “The Mindful Diet” and “Mindfulness for Teachers.” Corporations, sports teams, even the military and police departments provide mindfulness training to their employees. A bevy of podcasts offer tips for living a mindful life, guided mindful meditation and interviews with mindfulness evangelists. Another sure sign of cultural saturation: You can order “a more mindful burger,” at Epic Burger in Chicago or an “Enjoy the ride” trucker hat from Mindful Supply Co.I was dismayed when mindfulness began to encroach on my field: psychology, and specifically the treatment of suicidal behavior. A psychiatrist colleague’s proposal for a book on bipolar disorder prompted a pre-publication reviewer to request “less lithium, more mindfulness” — even though less lithium can lead to more death by suicide in patients with bipolar disorder.Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >
Special neurons in the brain send out a burst of dopamine in both negative and positive situations. However, the exact way in which dopamine neurons are wired and connected to the brain center called the hippocampus remains controversial among neuroscientists. Knowing exactly how the neurotransmitter dopamine shapes memory and behavior in association with an event or the surrounding environment is important to better understand such conditions as post-traumatic stress syndrome.“We showed in mice that a special circuit in the hippocampus has flexibility in combining with environmental input to shape behavior during an experiment in which the mice learn to avoid an unpleasant experience,” Dani said. “This is the first time that we have been able to show, as proof of principle, that the dopamine circuitry is also involved in learning to avoid aversive situations. ”Prevailing QuestionsIn previous animal experiments, when mice experience an unexpected reward, for example discovering a tube in which they can obtain a sugar-water treat, a burst of dopamine is emitted in the brain. The debate among neuroscientists centers on whether the neurotransmitter only shapes behavior when an animal is receiving a positive reward or if the neurotransmitter is also involved in shaping the way an animal learns how to avoid an uncomfortable situation.The team found that if the mice encounter an negative stimuli, a subgroup of neurons fires and releases dopamine in conjunction with the aversive environmental input. They also showed that when the dopamine signal to the hippocampus is chemically blocked in the mice, it prevents them from learning to avoid the negative stimulus. However, if the dopamine signal is chemically boosted in the mice, they remember to avoid the aversive event longer.“The bottom line of our study is that dopamine plays a role in both conditions, and that dopamine enables mice to learn and remember to avoid the negative situation, in this case avoid a light foot shock in one room of a two-room enclosure.” Share on Facebook LinkedIn Share Pinterest Share on Twitter Email The brain chemical dopamine regulates how mice learn to avoid a disagreeable encounter, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.“We know that dopamine reinforces ‘rewarding’ behaviors, but to our surprise, we have now shown that situations that animals learn to avoid are also regulated by dopamine,” said senior author John Dani, PhD, chair of the department of Neuroscience.The team’s findings are published this month in Cell Reports.
LinkedIn For many, the holidays are indeed the most wonderful time of the year. Families and friends come together and enjoy food, good cheer – and, often, alcohol.Commercially speaking, alcohol and the holidays seem to be made for each other. Alcohol can be a quick and easy way to get into the spirit of celebration.And, it feels good. After two glasses of wine, the brain is activated through complex neurobiochemical processes that naturally release dopamine, a neurotransmitter of great importance. Share on Twitter After a period of abstinence from alcohol, which may last only hours, the drinker enters the Preoccupation-Anticipation Stage. This involves the prefrontal cortex, where executive decisions are made about whether or not to override the strong urges to drink. This part of the brain functions with a “Go system” and “Stop system.”When the Go circuits stimulate the habit-response system of the dorsal striatum, the drinker becomes impulsive with a craving and seeks a drink, perhaps even subconsciously. The Stop system can inhibit the activity of the Go system and is important especially preventing relapse after being triggered by stressful life events.Brain imaging studies show that binge drinking can disrupt the function in both the Go and Stop circuits. This interferes with proper decision making and behavioral inhibition. The drinker is both impulsive and compulsive.An illness that can be treatedThere is good news, as scientific evidence shows that this disorder can be treated.The FDA has approved three medications for treatment that should be offered whenever appropriate. There is well-supported scientific evidence that behavioral therapies can be effective treatment. This includes recovery support services, such as Alcoholic Anonymous.Most importantly, it is important to know that alcohol use disorder is a brain disorder causing a chronic illness. It is no different from diabetes, asthma or hypertension. When comprehensive continuing care is provided, the recovery results improve, and the binge drinker has the hope of remaining sober as long as lifelong treatment and maintenance of sobriety become a dedicated lifestyle choice.By Jamie Smolen, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of FloridaThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Pinterest Share on Facebook Share Email When the dopamine molecule locks on to its receptor located on the surface of a neuron, or basic brain cell, a “buzz” occurs. It is often desirably anticipated before the second glass is empty.As someone who has studied alcohol use disorder for over 15 years and who has treated thousands of patients who have it, I think it’s a major, yet often poorly understood, public health problem. Our culture seems to be moving beyond the point of labeling those with opioid addictions as “weak,” and I hope we can do the same for those with alcohol use disorder, too, which is more widespread than people may appreciate. Excessive drinking accounted for one in 10 deaths among working-age adults in the United States.There are those, however, who drink right past the buzz into intoxication and, often, into trouble. For them, the brain starts releasing the same enjoyable dopamine, no different than what happens in the casual drinker’s, but it doesn’t stop there. A compulsion to binge drink can result.Moving beyond judgmentAlthough alcohol can feel as though it is relieving stress, it contributes to 88,000 deaths in the United States each year. That is more than double the number of people killed by heroin and opioid prescription drug overdose, another major public health crisis, in 2014.In addition, more than 66.7 million Americans reported binge drinking in the past month in 2015, according to the recent report on addiction by the surgeon general.The consequences to the individual and the family are staggering, affecting physical and mental health, an increased spread of infectious disease, reduced quality of life, increased motor vehicle crashes and abuse and neglect of children, to mention a few.Scientific study of the brain has helped explain binge drinking even if it may be hard for family and friends to understand. It’s defined as drinking five or more drinks for men and four for women on the same occasion on at least one day in the past 30 days.Binge drinking is a medical condition. It happens through no fault of the individual, who is victimized by the comparative malfunction of the pleasure circuits in the brain. This causes the drinker to want more and more alcohol. Brains of binge drinkers have a disease, acknowledged by the American Medical Association since the 1950s, yet binge drinkers are often vilified.Americans typically want to know and are willing to make some lifestyle changes out of fear and common sense when it comes to diseases such as heart disease, obesity and cancer. We as a society are not quite at the same point with substance abuse disorders, but researchers are desperately trying to bring that same willingness for prevention and treatment to substance use disorders.Science understands the cause well enough to explain it and treat it so that lives can be saved and spared the devastating consequences for the millions who suffer with these conditions, their families and communities. This has become an urgent matter of national importance for scientists and medical practitioners.The three stages of addictionThe alcohol addiction process involves a three-stage cycle: Binge-Intoxication, Withdrawal-Negative Affect, and Preoccupation-Anticipation.It begins in the neurons, the basic type of brain cell. The brain has an estimated 86 billion of these cells, which communicate through chemical messengers called neurotransmitters.Neurons can organize in clusters and form networks or circuits in order to perform specific functions such as thinking, learning, emotions and memory. The addiction cycle disrupts the normal function of some of these networks in three areas of the brain – the basal ganglia, the extended amygdala and the prefrontal cortex.The disruptions do several things that contribute to continued drinking. They enable alcohol or drinking-associated triggers (cues) which lead to seeking alcohol. They also reduce the sensitivity of the brain systems, causing a diminished experience of pleasure or reward, and heighten activation of brain stress systems. Last, they reduce function of brain executive control systems, the part of the brain that typically helps make decisions and regulate one’s actions, emotions and impulses.These networks are critical for human survival. Unfortunately for the binge drinker, they become “hijacked,” and the bingeing continues even after the harmful effects have begun.Because binge drinkers’ brains feel intense pleasure from alcohol, there is a powerful motivation to binge drink again and again. What may begin as social binge drinking at parties for recreation can cause progressive neuro-adaptive changes in brain structure and function. The brain is no longer well enough to function normally. It’s getting sick. Continued partying can transition into a chronic and uncontrollable daily pattern of alcohol use. These maladaptive neurological changes can persist long after the alcohol use stops.Your brain on alcoholDuring the Binge-Intoxication Stage, a part of the brain called the basal ganglia rewards the drinker with pleasurable effects, releasing dopamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for the rewarding effects of alcohol and creating the desire for more.With continued bingeing, the “habit circuity” is repeatedly activated in another part of the basal ganglia called the dorsal striatum. It contributes to the compulsive seeking of more alcohol. This explains the intense desire (craving) which is triggered while a binge drinker is driving by a favorite bar and can’t resist pulling in, even after a promise to go directly home after work.During the Withdrawal-Negative Affect Stage, there is a break from drinking. Because the reward circuit has a diminished ability to deliver a dopamine reward, there is far less pleasure with natural (safe) experiences – such as food and sex – compared to alcohol.During abstinence from alcohol, stress neurotransmitters such as corticotropin-releasing factor (FRC) and dynorphin are released. These powerful neurochemicals cause negative emotional states associated with alcohol withdrawal. This drives the drinker back to alcohol in order to gain relief and attempt to reestablish the rewards of intoxication.Regions of the brain are affected differently by alcohol. (Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction)
Trinbagonian Calypso Rose continues to reign Oct 8, 2019 West Indies cricket legends for Florida BenefitFormer West Indies captains, Sir Garfield Sobers, Courtney Walsh and Brian Lara, head a galaxy of former West Indies cricketing stars who have confirmed their participation in an exhibition game and fundraising dinner, in South Florida, on January 24 and 25, this year. The Cricketing Legends weekend of activities will…January 20, 2015In “CARICOM”HRD Consultations take place in BelizeThe CARICOM Secretariat along with the Human Resource Development Commission is hosting a series of national consultations across the Region in its quest to develop a strategy that will shape the future of the Region’s education and human resources. The consultations for Belize took place on October 31, 2016 and was…November 7, 2016In “Antigua & Barbuda”Saint Lucia to table legislation to make CCJ final courtBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The St. Lucia government says it will soon table legislation that will allow for the island to make the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final court, replacing the London-based Privy Council. Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony said that St. Lucia has a provision in…July 7, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Another international award for Calypso Rose Calypso to be taught in schools Shadow’s son accepts honorary degree on his behalf Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Nov 7, 2018 Oct 30, 2018 You may be interested in… Apr 22, 2019 A United States-based publication has named calypsonian Slinger Francisco, popularly known as The Mighty Sparrow, as its “Person of the Year.” Herman Hall, Editor/publisher of the New York based Everybody’s magazine said Sparrow was “overwhelmingly” selected by its readers and social media friends from among “many regional leaders and people of Caribbean heritage in the Diaspora”. More in the Gleaner
LAHS Homecoming Court from left, Zoe Butler, Ogden Berry, Ariel Edkin, Alex Moulton, Cory Liechty, JD Carson, Maddie Ovaska, Hunter Swavely, Ellie Oldham, Luc Chavez, Ona Gartz. Not pictured: Jacob Majors. Courtesy photo The Homecoming Court has set up a page to collect donations that will be used to offer more teacher mini-grants this fall. To contribute to Court for a Cause, visit lapsfoundation.com/court-for-a-cause. LAPS FOUNDATION News: “The 2019 Homecoming Court wanted to start a new tradition, similar to other schools nationwide, called Court for a Cause,” member Maddie Ovaska said. “This is a chance for the students who have been recognized to come together and give back to the community. There is no better cause than our own schools!” As their way of giving back to the schools and teachers who have supported them, the students are encouraging members of the community to donate to the LAPS Foundation, specifically to fund teacher mini-grants. Last year, the LAPS Foundation realized that while it was impacting many teachers with its bigger grants, there was a real need for smaller grants that would allow teachers to quickly implement a new idea or introduce a new resource in the classroom. Last year the LAPS Foundation offered $1,000 per semester in mini-grants on a first-come-first-served basis. This year it increased the amount to $1,500 per semester. All the schools are a buzz this week with Homecoming activities. There are the usual spirit days, a Homecoming parade, football game and dance, but this year there will be a new Homecoming tradition. Members of the Homecoming Court, voted on by their LAHS peers, have decided to give back to their schools, and so they are starting an initiative called Court for a Cause. “Basically what was happening,” LAPS Foundation Executive Director Laura Loy said, “was that teachers were spending their own money just to get their idea off the ground. We saw this as an opportunity to offer mini-grants, up to $100 each, and the concept has really taken off.” “Already the money for fall mini-grants has been allocated, and more won’t be available until spring” Loy said. “It’s become a very popular part of the support we offer to teachers and schools.” Ovaska added, “We are excited to participate in this week’s festivities and help make the school better through this new tradition.”The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is an independent organization that invests in a successful future for all Los Alamos public school students. Since its inception in 2005, the LAPS Foundation has raised more than $1 million for Los Alamos public schools. The Foundation raises money through generous contributions from individuals and organizations who share the Foundation’s core values. To learn more about the LAPS Foundation and how to get involved and/or make a donation, visit lapsfoundation.com or call 505.500.6501.
Board of Public Utilities News:The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has rescheduled its March 18 meeting to occur one week later at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave. While Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) staff will present to the BPU in council chambers, BPU members will participate by phone. This social distancing is to comply with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Officials encourage citizens to live-stream the meeting and submit public comment via email. Included on the agenda is:A recommended modification to DPU Rule GR-13 as it relates to disconnection and reconnection of services;Approval of services agreement with Sanbros Corporation in the amount of $199,000 for the purpose of on-call electrical contractor services to support the advanced metering infrastructure project; andApproval of the DPU fiscal year 2021/2022 budget. The complete agenda will be published 72 hours prior to the March 25 meeting and available at https://ladpu.com/BPU-AgendasMeetings. Citizens can live stream the meeting March 25 by visiting the Live Proceedings page at: https://ladpu.com/BPULiveProceedingsBPU and DPU encourage public comment be provided via email to email@example.com. Citizens are advised to write PUBLIC COMMENT in the subject line of the email. In the body include a name, address, whether the comment relates to an agenda item or not and the comment. Comments will be read into the record at the appropriate section of the agenda.The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water & wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities. Board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. and of course, the public is welcome. The DPU is funded by rates paid for electric, gas, water and wastewater services and auxiliary fees, and has provided the community with these services for more than 50 years. CustomerCare@lacnm.us | 505.662.8333 | www.ladpu.com/DPU
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