Ann Levine graduated from the University of Miami’s Law School in 1999. Since then, she has helped more than 2,000 law school applicants. Law school is challenging, with a lot of pressure placed on the students to succeed academically. So why does one go to law school? For the money, for the magical $160,000 that recent law school grads made fresh out of school? There is so much good that can be done, actual changes that can be made with a law degree.
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The Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables (HPACG), is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1991. HPACG promotes the understanding of the importance of historic resources and their preservation and supports an environment in which its members and all community citizens can understand, appreciate, exchange information and live with Coral Gables history. The President of the Association, Dr. Karelia Martinez Carbonell, speaks with Shelly Lynn about the different volunteer opportunities available to the community.
To fully understand why the Independent Living programs were created, and ensure that they are implemented to best fulfill their purpose, it is necessary to think about how children are normally raised by their own families. Parents are responsible for ensuring their children are trained in the family’s values and receive discipline to inculcate those values. Parents also help with their children’s formal education. We don’t often think about the day-to-day, common-sense information that parents also impart to their children. And until the “Road to Independence Act” was passed in Florida, children’s advocates did not focus much, if at all, on ensuring that foster children somehow learned this day-to-day information. Clearly, ensuring that foster children receive an appropriate formal education and health care services, and that they live in an appropriate foster home, can itself be a full-time endeavor.
The statistics, however, indicate just how important it is that foster children also learn all those things that parents typically impart to their children on an informal, daily basis. These things include: budgeting and money management, including how to write a check, and how using credit cards can increase the cost of purchases; menu planning, shopping and cooking; completing forms and applications; knowledge about paying taxes and timely filing tax returns; dressing appropriately for job interviews; and on and on. Those children fortunate enough to live in a family foster home, and to be stable in that foster home, can learn these things. But foster children who are moved frequently, or who live in group homes where these tasks are not modeled, simply do not learn these things. And when these foster children graduate from the system at age 18, they usually lose the adult supports they had; they are frequently unable to successfully perform the activities of adult daily living. Past studies have shown that approximately 50% of adults who aged out of the foster care system experienced homelessness and/or joblessness, were welfare recipients, or engaged in criminal activities for which they were imprisoned. This painted a grim portrait of life after foster care.
At Branches, the Achieve family of programs provides a continuum of financial services that equips and enables families to achieve increased financial stability and long-term success in life. Achieve programs create opportunity, stimulate productivity and ultimately lead to stability.Financial freedom cannot come through knowledge alone but necessitates an opportunity to exercise that knowledge. Branches opens up new opportunities for clients to improve their situations and lives. The coaching process reorients the expectations of a client to overcome self-imposed barriers while also navigating external barriers through access to uniquely targeted tools and services.
In the latest edition of The Weekly Voice’s “Let’s Talk” segment, the topic of in-depth discussion is the ongoing diplomatic crisis between US/EU/Russia/Ukraine over Crimea.
Kamila Orlova is a student from Russia majoring in political science.
Dr. Roger Kanet is a International Studies professor and longtime academic focussing on all things related to Russia and Europe.
Hyan Freitas is the host of “The Weekly Voice” which airs Fridays at 10am on 90.5FM and online at WVUM.org
[Show originally aired March 21, 2014]
Michael Grunwald is the Senior National Correspondent for TIME Magazine and the author of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. It’s a book that has gotten a lot of praise for its descriptions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or as you may remember it, the stimulus package passed by President Barack Obama in 2009. He spoke to WVUM to preview his appearance at the Florida Book Awards Panel at the Miami Book Fair this Saturday at 4p.m.
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Since all the headlines are being dominated by the Syria situation, there isn’t a lot of current material for me to write about in my column, so this week, I’ll quickly touch on the favorite punching bag for the tech world at the moment: the NSA. A while ago, it was revealed by some of the documents Edward Snowden obtained and then released that the agency had hacked into Al Jazeera’s internal correspondences. The information comes a week after the revelations that the NSA had hacked into UN video calls.
I understand that “Al Jazeera” and “Al Qaeda” share an “Al” prefix, but seriously? It’s a news network, not a terrorism organization. The report cited communications sent to the network by “interesting targets” as the reason for the hacking. Even if the so-called “interesting targets” were anything/anyone that should be on the U.S.’s radar, it is unacceptable that the government is/was able to tap into a news source’s communications, no matter how “anti-American” their bias may be.
While anyone could probably guess what I think about this from the above paragraph, I think it’s worth mentioning that this seems to be part of a bigger pattern recently: as we learn more about the PRISM program and the NSA in general, the doomsayers’ predictions are starting to come true. As I said earlier, a while back it was revealed that the NSA spied on the UN video conferences, which is worthy on an article itself, but I’ll only invoke the fact that we are friendly and cooperative with the UN for now; the news that the PRISM program was used by low-level NSA employees; and also that NSA employees had regularly used the program to spy on their love interests, among other notable pieces of Snowden’s leaks. Taken separately, these are “only” egregious, but taken together, the chilling effects on personal liberties are potentially massive.
Personally, I think it’s time for another Amash Amendment to go up for a vote; this needs to stop.
With the murder trial of George Zimmerman now underway, there has been a lot of attention not only placed on the prosecution and defendant, but also on the jury listening to their arguments. Although the identities of the jurors in the case will not be released, we do know some information about the individuals, like that all six of them are women.
Opening statements in the Zimmerman trial began on monday. the jurors from then on faced the task of providing impartial deliberation in this controversial case.
George Zimmerman was charged with the second-degree murder of unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin in April 2012.
With that being said, we thought it would be beneficial to bring in an expert on the subject of juries. For some insights, we spoke with UM Law professor Scott Sandby. Sandby graduated from Cornell law school with his juris doctor and serves as the dean’s distinguished scholar at the University of Miami law school. He has contributed research to understanding juries, specifically in trials involving the death penalty. Listen in to the discussion below.
The Weekly Voice, WVUM’s community affairs talk show, airs live Fridays at 10a.m. ET.
The Counterpoint team presents their preliminary thoughts on the historic cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 including looks at the Voting Rights Act and two cases regarding same-sex marriage. Aired June 21, 2013.
Counterpoint is live Fridays at 1pm ET on WVUM 90.5FM in South Florida and worldwide at WVUM.org