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Jacksonville couple has been practicing for 50 years

first_img July 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Jacksonville couple has been practicing for 50 years Jan Pudlow Senior Editor She was the only woman when she entered law school in 1949 at the University of Florida, back in a time 45 men would stand against the blackboard waiting for her to leave the classroom first.He was a certified public accountant in Atlanta, lured to law school by his young wife, graduating a year later from UF in 1955.Together, June and A.B. Blackburn had double reason to celebrate when the 50-year members of The Florida Bar gathered at Annual Meeting in Orlando.The Jacksonville duo, married since December 1950, each boast at least 50 years as Florida lawyers.June C. Blackburn, a retired Duval County judge, says of her tax-lawyer husband: “I am proud of the fact that he is honest, and how he treats these elderly people who don’t have children to look after them. He is concerned that nobody scams these women, his clients who are in their 80s and 90s, and one lady is 101. He has always looked out for people. When they have to go to the hospital, they call A.B. to take their jewelry to the bank.”And A.B. Blackburn, Jr., who still practices law with their son Bryan at Blackburn & Blackburn, says of his wife: “I have been proud of her all the time. She speaks softly and carries a big stick.”“He doesn’t think I’m afraid of anybody,” adds June, who doesn’t dispute that.“You know, June had an uphill battle because the mentality of most people back then was male. I give her credit that it took guts to stick it out,” A.B. says of his feisty wife, who was a freshman in law school while he was finishing up his bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting.To hear June tell it, she was always comfortable in a man’s world, from the time she was a kindergartner winning all the boys’ marbles, to playing catcher on the boys’ high school baseball team during practice, but not allowed to compete against other teams.Entering the UF College of Law in 1949, she was one of three females among 500 males. One co-ed left to join the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service); one dropped out for financial reasons, so June found herself “the only girl.”She has fond memories of law school, where she was treated like a lady by her classmates, although with a paternalistic tinge.“Most of the law instructors were very, very gentlemanly,” June recalls. “But one or two of the very young ones would call on me with questions on rape cases. The guys in my class did not like that. They were very protective.”To let the professor know they disapproved of such graphic questions of the slender, blonde woman in class, the men would shuffle their feet under their seats.When class was over, she said “45 men would wait for me, standing against the blackboard, waiting for me to go out.”Once she had earned her law degree in 1954, finding a job as a lawyer proved difficult.“They were not used to hiring women. You were kind of a fluke,” June said. “Nobody would hire me. Some wanted to hire me as a secretary. My first degree was in business, and I knew shorthand and typing. I said, ‘Look guys, I didn’t go to law school to be a secretary. Why would you go to all that trouble?’”Already, she had taught high school in Atlanta for a year and worked as a secretary and assistant law librarian while in law school.Turned down time and time again for a job practicing law, June said, many law firms rejected her with the excuse that she would “send cases off to your husband.”She started a family instead, at a time there was no family leave for having babies, and every time she rejoined the work force, she would have to start anew at the bottom rung.First came daughter Alice Blackburn, who has a master’s in divinity; then Bryan Blackburn, the lawyer, was born in 1958.In 1960, June and A.B. Blackburn opened their own law firm.“But to buy groceries both of us taught at Jacksonville University part-time,” June said.In 1963, their third child was born, Mark Blackburn, now a health care executive.When the Blackburns look back on their accomplishments through the years, their children make them most proud.“One of the judges told me in the grocery store, ‘Your son is a gentleman.’ That makes you feel good,” A.B. Blackburn says.This married legal duo ended up thriving in contrasting areas of law.For June, the thrill was in trial work. After a stint as assistant general counsel for the City of Jacksonville in 1976, she honed her expertise in the courtroom as an assistant public defender in 1981 until 1988 “where I had my eyes opened, and sometimes had them opened up more than I wanted.”In 1988, she successfully ran for county judge, where she presided over “everyday people. People who don’t have a lawyer. People whose kids are in trouble. You just try to be honest and fair with them and help them try to work it out.”Then in 1998, the year she turned 70, Florida law said it was mandatory for June to retire from the bench.“Just because it’s your birthday, you have to quit. That’s pretty sad,” she said, adding that she worked two and a half years as a senior judge.Her advice to young lawyers: “Don’t get discouraged. Tie a knot and hang on. Take the bumps in the road. That’s what I had to do.”A.B. still gets his kicks saving people money on their taxes.“I started my career in public accounting and then switched to law. What I found fascinating about it is you could help people both in their personal estate or business tax planning and avoid taxes in a lot of cases. With some simple planning you could help people save considerable amounts of money. saving people money on their taxes, it was like they were making money,” A.B. says.“A.B. used to work with the IRS,” June adds.“Not with them,” A.B. gently corrects, “But to keep it from being a cat fight. I was calm and collected.”A member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Elder Law sections, A.B. served on the Probate and Guardianship Rules Committee and the Elder Law Committee before it was a section.He still goes to the office to see clients several days a week, chuckling when he says, “I now come in late, and to make up for it I leave early. I’d rather do that than stay home, because June would keep me too busy.”What is their secret for a long, happy marriage with dual careers in the law?“Whatever you say, dear,” A.B. is quick to retort.“Don’t let him kid you,” says June, the former judge, who gets the last word. Jacksonville couple has been practicing for 50 yearslast_img read more

UK seniors boost South African property

first_img11 May 2012Some of the most expensive properties in South Africa have been bought by foreigners, it’s true. It is also true that the Western Cape especially is home to small colonies of Germans, French and British expats. You can even buy proper Austrian meatloaf and German magazines in Constantia in Cape Town.Currently there is a small, but notable, trend establishing itself: British retirees are increasingly looking to South Africa in their golden years. It turns out that it’s not just due to the fantastic climate or amazing scenery – it’s about saving their pensions.‘Solvency-II for pensions’Due to the worldwide economic crisis, there have recently been a number of proposals – dubbed the “Solvency-II for pensions” – made by the EU that directly affect pensioner’s pockets. The Telegraph reports that the country’s biggest companies (6 850 companies with final salary pension schemes) could see their liabilities skyrocketing to more than double what they are now, and analysts warn that this could force them to close.The bad news continues; according to the Alexander Forbs National Pension Index, retirement incomes in the UK have fallen by £13 000 since 2000. Richard Evans illustrates the real term implications of this in The Telegraph with the analogy that a 30-year-old could expect two-thirds of his or her final salary in 2000. That number has gone down to 39 percent.SA one of seven ‘places to retire’What does any of this have to do with the South African property market?Quite a bit in fact; due to the weak local currency, a British retiree can live well in South Africa – even on a diminished pension. Shelter Offshore, an international expatriate advisory website, indicates that South Africa is currently rated among the seven places to retire for an affordable lifestyle, along with Argentina, Northern Cyprus and Slovenia.Importantly, foreign pensions are not taxed here, whereas a tax-free income limit of £9 205 only will apply as of 2013, after which a tax of 20 percent to 45 percent will take effect in the UK.Craig Featherby, Cape Town-based regional manager of deVere Group, a UK financial advisory firm, recently revealed that “over-55s have lost faith in the UK’s economy, tax and pension system; last year 252 000 people left the UK, and 24 000 of them came to SA.“Certain fears may remain as far as currency fluctuations are concerned, but retiring here must be an attractive option, I think interest might well increase,” believes Jan le Roux, CEO of Leapfrog Property Group.It is safe to assume that many of these retirees will invest in the local property market in their favoured areas: Cape Town, the KwaZulu-Natal coast and, occasionally, in Sandton, Johannesburg.Local market to benefitIt is true that foreign investment makes a small contribution to the local property market.According to the FNB Property Barometer, the impact remains unchanged at four percent. The report does look back at the heydays of 2008, where these investments comprised 20 percent of the market. It is safe to say that such peaks will not soon be repeated.“That being said, four percent may sound low but, one must keep the domino effect in mind; today’s sellers are often tomorrow’s buyers,” says le Roux.As such, South Africa isn’t set to become another Mallorca, where over 60 percent of properties are not owned by local Spaniards but by other nationalities. But it does seem that the local property market could benefit from British pensioners moving here.Sapalast_img read more

Productivity Most Pressing Development Issue – Minister Kellier

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says productivity is the most pressing development issue at present, and there is need for the country to revolutionize its approach to the matter.“Productivity happens to be at the heart of any strategic action we will contemplate for the future, whether at the level of the enterprise or of the country. If we do not seek to put drastic improvements in productivity at the centre of our concerns to energize for action, in respect of the opportunities before us, then success for growth and the full development of our potential will continue to elude us,” the Minister argued.Mr. Kellier was delivering the keynote address at the opening of the 31st Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF) annual three-day Business and Workplace Convention and Expo, at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on May 2.The Minister said he is aware that some business enterprises have been laying the groundwork in preparation for the opportunities that may arise when the present economic recession would have passed, and unless the issue of improvement in productivity is given keen attention, the expected benefits will not materialize.Presenting data to support his point, he stated that research done by the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) within the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, is showing that between 1972 and 2007 the country’s labour productivity has been declining at an average annual rate of 1.5 per cent.He also noted that productivity involving labour, capital, energy and other inputs, has declined by an average annual rate of 1.74 per cent over the same period.“The upshot of this has been slow and low growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and literal stagnation in the GDP per capita, or the standard of living for most Jamaicans,” the Minister said.He emphasized that it is important to note that Jamaica is not the only country in the region that is so affected.The Minister said that the tri-partite movement of Labour, Management and Government have a crucial role to play regionally in going forward, in reversing productivity decline and accelerating economic growth. Mr. Kellier added that as globalization deepens, improvements in productivity will become increasingly important to competitiveness and integration into the global economy.Meanwhile, President of the JEF, David Wan, said the Convention and Expo come at a very opportune time for the government, private sector and the country as a whole.He expressed the view that against the background of the recently signed deal between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the government, both private and public sectors will have to become much more efficient.“We will have to do more with less, and a large part of this is optimizing the human talent we have in place,” Mr. Wan said.The three-day event is being held under the theme: ‘Energize for action….our cause…our call’.By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Kings Of Leon And Pearl Jam Give Back To Sandy Hook

first_imgAlmost one year ago, a horrific shooting rampage in Newtown, CT took the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.This week, Kings Of Leon, Pearl Jam, Tim McGraw, Nick Offerman, Zachary Quinto and more have united with online charity auction site Charitybuzz to raise funds and awareness for Sandy Hook Promise, an organization founded by parents and spouses who lost loved ones in the tragic mass shooting.The national nonprofit led by community members works to honor all victims of Sandy Hook by preventing the causes of gun violence and helping the local community cope with the lasting effects of the tragedy. Find out more about the charity here.The Sandy Hook Promise online auction is open for bidding through Tuesday, December 17th at www.Charitybuzz.com/SandyHook.Auction highlights include: • Lunch with Nick Offerman on the set of Parks and Recreation in Los Angeles • A Fender Guitar signed by Pearl Jam and a copy of their set list from the concert • Meet Kings of Leon at their concert at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT • Enjoy a set visit to Modern Family in Los Angeles • Meet Zachary Quinto at a performance of The Glass Menagerie on Broadway, with two premium seats • Enjoy an exclusive tour of the Facebook Silicon Valley Campus • Enjoy a taping and cocktails at Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live! with Andy Cohen in NYC • A round of golf with Joe LaCava, caddy for Tiger Woods, at Newtown Country Club • Tickets to a taping of NBC’s The Voice season 6 in Los Angeles • A Taylor Guitar signed by Tim McGraw • and more!last_img read more

Bahamas Rake n Scrape group set to steal the show in Folklore

first_img Bahamian heads up Sister Cities International for Bahamas and Caribbean Related Items:#700partnersbahamas, #folkfairwisconsin, #GingerMoxey Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWisconsin, Milwaukee, USA – November 16, 2017 – HAPPENING NOWis rehearsal for Rake n Scrape group which is set to perform during the Holiday Folk Fair in Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Exposition Center located at the city’s State Fair Park.Thousands attend the fair each year, it is a five day event aimed at encouraging peace and is billed as the largest indoor multicultural festival in America. The Bahamas Rake n Scrape group is largely made up of Cat Islanders, in fact six of the group’s members hail from Cat Island and Cleophas Webb, of Grand Bahama is leader. The Rake n Scrape group boasts four dancers and three musicians.Ginger Moxey, founder of 700 Partners Non-Profit Organization and Bahamas Representative for the International Council of Organization of Folklore Festival and Folk Arts told us the group will give 15 performances over three days.Today, Wisconsin media were thrilled at hearing and meeting the group. The Bahamas reportedly stole the spotlight as journalists enjoyed their hands on experience with instruments that make up the distinctive Rake n Scrape sound, and learned a few steps of authentic Rake n Scrape dancing.Among the sponsors of the expedition are MP for Cat Island, Phillip Davis who chartered a flight for the Cat Island participants into Nassau; the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Investment Facility & Financing Ltd and Immerse Bahamas Ltd which together supported travel arrangements for the Grand Bahama delegation and the International Institute of Milwaukee which ‘graciously sponsored tickets for the Cat Island delegation from Nassau to Milwaukee.’Ginger Moxey said the Holiday Folk Fair provides ample exposure and interaction with other cultures from around the world; ideal for The Bahamas.  Ms. Moxey also explained that the Bahamas’ delegation is excited and eager, despite the 20° and 30° temperatures, to give a show stopping performance, reflecting the richness of our culture.center_img Recommended for you Grand Bahamian among those on PLP Constitutional Committee, new leader readying for 2022 Electionslast_img read more

Calabria Higuain is AC Milans Ronaldo

first_imgAC Milan full-back Davide Calabria has risen to Gonzalo Higuain’s defence following his recent struggles by claiming that he’s “our Cristiano Ronaldo”The Argentine striker joined Milan last summer on a season-long loan deal after finding himself surplus to requirements at Juventus due to Ronaldo’s blockbuster arrival from Real Madrid.But things at the San Siro haven’t got off to the smoothest of starts for Higuain with just six goals in 15 Serie A games this term.This has led to reports of a move to Chelsea in this month’s transfer window with Milan allegedly unwilling to continue paying Higuain’s salary and the €40m buy option for next season.Calabria, on the other hand though, is convinced Higuain remains a key part for Milan and described what he brings to the team.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I told my agent that I’d never seen a striker like Higuain. He’s very good and always done well wherever he’s played,” Calabria told GazzaNet.“Is there a problem with him? No, there isn’t. He’s having a tough time, which can happen, but he’s our Cristiano Ronaldo, given us prestige and something more to the team in general terms.“He’s won a lot and he has so much experience.”Milan will take on Higuain’s parent club Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana next Wednesday.last_img read more

Wedding dress exhibit coming to Womens Museum of California

first_img Ginger Jeffries Posted: May 19, 2018 Wedding dress exhibit coming to Women’s Museum of California Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 19, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsGinger Jeffries sat down in studio with Diane Peabody Straw from Women’s Museum of California. They discussed the museum’s upcoming exhibit, The Big White Dress Exhibit, which features wedding gowns from different time periods and their history. Ginger Jeffries, last_img read more

Mega Millions jackpot reaches 1 billion as drawing nears

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. lottery history gets even bigger.Lottery officials increased the grand prize just hours ahead of the Friday night drawing. The prize climbed from $970 million.Although the jackpot keeps increasing , the odds of winning remain stuck at a miserable one in 302.5 million.The prize has grown so large because no one has hit the jackpot since July 24, when a group in California won $543 million.The $1 billion prize refers to the annuity option. Most winners opt for cash, which for Friday night’s drawing would be $565 million.Officials say that if there isn’t a winner, the prize for Tuesday night’s drawing would be $1.6 billion, tying the largest U.S. lottery prize. KUSI Newsroom October 19, 2018 Posted: October 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Mega Millions jackpot reaches $1 billion as drawing nears Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Sheriffs deputy sentenced for groping teenage girl

first_img Posted: October 31, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsVISTA (KUSI) — A 33-year-old sheriff’s deputy who groped a teenage girl while standing behind her in a Vista fast-food restaurant line was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail and ordered to register as a sex offender for life.Timothy Nathaniel Wilson Jr., who was also placed on five years probation and ordered to stay away from the victim for 10 years, pleaded guilty earlier this month to committing a lewd act with a 14-year-old child and unlawfully taking computer data.Vista Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein imposed the sentence called for under the plea deal. But he indicated the defendant’s act of using his unique username and password to log into a sheriff’s department database to access information on the investigation was an egregious offense that warranted a prison commitment, according to the District Attorney’s Office.Wilson, a 10-year department veteran assigned to detentions enforcement at the Vista Jail, was arrested at work on May 18.Authorities said Wilson fondled the 14-year-old’s buttocks about 7 p.m. March 21 while in line at Panda Express on Main Street, near South Santa Fe Avenue.A surveillance system at the restaurant captured video of the perpetrator, who hurried out of the business and fled in a black sedan.In early May, another sheriff’s department employee reported that Wilson possibly was the man in the security camera images, which was subsequently confirmed. Ashlie Rodriguez, Sheriff’s deputy sentenced for groping teenage girl October 31, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more