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first_img Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Generation The year 2030, which has been targeted to stay on track of developments made to enable universal electricity access, is gradually nearing. Through in-depth research, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) and partners are tracking which parts of the global community are making strides, and which are lagging behind, in terms of mobilisation of funds to enable this goal.The collaboration has released the first-of-its-kind research, analysing finance flows for electricity and clean cooking access in 20 countries across Africa and Asia with significant access gaps, and how finance strategies could be scaled and refined to reach more people, more affordably, with sustainable energy.The new Energizing Finance series reveals the current flow of finance for energy access and clean cooking will not achieve global goals for delivering universal access by 2030.Finance flows for universal energy accessEstimates show an annual investment of $45 billion is needed to meet universal electrification, but the latest data shows that finance commitments for electricity in these 20 ‘high-impact’ countries that represent 80% of those without electricity access is less than half that number, averaging just $19.4 billion a year.The largest bilateral financier across high-impact countries was China, which was where 21% of finance originated from.Finance tracked for clean cooking revealed a much greater challenge.  Across the 20 countries with the largest clean cooking access gaps representing 84% of the global population without access, annual finance committed averaged just $32 million, compared to the estimated annual investment need of at least $4.4 billion.Speaking on the announcement, Rachel Kyte, CEO and special representative of the UN Secretary-General for SEforALL, said: “Overall investments are substantially lower than what’s needed to achieve our energy access goals.“While it’s good to see encouraging, early-stage progress in a handful of countries on electricity access, we urgently need targeted, refined strategies to increase investment in integrated electricity solutions.”Kyte added: “The lack of financing for clean cooking solutions is shocking. Fixing financial flows to ensure everyone has access to clean, affordable reliable energy is essential in meeting our commitment to leave no one behind.”The analysis delivers a strong wake-up call to the levels of finance flowing to close energy access gaps, but also creates a roadmap of opportunities, which if finance is more strategically directed, will allow the nations to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7, and provide affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030.Need for transformative partnershipsThe African Development Bank (AfDB) Vice-President, Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, Amadou Hott, who authored the report looking at gaps and lags in disbursements, said: “These reports are an important wake-up call that the world is not on track to achieve electricity for all.“As part of its New Deal on Energy for Africa, the AfDB has set the ambitious goal of achieving universal access to electricity in Africa by 2025. This will not be done by AfDB alone.“To achieve this, we need transformative partnerships between the public and private sector to improve energy access planning and increase investment in the preparation and implementation of energy access projects, including innovative access solutions such as off-grid.”The Energizing Finance research has been composed in partnership with the World Bank Group, Climate Policy Initiative, the African Development Bank, Practical Action Consulting and E3 Analytics.Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) and the World Bank Group tracked finance for electricity and clean cooking access in high-impact countries.Dr. Barbara Buchner, executivedirector, Climate Policy Initiative, said: “This is the first time anyone has worked to assess how much finance is flowing to energy access, and the results surprised us.“While we are clearly nowhere near what’s needed to meet universal energy access goals, a much clearer picture of what’s happening both globally and on the ground, will help nations, investors, and communities to better scale up the next wave of energy investment.”Research methodsCountry level analysis was conducted in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya of the financing landscape at the national level.Enterprise surveys were also conducted in these countries plus Myanmar and Nigeria to understand the challenges and opportunities facing businesses providing decentralised energy solutions.Bangladesh and Kenya showed gains in urban and rural areas with integrated strategies that include centralised electric grid infrastructure as well as mini-grid and off-grid energy systems such as solar home systems which are already powering millions of rural households, helped by supportive policies that spur diverse types of public and private finance for energy access projects and companies.Practical Action Consulting, along with E3 Analytics, undertook the deep-dive country level analysis. Paul Smith Lomas, CEO, Practical Action: “We have long argued that financial systems are skewed; the amount of finance directed towards decentralised energy technologies, like mini-grids and stand-alone systems, remains tiny in comparison to investments in national grids.“This is despite decentralised energy technologies being the most economical solution to meet the needs of the majority of unconnected people by 2030.“To make these technologies more available to communities, and to achieve universal access, national policies must also better understand and support local businesses, banking and markets”The series of reports also looked at the amount and type of international and domestic finance flowing to these countries for energy access; specific kinds of projects being financed, whether large-scale grid projects or more-affordable decentralised energy services; how quickly development finance is being disbursed; and the financing needs and challenges of energy enterprises providing decentralised electricity and clean cooking services in five high-impact countries.center_img Previous articleQuality assurance crucial for PV market, says IRENANext articleAfrica’s uptake of dry-type transformers set to grow Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Featured image: Stocklast_img read more

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Authorities in Missouri are pointing to advanced DNA technology good police work for helping investigators to finally identify the suspect in the murders of a woman and her 12-year-old daughter in 1998.The Missouri State Highway Patrol and New Madrid County Sheriff’s Office held a joint news conference Friday to shed light on and detail how they’d linked the heinous double murder of Sherri and Megan Scherer, as well as several other unsolved crimes in other states, to Robert Eugene Brashers.Brashers, 40, of Paragould, Arkansas, died in January 1999 after he shot himself in the head during a standoff with police at a Missouri motel, authorities said Friday.In March 1998, the bodies of Sherri Scherer, 38, and Megan Scherer, 12, were found about 7 p.m. in their home in rural Portageville, Missouri, authorities said. They had been shot to death, police added, and Megan had been sexually assaulted.A few hours later, authorities said, police got a report of a man attempting to break into the home of a woman and her children in Tennessee’s Dyer County. During a struggle with the woman, the unidentified man shot the woman in the arm.The woman was able to get back inside the home, however. Ballistics connected the shooting to the Scherer murders, according to authorities.The woman gave police a composite sketch and a partial DNA profile was created in 1998. In 2006, evidence from the Scherer murders was then re-sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Crime Lab and a full suspect DNA profile was created and entered into the Combined DNA Index System.Police said that submission uncovered a match to the April 1990 unsolved murder of Genevieve Zitricki, 28, who was found dead in her home in Greenville, South Carolina. All the while, police said, investigators continued looking into leads and conducting interviews.A search for a suspect that had started in Missouri now had grown to include two additional states.In May 2017, another match was uncovered via the DNA index system that linked the suspected perpetrator to a March 1997 rape of a 14-year-old girl in Memphis during a home invasion. The victim and witnesses helped put together a composite drawing of the suspect, investigators said.In 2018, investigators said they reached out to a company called Parabon NanoLabs, whose technology “combines DNA testing and genetic genealogy analysis” to link a person with their ancestors.“Parabon’s process provided leads to law enforcement investigators that, when combined with traditional investigative techniques, led to the identification” of Brashers, authorities said in a statement.Investigators got DNA samples from his relatives and “test results indicated Mr. Brashers was, with very little doubt, responsible for the crimes,” the statement said.In September, his remains were exhumed and additional samples were taken and tested to confirm that his DNA indeed matched the DNA found in the crimes.“This is an amazing example of a cooperative, investigative effort by Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee authorities. All parties worked together, including the decision [to] seek the services of Parabon NanoLabs,” said Sgt. Shawn Griggs of Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control. “During the history of these cases, investigators from Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee have worked close to 1,500 leads and the homicides here in Missouri were featured on ‘America’s Most Wanted’ two different times.”Police said Brashers’ criminal history included a conviction for attempted murder in November 1986 due to an incident in Florida.In 1998, according to authorities, he’d been arrested in Paragould for allegedly attempting to break into a woman’s home.In January 1999, police in Missouri were investigating a case involving a stolen license plate when they encountered a friend of Brashers. Police said Brashers was allegedly armed with a pistol at a Kennett, Missouri, motel.“Officers learned during the standoff that Brashers had active warrants for his arrest stemming from the 1998 incident in Paragould, Arizona,” authorities said in its statement.Before police could arrest him, Brashers allegedly shot himself to death.Griggs told ABC News Friday that authorities had met with the Scherer family Thursday to inform relatives. He said technology and investigators’ working together had enabled authorities to “honor” their commitment not only to the family but also to the people of Missouri.“I have no doubt in my mind that this is the most heavily investigated case this county has ever seen,” Stevens said Friday. “When I took office in January of 2001, I made the decision this would never become a cold case, as far as we were concerned. This case would always be at the forefront of our workload. It was too important to the Scherer family and the community of Portageville.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgDNY59/iStock(DALLAS) — A Texas appeals court is mulling whether to throw out the murder conviction of Amber Guyger for the 2018 killing of Botham Jean after the former Dallas police officer’s attorney argued on Tuesday that she was acting in self-defense when she accidentally entered the wrong apartment and thought she was confronting an intruder.An attorney for Guyger, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence, argued before the Court of Appeals in the Fifth District of Texas in Dallas that Guyger should be acquitted of murder. Defense attorney Michael Mowla asked the three-judge panel to resentence Guyger on the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide if it decides not to grant her a full acquittal.Mowla argued that the lower court judge erred by not instructing the jury to consider that Guyger had a “reasonable belief” that she was in her apartment when she shot Jean in the chest and killed him.“I agree she did intentionally shoot Mr. Jean because that was her intent. That was the truth. Those were the facts of the case,” Mowla said.But Mowla cited case law in arguing that Guyger would be “entitled to use deadly force in self-defense, if she had walked into her apartment and there was an intruder.”“My client, according to the facts, had a reasonable apprehension of danger when she walked into what she thought was her apartment,” Mowla said. “If we agree that she thought she walked into her apartment, then the mistake of fact instruction applies. And then the question is, was her belief, was her apprehension of the danger, reasonable?”Justice Robbie Partida-Kipness interrupted Mowla to question the validity of his argument.“Just because of her alleged mistake in belief about where she was doesn’t negate her intent to kill,” Partida-Kipness said.Mowla countered that “it negates the evil intent” requirement for murder.“We wouldn’t be talking about this if she had walked into her own apartment,” Mowla said.Prosecutor Douglas Gladden asked the court to reject Guyger’s petition, arguing, “This is a murder case not a criminal trespass case.”“She knew Botham was a living human being. She pointed a gun at him. She intended to kill him,” Gladden told the justices. “That’s murder. It’s not mistake of fact, it’s not justified. Amber Guyger murdered Botham Jean. This court should say so and affirm the trial court’s judgment.”Gladden said the “mistake of fact” claim by Mowla was never raised during Guyger’s trial.During Guyger’s trial, her attorneys used a similar self-defense argument, which was rejected by the Dallas County jury that convicted her of murder after deliberating for less than two days.Following the arguments, Chief Justice Robert Burns told the attorneys that the panel will take the case under advisement and “we will issue our opinion in due course.”Guyger did not attend Tuesday’s hearing, which was held online via Zoom.Jean’s family issued a statement Tuesday through their attorneys, saying, “We vehemently oppose Amber Guyger’s appeal and her attempt to get a reduced sentence.”“When Amber Guyger was sentenced, our family finally found a measure of justice and peace,” the statement reads. “Her actions were clearly criminal: she saw a black man and shot, without reason and without justification, murdering him in his own home. The jury delivered a thoughtful and just verdict that should not be overturned.”Jean, who was an accountant for the international auditing firm Pricewaterhousecoopers in Dallas, was in his apartment alone eating ice cream on the night of Sept. 6, 2018, when Guyger, who had just gotten off duty and was still in her police uniform, barged through his unlocked front door and opened fire on him.Moments after the shooting, she realized she had mistaken the apartment for her own, which was one floor below.She testified that when she entered the apartment she saw the silhouette of a figure, so she pulled her “gun out and I yelled at him.”“I was scared to death,” Guyger testified during her trial in 2019, adding that her “heart rate just skyrocketed.”Guyger broke down in tears on the witness stand, saying, “I’m so sorry. I never wanted to take an innocent person’s life.”“I wish he was the one with the gun that killed me,” she said, overcome with emotion.In a remarkable act of kindness, Jean’s brother Brandt Jean, who took the witness stand during Guyger’s sentencing, said he forgave her and asked if he could hug her, which the trial judge allowed him to do.“I love you just like anyone else and I’m not going to hope you rot and die,” Brandt Jean told Guyger during the sentencing. “I personally want the best for you. I wasn’t going to say this in front of my family, I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you because I know that’s exactly what Botham would want for you. Give your life to Christ. I think giving your life to Christ is the best thing Botham would want for you.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgPingback: TOP 5 EHF CL GOALS: Ruesga, Ovnicek, Gensheimer… – News THE Sports Related Items:Carlos Ruesga, Sporting CP Darko Djukic to Sporting CP ShareTweetShareShareEmail CommentsCarlos Ruesga continues with attractive play in successes of Portuguese Sporting CP at VELUX EHF Champions League.Experienced Spanish playmaker netted the most atractive goal of ROund 4 in clash with Turkish champions Besiktas Mogaz.Here is the TOP 5 goals of the last weekend…PHOTO: José Germano, Sporting CP Facebook 2 Comments 2 Comments Dinamo Bucuresti and Sporting CP important wins for EHF CL TOP 16center_img Pingback: TOP 5 EHF CL GOALS: Ruesga, Ovnicek, Gensheimer… – Sports News Latest Ghoinea, Nikcevic and Vujin to leave Sporting CP ShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for you Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRap pioneer, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, better known as one of the founding members of Run-D.M.C., is all about giving back. The 46-year-old recently co-founded Camp Felix — a summer camp intended to provide a getaway for foster kids in upstate New York. With 171 campers from New York City currently attending, the camp has become a beacon for kids looking to establish a sense of family outside of their foster homes.“These kids say, ‘I am just a foster kid. I have nothing going for me other than just being miserable,” McDaniels told New York Daily News. “I tell them, ‘You are wrong. Your situation doesn’t define who you are.”(See the latest news from camp, via NY Daily News) Co-Founded with Sheila Jaffe, Emmy Award-winning Casting Director of “The Sopranos” and “Entourage”, the camp grows out of the fact that both were adopted and have searched for their birth families. They realized how fortunate they were, having been raised by loving families. Things could have gone very differently had they not been adopted. DMC and Sheila decided to start THE FELIX ORGANIZATION/ Adoptees For Children in February 2006. As adoptees, “We wanted to give back to those children who didn’t get adopted to a new home, who are growing up in the foster care system.” Since 2006, THE FELIX ORGANIZATION has sent over 500 children to CAMP FELIX for one or two week sessions. The goal is to send more kids to camp each year and to nurture and encourage them throughout the year with additional, inspiring opportunities. Located in Putnam Valley, New York, the camp provides basketball, swimming, softball, arts and crafts, drama, and yoga, to name a few. Because the two founders have seen such incredible success through the years, they have initiated a Counselor in Training program for campers who are no longer of age to attend FELIX but can still be part of the experience in a leadership role. “BEYOND CAMP” also addresses individual year round needs of some of these children. “As we expand our horizons, we hope that you will join us in our effort. You can help make a positive change or new beginning for these children,” they wrote on their website. “Many have no one to take them to the movies, to ball games, to check their homework, to help them make healthy life choices. We have the opportunity to mentor and guide this next generation to dream a bigger dream of a life they never imagined.” Any and all donations will make such a difference in these young lives. It takes $500 to send one child to camp for one week, but any amount of money would help to enrich and inspire a child in the foster care system. To Donate: Email at – [email protected] Call: 212.877.4025 Make checks payable to: THE FELIX ORGANIZATION Adoptees for Children 43 Oyster Bay Road Locust Valley, New York 11560 OR, Donate Online: http://www.adopteesforchildren.org/id5.htmlAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDonald Carter spent only about forty seconds talking to Shajuana Mays at a Popeyes drive-thru window when he decided that he wanted to help her achieve her lifelong dream.In March, the former Kansas City, Missouri police officer went to grab a bite to eat at the fast food restaurant when he struck up a conversation with 28-year-old Shajuana. Donald asked the employee if she did anything else other than working at Popeyes. Shajuana explained that she was constantly trying to attend nursing school, but it was too difficult to save the tuition money. When Donald then asked what kind of nurse she wanted to be, she “desperately said that it didn’t matter”.WATCH: Customer Admires Chick-fil-A Employee So Much, He Built Him a New Home“I could see she was so done with the fast food thing. Even still, she was polite and respectful – far from the typical employee at this same location,” says Carter.“I drive off and pull up to my house a few minutes later … I eat my chicken in front of the house … And as I messily crunch on some really untasty fried chicken, I get this idea. What if I got some friends together and we put this girl through school to get her CNA license?”Donald created a GoFundMe page with a goal of $1,500; enough to get Shajuana a CNA license. Within 24 hours, the campaign reached the goal and Donald was able to surprise the woman with the good news.RELATED: Mom Starts Packing 2 Lunches After Son Notices Student With Little Food Eating AloneThough she was totally overjoyed to attend the CNA course, the campaign has since raised $14,000 in total, which can help pay for her to become an LPN, followed by an RN, both of which make better salaries.“You kind people who are reading this helped it, made it happen,” Donald wrote on the GoFundMe page. “You are still making it happen. You are the ones who are changing the life of one young lady and the lives of others and your own life in the process. You are changing the world – your world.”“The feelings that you generate when you give, the kindness you inspire when you share, and the hope you infuse when you look for ways to be kind to the people around you… these are what have made these last few days incredible.”(WATCH the video below)Click To Share This Sweet Story With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgSeniors Sofia Carozza and Annelise Gill-Wiehl will be valedictorian and salutatorian of the 2019 Notre Dame graduating class, respectively, the University announced in a press release Wednesday.The two were chosen following an application process that invites the top three students of each school in the University with the highest grade point average to submit faculty recommendations and a draft of their commencement speech. The press release said a selection committee chose the finalists who were then approved by University President Fr. John Jenkins.A native of South Bend and a graduate of Saint Joseph High School, Carozza is a neuroscience and behavior major with a supplemental major in theology as well as a minor in philosophy, politics and economics. Carrying a 4.0 grade point average, Carozza is a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar, a Glynn Family Honors Scholar and a de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture Sorin Fellow, the press release said.Over the course of her time at Notre Dame, Carozza has been involved with the Institute for Advanced Study, ND Students for Worker Justice, Show Some Skin and Baraka Bouts, the press release said. The statement said Carozza is fluent in Italian, conversational in Spanish and is a classically trained harpist. She was named a recipient of the Marshall Scholarship in December, which will allow her pursue a master of philosophy in basic and translational neuroscience and eventually a doctorate at the University of Cambridge in England.In the community, Carozza is also a mental health coach for at-risk youth and is involved with heading an exercise program at the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center. During her summers, she has tutored disabled children in Paraguay at the National Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame, conducted neuroscience research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and studied toxic stress at the ChildWise Institute in Montana.Hailing from St. Louis, Gill-Wiehl is an environmental engineering major with a minor in international development studies. A member of the Chi Epsilon civil engineering honor society and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, Gill-Wiehl has performed research at the University through the Kellogg Institute and the Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosol Modeling Group on topics such as environmental sustainability and infrastructure, the release said.On campus, Gill-Wiehl is involved with Kellogg Institute International Scholars, NDSEED and student government, in addition to serving as co-president of GlobeMed. She is also a member of both the Chi Epsilon civil engineering honor society and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. She is also conversational in Swahili.Gill-Wiehl has been recognized for work at Notre Dame in the past with the Rev. Thomas A. Steiner Award in the College of Engineering for excellence and commitment to engineering and to the common good as well as the John W. Gardner Student Leadership Award for exemplifying the ideals of the University through outstanding volunteer service beyond campus, the release said. Gill-Wiehl plans to attend the University of California, Berkeley to pursue a doctorate in energy resources.Tags: 2019 Commencement, 2019 salutatorian, 2019 valedictorian, salutatorian, valedictorianlast_img read more

first_imgKenny Southwick has been interviewing students and staff members about the issues surrounding the National School Walkout demonstrations April 20.The Shawnee Mission School District has asked for more time to review the alleged censorship of students participating in and covering National School Walkout demonstrations after receiving a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas threatening legal action.Students at SM East and SM North say administrators told them they couldn’t mention gun violence in their demonstrations. Photo credit Diana Percy.The letter, delivered to the district last week, set a deadline of 5 p.m. today for the district to “rescind all discipline, retrain all employees on students’ First Amendment rights, and communicate a proposed corrective action to each impacted student.”The ACLU reports it has received a response from the district requesting more time to complete its own investigation.“We appreciate the District’s response to our letter and understand that they need time to speak directly with the students who were censored on April 20th,” wrote ALCU of Kansas Legal Director Lauren Bonds. “A significant number of students at various schools were impacted and we think individualized conversations are a positive step towards a resolution. In the meantime, we will continue our investigation and plan to stay in contact with our clients.”In the initial complaint letter, Bonds detailed reports the office had received from a number of Shawnee Mission students and parents.Hocker Grove families told the ACLU that assistant principal Alisha Gripp had had pushed students there as she attempted to break up the demonstration after speakers mentioned guns and school shootings. Students from SM North and SM East said administrators had attempted to prevent them from directly mentioning school shootings and gun control during demonstrations. And student journalists at SM North report that their district-owned cameras were confiscated as they tried to photograph a protest.The ACLU claims that the district’s actions amounted to “aggressive censorship tactics” that violated the First Amendment. Bonds argues that because the district went out of its way to communicate that it did not endorse the walkouts, “no reasonable student, parent, or member of the public would think that protest speeches bore the imprimatur of the district.”“Therefore, SMSD had no legal authority to limit student speech that it deemed overly political,” Bonds wrote in the complaint letter. “Instead, SMSD would only be justified in restricting speech subject matter if it had a reasonable apprehension of disruption.”Student organizers at SM North report that they have not heard from administrators about what, if any, punishment they will receive for leading the unauthorized protest on the school’s front lawn.Late last week, the district issued a statement noting that Interim Superintendent Kenny Southwick had apologized for “anything that resulted in student censorship.” Sources tell the Shawnee Mission Post that Southwick has met with students and staff in recent days to gather information regarding the disputes at Hocker Grove, SM North and SM East.The ALCU’s letter to the district is embedded below:[gview file=”http://shawneemissionpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Shawnee-Mission-walkouts.pdf”]last_img read more

first_imgMoments after Chief Justice Peggy Quince announced that Stetson University College of Law had won the Moot Court Competition, coach Aleks Jagiella hoisted victorious Megan Fossen into the air and wrapped her arms around Erik Hanson, deemed “Best Oralist.”The competition was sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division and held at the Bar’s Annual Convention in Boca Raton on June 24.Stetson also won “Best Brief,” making it the “first time in our memory that Stetson has taken home all three top honors,” said Professor Stephanie Vaughan, Stetson’s moot court advisor.YLD immediate past president R.J. Haughey told the moot court participants: “I know, having been a moot court member myself, how hard you all have worked, and we saw some extraordinary arguments today.”All seven justices of the Florida Supreme Court judged the competition, peppering the students with questions just as they do with lawyers in real oral arguments.The moot court competition involved a First Amendment case weighing the rights of a religious student group called The Crusaders at a state-funded college, who held a sign at a gay student’s funeral that said God had given the student cancer because he was gay.Sandra Harrell, also a Stetson team member, did not argue during the final round defeating a team from St. Thomas University School of Law.Former Justice Raoul Cantero, now a lawyer in Miami and chair of the Appellate Practice Section, came to the podium to launch the section’s Discussion with the Justices.Chief Justice Peggy Quince quipped, “We do not take questions from former justices.”Cantero laughed and proceeded to ask his first question: “What are the differences between the moot court competition and real life?”Justice Ricky Polston answered the moot court competitors are “much more polite” than lawyers who argue before the court, as they often speak over and interrupt the justices.Cantero interjected that the students “seem much more prepared.” And Justice Barbara Pariente noted they had apparently been taught so well in law school, recognizing “that politeness and knowledge of the record and the law.. . . That’s what we hope to see with lawyers, that same familiarity, and to cite cases as easily.” Stetson wins YLD’s Moot Court STETSON COACH ALEKS JAGIELLA hugs Erik Hanson after learning the Stetson team won the Young Lawyers Division Moot Court contest at the Annual Convention in Boca Raton. All seven S.C. justices score the final round Stetson wins YLD’s Moot Court August 1, 2010 Regular Newslast_img read more