Paulette Brown, President, American Bar Association; Partner/co-chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Locke Lord LLP
James Taylor, Ph.D., Director of African American Studies and Professor of Political Science, University of San Francisco; Lecturer, African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, University of California Berkeley—Moderator
Paulette Brown is the first woman of color to become president of the ABA and has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the “50 most influential minority lawyers in America.” She has been a municipal court judge, in addition to focusing on all facets of labor and employment litigation. Brown has devoted her presidency to “rebuilding the nation’s confidence in our justice system” by “working to eliminate bias and enhance diversity and inclusion” and offer “tangible, sustainable solutions that will have a positive impact on the perception of our justice system.”
Join an important discussion of what’s being done to ensure that the legal system can better represent the under-represented across the United States. Video Rating: / 5
In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court of India dismissed a plea by the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis on Monday for a patent on its cancer drug Glivec, paving way for more affordable life saving cancer drugs. ‘Generic companies will have a levy that will allow them to survive in India for a considerable period of time,’ said Anand Grover, lawyer, Cancer Patients Aid Association. Video Rating: / 5
It seems like common sense that employers should pay their employees what they promise them. Well, common sense does not always prevail, and especially in hard economic times, employers break their promises. And, more and more, I am seeing people who earned a bonus or a commission simply not getting paid. So, what you do you? There are some things you should know–which should inform your actions
First, you should know the law: South Carolina Code section 41-10-10 define wages to include bonuses and commissions. The term wages also includes vacation and sick pay. And, section 41-10-30 provides that employees should be notified in writing at the time of hiring of the terms and conditions of employment; it also provides than an employer must give you 7 days written notice of any reduction in pay. Section 41-10-40(d) states you must be paid at the time and place designated, and section 41-10-50 provides that when an employee is terminated, the employer must pay all wages due by the next regularly paid paycheck or within 48 hours. (See Departure Policies: What Happens if You Are Fired Before Your Bonus/Commissions Are Paid.)
So, what do you do to protect yourself? First, make sure you get the terms of your compensation in writing. If it is not in writing it does not mean you are not owed, it just means it could be more difficult to prove. Also, if a dispute arises, assert yourself (politely) but don’t let too much time pass without inquiring. And any communication you have should either be in writing or followed up in writing.
If an employer tries to take away a promised bonus or commission, register your objection. Don’t be idle. If others are being cheated as well, join together. Go to meet with your employer as a pair or group. There are power in numbers and the National Labor Relations Act protects collective action as well as conduct or communications for the mutual aid and protection of employees.
If the dispute about payment is not resolved, you can call the South Carolina Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division. The SC DOL may contact your employer and get to the bottom of it.
And, if all else fails, you should contact an employment lawyer. Because, you should be paid what you have earned. South Carolina Wage Payment Statute 41-10-80(c) provides that an employee may bring an action to receive three times the amount of unpaid wages and attorney fees. In the end, the law provides a remedy, but it is up to you to assert. And in the meantime, get as much of the dispute in writing as possible. Video Rating: / 5
What is the State Defender Office with the Legal Aid & Defender Association? What does the office and its professional staff provide? Learn more by watching this video and then visit http://www.ladadetroit.org. Video Rating: / 5
Attorney Jacqueline Dixon, then President of the Tennessee Bar Association, presents the 2012 Liberty Bell award to Victoria Webb on behalf of the Nashville Bar Association. Victoria worked for 25+ years as a Paralegal/Volunteer Coordinator for the Nashville Bar Association’s Pro Bono Program and then for Legal Aid Society when it administered the Program. She retired from that work in May of 2012 after receiving the Liberty Bell Award at that year’s NBA Law Day luncheon celebration in Nashville, TN. Her acceptance speech after Jackie’s introduction/presentation may be viewed here in another video.
She was born Gisèle Marie Louise Marguerite LaFlèche in Winnipeg, Manitoba,] and studied violin and voice at the Toronto Conservatory of Music (now the Royal Conservatory of Music) in Toronto, Ontario. She had at least two Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio programs, Meet Gisèle, where she played hostess to Jack Benny, Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Fred Astaire, James Stewart, etc. and Gisele and Mr. Cable, before moving to Los Angeles, California, in 1951 to replace The Andrews Sisters on CBS radio’s daily Club Fifteen, starring Bob Crosby, where she alternated as regular vocalist with Jo Stafford. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1955.
MacKenzie recorded albums and singles on various record labels, most notably Capitol and RCA, Everest, Mercury, Liberty Sunset, Cricket Playhour (Pickwick). In 1953 she reached #6 in the UK Singles Chart, with her rendition of “Seven Lonely Days”. Her biggest selling song was “Hard To Get” in 1955. She was also an accomplished classical violinist, who studied at The Toronto Conservatory of Music and performed many comedic musical duets with mentor Jack Benny. She remarked that Benny was so enthusiastic about his own violin playing that at each break in rehearsal he would get his violin and they would play duets.
In an often-played clip, she and Benny perform a violin duet of “Getting to Know You”, in which she breaks their synchronization several times to add some extra musical flourishes, to his mock irritation. Finally, he breaks in with a lengthy (and stereotypically mediocre) flourish of his own, and evokes audience laughter with mock indignation: “Fool around with ME, sister
She was in frequent demand as a very popular guest performer on just about every television show, including The Jack Benny Program, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom, The Bell Telephone Hour, The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Eddie Fisher Show, The George Gobel Show, and The Ed Sullivan Show. She appeared too in the NBC legal drama Justice, based on cases of the Legal Aid Society of New York titled “Hard to Get” which resulted in her hit record of the same title, and made her the only regular performer on television “Your Hit Parade” to get to sing his/her own hit record on the show. She also appeared frequently in Las Vegas venues and in numerous North American concerts. She did a European tour with Benny.
In the U.S., she replaced the Andrews Sisters as a regular vocalist on “Club 15” and her guest appearance on Mario Lanza’s “Coke Time” resulted in Lanza inviting her to join his show’s cast every week. Bob Crosby and Mario Lanza. She also hosted a radio show entitled Airtime at the same time she was appearing on TV’s Your Hit Parade.
In 1952 and 1953, she toured with Benny, who recommended her for Your Hit Parade. During her 4-year tenure on that show, “Hard to Get” became a hit. MacKenzie announced in 1957 that she would not be returning to the show for another season under any conditions, which resulted in the sponsors and producers of the show to reorganize the show, and long-time regulars Dorothy Collins, Snooky Lanson, Russell Arms and Raymond Scott were dismissed. She went on to star in her own Saturday night variety program, The Gisele MacKenzie Show, in which she played hostess to such guests as Benny, Boris Karloff, Ronald Reagan and folk singer Jimmie Rodgers. She returned to television in 1963 as Sid Caesar’s 4th television wife on The Sid Caesar Show, in which she did comedy with Caesar and sang a song each week. 1963 saw the release of her first of a series of children’s albums, “Gisele MacKenzie sings Lullaby and Goodnight”. The album sold very well and resulted in two more for Cricket Play Hour Records (Pickwick): “Gisele MacKenzie Sings and Tells the Adventures and Travels of Babar the Elephant” and “Gisele MacKenzie Sings and Tells Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland”.
In 1986 MacKenzie was temporarily recast as Katherine Chancellor on the Soap Opera The Young and the Restless. Starting in 1955, during her summer breaks from Your Hit Parade, MacKenzie added musical comedies to her resume musical theater by starring in such classics as Annie Get Your Gun, The King and I, and South Pacific. She turned expanded her acting credits in the 1990s, making guest appearances on television series including Murder, She Wrote, Boy Meets World and MacGyver
MacKenzie has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 1601 Vine. Video Rating: / 5
The Nebraska State Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) is a statewide volunteer legal assistance project and referral network. It was created to provide legal assistance to low-income person who cannot hire lawyers and who cannot receive assistance through the federally-funded legal services program operating in the state. VLP is a program of last resort. For more information visit: http://nebar.com/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=243
At Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc. in Detroit, MI , our mission is to provide comprehensive, aggressive, legal advocacy and representation. To interact with this ypVideo 360 Virtual Tour click here – http://www.yellowpages.com/detroit-mi/mip/legal-aid-and-defender-association-461370313?lid=1001345917990
Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) is a law firm that empowers low-income people by providing legal information, advice, and other services free of charge. MLSA works both on individual cases and under a systemic approach to help low-income people escape domestic violence, keep their housing, preserve their public benefits, protect their finances, and more. Video Rating: / 5
The primary purposed of the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association is to provide quality legal services for the low-income residents, the working poor, children and disadvantaged groups with special legal needs in orange County, Florida and to assist in providing legal aid services to similarly situated residents of neighboring counties through an effective and fiscally sound program through the combines efforts of staff and pro bono attorneys. Legal Aid is a 501(c)(3) charity – needing your donations now! Video Rating: / 5
The focus of the One Campaign is to engage more attorneys in providing pro bono legal services through their local legal aid programs by taking on ONE case. Put simply, the One Campaign speaks directly to the number one issue that many attorneys cite as an obstacle to providing pro bono legal services: time. Through the One Campaign attorneys are encouraged to take One case where they can utilize their unique skills to help regular citizens navigate the law. The One Campaign will also highlight both state and local opportunities that attorneys can take advantage of to provide these pro bono services. Pro Bono Celebration Week begins on Monday, October 26th at the Florida Supreme Court with a ceremony led by Chief Justice Peggy Quince.