Board approves ethics rules changes Senior Editor With some final, minor modifications, the Bar Board of Governors has approved amendments to Bar rules based on the ABA’s Ethics 2002 report. The board at its August 13 meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, gave final approval to the changes, which were proposed by the Special Committee to Review the ABA Model Rules 2002. The board also approved a change suggested by board member Bob Brush and one suggested by the Disciplinary Procedure Committee. The rules next go to the Supreme Court. The board had considered final approval at its May meeting, but tabled the amendments after the City, County and Local Government Law Section raised objections. The section said some provisions of existing and proposed rules were unduly harsh on government attorneys, particularly involving conflict of interest regulations. Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert presented the report in the absence of committee Chair Adele Stone who was prevented from attending by Hurricane Charley. She reported that one change was a deletion of a requirement that government attorneys get a conflict waiver from their agencies in writing and made two other technical changes sought by the section. Other changes suggested by the section were rejected, Tarbert said. The section had objected that “these proposed rule revisions touch upon the time-honored concepts of attorney-client confidentiality and conflicts of interest and suggest that government lawyers have a special duty to expose wrongdoing that may involve the disclosure of attorney-client communications.” Another board member, Robert Rush, moved to make two additional amendments sought by the section, but the board rejected both. One would have removed an amendment to rule 4-1.11 on conflicts of interest which notes specifically that government lawyers are subject to rules 4-1.7 and 4-1.9. “Why do we need to pass a rule that says lawyers are subject to other rules?” Rush asked. Rush said his other amendment was intended to clarify the definitions of how lawyers can get conflict permission acknowledged in some cases. He said the rule requires written acknowledgment, but the definition allows the confirmation via e-mail or electronic recording. The DPC proposed — and the board okayed — dropping a line in the comment to rule 4-1.4 on client communications which provided, “Client telephone calls should be promptly returned or acknowledged.” Bob Brush asked for a change to the comment in Rule 5-1.1 on an attorney holding money or property in trust for a client when a third party has a claim on those items. The change specifies that the attorney must hold funds in trust over client objection only when there is a duty to the third party under applicable law. The Special Committee to Review the ABA Model Rules 2002 has spent almost two years reviewing the ABA recommendations and then suggesting changes to Bar rules. The panel accepted some ABA proposed changes, but rejected others. The amendments clarify some conflict of interest rules, state that an attorney interviewed by a potential client owes a duty of confidentiality to that person even if another attorney is hired, and provide guidance to lawyers when they are hired to act as a third-party neutral. The changes also provide a safe harbor in the trial publicity rule and some alterations in duties of prosecutors. The report can be found on the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org, by clicking on the “Organization” and “Special Committee” headings. September 1, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Board approves ethics rules changes
Ghana international Andre Ayew admits that he finds the game in England different from that in France.He’d been in the Ligue 1 playing his club football for eight years before making a switch to English Premier League club Swansea City this summer.Even then the attacking midfielder imposed himself on his competitive league debut game against English champions Chelsea on Saturday, crowning his efforts with a stunning goal in the first half of the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.”I was very happy with my goal, particularly as the squad has really helped me out. Hopefully I will continue working hard to help the team,” Ayew said after the game.”Bafe[timbi Gomis] had a good header saved, and then I had my first shot blocked. But I got up quickly and managed to score with the second shot. It was a really great moment for myself and, more importantly, the team.”We must keep the spirit we have. We showed a lot of character. This is only the beginning for us.” He added: “It was my first game in the Premier League and I’m always learning. The intensity is different and I have to work hard to get better and better week-in week-out for the team.”But my team-mates, the manager and the coaches are all pushing me so that I can do more and more for the team.”History boysAndre played all game for Swansea as his younger brother, Jordan, got just under an hour for new club Aston Villa. They became the first set of brothers to make their debuts in the English Premier League on the same day, since its inception in 1992.Villa and Jordan won 1-0 away at Bournemouth.–CLICK TO READ: Photos – Dede Ayew scores in Swansea debut– Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag
The Ghana Armwrestling Federation has begun a nationwide registration exercise for Armwrestling Clubs in the country.A statement by the Federation has called on all who are interested in forming Armwrestling Clubs in their communities, pubs and institutions to pick up registration forms from the regional offices or visit their website or the official social media platforms for Ghana Armwrestling Federation.The club registration will be preceded by training of coaches in the communities, club leagues and regional championship before the upcoming Africa Armwrestling Championship in Ghana.The GAF says it is living its vision of encouraging participation and making Armwrestling the preferred sport of choice hence the nationwide Club Registration.“This forms part of our development and expansion agenda captured in our 2020 strategic plan. We’re working to become a top sport in Ghana and a force in Africa,” says Federation head, Charles Osei Asibey.GAF will formalize registration for 3C Armwrestling -1st club by the president, T20 Armwrestling Club, A1 Armwrestling, Kofikrom Armwrestling Club, Ghana Police, Ghana Immigration, GRA , Ghana Armed Forces and the many organized groups who are already playing Armwrestling. The statement said, the exercise by GAF will run throughout the year and urged all groups and institutions to sign up to Armwrestling, the most easy-to-play sport with less investment and fastest growing in Ghana.Meanwhile, the Greater Accra Armwrestling Association will soon embark on the annual Armwrestling Train moving into selected communities with the sport.