Pro Bono Awards—The Law Firm Commendation

first_imgPro Bono Awards—The Law Firm Commendation February 15, 2004 Regular News Pro Bono Awards—The Law Firm Commendation THE LAW FIRM COMMENDATION Presented by the Chief Justice The purpose of the Law Firm Commendation is to recognize, when appropriate, a law firm which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis.Unlike the Tobias Simon and Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Awards, the Law Firm Commendation is not an annual award. Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A., MiamiKozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A. (KT&T) is an AV rated law firm, which specializes in complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy. KT&T focuses its litigation practice in the areas of complex commercial contract and tort litigation, class actions, and securities fraud. The firm also represents some of the largest companies and lending institutions in the country when they are involved in litigation, workouts, and bankruptcy matters in Florida. KT&T serves as special counsel for a number of South Florida corporations, banks, and prominent individuals. In addition, the firm’s attorneys represent clients in matters involving professional malpractice, lender liability, foreclosure, and intellectual property/unfair competition.The firm was founded 21 years ago, and since has grown from three to 18 attorneys, all of whom have a long-standing commitment to pro bono legal service and community involvement.KT&T has a standing policy that all attorneys receive up to 20 hours a year in credit toward their billing requirement for time spent providing pro bono legal service to the poor. Over the years, KT&T attorneys collectively have spent thousands of hours representing the legal needs of the poor in the South Florida community. KT&T, as a firm and its attorneys individually, wholeheartedly recognize the obligation and opportunity to help those who would otherwise be unable to effectively access the courts because of their financial circumstances.KT&T attorneys also dedicate time to pro bono legal services through bar activities. John Kozyak serves on the American College of Bankruptcy Pro Bono Committee and raises funds for the Put Something Back Program. Laurel Isicoff has served as chair of the Pro Bono Task Force of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida, and helped develop the curriculum for the Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic at St. Thomas University.Isicoff also helped establish and serves as a director and vice president of the Bankruptcy Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation established by the BBASF, which raises funds from the legal community to support pro bono bankruptcy services in the Southern District of Florida. KT&T was an initial donor to the foundation, and through its five- year pledge, helps underwrite the foundation’s efforts.KT&T provides scholarships to minority law students who excel in the litigation skills program at the University of Miami School of Law, partially funded by teaching services donated by Harley Tropin and Ken Hartmann.Kozyak and other KT&T lawyers were instrumental in reviving and expanding the mentoring program for minority law school students at UM School of Law. The law school changed the program’s name to the “John W. Kozyak Minority Mentoring Program.”Kozyak and Isicoff are also leaders in The Florida Bar Equal Opportunities Law Section and have initiated steps within the EOLS to expand the mentoring program to all other law schools in Florida.KT&T lawyers also devote hundreds of hours a year to community service. Several serve on the boards of their synagogues and churches, mentor or teach young children in the community, and serve on citizen advisory committees.While KT&T and its individual attorneys have received public recognition and awards for their service, each continues to devote countless hours, not for recognition, but because they want to. Service has been, continues to be, and will always be, a significant aspect and a defining purpose of KT&T and its attorneys.last_img read more

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Sublime Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay put India ahead against England

first_img(REUTERS)-India captain Virat Kohli maintained his red-hot form as he and Murali Vijay struck fine centuries to help the hosts overtake England on day three of the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday.The hosts, leading 2-0 in the five-match series, reached 451 for seven at the close, 51 runs ahead of the touring side.Captain Kohli was unbeaten on 147 at stumps with Jayant Yadav on 30 not out.The 28-year-old Kohli brought up his 15th test hundred and second of the series and celebrated with a leap in the air, bringing the 22,000 crowd at the stadium overlooking the Arabian Sea to their feet.Kohli batted majestically, rarely looked in trouble, and hit 17 fours with sublime stroke-making.He shared crucial stands with the lower-order batsmen – 57 with Ravindra Jadeja for the seventh wicket and an unbroken 87 with Yadav.England successfully reviewed the umpire’s not out decision to dismiss Karun Nair lbw for 13 off Moeen Ali before part-time off-spinner Joe Root picked up the wickets of Parthiv Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin in four balls.India, who were comfortably placed on 262-2, were reduced to 307-6 before Kohli and Jadeja propped them up. Jadeja was out to Rashid for 25.The hosts could have been in more trouble if Rashid had held on to a return catch from Kohli, then on 68. Root also dropped Yadav on eight off James Anderson, compounding England’s problems.Yadav was reprieved again on 28 when replays showed he had edged Moeen to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow down the leg side but England did not have any reviews left to challenge the umpire’s not out decision.Resuming on 146 for one, the hosts suffered an early jolt when Cheteshwar Pujara (47) was bowled by the second ball of the morning shouldering arms to paceman Jake Ball.However, it proved to be the only success for the English bowlers in the morning as Vijay and Kohli flayed the attack.Vijay reached his second century of the series with a single against off-spinner Moeen and hit 10 fours and three sixes in his knock.He was given out lbw to Rashid on 116 but managed to overturn the decision on review as replays suggested he got an inside edge before the ball struck his pad.ENGLAND 1st innings 400 (K. Jennings 112, J. Buttler 76, M. Ali 50; R. Ashwin 6-112, R. Jadeja 4-109) India 1st innings (Overnight: 146-1)L. Rahul b Ali 24M. Vijay c&b Rashid 136C. Pujara b Ball 47V. Kohli not out 147K. Nair lbw b Ali 13P. Patel c Bairstow b Root 15R. Ashwin c Jennings b Root 0R. Jadeja c Buttler b Rashid 25J. Yadav not out 30Extras (b-5 lb-7 w-2) 14Total (for 7 wickets, 142 overs) 451Fall of wickets: 1-39 L. Rahul,2-146 C. Pujara,3-262 M. Vijay,4-279 K. Nair,5-305 P. Patel,6-307 R. Ashwin,7-364 R. JadejaTo bat: B. Kumar, U. YadavBowling : J. Anderson 15 – 5 – 43 – 0, C. Woakes 8 – 2 – 34 – 0(w-1),M. Ali 45 – 5 – 139 – 2, A. Rashid 44 – 5 – 152 – 2, J. Ball 14 – 5 – 29 – 1(w-1)B. Stokes 8 – 2 – 24 – 0. J. Root 8 – 2 – 18 – 2.last_img read more

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2017/18 Cricket Committee League Gets Underway

first_imgThe Division 1 League will kick off in December with games hosted at the TBS Cricket Oval, Lagos.There are six and 10 teams in Division 1 and 2 respectively. It is the first time there has been as many as 16 teams in the CCC league, a testament to the growth of the game in Lagos.Division 1 teams are Ibeju Lekki CC, Government College Ibadan (GCI) Old Boys Cricket Club CC), FGC Warri CC, Lagos Asians CC, Rising Stars CC and Rocks CC;Division 2 will be contested by Pioneers CC, Ibadan Metropolitan CC, Foundation CC, Stallions CC, Igbobi College Old Boys CC, Cricket Lovers CC, 1004 Stars CC, Ibeju Lekki 2 CC, Government College Ugheli OB CC and St Gregory’s College OB CC.With over 60 matches to be played, the venues areTafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval, AUD College Isolo, Igbobi College Yaba and Kings College, Lagos with games starting at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays.The 2017/18 CCC League is proudly sponsored by Notore Chemical Industries PlcRegular updates can be gotten throughout the season by following our social media handlesTwitter – @cccleague, Instagram – thecccleague, Facebook – @ccclagos and Website – https://ccclagos.crichq..site/Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2017/2018 Cricket Season has kicked off with the commencement of the Division 2 League as Ibadan Metro Cricket Club take on Pioneers Cricket Club at the Ansar-ud-deen College, Isolo pitch.last_img read more

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