The Ween 2016 dates continue to come in. After announcing runs in Broomfield, CO and New York, NY, as well as a handful of festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Okeechobee and more, the newly-reunited group have announced a set at LEVITATION Festival in Austin, TX on May 1st.The announcement comes as part of some major lineup additions for LEVITATION, including The Arcs (ft. Dan Auerbach), Courtney Barnett, Melody’s Echo Chamber, David J & The Gentlemen Thieves, Holy Wave, Wall Of Death and more.Check out the lineup poster, which may or may not be a magic eye picture, below:
While Frank Zappa will be eternally remembered for his contributions to music, there’s no denying that the man lived a fascinating life. One such Zappa project comes to mind, as the musician acted in a single episode of the hit 80’s television show Miami Vice. In the 1986 episode “Payback!,” Zappa portrays Mario Fuente, a high-traffic drug dealer who only does transactions on his yacht, anchored over international waters.The episode features Fuente searching for $3 million that was stolen from him, and mentions that he was in the “weasel dust industry,” which is apparently a slang word for cocaine that no one has ever used before, or since.Watch this NBC spotlight of Zappa’s appearance, below:Or, if you prefer to relive this glorious television episode, you can watch it in full, via NBC.
READ: Latest Chase news • 2014 Season In Review Also Features Year In Photos, Video Highlights PackageFORT WORTH, Texas (December 16, 2014) – The year at Texas Motor Speedway opened with pyrotechnics celebrating the unveiling of the world’s largest, high-definition LED video board in March and culminated in November with additional fireworks courtesy of the post-race melee involving combatants Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 Eliminator 8 Chase race.There also was plenty of action and excitement in between as Texas Motor Speedway played host to its annual Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader in April, Firestone 600 INDYCAR/NASCAR twin bill in June and played host to its inaugural Red Bull Air Race World Championship event in September.The Texas Motor Speedway 2014 Season In Review recaps those major event weekends, in addition to the momentous “Big Hoss TV” unveiling, while the accompanying Texas Motor Speedway Year in Photos captures all those key moments in addition to other noteworthy speedway-related events throughout the year. The Texas Motor Speedway Year in Photos features 90 images – primarily from the speedway’s official photo agency Getty Images – that were chosen for their significance and/or artistic value and are presented in chronological order. A three-minute video recap of the top on-track moments, including the AAA Texas 500 post-race skirmish, also is available in HD by clicking here. All photos and video are free for media outlets to utilize, especially for their year-end, wrap-ups and can be previewed by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or downloaded by visiting www.image.net/tmsinreview2014.Let’s take a look back:”Big Hoss TV” Unveiling / Wednesday, March 19The Skinny: The world’s largest, high-definition LED video board is unveiled amid fanfare and will be one of the most impactful fan enhancements in the history of Texas Motor Speedway and the world of motorsports.The Recap: Texas Motor Speedway unveiled the world’s largest, high-definition LED video board in grand fashion as the evening featured fireworks, motorsports stars, reality television celebrities, dignitaries and the showing of an episode from A&E’s hit reality show “Duck Dynasty” for more than 8,000 fans situated in the infield of the world-class sports facility.The official debut of the Panasonic-built “Big Hoss TV” was part of a star-studded evening that included appearances by Duck Commander CEO and “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson and his wife, Korie, along with the heralded racing duo of NASCAR’s Kyle Busch and INDYCAR’s Helio Castroneves. Also in attendance were dignitaries such as NASCAR President Mike Helton, Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America Vice President Richard Ballard, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith, SMI President and COO Marcus Smith and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.Positioned in the middle of the backstretch and stretching 218 feet wide by 94.6 feet tall, “Big Hoss TV” features 20,633.64 square feet of HD LED imagery that contains 281 trillion colors. The video board, constructed in just four months, surpassed fellow Speedway Motorsports, Inc. facility Charlotte Motor Speedway (16,000 square feet) as the Guinness World Record holder for the world’s largest HD LED video board. The size of “Big Hoss TV” is staggering as it is 79 percent larger than the video board at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, which is 11,520 square feet.”It is the ultimate fan amenity,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “To have the biggest one in the world, that’s just one of those ‘Everything is Bigger in Texas’ stories that we are really proud to be a part of.”NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 / Monday, April 7The Skinny: Rain forces a Monday matinee for only the third time in speedway history and Joey Logano wins the Duck Commander 500 for an automatic berth in the reformatted Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.The Recap: With Duck Commander on board as the title sponsor and the “Duck Dynasty” stars on hand en masse, the weather was more conducive for duck hunting that NASCAR racing. The Duck Commander 500, moved from its Saturday night slot to Sunday afternoon to avoid a conflict with the NCAA Final Four men’s college basketball tourney being in Arlington, was washed out due to continual rain showers and rescheduled for a Monday matinee. It was just the third time in Texas Motor Speedway‘s 18-year history that a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was run on Monday due to inclement weather, the most recent coming in 2010 when both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races were run on the same day.Penske Racing’s Joey Logano punched his ticket for a berth in the restructured Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format after surviving a green/white-checkered finish to win the Duck Commander 500. Logano was cruising to victory with a two-second lead over teammate Brad Keselowski with just over one lap remaining in the scheduled 334-lap event, but a caution for debris forced a two-lap overtime shootout. Logano restarted third after pitting for four tires while Jeff Gordon and Brian Vickers opted for two tires and restarted first and second, respectively. Gordon held off Logano on the first lap, but Logano got a strong run inside on the frontstretch and was able to overtake him in Turn 1 and pull away to a 0.476 of a second margin of victory in the race that was extended to 340 laps. The victory was Logano’s first since August of 2013 at Michigan and the fourth of his career. It also was his first Sprint Cup win at Texas Motor Speedway, which was highlighted by him becoming the youngest Cup winner in TMS history at 23 years, 10 months and 14 days.NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 / Friday, April 4The Skinny: Rookie Chase Elliott, the 18-year-old son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott, lands his first career Nationwide Series victory in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 to become the second-youngest winner in series history.The Recap: Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 provided a historic milestone for a second-generation NASCAR driver and a glimpse into the talent that would flourish and lead to a series championship. Rookie Chase Elliott, the 18-year-old high school senior and son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott, needed just six starts in the Nationwide Series for his first career win that came in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.Elliott made a bold move on the high side of Kevin Harvick in the elbow of the frontstretch to take the lead on Lap 185 and then held on for a 2.251-second victory over Kyle Busch in the 200-lap event. Elliott became the second-youngest winner in series history at 18 years, 4 months and 8 days.Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 / Saturday, June 7The Skinny: Will Power’s late pit lane penalty opens the door for Ed Carpenter to capture the Firestone 600 and become the first American winner at TMS since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2007.The Recap: The annual INDYCAR/NASCAR summer doubleheader yielded two first-time Texas Motor Speedway winners as Matt Crafton won the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 and Ed Carpenter was victorious in the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600.Carpenter took advantage of a strong second-half race performance and a critical late pit lane penalty by Will Power to record his first series victory since 2012 in the Firestone 600. The victory was the third of Carpenter’s career and his first since winning the 2012 season finale at Fontana. In his previous 12 starts at Texas Motor Speedway, he had just one top-five finish and led one lap (2009) before breaking through to become the first American to win at Texas since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2007.Carpenter led 66 of the final 67 laps of the 248-lap event and avoided a potential shootout for the win with Power, who was running second when he was caught speeding in pit lane on his final green-flag pit stop. With 36 to go, Carpenter and Power pitted together and came out 1-2, but Power received a drive-thru penalty for speeding and fell a lap down.Carpenter suddenly had a nine-plus second cushion over second-place Tony Kanaan and was coasting to victory with an 18.5-second lead before a final caution came out with seven laps remaining. The race became a two-lap shootout and Carpenter was able to stave off Juan Pablo Montoya and the hard-charging Power, who moved from sixth to second and finished 0.52 of a second behind Carpenter.NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 / Friday, June 6The Skinny: Defending Camping World Truck Series champ Matt Crafton snaps a 26-race winless streak at TMS with a dominant victory in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400.The Recap: Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton had it easy compared to Verizon IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter in earning his first career win at Texas Motor Speedway. He led a career-best 118 laps en route to the victory in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 that snapped a 26-race winless streak at the speedway.Crafton led 118 of the 167 laps – the most he led in a single race in his 14-year career – and cruised to a 13.302-second victory over runner-up Justin Lofton. It was the fifth win of Crafton’s career and second of the season, marking the first time in his career that he had recorded multiple wins in a season. His dominant performance established a track record for largest margin of victory in that series, eclipsing the previous mark of 11.817 seconds set by Dennis Setzer in this event in 2004.Red Bull Air Race World Championship / Saturday, Sept. 6, & Sunday, Sept. 7The Skinny: Texas Motor Speedway plays host to the first race in the United States since 2010 for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which returned to competition after a three-year hiatus.The Recap: The Red Bull Air Race World Championship made its return to the United States for the first time since 2010 as Texas Motor Speedway played host to the sixth stage of the eight-event international plane racing series.Before a crowd of more than 20,000 for the first of two U.S. stops, Frenchman Nicolas Ivanoff captured his first victory of the season in the elite Master Class on the challenging, seven air gate, 3.7-mile course that was built in the infield of the motorsports venue. Ivanoff posted an individual two-lap run of 54.118 seconds to defeat Great Britain’s Nigel Lamb, Canada’s Pete McLeod and Germany’s Matthias Dolderer in the Final 4 showdown on Sunday. Ivanoff gave his country a sweep of the weekend competition as fellow Frenchman Mikael Brageot won the Challenger Cup race the day prior.NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 / Sunday, Nov. 2The Skinny: A post-race confrontation between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski and ensuing melee steals national headlines from six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson winning the AAA Texas 500 for a third year in a row.The Recap: With the remaining eight Chase for NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers looking to win the AAA Texas 500 and automatically advance to the championship round, six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson played the role of spoiler as he won the Eliminator 8 race in a dramatic second green/white-checkered overtime finish.Johnson, eliminated from championship contention in the previous round, won the AAA Texas 500 for a record third consecutive year, but it was the post-race scuffle that made national headlines the following day. While Johnson was celebrating his track-record fourth Cup win with burnouts on the frontstretch, chaos ensued on pit lane after an angry Jeff Gordon confronted Brad Keselowski and a fray quickly developed between the Chase contenders. Fellow Chase competitor Kevin Harvick pushed Keselowski while Gordon was jawing with him and the situation quickly escalated as the crews got involved and transformed into a melee.The disagreement stemmed from the first GWC finish, where Gordon took the restart with the lead and Johnson beside him on the front row. Johnson grabbed the lead when a bold move by Keselowski resulted in contact with Gordon, which ultimately led to a flat tire, contact with the wall and a 29th-place finish that would derail his title aspirations.The caution flew for Gordon that set up the second GWC finish, where Keselowski found himself lining up front against the leader Johnson on the restart. Johnson, on the inside, maintained the lead on the restart while Keselowski found himself also trying to fend off a charging Harvick. Harvick got past Keselowski on that lap but didn’t have enough time to chase down Johnson, who won by 0.513 of a second for his fourth victory of the season and 70th of his career.Johnson led nine times for 191 laps, but a record 13 cautions continually bunched the field as well as changed race strategies to give a number of drivers a shot at the victory.Johnson, Harvick and Keselowski took the top three positions, respectively, while Kyle Busch, who was looking to sweep all three NASCAR races after truck and Nationwide wins earlier, finished fourth.NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge / Saturday, Nov. 1The Skinny: Kyle Busch gives Joe Gibbs Racing its 100th career Nationwide Series win and sets his sights on rare NASCAR tripleheader weekend sweep after winning the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.The Recap: Kyle Busch added to the weekend drama and intrigue when he secured the second leg of a rare NASCAR tripleheader weekend sweep with a win in the Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.Busch completed the Nationwide Series/Camping World Truck Series sweep for the second time in his career at Texas Motor Speedway, with the first coming in the fall of 2009. That only left Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 as the missing prize for the triple, which had only been accomplished by Busch (Bristol 2010) in the history of NASCAR.Busch extended his record for career Nationwide Series victories at Texas Motor Speedway by adding his seventh with a 1.562-second win over Joey Logano. Busch, who led six times for a race-high 116 laps, and Logano, who led five times for 59 laps, exchanged the lead six times over the final 85 laps in the 200-lap event before Busch took control late.It also was his seventh NNS victory of the season, 70th in his career and a milestone 100th for Joe Gibbs Racing.NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 / Friday, Oct. 31The Skinny: Kyle Busch wins the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 as Kyle Busch Motorsports ties the Camping World Truck Series record for most victories in a season.The Recap: Kyle Busch, competing in all three NASCAR races during the weekend and chasing a rare sweep, endured a green/white-checkered overtime finish to secure the first leg with a victory in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350.Busch, who led a race-high 80 of 152 laps, was cruising to victory when two late cautions put a scare into his bid to secure his seventh win in just nine NCWTS starts this season. Following the final caution that led to the two-lap shootout, Busch got a strong restart on the outside of leader German Quiroga and took command of the lead coming out of Turn 2. He was pulling away with one lap to go when Quiroga hit the wall in Turn 2 to force the conclusion of the final lap to finish under caution.Busch’s series-leading seventh win was his third truck victory at Texas Motor Speedway that pushed his career total in the series to 42. It also was the 12th victory overall for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 20 starts this season, tying the series record for season victories set by Ultra Motorsports in 2001.MORE: PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
While most students left Notre Dame thinking of lazy summer days last May, the students in the Navy ROTC battalion were preparing to learn more about what life will be like as an officer in the U.S. Navy after graduation. Depending on class year and option, the midshipmen had different summer plans. Rising sophomores embarked on a month-long excursion called cortramid to a naval base where they spent a week working in each community within the Navy: aviation, submarine, surface and Marine. These midshipmen are split between an east cortramid on the base in Norfolk, Va., and a west cortramid at the San Diego base. Sophomore Kelsey Hutchinson said she spent her month in San Diego, participating in exercises meant to provide a clearer picture of the responsibilities of a Naval officer. “While you’re at Notre Dame you don’t get that much of a taste of the particulars of life in the Navy … this gives everyone a taste of what future careers might be after graduation,” Hutchinson said. Hutchinson said she most enjoyed her Marine week rotation because the activities were incredibly realistic, beginning with exercises in a skeleton town using paintball bullets. “They took us out to this place where they had built a skeleton town, gave us M-16s that had paintballs instead of bullets, and taught us how to clear a building, work as a fire team in a squad and other exercises like that,” Hutchinson said. “Then, on Friday we hiked out to this building and inside the building they had literally built Afghanistan… they even had Afghan people [inside the town] working as actors.” Hutchinson said the exercise gave soldiers and midshipmen the chance to participate in a firefight against Afghani forces before they face actual fighting in Afghanistan. “They sent our squad in with a mission and showed us the outline of the building before we went into the building,” Hutchinson said. “We had to talk to the townspeople, get information and then someone started shooting.” Hutchinson said she would like to switch into the marine option, but overall she was grateful for the chance to learn more about the different communities in the Navy. “We hadn’t even signed our contracts yet, but they went through so much to give us this training and it really was a lot of fun,” Hutchinson said. “I’m really, really grateful for all these opportunities.” After sophomore year, Navy option midshipmen attend an enlisted cruise, while Marine option midshipmen study mountain warfare. Junior Michael Falvey studied mountain warfare in Bridgeport, Calif.,with the other marine options, where he said he learned the general principles of mountain warfare and military survival. “There’s a good amount of hiking because you’re up in the mountains … your daily schedule normally consists of a couple of evolutions [significant events of the day], with one big evolution each day,” Falvey said. “The evolutions range from rappelling and climbing rock faces to taking classes on survival like building a hut or purifying water.” Falvey said he most enjoyed learning how to tie knots and snare game. “I personally liked the skinning and cleaning small game after catching them with snares,” Falvey said. “I also enjoyed tying knots… it’s not something you’re taught, previously it was only glossed over, but once you know how to make a good knot it is an incredibly useful skill.” Mountain warfare aims to accomplish entirely different objectives for the Marine options than the summer cruises for the rest of the midshipmen, Falvey said. “Mountain warfare wasn’t that difficult, but its goal was to accomplish something totally different than what the Navy cruises seek to accomplish,” Falvey said. “Navy cruises are orientations to what active duty life is like in the naval fleet, while mountain warfare is more about teaching skills that can be utilized once in the Marine Corps.” Junior Kendall Johnson, a Navy option midshipman, said she spent her enlisted cruise on board the U.S.S. Roosevelt, a destroyer based in Mayport, Fla. “I was on my summer cruise for a month: I was in port for two weeks of that time, and then we went underway for ten days … after that we came into port in Key West, where I stayed for three days before coming straight back to school,” Johnson said. After she arrived on the ship, Johnson said she was assigned to a running mate, an enlisted sailor that she shadowed. “Most of the times the running mates were pretty relaxed with us and allowed us to explore the rest of the ship so that we could spend time in each department, not just the department of our running mates,” she said. She said this freedom to explore the ship was one of her favorite parts of the trip. “I was in the weapons department, and my guy was a CWIS technician, which means he took care of the huge guns on the front and back of the destroyer that look like R2-D2,” Johnson said. “We did a lot of maintenance, but when we actually got to shoot them it was fun.” Johnson said the most valuable learning experience was realizing just how hard the enlisted sailors work. “Spending time with the enlisted people was so eye-opening; it was incredible to see the amount of work that they put in and the sacrifices that they make,” Johnson said. “They make it through it all without having a bad attitude … you can’t understand what they do unless you actually get in there, get your hands dirty and do it with them.” After junior year, Navy options spend time on an officer cruise, where midshipmen shadow an officer and learn his or her daily duties. Marine options attend Officer Candidate School, where candidates are screened to see if they possess the ability to be an officer in the Marine Corps. Senior Quinn Kilpatrick, a Navy option, said he was based in Pearl Harbor for his officer cruise, which he spent shadowing the officer in charge of the combat systems and electronics on the U.S.S. Chafee. “The guy that I shadowed was a really good guy, he was just about to leave the ship so he was turning over duties to his replacement and got to spend a little extra time taking me around the ship,” Kilpatrick said. “Being with him was definitely the highlight, he was very good at getting me engaged in various activities around the ship.” These activities spanned a wide range, Kilpatrick said. “I got to drive the ship when they were refueling it, toured the helicopter hangar and got involved with the teams that board the pirate ships for drills,” Kilpatrick said. Kilpatrick said one of the most interesting parts of his time on the USS Chafee was being in Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC, an event planned by the US Navy that brings together forty foreign allies of the U.S. Navy to participate in “naval war games” every two years. “It’s about making sure we are still able to work together if the situation arose where that would be necessary,” Kilpatrick said. “It was surprising, I didn’t know we’d get a chance to participate … meeting foreign navies, touring other ships and participating in exercises was pretty cool.” Kilpatrick said even though he would like to go into explosive ordinance disposal or aviation, he enjoyed experiencing a different part of the Navy. “It was good training for learning how to work with enlisted people and experiencing the life of an officer,” Kilpatrick said. Contact Nicole Michels at [email protected]
University President Fr. John Jenkins released a statement Sunday offering his sympathies to those impacted by the Tree of Life Congregation shooting in Pittsburgh on Saturday morning.“On behalf of the University of Notre Dame, I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the shooting victims at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and to their extended family among the Jewish students, faculty and staff here at Notre Dame and in South Bend,” he said in the statement.The shooting took place when a man shot and killed 11 people and injured six more at a synagogue, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.The Anti-Defamation League said in a statement that the shooting is believed to be the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States.In his statement, Jenkins condemned anti-Semitism and pledged solidarity with the victims of the shooting.“A mass shooting again bloodies the American landscape, but now with the venal ingredient of anti-Semitism as a motive,” he said. “On this, the Sabbath for our Catholic university, intercessions were offered today at Mass in the Basilica and at students’ resident chapels on behalf of the Tree of Life departed and their surviving loved ones.“In the days ahead, Notre Dame will look for ways to mourn in solidarity with our friends and to address the venomous hatred directed at them because of their faith and identity.”Tags: mass shootings, Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill neighborhood, Tree of Life Synagogue
London’s Old Vic has announced an international broadcast of its upcoming production of Arthur Miller’s Tony-winning drama All My Sons. National Theatre Live will air the co-production with Headlong, directed by Jeremy Herrin and starring Sally Field and Bill Pullman, on May 14, 2019.Additional casting for the production has also been set. Joining the previously announced Field as Kate Keller and Pullman as Joe Keller will be Jenna Coleman (Victoria) as Ann Deever and Colin Morgan (Translations) as Chris Keller, with Bessie Carter (King Lear) as Lydia Lubey, Oliver Johnstone (Imperium) as George Deever, Kayla Meikle (Ear For Eye) as Sue Bayliss and Sule Rimi (Sweat) as Dr. Jim Bayliss.The new staging is scheduled to begin previews on April 15 with an opening night set for April 23. Sally Field(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) View Comments
Pettis: Leaders must help shape the profession’s future Pettis: Leaders must help shape the profession’s futureMark D. Killian Managing EditorTechnology is driving evolutionary changes impacting the practice of law, and it is up to legal leaders to take an active role in molding the profession’s future. That’s the message Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis brought to the Board of Governors at its October meeting, as he encouraged each of them to carefully follow — and participate in — the work of the Vision 2016 commission, which recently embarked on its three-year comprehensive study of the future practice of law.“We have a couple of choices,” Pettis said. “We can sit back and observe those changes, or we can be the leaders that we were sent to this board to be and try to be the architects to help shape those changes.”The 68-member Vision 2016 commission met for the first time in Tampa in September, focusing on four broad areas that will greatly impact how lawyers practice in the decades to come: technology, legal education, admissions, and delivery of pro bono/legal services. (See story in the October 15 News. )Pettis said “futurist” Richard Susskind — author of The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services and Tomorrow’s Lawyers — believes the true drivers of the ongoing changes in society and the legal profession in particular are technology and the Internet, and consumers’ attitudes of wanting more for less.“And that’s true,” said Pettis, adding that his clients, many at Fortune 100 companies, “all want to get their services at a cheaper price.”Lawyers must identify how to deliver their services more effectively, efficiently, Pettis said, “and, more importantly, in the way the public wants to receive them.”With that understanding, Pettis said, Vision 2016 will explore ways to better use technology in law practices, including educating lawyers on cutting-edge ways to make the practice more efficient; and how the Bar can use technology to better connect with lawyers to provide more value for their membership.In the realm of legal education, the commission will look at how law school curriculum needs to be adjusted to better prepare graduates for first-day readiness to practice law.With regard to Bar admissions, the focus will be on the critical issue of reciprocity and the licensing of nonlawyers or nonlawyer technicians for certain areas of the law.When it comes to pro bono and the delivery of legal services, the commission will address meeting the demands of people who cannot afford to hire a lawyer, whether they are indigent or middle-class.In order to be in a position of leadership, the Bar’s leaders must first educate themselves on those critical issues.“If we do not get engaged, the train is still moving forward,” Pettis warned.The Bar has created a Vision 2016 page on its website, Pettis said, so board members, other attorneys, and the public can review the commission’s materials and work product. The interactive page will also allow others to comment on the ideas and recomendations the commission is generating.“If we are going to move the culture of our practice forward, then it is going to take the input of a lot of individuals,” said Pettis.BoG member Jay Cohen, who serves as the commission’s administrator, said while the group is looking well into the future, it won’t hesitate to put into practice immediately “issues and thoughts” that can positively affect the practice of law today.Bar President-elect Greg Coleman noted all the Vision 2016 subcommittees are very diverse, not just in the traditional gender, ethnicity, and racial breakdowns, but also in terms of geography, age, firm size, and practice areas.“We have young lawyers who are extraordinarily technologically savvy. We have some more experienced lawyers who have zero technological ability.. . . We have sole and small-firm practitioners. We have judges who are very involved in technology in the courts. And we have large-firm representatives,” said Coleman, chair of the Technology Subcommittee. “It is a very balanced approach, and the individual parts bring together a great whole.”In the past, Coleman said, clients would walk through the door wholly uneducated about issues they were consulting lawyers about.“Today, a client that walks into your office has, in all likelihood, Googled just about everything having to do with their claim,” he said.“If we don’t know what our clients are looking at and they come in and pepper us with questions, then we are unprepared. That is one tiny example of how technology is affecting what we do every day.”He said lawyers are traditionally resistant to technological change.“Ask a lawyer if he or she uses Twitter, and the response you will get, especially from lawyers my age or older, is: ‘I don’t need Twitter; I won’t use Twitter; I don’t want Twitter,’” Coleman said.“When asked, ‘Do you know what Twitter is?’ the answer is: ‘Well, no, I just know I don’t need it.’ If you don’t know what it is, how do you know you don’t need it? That’s the way lawyers are wired, and that’s scary.”An example of how technology is already impacting the profession, Coleman explained how eBay resolves millions of disputes per year between buyers and sellers.“They have a required online dispute resolution process,” Coleman said. “It is a quasi-judicial process they use to resolve their disputes with almost 100 percent finality, resulting in very few lawsuits. And most people they talked to seem to be pleased — not necessarily with the outcome, but with the process. It is not judicial, and it is not government-run. That is the type of thing that is coming.”The commission also must find a way for the judicial branch and the Bar to timely adapt and react to technological advances, especially as it pertains to rulemaking, Coleman said.“Our rules are antiquated,” he said. “They were created in a much different time, and as technology is changing and evolving, we as a Bar have to keep our rules relevant to the technology that is in existence and the technology that is coming.“If you have served on a rules committee, you know how brutally slow that machine turns,” Coleman said. “We can’t do that anymore; things are moving so quickly.”Coleman also said there is a need for the Bar to better educate and inform its members about existing technological tools available today and figure out a way to provide affordable technology consulting services to its members.He also foresees more legal work shifted to nonlawyers or performed through automation, such as the form-generation software available today.“We are going to need to find a way to educate people about the value of human lawyers,” Coleman said.BoG member Ray Abadin, who heads the Legal Education Subcommittee, agreed and said technology will surely encroach on many areas lawyers have traditionally been able to bill clients for.“The question for us is what we look at, in terms of law school, in order to train the lawyers of the future,” Abadin said. “Should there be two years of law school? Should there be four years of law school? How do you get into law school? Should there be some pre-law-school initiatives or training or post-graduate training?”The traditional model of law schools teaching students how to think like a lawyer and the profession teaching new graduates how to be lawyers, Abadin said, is a “model we already agree is broken and doesn’t work. Our clients aren’t letting us teach our lawyers like most of us were taught.”When the commission finishes its work in 2016, Abadin said, he’s hopeful The Florida Bar “once again will lead the nation with recommendations as to who we are, how we train, and what we do all across the board.”Pettis said it is up to Bar leadership to come up with the vision of what the profession should look like in the future.“If not, we will continue to be reactionary,” he said. November 1, 2013 Managing Editor Regular News
Donatella Versace and Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan at the “Heavenly Bodies” preview. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute spring 2018 exhibition, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” opens to the public on Thursday, May 10. In celebration of the opening, The Met’s Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, was held on Monday.Considered to be the fashion industry’s premier event, each year’s gala celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition. The exhibition also sets the tone for the formal dress of the night. Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour oversees both the benefit committee and the guest list. This year’s co-chairs included Amal Clooney, Rihanna, Donatella Versace, and Anna Wintour, and honorary chairs Christine and Stephen Schwarzman. The event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding.“We hope people from around the world are inspired by the beauty they see here,” said Stephen Schwarzman at a press preview on Monday.The thematic exhibit examines fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. It features a dialogue between fashion and masterworks of medieval art in The Met collection. The exhibition hosts 49 ecclesiastical masterworks from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican.His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan also made remarks at the preview, stating that both the Catholic Church and fashion industry aim for “truth, goodness, and beauty.”“The pope wears Prada,” opened Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu curator in charge of The Costume Institute, in his remarks.Designers in the exhibition include Azzedine Alaïa, Cristobal Balenciaga, Geoffrey Beene, Thom Browne, Gabrielle Chanel, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, Henri Matisse, Rick Owens, and Yves Saint Laurent, to name a few.The exhibit runs through October 8. View the exhibit at The Met Fifth Avenue and uptown at The Met [email protected]@indyeastend.com Share Donatella Versace and Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan at the “Heavenly Bodies” preview.
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