Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014 Billy & Ray Related Shows View Comments The legendary Garry Marshall stopped by ABC News to discuss his latest project: helming the New York premiere of Billy & Ray off-Broadway. The Mike Bencivenga play charts the birth of film noir from the minds of Hollywood collaborators Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler. “Film noir is dark. I’m known for film blanc more,” Marshall jokes about taking a stab at a heavier genre. Nonetheless, he’s “so excited” to present the story about the actor-director odd-couple, which hits close to home for him: “The hardest person I ever fought with most is my sister Penny on Laverne and Shirley!” Billy & Ray, now in previews, opens officially on October 20 at the Vineyard Theatre.
Sharon McMullen, director of University Health Services (UHS) spoke to student senate Wednesday about current and future changes to UHS. The meeting also featured Student Union Board (SUB) executive board nominations and the passing of resolution SS1617-33, regarding the release of mental health information and student awareness of UHS. McMullen discussed the current state of UHS and changes within the department.“College health is essentially an academic retention program,” she said. “Colleges recognize that wellbeing is essential to learning, and so we provide our services so you can achieve your academic goals.”The department has recently undertaken two major strategic initiatives — implementation of electronic medical records and the reorganization of the department, McMullen said.“We have made the tectonic shift from writing with a pen on paper and we have entered the digital age,” she said. “This has been something a long time in the works. We made the shift in August, and it has worked out really well.”McMullen said UHS was the 40th campus organization to undertake a “robust” reorganization process designed by the University.“Our goal for this reorganization is to optimize our scope of services and our hours of operation to meet student need,” she said.UHS determined necessary changes based on student surveys, McMullen said.“Here’s what you’ve told us — college students go to college between nine and five,” she said. “How come we can only see a provider between nine and five? We are benchmarking the data that we have crunched, and are building a new and improved, and reinvigorated department. Communication to the entire community, including to you, our most important stakeholders, will happen this summer.”Another topic McMullen said she was asked to talk about was walk-in fees.“One of the things that college health does is help young adults become good consumers of healthcare … walking into a healthcare provider is not going to serve you well when you leave university,” she said. “The idea behind the walk-in fee is a disincentive — something to make the patients think a little bit and call before they come in.“It really hasn’t worked as intended,” she said. “The amount, $5, is either not a consideration or — what I’m really concerned about — is the relatively smaller proportion for whom $5 is a big deal. I never want anyone to not come in and get the care they need because they don’t have $5. I hear you, so please know that this is something that we are carefully considering with our reorganization.”The SUB executive board nominations followed McMullen’s presentation, with the members rising to answer questions from the senators. Junior Madi Purrenhage responded to a question about future changes within SUB.“We’re really trying to get more people involved with the program and involved with planning, and so there’s been some structural changes to achieve that,” she said. “There’s been a big push this year to get as many people who want to get a role to have a role.”The SUB executive board was approved by the senate vote.Members of First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL) presented resolution SS1617-33. The resolution was titled “A resolution supporting song-term mental health care information being released and greater student awareness of University mental health services.” In a brief panel, the members of FUEL summarized their plans for reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and endorsing a movement to improve mental health services on campus. The resolution was approved by unanimous vote.Tags: FUEL, student senate, Student Union Board, University Health Services
Scott Ellis, who received a Tony nomination this year for directing the revival of She Loves Me, will helm NBC’s live broadcast of A Few Good Men. The announcement was made at Variety’s annual TV Summit in Los Angeles.As previously reported, the telecast is set to air on NBC in early 2017. When asked about the choice, according to Variety, playwright and Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin said, “I couldn’t be more excited.”Ellis, who serves as Roundabout Theatre Company’s associate artistic director, has helmed the recent revivals of On the Twentieth Century, The Elephant Man, You Can’t Take It With You, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Harvey. He has also directed for the small screen on several occasions and received an Emmy nomination for his work on a season one episode of 30 Rock.The courtroom drama is one of two live theatrical broadcasts the Peacock network has lined up: Hairspray Live!, starring newcomer Maddie Baillio and Harvey Fierstein, will air on December 7. Scott Ellis(Photo: Jeremy Daniel) View Comments
Left to right: Gary Hunt, Jay Farrar, Dave Bryson, Mark Spencer, Andrew Duplantis. Photo: Emily NathanMuch has been made of the lofty position held by Son Volt in the pantheon of modern Americana bands. Following the dissolution of Uncle Tupelo, principal songwriters Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar went their separate ways, with Tweedy forming Wilco and Farrar founding Son Volt. Farrar and his new project earned critical praise for the band’s debut record, Trace, in 1996, and Son Volt has since released a number of outstanding follow ups.After a five year hiatus between 1999 and 2004, Farrar returned with a revamped line up and released Okemah & The Melody of Riot in 2005, The Search in 2007, and American Central Dust, their first record for Rounder Records, in 2009.Son Volt is out on the road now supporting Honky Tonk, their second record for Rounder, which was released last month. Farrar describes the record as an ode to the best of the spirit of honky tonk: heartache, heartbreak, and the road.Honky Tonk also continues Son Volt’s revisiting of more acoustic tones. “The record is a continuation of what was happening with American Central Dust,” says Farrar. “I didn’t play much, if any, electric guitar.”Son Volt will be swinging through Knoxville for a show at The Bijou on Sunday, April 14th, and we’d like to make sure you have a couple tickets for the show. Take a shot at the trivia question down below. A winner will be chosen from all correct answers received by 12:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) on Friday, April 12th.Remember to email answers to firstname.lastname@example.orgQuestion – In 2009, Jay Farrar worked on the soundtrack for One Fast Move Or I’m Gone, a documentary about what famous On The Road author?Son Volt will be joined by Colonel Ford at the beautiful Bijou Theater in Downtown Knoxville on Sunday, April 14th. Show time is 8:00 P.M. For information on this show, tickets, or the Bijou’s upcoming shows, surf over to www.knoxbijou.com.
Plan suggests ‘Florida registered paralegals’ April 1, 2006 Regular News Plan suggests ‘Florida registered paralegals’ Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Those wanting to hold themselves out as “Florida registered paralegals” would have to meet certain educational or experience criteria and complete continuing education requirements under a plan put forth by the Special Committee to Study Paralegal Regulation.Meeting in Tampa in March, the committee voted 16-2 to forward a recommendation to create a two-tier system for the state’s paralegals — which includes a disciplinary component — to the Board of Governors for consideration.The plan does not set forth the duties a paralegal may perform and makes no changes to the way lawyers charge or are awarded fees for services rendered by nonlawyers under their supervision, “such fees being based on the nature of the services rendered and not the title of the person rendering the service,” according to the proposal to create in Bar rules Ch. 20, the Florida Registered Paralegal Program.Chair Ross Goodman said while there was not “absolute unanimity on every point,” he is pleased with the proposal, which he says was the result of a lot of hard work between the lawyers and paralegals on the committee.“We were able to reach a compromise with the two-tier system and the paralegal community represented on the committee was very gracious in saying that this is a good step, a good approach, and worthwhile,” he said.Goodman said the recommendation is consistent with what is being done in other states and contains a grandfather clause that takes into account the situation of long-time paralegals who may not meet the educational components contemplated in the plan.Committee member Karen McLead, a former president of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., said while the proposed rule does not include everything the paralegal community was seeking, “we are pretty excited about it.”“While it is still voluntary — no one will be required to put their credentials forward — they will be required to do so if they want to be registered with The Florida Bar and hold themselves out as a registered paralegal,” McLead said.Tier one would include all those who meet the current definition of a paralegal found in Bar Rule 10-2.1. That rule essentially holds a paralegal is a person qualified by education, training, or work experience, who under the supervision of a lawyer performs delegated substantive work for which the lawyer is responsible. Tier two paralegals would have to meet more stringent experience, educational, and continuing education criteria to be able to hold themselves out as a “Florida Registered Paralegal.”After the concept of a two-tier system was floated in January, committee member Johnna Phillips, president of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., said the plan was put before PAF’s membership, where a “large percentage” expressed disappointment that part of the two-tier system still “allows basically anybody” to call themselves a paralegal under the tier-one designation.“We had some members that recognized the Bar would never go as far as we wanted them to go with mandatory regulation so they understood from a realistic standpoint that we probably would have to have this two-tier system in order to get any kind of standards at all,” Phillips said.Phillips, however, said she is hopeful that over time paralegals and lawyers will see the benefit of the plan.“I think the compromise takes away some of those concerns about telling attorneys how [and for whom] they can bill, but I also think it goes a long way toward increasing the professionalism of their staffs and helps the firm’s clients understand that somebody who is a FRP has demonstrated they have some superior skills,” Phillips said.McLead said while proposed Ch. 20 doesn’t contain mandatory criteria for a tier-one paralegal “we believe it is a very positive first step,” and much better than the committee’s first recommendation to create a voluntary section within the Bar for paralegals. She likened that to “nothing more than somewhat of a social club.”Rep. Juan Zapata, R-Miami, said because the paralegal community is pleased with the “overall spirit and direction of the proposed rule” there is no longer a need for him to push HB 395 this session. That bill — opposed by the Bar — would have set up a regulatory system for paralegals under the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.“I’m very happy with the progress and have complete faith in the Board of Governors that they will be able to move this forward and I’m hopful and confident it will meet with approval of the Supreme Court,” Zapata said, adding that if ultimately approved by the board, he would prefer it be sent to the court as a stand alone rule, not part of a rules package.“It really is an effort to bring professionalism to the profession and have it recognized as the profession that it is and have some minimal standards,” Phillips said, adding she thinks once the plan is in place lawyers will realize “they are getting a better product as a result of this.”The Recommendation Under the plan, a paralegal is defined as a person qualified by education, training, or work experience, who works under the direction and supervision of a member of The Florida Bar and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a member of the Bar is responsible.A “Florida registered paralegal” would be someone who meets the definition of paralegal and the requirements for registration, which include: • Educational and Work Experience Requirements A person may become a Florida registered paralegal by meeting one of the following education and paralegal work experience requirements: 1) A bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from an approved paralegal program, plus a minimum of one year of paralegal work experience; or 2) A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution,plus a minimum of three years of paralegal work experience; or 3) An associate’s degree in paralegal studies from an approved paralegal program, plus a minimum of two years of paralegal work experience; or 4) An associate’s degree from an accredited institution, plus a minimum of four years of paralegal work experience; or 5) A juris doctorate degree from an ABA accredited institution, plus a minimum of one year of paralegal work experience. • Certification A person may become a Florida registered paralegal by obtaining one of the following certifications: 1) Successful completion of the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE certification as offered by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations) and good standing with NFPA; or 2) Successful completion of the Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal examination (CLA/CP certification as offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants “NALA”) and good standing with NALA. • Grandfathering A person who does not meet the education or certification requirements may become a Florida registered paralegal by providing attestation from an employing or supervising attorney(s) that the person has paralegal work experience for five of the eight years preceding the date of such attestation. This grandfather provision sunsets after three years.The proposed paralegal rule also contains an annual renewal component and an annual fee to be set by the Board of Governors.Those who would be ineligible for becoming a Florida registered paralegal include lawyers who are currently suspended or disbarred or who have resigned in lieu of discipline from the practice of law in any state or jurisdiction; those convicted of a felony whose civil rights have not been restored; those who have been found to have engaged in the unlicensed practice of law; those whose registration or license to practice by a professional organization, court, disciplinary board, or agency in any jurisdiction has been terminated or revoked for disciplinary reasons; those who no longer perform paralegal work; and those who fail to comply with prescribed continuing education requirements.In order to maintain the status of Florida registered paralegal, one must complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every three years, five hours of which must be in legal ethics or professionalism.The recommendation will be reviewed by the Bar’s Rules, Budget, Program Evaluation, and Disciplinary Procedures committees and have a first reading before the Board of Governors at its April 7 meeting in Coral Gables. If ultimately endorsed by the board, the plan would then go to the Supreme Court for final action.“I think lawyers are going to realize the benefits of having this program is that they are going to have better trained paralegals; they are going to be able to identify the better paralegals in the hiring process; and the paralegals that they do have are going to get continuing education that is going to be a benefit to the lawyers and the law firms,” Goodman said.