November 15, 2001 Regular News Advice available for lawyer reservists Advice available for lawyer reservists The Florida Bar’s Ethics Department With the tragic events that occurred on September 11, many reservists and National Guard personnel were mobilized to assist in the fight against terrorism. Some of those called to duty were members of The Florida Bar. Because of the possibility of a greater mobilization in the near future, it is important for attorneys who may be called to active duty to be adequately prepared to handle the impact on their law practice. While most reservists have a developed contingency plan to protect their clients and law practice, we have learned that some attorneys were not prepared for an immediate mobilization. Mobilization is especially difficult for solo practitioners who do not have the advantage of another attorney working in their office to assist in the transition of cases. Attorneys who practice in a firm have the benefit of allowing another attorney within the firm to handle client matters. The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel has posted some guidance on the ABA’s website which may be beneficial to sole practitioners who do not have a current mobilization plan which includes their law practice. The guidance includes an article entitled “Mobilization Readiness Advice for the Solo Attorney/Reservist.” The article offers tips on selecting an attorney to assist in the winding down of a law practice. Factors such as competence, experience, professionalism, and adequate malpractice coverage are primary considerations when selecting a designated attorney. Transitional conferences with the attorney and staff regarding status of cases are also suggested for at least the most pressing matters. The designated administering attorney would need to have an understanding of office systems such as conflict checks and calenders. It is also important that designated attorneys have access to locked storage facilities as well as passwords to obtain computer information. Most importantly, the trust account should be made accessible. Failure to have an authorized signatory on your account could require a court’s order to release client funds. Client notification is also discussed in the article. Clients should be notified of the possibility of an activation order once it appears that a mobilization is likely. Information provided in the notification would include a discussion of what to expect when activation occurs and the necessity that the client file be forwarded to another attorney. Notification and communication with your malpractice carrier is also critical. The article, as well as samples of suggested documents and checklists, can be viewed in its entirety at www.abanet.org. The Florida Bar has a link to the relevant section of the ABA website on its homepage at www.FLABAR.org. It should also be noted that the Military Affairs Committee of the Florida Bar is sponsoring a pro bono referral program to assist active duty military, recalled reservists, and recalled National Guardsmen with their legal needs. Those interested in volunteering should complete an application (provided below) and return it to the Military Affairs Committee staff liaison, Jennifer Wilson. Civilian attorneys and other local bar associations in the state should refrain from soliciting or otherwise directly contacting the military to provide assistance. The Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee will coordinate all necessary assistance and provide training for the volunteers. In addition, the Law Office Management Advisory Service of the Florida Bar (LOMAS) has information and materials available for attorneys who employ reservists. LOMAS can be contacted at (850) 561-5611.
HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC – Deunte Darrell held his nerve to hit an unbeaten 30 from 23 balls as Bermuda completed a famous double over the United States on Thursday to book their ticket to the final ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates in October and November.Playing at White Hill Field, Bermuda followed up Sunday’s six-run win over the US by winning by four wickets with seven balls to spare, to advance to the final qualifier ahead of next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia with two games to spare.Canada, meanwhile, handed the Cayman Islands their fourth successive defeat in the quadrangular tournament, coasting to an eight-wicket victory in Thursday’s second-round opener to also book their place in the UAE.After winning the toss and sending their opponents in, Bermuda held the US to 141 for nine with Hayden Walsh top-scoring with 26 as medium-pacer Onias Bascome snapped up three for 32 from four overs.In reply, Bermuda were given a flying start by Okera Bascome, who smashed four sixes and two fours in his 16-ball 35 before he fell in the sixth over to slow left-arm bowler Karima Gore, leaving the hosts 44 for one.Gore then removed the other opener, captain Terryn Fray, who has had a poor tournament with the bat, for eight and Bermuda suffered a major setback when Sussex all-rounder Delray Rawlins, who earlier took two wickets, was third out for 12 at 69 in the 10th over.But Malachi Jones, having been promoted to number three, kept the scoreboard rattling along with 27 off 19 balls.When Allan Douglas was sixth out at the end of the 17th over, Bermuda still required 25 for victory and the target was further reduced by 10 runs in the 18th over.Man-of-the-Match Darrell then struck a six and a two and another maximum, after Onias Bascome had given him back the strike with a single off the first ball of Walsh’s over, to see the local side over the line.New York-born Gore, 21, who has also played for Antigua and Barbuda, was the pick of the US attack with three for five off four overs, accounting for the openers as well as Douglas, while leg-break bowler Timil Patel (2-19) removed Jones and Rawlins.In the first game, slow left-arm bowler Saad Bin Zafar shackled the Cayman batsmen on his way to figures of three for eight from four overs as the Caribbean side struggled to 91 for seven, with Greg Strydom top-scoring with 23.Cayman then rocked Canada, removing openers Rodrigo Thomas and Rizwan Cheema for ducks without a run on the board as Alessandro Morris and Kervin Ebanks claimed a wicket apiece in the first two overs.But that was the last success for Cayman as captain Navneet Dhaliwal struck five sixes and three fours in his unbeaten 53, while Nitish Kumar finished not out on 37 off 35 balls with a couple of fours and sixes, as Canada swept to victory with more than seven overs to spare.