December 1, 2002 Regular News Facing such issues as online legal education and figuring out the trends in pro se representation are among the many matters occupying the Bar’s Long Range Planning Committee.Chair Anthony Upshaw addressed the Board of Governors recently and invited their input on the committee’s activities.“What we basically do is look at trends, clue in the Board of Governors on where we’re going and where you should look in the future,” Upshaw said.The committee is getting more than 150 reports from sections and Bar committees on their perspective on upcoming issues, and the committee hopes to compile that into a report by next summer. The panel also wants to have a strategic retreat next year on long range planning.Some issues include the trend toward online education and whether that could work for legal education, and where pro se litigation is heading. “We’re also looking at the impact of paralegals and legal technicians and seeing how to better utilize those resources,” Upshaw said.The committee issued a report in 1998, which was approved by the board, with 38 goals, ranging from diversity to technology, and is always working to update that, he noted.“We need input from each governor,” Upshaw concluded. “We need input to let us know where you want to be in five or 10 years, and what do you want The Florida Bar to be.” Long range planning panel seeks advice Long range planning panel seeks advice
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Rawle Bharat of Lot 81 Breda and Leopold Streets, Georgetown was on Friday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Fabayo Azore on a charge alleging that on January 18 last, he had in his possession 11.8 grams of cannabis.Unrepresented by legal counsel in court on Friday, the 39-year-old initially pleaded guilty to the charge with the explanation that he had recently separated from his partner with whom he had shared a business. He claimed that after they had separated, he left her with all his possessions and started a new business on his own; and he did have a “joint” in his possession only because of the stress he was facing.He also said that the “joint” he had could not amount to 11.8 grams, but was rather about five grams.Based on his explanation, a not-guilty plea was entered, and the defendant was placed on bail at $25,000. The case continues on February 2.