Elise Jordan has placed a $20,000 price over her head and is preparing to go bald to benefit cancer research.Jordan will join more than 100 other Notre Dame students who have volunteered to have their heads shaved this week as a part of The Bald and the Beautiful fundraiser sponsored by the Sophomore Class Council.Proceeds from the event, which raised over $26,500 last year which the Council hopes to double this year, will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a national non-profit that supports pediatric cancer research, Service Commission member Erin Pankiw, a sophomore, said.“I’m so nervous. There have been times this week when I look in the mirror and realize I’m not going to have my hair,” Jordan said. “But I know that it’s going to be going to a better cause.”Jordan made the decision to go bald after her friends in the Class Council who organized the event last year asked her to, she said.“A majority of last year’s event was males, so this year we wanted to give more opportunities for girls to participate, but just because females are more attached to their hair, it’s a harder thing to ask them to do,” Pankiw said. “For someone to do what Elise is doing takes a tremendous amount of bravery and compassion and confidence. I couldn’t think of a more confident person than Elise.”The daughter of a family physician in South Bend, Jordan said she has been “touched by cancer in a variety of ways ever since [she] was a little kid.”When her mother shares her daughter’s story with her own chemotherapy patients, they are moved and find strength in it, Jordan said. Some are even planning to have their own head shaved with Jordan, whose audience, among supportive classmates, family, and friends, will include children from Memorial Hospital’s pediatric oncology ward.Jordan said the faces of those children in the crowd that will get her through the emotional event.“I’m hoping I can stay strong enough not to cry,” Jordan said. “If I do get emotional, it’s probably going to be more looking at the faces of cancer patients being there and knowing that I’m doing this for them.”Jordan, whose hair runs about mid-way down her back, said she can’t remember her last dramatic haircut. While raising pledges from individuals, churches and small businesses in her hometown South Bend has been her main priority, Jordan said going bald will also be, for her and her peers, a lesson in vanity.“For me, it’s just hair, but for a lot of people it’s not just hair. For a lot of people, it defines the way they view themselves,” Jordan said. “What I’m realizing is that at the end of the day, it is just hair, and you can live and do without it.”As for her self-proclaimed lofty fundraising goal, Jordan said she thinks it’s “attainable.”“I want people to know that you don’t need to shave your head to become involved with this cause. You can help in so many other ways. Make a little donation or just be there to show your support,” she said. “The sum of little things isn’t little. Everything makes a difference.”And while she admits that her confidence will come in handy as she braves her new bald lifestyle, Jordan is adamant that it doesn’t require any super powers.“I think anyone can do it,” Jordan said. “Honestly, anyone has what it takes.”The event, which kicks off Wednesday night and will wind down Saturday afternoon, will include meals sponsored by Fiddler’s Hearth, as well as hairdressers from Salon Rouge offering hair extensions and opportunities for students to donate hair to Pantene Great Lengths, an organization similar to Locks for Love that uses donated hair to make wigs for cancer patients, Pankiw said.Thirty players from Notre Dame’s football team have also signed up to have their heads shaved Wednesday night, followed by 25 Welsh Family residents who have signed up for hair extensions in support of Kelsey Thrasher, a Notre Dame student and cancer survivor.“This is an event for everyone,” Pankiw said. “Everyone is going to be affected by cancer at some point in their lives, if they haven’t already experienced it. This is a tremendous issue that our generation needs to take responsibility to find a cure.”For Jordan, whose date with the clippers is scheduled for Thursday night, the hair lost will be insignificant to the support gained.“I think if it were easier it wouldn’t be worth it, because the sacrifice is what makes it special,” Jordan said.And with a bald head, she plans to make her message loud and clear.“This is what I want people to know, especially kids battling cancer,” Jordan said. “There’s so much more to what makes you a beautiful person than what is on top of your head.”
RICHARD SARGENT AND JIM LOOP, EACH IN THEIR FORTIETH YEAR WITH THE COMPANY, WILL PLACE IN POSITION THE FIRST PIECE OF THE LARGEST CASTING MACHINE EVER MANUFACTURED BY HAZELETT STRIP-CASTING CORPORATIONRichard Sargent and Jim Loop will place in position the first piece of the new casting machine at a noontime celebration on Thursday, September 4 at the Hazelett factory in Colchester, Vermont. The occasion will mark the fortieth anniversary of their employment with Hazelett and also begin the manufacture of a 120-ton casting machine, the largest ever produced by the company in its fifty-two year history.The two started just days apart forty years ago.Richard Sargent was hired by his neighbor, Bill Hazelett, founder of Hazelett Strip-Casting. Richard and Hazelett Strip-Casting have grown up together in the Malletts Bay area of Colchester.Jim Loop, raised in South Burlington, was barely out of high school when he began as a draftsman in the tiny engineering department.The $15 million casting machine will be delivered to a newly formed company in the Henan Province of China. The company, LYL High Precision Aluminum Strip Co., will produce coils of aluminum strip to be sold to the aluminum raw material distribution system and go on to become an untold number of products.The General Manager of Hazelett, Ray Clavelle, commented that this order represents the largest dollar order in the history of the company.
The Tax Section’s Nominating Committee has nominated Edward E. Sawyer of Miami to serve as the section’s 2006-2007 chair-elect. Sawyer has been an active member of the Tax Section since 1983 and has held several leadership positions during that time. He is currently the director of the section’s Finance Committee and co-director of the Long Range Planning Committee. The section bylaws provide that petitions setting forth the name of other nominees for the office of chair-elect may be made by any 10 members of the section. Such petitions must be filed with Guy E. Whitesman, Tax Section secretary, no later than October 15, to allow inclusion on a written ballot in accordance with Article III, Section 2, (a) and (b) of the bylaws. If there is only one nomination for the office of chair-elect, that nominee will become chair-elect. The term of the chair-elect runs concurrently with that of the chair and begins on July 1 after the section’s annual meeting at which the chair-elect is elected, and ends on the succeeding June 30, when the chair-elect automatically assumes the office of chair. The Tax Section’s 28th Annual Meeting will be held April 21-22, 2006, at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg.AAML honors Judge Rothschild Melinda Gamot of West Palm Beach has been elected president of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers at the organization’s 27th Annual Institute in Tampa in May. Other officers for 2005-2006 include Jesse J. Bennett, Jr., from Winter Haven, president-elect, and Gordon C. Brydger of Ft. Lauderdale along with Stann Givens of Tampa who were both elected vice presidents. Roberta G. Stanley of Ft. Lauderdale will serve as secretary/treasurer.Coker to lead Supreme Court Historical Society briefs The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Florida Chapter, has named Judge Ronald Rothschild as “Jurist of the Year” at its 27th Annual Institute held in Tampa. Judge Rothschild is active with the Broward County Bar Association, has sat on The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee, was past president of the Stephen R. Booher American Inns of Court, currently sits on the Broward County Professional Committee, and also sits on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Florida Supreme Court. As part of the nomination process, chapter members who have appeared before the judge were asked for comments and “quickly it was evident of the deep respect for this jurist,” according to the academy. Statements such as “his courtesy and professionalism is of the highest caliber,” “he delivers his decisions with legal, sound reasoning and prevailing decisional law,” “even when he rules against you, it is done with grace and diplomacy,” were among just a few of the consistent comments received by the committee. THE MARTIN COUNTY BAR’S YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION recently participated in the Martin County Red Cross Youth Leadership Program’s annual leadership training camp held at the Gold Coast Christian Camp in Lake Worth. The leadership training camp is a four-day, three-night retreat where the youth leaders work on developing their leadership skills. The YLD members volunteered to chaperone this year’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” themed party. THE FLORIDA CHAPTERS OF THE AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES recently selected Circuit Judge George W. Greer and U.S. Middle District Judge James D. Whittemore as its Jurists of the Year. Charles H. Baumberger of Miami was selected as its Trial Lawyer of the Year. The three were honored July 15 during FLABOTA’s annual awards banquet in Coral Gables. “Judge Greer, Judge Whittemore, and Chuck Baumberger each have made significant contributions to the betterment of Florida’s trial system, not just this year, but throughout their careers,” said Herman Russomanno, president of FLABOTA. Brad Powers, president of the Tampa Bay Chapter of ABOTA, which unanimously nominated the judges as co-Jurists of the Year, said: “Both Judge Greer and Judge Whittemore, through their efforts in dealing with the Schiavo case, have distinguished themselves as jurists willing to follow the rule of law in the face of unprecedented pressure from sections of the public, the executive, and legislative branches.” Baumberger “was recognized for his superb reputation of high ethics and fair play.” Pictured from the left are Judge Whittemore, Bill Hahn, FLABOTA president-elect, Baumberger, Judge Greer, and Russomanno. TALLAHASSEE WOMEN LAWYERS celebrated its 25th Anniversary recently with a gala dinner banquet. Fifth District Court of Appeal Judge Winifred Sharp, a former FAWL president, gave the keynote address. The 25th Anniversary Award was presented to outgoing Florida Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson, a former TWL president. Pictured from the left are Judge Sharp, TWL outgoing President Beth Demme, Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince, TWL Past President Nina Ashenafi, and Johnson. Members of the Okeechobee County Bar recently met for a tour of the new Okeechobee County Courthouse, which was officially dedicated July 20. Attorneys and judges present included, front row from the left, Jennifer Williamson, Joy Whitney, Judge Shirley Brennan, Okeechobee Bar Association President Elizabeth Maxwell, Magistrate Deborah Hooker, Tamara Starks, and Rebecca Hamilton. Row two, from the left: Robert Huebner, Laura McCall, Devin Maxwell, Carlos Wells, Mary Celidonia, Ed Curren, and Andrew Bowers. Third Row: William Selmi, Judge Sherwood “Chip” Bauer, Jr., John Cassels, Ron Smith, Colin Cameron, Don Richardson, Anthony Young, Jerald Bryant, and Chief Judge William L. Roby. The dedication of the new courthouse was a historic event; the last courthouse to open in Okeechobee was in 1927. The new building contains 80,000 square feet and was completed at a cost of $13.5 million. The crowd that gathered for the dedication heard remarks about the history of the county and its judicial system from retired Judge William Hendry, who grew up steps from the courthouse and whose grandfather was the contractor for the original courthouse built. THE MINORITY CORPORATE COUNSEL ASSOCIATION, an organization that focuses on diversifying the nation’s law firms and corporate law departments, has been awarded the first-ever Freedom to Compete Award issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC presented the award to MCCA recently at a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C., for the organization’s “KAN-Do!” practice — an initiative established by MCCA to encourage advancement of minorities in the workplace. The KAN-Do! practice is a methodology employed by MCCA to offer knowledge, access and networks in order to address barriers to opportunity in recruitment/hiring, retention, and promotion/career advancement. Pictured from the left are Veta Richardson, executive director, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and Cari M. Dominguez of the EEOC. ALL 29 SHAREHOLDERS OF DEAN MEAD have become Fellows of The Florida Bar Foundation’s Endowment Trust. “Florida has been good to us,” said Darryl Bloodworth, president of the Orlando-based firm and a former president of the Foundation, as he reflected on his firm’s history. Bloodworth personally recruited 21 of the shareholders; the other eight had already been Fellows. “We were looking for a way to celebrate 25 years,” Bloodworth said. “We wanted to give something back.” The trust was established in 1991 after declining interest rates significantly decreased the amount of legal aid grants. Pictured, from the left, are Greg Lawrence, Lee Chotas, Charlie Egerton, Matt Ahearn, Jane Callahan, and Bloodworth. VOLUNTARY BAR LEADERS from across the state recently gathered in Naples for the 2005 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference that focuses on leadership, fundraising, association management, member benefits, and media relations. The annual conference is coordinated by The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents, and Florida Council of Bar Executives and gives voluntary bar officers and staff an opportunity to network and discuss problems faced by the attorneys who volunteer as members of the association on a local level. Pictured from the left are Lee County Bar officers Marcy L. Shaw, Paul E. Liles, J. Tom Smoot III, and its executive director Dinah Leach. The Lee County Bar co-hosted the event this year with the Collier County Bar. D. Culver “Skip” Smith , left, recently received the Florida Council of Bar Presidents’ Annual Outstanding Past Voluntary Bar President Award from Vene Hamilton, vice president of the Florida Council of Bar Presidents. Smith, a former member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors and past chair of The Florida Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee, was president of the Palm Beach County Bar in 1982. PUT SOMETHING BACK Pro Bono Project staff members, from the left, Eileen Coto, Maria Dopico, Karen Ladis, and Irma Llamosa present a check that represents the free civil legal assistance provided the citizens of Miami-Dade County in the amount of more than $4.1 million, calculated at 23,459 hours of donated pro bono services to the poor at $175 per hour. Jacksonville’s Howard Coker was recently elected president of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, succeeding John DeVault in the post. The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s primary function is to collect and preserve materials relevant to the Florida Supreme Court’s lengthy history. “I think Florida’s Supreme Court has a vital place in history that should be preserved for future generations,” Coker said. “I am honored and delighted to take the post of president of this organization and look forward to continuing this mission and the fine programs the society has established. I also want to support current efforts to continually find ways to increase public access to our Supreme Court.”Sawyer nominated for Tax Section chair-elect August 15, 2005 Regular News BriefsGamot to lead matrimonial lawyers