Dignity in Law campaign gets its message out

first_imgBefore the program, an rbb survey showed that 63 percent of the stories about the legal profession were neutral, 30 percent were negative, and only 7 percent portrayed a positive image. Because of the effort of Dignity in Law to get out the word about good things lawyers do, since July, 61 percent of the stories were neutral and 15 percent — or half the previous amount — were negative. Positive stories rose to 24 percent.“We’re getting more stories about good stuff on the pages,” Barney said.The campaign is trying to get four messages through to the public, and almost all of the stories contained the first point that the legal profession is widely misunderstood, Barney said. About 56 percent included that the lawyers make the law work for everyone, and about a fifth had the messages that The Florida Bar is the “gold standard” in protecting the public and that lawyers and judges do good acts every day.The message also got out through special programs at the University of Florida, University of Miami, Florida A&M University, and Bethune-Cookman College football games, talks by Bar President Tod Aronovitz at voluntary bars, media editorial boards, and other groups, messages and information on the Bar’s Web site, direct e-mail messages, and other methods, Barney said.The Bar established a media center on its Web site for reporters, and about 50 have signed up, she said, and another 100 reporters are intermittently using that resource. The program’s goal is to sign up more reporters, she said, and the Bar can both provide background information reporters need for stories and pass along tips for stories.In the coming months, Barney said several ways will be considered to expand the Dignity in Law campaign. Those include having a survey with the Florida Association of Non-profit Organizations to showcase voluntary services members of that group receive from lawyers, additional sporting events, sending monthly e-mails to legislators, working with other state bars for joint programing, initiating a “Shadow a Judge” program for reporters, and preparing a video or handout materials for jury rooms.“This is such an important program – you have to believe it,” Aronovitz said. “We have attempted to undertake something that we have never done before.. . . to speak out about the greatness of our profession.”Aronovitz also said he is getting near unanimous support from lawyers he’s talked with during his travels around the state. “From the e-mails and from the attorneys who walk up to me and talk to me, the lawyers of Florida are truly appreciative of what our Board of Governors is doing,” he said. “Lawyers across the state are getting the message.”Barney said the campaign set a goal of wanting to “reach 116 million media impressions. So far we are up to 79 million.” Dignity in Law campaign gets its message out February 1, 2003 Daniel Staesser Assistant Editor Regular Newscenter_img Dignity in Law campaign gets its message out Assistant EditorMedia coverage and the public perception of lawyers has changed for the better during the first sixth months of the Bar’s Dignity in Law campaign, according to Christine Barney, CEO of rbb, the Coral Gables public relations firm hired to manage the program.“This is not advertising; it is not a [public service announcement] campaign,” Barney said. “It’s not really a PR campaign.. . . it’s an educational campaign. This isn’t about ego. This isn’t about wanting to feel good about our profession.”Barney said the campaign is about steering people away from the perception that lawyers are either inaccessible, too expensive, or unnecessary.Barney said since the program’s inception the number of positive stories about lawyers has been increasing and the number of negative stories has dropped. She said rbb has been tracking print media stories about lawyers and the profession for the past six months, specifically the articles’ tone, and how that tone has changed since the program began.last_img read more

Office of Governor Wolf Statement on Delay in Implementation of Keystone Exams

first_imgOffice of Governor Wolf Statement on Delay in Implementation of Keystone Exams SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 20, 2016center_img Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor’s Office statement on delay in implementation of the Keystone exams:“Governor Wolf supports the delay in implementation of the Keystone exams. While the governor believes we should have high standards, there have been issues with the implementation, and it is prudent to allow more time. Additionally, the governor and Secretary Rivera are currently engaging teachers, administrators and students, community leaders, stakeholders and advocates from around the state to develop a comprehensive school accountability system that will support schools and help Pennsylvania students succeed.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Youth Devt Stimulates Aiteo’s Sponsorship of Nigerian Football

first_img“Third, Aiteo itself is on a journey to help Africa capture the energy within and the most assured vehicle through which this can be done is to harness the youths who continue to represent the driving force of our continent. Fourth, our near-obsessive love for football in Nigeria brings us closer, blurs lines of ethnic divides and douses major forms of people-differences,’’ he added.Legends of the national team also highlighted the positive changes in the Nigerian football scene since the inception of the partnership between Aiteo and the NFF. Former winger and African Cup of Nations winner, Segun Odegbami commended Aiteo for investing in Nigerian football.According to Odegbami: “It is fantastic, it is great. The company is rewarding the Super Eagles and promoting football, so it is a positive thing.” Former Super Eagles and Inter Milan FC defender, Taribo West urged the company to continue its partnership with the NFF.“It is wonderful and progressive. We pray that they will not stop here but do more for football in Nigeria,” he said.Aiteo signed a N2.5billion sponsorship agreement with the NFF in 2017 which directly catered to the payment of salaries to coaches of the football teams and the clearing of outstanding debts to erstwhile coaches. The company subsequently took up sponsorship of the oldest indigenous football competition, The Federation Cup, thereby renaming it ‘’Aiteo Cup.’’As part of its sponsorship, the company increased the prize money from N2million and N1million to N25million and N10million for the male and female winners respectively while the runners-up receive N10million and N5million.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Indigenous energy conglomerate and Official Optimum Partner of the Nigerian Football Federation, Aiteo Group, reaffirmed its pledge to youth capacity development in Nigeria and across the African continent through its sponsorship of football at the second edition of the annual Aiteo-NFF Awards in Lagos.In a keynote speech by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Group, Benedict Peters, Aiteo reiterated that positively influencing the youthful population of Nigeria informed its decision to venture into football sponsorship.According to Peters: ‘‘First, we believe a deep commitment to encouraging and empowering Nigeria – and Africa’s youth population through the compellingly attractive medium of sport. Second, it is indisputable that the availability of sporting talent remains one of Nigeria’s most assured resources. Nigeria possesses these resources not only in abundance but in quantities capable of supporting global domination,’’ Deputy Managing Director of Aiteo Group, Francis Peters, Secretary General of FIFA, Fatma Samoura and NFF President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick at the 2nd Aiteo-NFF Awards last_img read more

Wellington Middle School track team finish season with several new records

first_img800 meter runner Chase Pfalzgraf winning an earlier middle school track meet.Sumner Newscow report — The following are the highlights from the Pioneer League Div. IV Track Meet held Tuesday for the Wellington Middle School team:Wellington 7th boys –Team placed third.•Zane Cornejo, Tayshaun Washington, Billy Walker and Malachi Macias set a new Wellington 4 x 200 record with a time of 1:55.31 and placed third at the league meet.•Zander Vargas, Blake Rausch, Isaac Hilt and Christian Buckman set a new Wellington 800-meter Medley record with a time of 1:54.53 and placed first at the league meet.7th girlsTeam placed fifth. •Jennifer Jensen placed first in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash.8th boysTeam placed fourth•Joe Ybarra set a new Wellington record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.82 and placed second at the league meet.•Reese Heasty set a new Wellington record in the 3200-meter run with a time of 14:38.31 and placed fourth at the league meet.•Chase Pfalzgraf broke his own record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21.46 and placed first at the league meet.8th girlsTeam placed third•Adrienne Norris placed first in the 200 meter dash with a time of 28.96.Relay teamsThree of the 4 4×100 teams placed first at the league meet:•7th boys – Zander Vargas, Blake Rausch, Isaac Hilt, Christian Buckman – 50.33.•8th boys – Joe Ybarra, DeAndre Washington, Jacob Ewing, Julian Jimenez – 48.72.•8th girls -Adrienne Norris, Taryn Stoddard, Lyrik Williams, Camryn Ricke – 55.16.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Sam · 273 weeks ago Tracy, Reese Heasty should be in the 8th grade girls not the boys. Report Reply 0 replies · active 273 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more