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Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt Joins Board Of Directors Of Lincoln Institute Of Land Policy



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Cambridge, Mass. (Vocus) June 12, 2009

Bruce Babbitt, former governor of Arizona and interior secretary in the Clinton administration, has joined the board of directors of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy www.lincolninst.edu.

“This is a convergence and a coming home,” said Babbitt, who is stepping down in October as chairman of the World Wildlife Fund. “I have worked with the Lincoln Institute for many years as governor of Arizona and during my time as secretary of the interior. I have always believed the Institute is the recognized leader in land policy, and I am honored to become a member of the board.”

“We are thrilled that someone with such wisdom and experience will help us guide this great organization,” said Kathryn J. Lincoln, chair of the board of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a think tank in Cambridge, Mass. with an office in Phoenix, concerned with the use, taxation, and regulation of land.

With degrees in geology, geophysics and law, Babbitt was elected to statewide office as attorney general of Arizona on his first foray into elective politics at age 36. After fulfilling that role from 1975 to 1978, he then served as governor of Arizona from 1978 to 1987. As governor, Babbitt brought environmental and resource management to the forefront in Arizona, bringing about the Arizona Groundwater Management Act of 1980, which remains the most comprehensive water regulatory system in the nation. He was also responsible for the creation of the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and a major expansion of the state park system.

Appointed secretary of the interior by President Clinton in 1993, Babbitt served from 1993 to 2001, bringing about the forest plan in the Pacific Northwest, restoration of the Florida Everglades, passage of the California Desert Protection Act, and legislation for the National Wildlife Refuge system. As a certified fire fighter, Babbitt brought his front line experience to creating a new federal wild land fire policy that emphasizes the role of fire in maintenance and restoration of natural ecosystems. He pioneered the use of habitat conservation plans under the Endangered Species Act and worked with President Clinton to create twenty two new national monuments, including the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah. He is perhaps best remembered by American school children as the secretary who brought the wolves back to Yellowstone.

Babbitt is the author of Cities in the Wilderness: A New Vision of Land Use in America published by Island Press, in which he lays out a framework for national land use planning in the U.S. The departing chairman of the World Wildlife Fund, Babbitt is a research fellow at the Blue Moon Fund, working on infrastructure in South America, and was the founder of the National Landscape Conservation System Foundation.

Other members of the board of the Lincoln Institute include Thomas M. Becker, president of The Chautauqua Institution; Henry A. Coleman, professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University; Gary Cornia, dean of the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University; William A. Fischel, professor of economics at Dartmouth College; Alberto Harth, president of Civitas in San Salvador, El Salvador; Gregory K. Ingram, president, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; Bruce Lincoln of Phoenix, Arizona; David C. Lincoln, president of VIKA Corp. and chairman of the Lincoln Laser Company; John G. Lincoln III, senior engineer at CH2M-Hill in Boise, Idaho; Kenneth T.W. Pang, adjunct professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Andrea Taylor, director of community affairs, North America, Microsoft Corporation; Douglas P. Wheeler, partner at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C.; and Carol Whiteside, president emeritus of the Great Valley Center in Modesto, California.

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land.

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Stetson Creates New Institute to Build Relationships With Caribbean Legal Community

Gulfport, FL (PRWEB) July 1, 2007

Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla., has created the Institute on Caribbean Law and Policy to foster academic, scholarly and professional exchanges with the Caribbean legal community.

Stetson professors Dorothea Beane and Darryl Wilson will co-direct the new institute.

Stetson created the new institute to help build meaningful partnerships with law schools and professional legal organizations throughout the Caribbean, including the Caribbean Council on Legal Education and the Caribbean bar associations.

The institute’s mission is to provide a scholarly, professional foundation that will help coordinate beneficial activities for law students, faculty and the bar associations in the U.S. and throughout the Caribbean. The institute also will seek to develop new programs for law students at Stetson and at Caribbean law schools.

Planned activities include educational exchanges, training, development, certifications and employment opportunities. Stetson also is planning to offer a two-week intersession program each January in the Caribbean.

The institute will oversee Stetson’s participation in the American Caribbean Law Initiative, a consortium of schools from the U.S. and the West Indies that Stetson hosted in the fall of 2007. Both Beane and Wilson are board members of the American Caribbean Law Initiative.

Editor’s Note: to download a high-resolution image of Beane and Wilson, visit Stetson at: http://www.law.stetson.edu/Communications/news.asp?id=322

Stetson University College of Law is Florida’s first law school. It has educated lawyers for more than a century. The 2008 U.S. News & World Report national rankings place Stetson among the nation’s top 100 law schools, first in trial advocacy and fifth for legal writing. The law school is located in the Gulfport/St. Petersburg area with an adjacent campus in Tampa.

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Michigan Car Accident Lawyer David E. Christensen Presented Auto Accident Reconstruction for the No Fault Institute Seminar for Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA)

Detroit, MI (PRWEB) July 5, 2006

David E. Christensen of Michigan Auto Law presented on “Auto Accident Reconstruction” at the annual No Fault Institute III seminar of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA), a statewide association of Michigan personal injury attorneys and trial lawyers. It is the largest seminar put on by the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.

The presentation focused on teaching Michigan personal injury attorneys how to effectively use car accident reconstruction in the court room and how its use should be defended. The No Fault Institute III seminar was developed to provide Michigan personal injury lawyers with an overview of best practice litigation as it relates to various aspects of Michigan No Fault law. Attendees included Michigan auto accident lawyers and personal injury attorneys seeking to develop skills to achieve the most successful verdicts or settlements on behalf of victims of auto accidents.

About Michigan Auto Law – Gursten, Koltonow, Gursten, Christensen & Raitt, P.C.

Michigan Auto Law has been recognized as Michigan’s largest personal injury law firm practicing exclusively in serious car, truck and wrongful death cases.     For over 30 years and 3 generations, the firm has been helping people throughout Michigan, achieving more million dollar verdicts and settlements for car and truck cases than any other Michigan law firm. For more information about Michigan Auto Law, call 1-800-777-0028 or visit www.michiganautolaw.com.

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Industry Luminaries Launch Entertainment Mediation Institute (EMI), to Bypass Costly Litigation and Resolve Conflicts Cost Effectively, Quickly and Confidentially

Beverly Hills, Calif. (PRWEB) March 8, 2010

Leaders from every segment of the entertainment industry have joined forces to create the Entertainment Mediation Institute, LLC (EMI), the first-ever organization dedicated exclusively to resolving disputes among parties in the entertainment industry, including the motion picture, television, cable, music, sports, legitimate stage, literary and other sectors. EMI offers a powerhouse of expert mediators with deep roots in all industry specialties who can help resolve entertainment-related disputes in a confidential, non-confrontational and private manner.

“Litigation is expensive, time-consuming, frustrating and often quite unproductive,” said James S. Mulholland, a well-known entertainment attorney and co-founder and co-managing director of EMI. “There has been a compelling need for a trusted alternate dispute resolution process in the entertainment industry that can move cases forward to a swift, successful and confidential conclusion.

“Historically, formal mediation has not been widely used in the industry, but more recently it has come to the fore as the most effective and cost-efficient strategy to settle disputes while protecting relationships.

Unlike arbitration or litigation which can drag on for months or even years, EMI mediations can be set up in a matter of weeks and often can achieve a resolution of the dispute in a day or two,” he added.

Mulholland pointed out that recent budget cuts have led to a number of courtroom closures resulting in a substantial backlog of cases in the Los Angeles Superior Court which has added even more cost and time to litigation. In an effort to speed conflict resolution, the Court now requires most litigants to engage in mediation and more than 50 percent of assigned cases are resolved through this process. Those who engage in private mediation by contract or voluntary mediation before litigation generally experience a far higher success rate, often exceeding 80 percent, according to Mulholland.

A former board member of FILMEX and 30-year veteran entertainment lawyer who has represented major individual and corporate entertainment clients, Mulholland joined forces with Senator Charles M. Calderon to co-found Entertainment Mediation Institute. Calderon is former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Entertainment, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the California Judicial Council, who currently serves as a member of the Legislative Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism & Internet Media. They recruited high-profile industry leaders from studios, production companies, talent agencies, entertainment law firms, guilds and other organizations to provide a significant alternative to former judges or other non-industry mediators without relevant knowledge or hands-on entertainment experience.

Senator Calderon noted, “Our EMI mediation team’s vast experience in very specialized entertainment industry sectors will be invaluable in bringing disputing parties together to develop potentially win/win outcomes. This allows the principals to get back to their regular business activities without the disruption and expense of long drawn-out litigation and very public trials. Further, EMI is dedicated to achieving results that preserve important and long-standing industry relationships without public damage to either party’s business or reputation.”

In addition to Mulholland and Calderon, the charter panel of EMI senior mediators includes: Ron Mardigian, former William Morris senior vice president and head of the West Coast motion picture literary department; David Braun, a highly regarded, heavyweight music and entertainment attorney; Irwin Russell, a major entertainment attorney, well-respected production executive and former Disney board member; Claire L. Rothman, former president of the Forum and executive vice president of Ticketmaster; Ralph Kamon, entertainment counsel for United Artists for 14 years and senior vice president and entertainment counsel for Paramount Pictures for over 25 years; David Wardlow, previously a senior agent at Chasin-Park-Citron, a subsidiary of International Creative Management (ICM), and senior vice president and head of world-wide production at United Artists Corporation, currently president of Wardlow & Associates; Gregory Bernstein, former vice president of Columbia Pictures and vice president of TriStar Pictures, as well as a former WGA senior executive and a screenwriter for the past 16 years; Fred Kuperberg, recently retired executive vice president, business and legal affairs, Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group where he served as general counsel for over 20 years; and former Senator Steve Peace, a motion picture and television producer, San Diego Padres board member and former Chief Financial Officer for the State of California.

EMI’s Executive Director Priscilla Wardlow holds a Harvard MBA and is a former vice president of Honeywell, Inc., and principal consultant to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

For more information and complete biographies of the senior mediators, go to www.entertainmentmediationinstitute.com

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