SMC playwright wins regional competition

first_imgWhile most students spent their winter break relaxing and recovering from the stress of finals, Saint Mary’s senior Emily Schmitt received some surprising news that made her break more interesting than usual. In December, Schmitt won the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s (KCACTF) Region III full-length playwriting competition for her play “San Luis, 1989.” The play was read at the Region III festival, held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign January 3-7. “My play, ‘San Luis, 1989′ is an example of staged journalism,” Schmitt said. “This means that it is based on a true story that I conducted extensive research on.” Her play addresses issues of racial bias and government corruption in regards to poaching in San Luis, Colo., in 1989. Schmitt first learned about the story of San Luis through Susan Baxter, professor of theatre and journalism at Saint Mary’s. Schmitt and Baxter were paired together through a Saint Mary’s Student Independent Study, Teaching and Research (SISTAR) grant project, a program that provides funding for teams of students and professors to conduct research. Schmitt and Baxter collaborated intensely in their research of San Luis, making two trips to Colorado and discussing ways to bring real life events to a stage. “I am working on a book which teaches playwrights to use journalism theory; Emily is my case study,” Baxter said. “We could not be more grateful to Saint Mary’s. If not for SISTAR, the play would not have happened.” Baxter said the selective honor has gone to a graduate student in an MFA playwriting program for the past 10 years. Despite the success of the play thus far, Schmitt said she encountered challenges throughout the process that sometimes made it difficult to persevere. “The biggest challenge for me writing this play was simply not getting discouraged,” she said. Writing a play is a very lonely process, and after the fifth or sixth draft, you start to feel like it’s never going to work.  I call that the ‘dark place’ of the writing process.” But Schmitt said pushing past the isolation and struggles strengthened her skills as a playwright. “After [the ‘dark place’], something always gives way and the words start flowing out,” she said. “That is the best part of writing for me.”­ Baxter agreed that in spite of the obstacles Schmitt met, she was still able to develop as a writer and learn throughout the writing process. “Emily is a self-starter, so I did not have to work very hard at all,” she said. “She jumped in and tried every technique I threw at her.  Not all was useful, of course, but both of us learned mightily from the process.” Schmitt applied to several schools to earn her MFA in playwriting but will not be informed of acceptances until late February. In the meantime, her work with “San Luis, 1989” is not finished, as the play is currently in consideration for two national playwriting awards. “My play is currently competing with the other regional winners for the [Michael Kanin] National Student Playwriting Award,” she said.  “I am also up for the National Partners for the American Theater Playwriting Award, which is granted to a new and original voice in playwriting.” Regardless of the outcome of these awards, Schmitt said she is pleased with how things have turned out so far. She said she hopes more people will become better informed about the issues surrounding San Luis addressed in her play. “The best part about winning this award has really been spreading the word about what happened in San Luis,” she said. “Winning this award is a huge testament to the political power of the stage.”last_img read more


first_imgZuckerman Spaeder recently announced the Zuckerman Spaeder Criminal Justice Fellowship at the University of Miami School of Law, Center for Ethics and Public Service, awarding the first fellowship to Ellye Smith.“Zuckerman Spaeder is proud to continue its long-standing commitment to supporting the university and its programs,” said Ronald B. Ravikoff, managing partner of the firm’s Miami office.The Zuckerman Spaeder Fellowship is awarded to an exemplary law student committed to the center’s principles and the implementation of its initiatives. The fellow will work closely on the Center’s 2004 Criminal Justice Ethics Symposium. Zuckerman Spaeder is one of the key sponsors of the annual symposium, a full-day program addressing ethical issues confronting attorneys who practice in the criminal justice system.Smith is a second-year student at UM and is responsible for the research and preparation of materials for the conference.The Center for Ethics and Public Service is an interdisciplinary project focused on teaching the values of ethical judgment, professional responsibility, and public service in law and society. The center provides training in ethics and professional values to the law school and the university as well as to the Florida business, civic, education, and legal communities. Staffed by UM law student fellows and interns under the direction of Professor Anthony V. Alfieri, the center operates five practice groups and has educated more than 2,000 people through workshops, symposia, and continuing legal education courses.Legal Support Specialists to meet The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers will hold its installation lunch October 21 at LeMont.For the second year in a row, the Palm Beach FAWL will donate $1,000 to Melaleuca Elementary school for its literacy program. A check will be presented to Melaleuca Elementary School Principal Nancy Rupp, during the luncheon.West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel will be the featured guest speaker.For information about FAWL membership and sponsorship opportunities contact Jane Gordon at (561) 355-6966.Zuckerman Spaeder creates UM criminal justice fellowship Annual death penalty CLE set The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims is now accepting applications for a judge of compensation claims vacancy in the Tampa District office.This vacancy has been created by the announced retirement of Judge William Douglas, effective upon his term expiration on March 6, 2004.Qualified applicants must submit the original completed application and one copy to Victor Marrero, Commission Chair, Marsh USA, Inc., 1560 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Suite 300, Sunrise 33345-9010, telephone (954) 838-3451; fax (954) 838-3700, e-mail victor.v.marrero@ One additional copy must be submitted to each commission member. The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. on October 20. Applications and the list of commission members may be obtained from the commission chair.Interviews for this opening will be held November 3, at a site yet to be determined.20th JNC seeks judicial applicants The Bar’s Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations for its Legal Aid Public Service Award.The award recognizes the outstanding contributions by a public sector attorney to those in need of free legal services. To qualify as a young lawyer, one must be under the age of 36 or have been in practice for less than five years.Nomination forms may be found on the YLD Web site at and two copies of the form and the attachments should be submitted on or before December 15 to The Florida Bar, Austin Newberry, Young Lawyers Division Program administrator, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.For more information contact Courtney K. Grimm, YLD Awards Committee chair, at (904) 353-0211.Judge Scheb Inn of Court to hold mock trial event The Commission on Capital Cases will have the its annual death penalty CLE seminar November 7-8 at the Walt Disney World Resort Hilton in Lake Buena Vista.Because of budget constraints, the seminar will not be offered via video conference at other sites around the state.Commission Executive Director Roger Maas said the commission had lost money on video conferencing in the past couple years, but thought it was important to offer the service to reach as many lawyers as possible. This year, with the state’s tight budget reflected in an 8-percent cut for the agency, the video conferencing was dropped.Attorneys can earn up to 12.5 CLE credits, while judges can earn up to 10.5 credits for attending the course.Topics for the seminar include handling trials including the penalty phase, recent developments in appellate laws, collateral appeals, and the role of federal and state courts in appeals. Several federal and state judges are among the presenters, including O.H. Eaton, Jr., Gerald B. Tjoflat, Michael R. Weatherby, Larry A. Klein, and former Supreme Court Justice Ben F. Overton. State Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, will moderate and deliver opening remarks.Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead praised the commission’s seminars for helping raise the standard of death penalty appeals. “In my view, Florida is without a doubt the number one state in the quality of its postconviction proceedings in death penalty cases,” he said. “The recent improvement in the quality of Florida’s death penalty procedures is due in large part to the quality seminars provided by the Commission on Capital Cases.”For more information and to register for the event, visit the seminar’s Web site at those who can’t make the seminar, the commission offers the opportunity to take last year’s course online. Those interested should visit the commission Web site at’ comp judge needed The Coral Gables Bar Association will hold its annual judicial reception October 30 from 6-9 p.m. at the Douglas Entrance Historic Ballroom, “La Puerta Del Sol,” at 800 Douglas Road in Coral Gables.The South Miami/Kendall Bar Association also will join forces with the Coral Gables Bar for the event.Admission fee for members is $20 if paid in advance, $25 at the door. For non-members $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Advance payments should be sent to Roland C. Robinson, 2000 So. Dixie Highway, Suite 100-B, Miami 33133, and must be received by October 27.Admission is complimentary to judges who may bring one guest.Music will be provided by The Serenade Ensemble String Trio and hors d’oeuvres by Thierry’s Catering.For more information call Robinson at (305) 285-0340.Johnson petitions for reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Earl Mayberry Johnson, Jr., of Jacksonville has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Johnson’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Allen Booth, staff investigator for The Florida Bar, at (800) 342-8060, ext. 5845, or (850) 561-5845.Lawyers needed for advocacy councils Briefs The Florida Local Advocacy Council currently has vacancies on its 38 local councils throughout Florida for the legal professional slots as designated by F.S. § 402.164.The positions are by gubernatorial appointment for a term of four years. While the positions are volunteer status, council members are entitled to per diem reimbursement by the state.The attorney members will serve with nonlegal members, including individuals involved in the areas of child and adult abuse, mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, Medicaid, and other social service areas.Local Advocacy Council members are charged by the legislature with being an independent, third-party mechanism to monitor, investigate, and advocate in behalf of citizens who receive services from state government and private entities that have governmental contracts.Those interested may call the Florida Statewide Advocacy Council at (850) 488-6173 or write to William E.C. Marvin, executive director, Statewide Advocacy Council, 1317 Winewood Blvd., Building One, Suite 401, Tallahassee 32399-0700.Goldin Award nominations sought October 15, 2003 Regular News The 20th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now seeking applications to fill an opening on the circuit bench created by the death of Judge William J. Nelson.Applicants must be registered voters, member of the Bar in good standing for the preceding five years, and reside in the 20th Judicial Circuit upon assuming office.Applications may be obtained from Darol H. M. Carr, JNC Chair, 99 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda 33950, or from The Florida Bar’s Web site at original with nine copies of the completed application must be received by Carr, no later than October 22 at 5 p.m. Applicants who fail to strictly comply with the application deadline and filing requirements may be treated as if they had not applied.Those who submit applications for the recent vacancy created by Judge Blackwell’s retirement need only submit one application and note it is for both vacancies.Coral Gables Bar sets judicial reception The Criminal Law Section is now seeking nominations for its Selig I. Goldin Memorial Award.Selection for this award is based upon the candidate’s outstanding contribution to the criminal justice system of Florida.Last year’s recipient was Professor Charles Ehrhart of Florida State University. The selection will be made by the section’s executive council in January and the award will be presented at the section’s luncheon during the Bar’s Annual Meeting in June 2004.Those interested in nominating a candidate should send, by letter or e-mail, the name of the candidate; a description of that person’s contribution to the criminal justice system; and a biographical sketch or resume. Deadline for receipt of nominations is November 30. Nominations should be sent to Professor Jerome C. Latimer, Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. South, St. Petersburg 33707, e-mail lawyers seek pro bono award nominations Members of the Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court will participate in a mock trial November 3, starting at 6 p.m. at the University of South Florida Sarasota- Manatee campus.Students in the criminology program at USF will act as parties and jurors. The presiding judge is Kim Bonner, a county court judge in Sarasota. Laurie Zimmerman, a master in the Inn, will serve as the moderator.The case, based on an actual event, concerns a chief of police who was found to have lied to the grand jury. The mock trial introduces the students and the audience through the entire process of a criminal trial — from jury selection to deliberations.For more information contact Zimmerman at (941) 951-1682.Palm Beach FAWL schedules meeting The Second Quarterly Membership Meeting of the Florida Association of Legal Support Specialists will be held at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs Hotel October 24-25.The Certifying Board and Civil Trial Law Specialty Committee is offering another “Board Certification Jeopardy Preparation Seminar” October 24 from 1-5 p.m. A certification workshop will be presented by Bob Anderson, FALSS’ director of education on the Civil Trial Law Specialty area on October 25 from 8-9 a.m. That will be followed with a seminar on “Electronic Discovery Requests & Computer Data Recovery” presented by O. Douglas Rehman, Sr., president of the Florida Association of Computer Crimes Investigators. The last seminar will be presented by Maria Vidal of Esquire Depositions Services on the topic “Depositions — Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”For more information call Betty McMurtry, (407) 839-0120.last_img read more

LIAT and L’ Express des Iles issue advisories ahead of weather system

first_imgBusinessLifestyleLocalNewsRegionalTravel LIAT and L’ Express des Iles issue advisories ahead of weather system by: Dominica Vibes News – September 27, 2016 Share 296 Views   no discussions L’ Express des Iles has cancelled voyages ahead of the approaching weather system, while LIAT has announced that it could be forced to cancel some flights.According to the weather advisory, shower and thunderstorm activity associated with a broad area of low pressure located about 450 miles east of the Windward Islands continue to show signs of organization and a tropical cyclone could be forming. If this trend continues, a tropical depression or a tropical storm could form this afternoon into tonight while the system moves west-northwestward to westward at about 20 mph towards the Lesser Antilles.LIAT has advised that due to this disturbed weather system, it could be forced to cancel certain flights from late evening on Tuesday 27th September to Thursday 29th September, 2016.Passengers are advised to continue monitoring official meteorological offices, disaster preparedness organizations, radio stations and for further updates. Customers affected by the disruptions who wish to rebook for a later date will be allowed to do so without change fees or fare differences for a period of two weeks from the date of their original scheduled travel. Following the two-week grace period, passengers will be required to pay applicable fare and change fees when re-booking.LIAT also wishes to advise that passengers who decide to travel but are unable to complete their journey due to disruption caused by weather conditions, will not be provided with meals, transportation, hotel accommodation etc. Passengers with onward connections are advised to contact the respective carriers. Meanwhile, L’ Express des Iles said it “must cancel ALL voyages scheduled for Wednesday September 28th and Thursday September 29th 2016, on the international regular line (Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and St. Lucia) due to inclement weather conditions.Weather permitting, the Ferry Service will resume on Friday September 30th 2016.For further information, L’ Express des Iles passengers can call telephone numbers 1 (767) 255 1166, 255 1209 or 235 2183, while LIAT passengers can call the LIAT Call Centre from Antigua – 1-268-480-5582; toll free from the rest of the Caribbean – 1-888-844-5428 and from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands – 1-866-549-5428 for information on the status of their flights. Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

France to Ban All Gas and Diesel Vehicles by 2040

first_img Add to Queue France to Ban All Gas and Diesel Vehicles by 2040 Register Now » Matthew Humphries Environment Senior Editor –shares July 7, 2017 Such a ban would certainly help President Emmanuel Macron meet his pledge to make France carbon neutral by 2050.center_img This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Shutterstock One of French President Emmanuel Macron’s more optimistic plans involves making France a carbon neutral country by the year 2050. Achieving that requires some major changes to the way in which energy and transport work in the country.According to The Independent, France’s new environment minister Nicolas Hulot just set out two big pledges with this in mind. The first is for France to stop using coal to produce electricity by 2022, instead replacing the lost production with green alternatives. But the bigger pledge came for the transport sector. France intends to ban all vehicles that run on gasoline or diesel by the year 2040. Fully-electric car production is only now beginning to ramp up with Tesla leading the way. Under the French government’s plans, car manufacturers have just over 22 years left to fully embrace electric or clean burning fuel vehicles such as Toyota’s hydrogen cars. And let’s not forget the infrastructure these cars will require for recharging/refueling and the investment that will take.Such a ban does pose other problems, too, such as how to deal with millions of cars that will be illegal come 2040. There’s also the cost of buying a new car, which inevitably everyone will be forced to do if they want to continue being able to drive. In that regard, Hulot stated there would be financial help for poorer households.Getting to 2040 without a single gas/diesel vehicle on the road is certainly possible, but only if it is well planned. The remaining 22 years until the proposed ban comes into force needs to be split and demands made on the car industry every few years. If that happens, then France could have only zero emission vehicles on its roads well before the 2040 deadline.last_img read more