Editor’s note: This issue originally appeared in the January issue of DS News.From breaking through the glass ceiling to fighting for the rights of their clients, these formidable women lawyers have made their mark in the industry. In the second of this three-part series, we spotlight the accomplishments of these women in law.LISA GORDON Frenkel Lambert Weiss Weisman & Gordon, LLP – Partner-Managing Attorney – Mortgage DefaultNumber of years practicing law: 24As Partner and Managing Attorney of Frenkel Lambert Weiss Weisman & Gordon, Lisa Gordon is responsible for the daily operation of the mortgage default practice at the firm. As Gordon describes it, this business unit is high volume and labor intense, making it imperative that the firm operates as efficiently as possible. To achieve this, Frenkel Lambert continuously makes significant investments in infrastructure and technology. Client demands, coupled with ever-changing regulatory requirements and case law, force Gordon to continually reassess the firm’s operations in order to maximize efficiency. She works with her staff daily to ensure they’re prepared for any knew changes that come their way. “From the lawyers to the paralegals to the support staff that helps make my office run smoothly and efficiently, everyone cares about the level of service we provide to our clients.” Whether it be formulating a litigation strategy or developing a procedural process, my staff works together as a team to ensure the best possible outcome,” Gordon said. She has practiced in the mortgage default arena for more than 20 years and has found that each year brings new challenges. “Recent statutory changes over the last two years will hopefully bring a new crop of decisions interpreting these new provisions and providing guidance to practitioners. Staying abreast of all relevant decisions and developing solid legal strategies to account for such rulings will be imperative,” Gordon said.___________________________________________________________________ROSANNA HENRY Mackie Wolf Zientz & Mann, P.C. – Director of Compliance – Creditors’ RightsNumber of years practicing law: 26Almost every company these days is a technology company, whether they realize it or not. As Mackie Wolf Zientz & Mann, PC began expanding its practice area beyond Texas into Arkansas and Tennessee; they looked to Rosanna Henry to lead their Compliance Department and CaseAware platform. Henry had been a practicing lawyer in Arkansas for 26 years, managing cases through foreclosure, bankruptcy, litigation, and REO/eviction. She was the architect of her firm’s CaseAware platform before accepting the challenge of charting a compliance and technology course for Mackie Wolf as Director of Compliance in 2013. Henry’s comprehensive industry experience and knowledge has aided the firm in remaining in front of challenging regulations and trends. She also recently achieved Tier 4 CaseAware Administrative status. An important aspect of her years’ experience is the ability to mentor the firm’s attorneys and team members as part of a compliance-driven firm. Henry achieved industry success by drawing on the guidance of many influential mentors. Her father was a Navy senior chief, veteran, and her first boss at a family company that taught her the importance of policy, procedures, and quality control. Her mother encouraged her to never stop learning and exemplified to her a tireless work ethic. “It just never crossed my mind that as a woman I was not capable of achieving a successful legal career. I knew my hard work and focus would get me there,” she said.___________________________________________________________________MARY ANN HESS Folks Hess Kass, PLLC – Managing Member – Foreclosure, Collection, Mortgage Deficiency, Default Services LitigationNumber of years practicing law: 25Mary Ann Hess, Managing Member of Folks Hess Kass, PLLC, was first exposed to the legal realm when she worked for the Maricopa County, Arizona, Superior Court as a Case Transfer Coordinator and subsequently as a legal secretary at the largest law firm in Arizona. It was these years spent honing her skills, as well as her natural disposition as a detail-oriented individual, that made her excited to take the next step and practice law herself. Hess helps her team meet the challenges of the legal landscape through diligent training. “I have worked closely with our firm’s attorneys over the years to make certain that they participate in as many seminars relevant to our legal practice as possible. In addition, we conduct ongoing and aggressive in-firm training with our attorneys and staff to remain current not only on the law related to our practice but of the complex compliance and reporting requirements of our firm’s clients related to topics, including protecting confidential client information, reporting consumer complaints, and other client compliance requirements,” Hess said. Hess prides herself on having been able to help many litigants over the years on a pro bono basis as a court-appointed settlement judge, working to resolve their disputes on a mutually beneficial basis and often under very difficult circumstances when they could not afford costly litigation.___________________________________________________________________YACENDA HUDSON Tromberg Law Group, P.A. – Managing Attorney – Real Estate, Foreclosure Number of years practicing law: 14The ever-evolving complexity of the law and its players make the legal field a challenging landscape to navigate. These challenges can be even more daunting as a female attorney. “Unlike many men, when I walk into a courtroom, I am tasked with the test of proving that I belong. Many have an automatic misconceived perception that female attorneys lack the ability to zealously litigate,” said Yacenda Hudson, Managing Attorney of Tromberg Law Group, P.A. “Despite the challenges, my success comes from tackling and overcoming stereotypes, working hard to ensure that I have a chair at the leadership table, and earning the respect of my professional colleagues, as well as helping other women attain success.” Working her way up the ladder has been one of Hudson’s greatest career accomplishments. During her tenure at Tromberg, she has moved from Junior Associate to Managing Attorney over contested files, trial, and complex litigation. “I am proud to hold such a leadership title, as the industry is still slow to progress in recognizing and promoting minorities,” Hudson said. According to Hudson, it has been evident over the last few years that legal counsel has played a major role in the mortgage industry. “As counsel to lenders and servicers, legal professionals must remain updated regarding all laws and regulations that impact the mortgage industry,” Hudson explained.___________________________________________________________________LYNN M. JANEWAY Janeway Law Firm, P.C. – President, Managing and Majority Shareholder – Mortgage DefaultNumber of years practicing law: 33Lynn M. Janeway built a solid foundation for her more than 30-year career by first receiving her undergraduate degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Illinois. She then attended the university’s College of Law, primarily hoping to add skills that would assist her in someday owning her own business. Instead, she discovered a true affinity for the law. Janeway parlayed this passion into the founding of her own firm in 2004, which remains a career highlight. “Opening my firm allowed me to teach and instill in my attorneys and employees the desire to go the extra mile in service to our clients,” Janeway said. Owning and managing a firm that serves the mortgage industry has allowed Janeway to work on solving not only legal issues that arise but also the operational challenges that exist in this detailed and volume-based business. “Creative problem-solving is the skill I find most useful, as it is equally valuable in its application to specific files and to overall operations. I want to find not just a solution but the best solution,” Janeway said. She believes that legal professionals can help clients meet their compliance objectives by reviewing the processes and recommending state-specific adjustments when necessary to decrease potential liability. “I draw inspiration from my clients,” Janeway said. The servicing industry attracts some of the most talented and dedicated people.”___________________________________________________________________CYNTHIA KERN WOOLVERTON Millsap & Singer, LLC – VP – BankruptcyNumber of years practicing law: 20In her 20 years practicing law, Cynthia Kern Woolverton has been on every rung of the ladder. Today, she uses her experience to enrich the practice of Millsap & Singer, LLC. Woolverton’s decision to get into this stream was the result of being fascinated by the fact that there are two sides to every story. “Oftentimes, the winning side is the one with the more persuasive argument,” she said. “I grew up in a house with four brothers, and while arguing came naturally, persuasion was a skill perfected over the years.” Bankruptcy law, however, is Woolverton’s preferred area of focus. She sees her role as being a conduit between the judges and the firm’s clients. “Helping our judges understand the unique challenges that lenders and servicers face every day allows them to make more educated decisions on the issues at hand and provides a friendlier environment for our clients,” she said. A firm believer in mentoring, Woolverton enjoys teaching what she has learned in her two decades of practicing law and is proud to see the growing number of women in leadership positions. “These women are opening up opportunities for younger generations,” Woolverton said. Speaking on the role of financial services firms today, Woolverton said that they should “move routine matters through the system more efficiently to allow lenders and servicers to provide more assistance and attention to non-routine matters.”___________________________________________________________________ERIN LAURITO Laurito & Laurito, LLC – Managing Member – Creditors’ Rights, Civil Litigation, Strategic Component ServicesNumber of years practicing law: 16“There is a special relationship built between attorneys and their clients, whether the client is an individual or a large corporation,” said Erin Laurito of Laurito & Laurito, LLC, who has been practicing for 16 years. Laurito helps her clients navigate regulatory and compliance challenges and finds the most enriching part of her job to be solving problems. “There is nothing more satisfying to me than being part of a team of amazing people who use their individual strengths to find a solution for our clients that reduces their anxiety or reaches their desired goal,” Laurito said. Laurito got her love of problem-solving from her father, also an attorney, and though she attributes her desire to first practice law to him, her passion for the field deepened as she matured. Laurito recalled, “At first, I was captured by watching my dad leave for work each day, spending time as a child at his office, and listening to him solve problems. In college, I became very interested in business management and entrepreneurship, and a law firm lent itself to those passions, and still does.”___________________________________________________________________VANESSA A. LEO Shapiro, Pendergast & Hasty, LLP – Senior Counsel/Founder of National Personal Property Default DepartmentNumber of years practicing law: 8“I have always felt that the law chose me,” shared Vanessa A. Leo. “For a school assignment in the first grade, I drew a picture of myself in a courtroom with a suit and a briefcase. In the near decade, I’ve spent as an attorney, helping my clients has never felt like work, but rather a reward.” Being an attorney places Leo in the unique position to help individuals and organizations with their legal difficulties and help further the public good. Advocates like Leo are priceless in today’s climate where the enactment of new legislation, combined with a rise in unconventional residential products, means all mortgage professionals must be prepared in the areas of compliance and risk modeling. Leo’s clients have come to rely on her ability to navigate the law and never back down from a good fight. “In a formal written opinion, a judge admitted that he misarticulated the law and that, had it not been for my zealous advocacy, the client’s legal rights would have been foreclosed upon,” Leo said. “I am reminded every day to be that zealous advocate and to continue to develop my legal skills, read new cases and legislation that impact the client’s industry, and most importantly act with commitment and dedication to the interests of the client.” Leo’s firm also employs a growth strategy that includes improving adaptability with cross-training, communication, education, and being inclusive and innovative. 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NZ Herald 18 July 2013The Bishop of Auckland has rejected claims that instructions from ‘on high’ have caused a late halt to a proposed gay wedding taking place at St Matthew-in-the-City parish.The church’s vicar, Reverend Glynn Cardy, said the reason he was unable to host the ceremony as the culmination of a radio competition was because Anglican officials will not solemnise gay weddings.ZM, the broadcaster behind the promotion, blamed “higher powers in the Church”.But a statement from the Anglican Diocese of Auckland said Reverend Cardy had told the Bishop of Auckland, the Right Reverend Ross Bay, that there was no intention for the church to offer such an event, although a blessing would be possible following a legal civil marriage elsewhere.The bishop says no directive was given to St Matthew’s because there was never an intention for such a wedding to take place because the vicar was working within Anglican Church policy, which he understood.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10899719
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OTTAWA – Canada Post issued wide-ranging new contract offers to its employees Wednesday in the hope of preventing a work stoppage at the Crown corporation ahead of the busy holiday online shopping season, The Canadian Press has learned.The offers included “improvements to pay and benefits, adding job security for rural and suburban employees and no changes to the existing defined benefit pension plan,” the agency confirmed in an emailed statement.“It also includes more certainty and opportunities for temporary and part-time workers,” Canada Post said.The proposals came after high-level talks were held over the weekend aimed at bridging an impasse in negotiations with the union representing 50,000 of its workers.The talks had stalled in recent weeks, mainly over wages and working conditions.Failure to reach agreements with the agency’s 42,000 unionized urban carriers and 8,000 rural and suburban employees could result in a strike or lockout once a 72 hour notice period expires.Any job action at Canada Post this time of year could threaten deliveries of packages to consumers who shop online. Canada Post said last year that it delivered about one million parcels per day during the holiday season — an increase of 20 per cent over the same period in 2016.Canada Post said its new offers acknowledged a “rapid increase in the number of parcels” by including what it called “short and long-term measures to address the resulting workload issues for employees.”A spokesman for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers confirmed the union had received new proposals from the Crown corporation late Wednesday, but said the bargaining agents would need to analyze them before commenting.The counter offers were issued more than two weeks after CUPW issued broad-ranging contract proposals of its own that included demands for 3.5 per cent annual wage hikes.Canada Post had earlier offered wage increases of 1.5 per cent per year but did not provide details on it latest proposals.The agency did say, however, that the new offer for rural and suburban carriers, known as RSMCs, “goes above and beyond the important changes made as a result of the recent pay equity ruling.”An arbitrator last month ordered Canada Post to give RSMCs pay increases of up to 25 per cent to settle a long-fought pay-equity dispute.Not including added benefits that were part of the ruling, CUPW said the pay increase amounted to as much as $13,000 annually, retroactive to the beginning of 2016.In bargaining for a new RSMC contract, CUPW had sought hourly pay rates for rural and suburban carriers equivalent to what urban letter carriers are paid, along with better job security and minimum guaranteed hours.An initial Sept. 26 deadline for reaching agreements passed with no job action after the union said it would wait to see whether progress could be made at the bargaining table.Postal workers have been without contracts since the beginning of the year.The union has said it also hoped the latest round of bargaining would see agreements for both sets of workers combined into a single, new contract.Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu has encouraged both sides to continue negotiating toward collective agreements, with the help of a mediator, to avoid a work stoppage.
New Delhi: In a big bang election promise, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday announced that 20 per cent families belonging to the poorest category will be given Rs 72,000 each annually as minimum income if his party comes to power. Making the announcement at a press conference here, Gandhi said five crore families and 25 crore will directly benefit from the scheme. “Final assault on poverty has begun. We will wipe out poverty from the country,” he said Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Gandhi said the Congress has studied the fiscal implications of the scheme and consulted renowned economists and experts before finalising the scheme. “It is an extremely powerful, ground-breaking and well-thought through idea. We have consulted many economists on the scheme,” he said. “People have suffered in the last five years and we are going to give justice to them,” he added.
London: A cornered Theresa May issued a stark warning to the warring factions within the UK Parliament that the choice was between agreeing on a withdrawal agreement or risk no Brexit at all. In her latest statement from Downing Street on Saturday evening, the British Prime Minister sought to defend her move to reach out to Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in an attempt to break the ongoing parliamentary deadlock over Britain’s impending exit from the European Union (EU). Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBecause Parliament has made clear it will stop the UK leaving without a deal, we now have a stark choice: leave the European Union with a deal or do not leave at all, she said. My answer to that is clear: we must deliver Brexit and to do so we must agree a deal. If we cannot secure a majority among Conservative and DUP MPs we have no choice but to reach out across the House of Commons, she added. Her latest intervention comes amid a mounting mutiny within her own Conservative Party for sitting down with Corbyn to thrash out a solution, which will inevitably take the form of a so-called soft Brexit given Labour’s preference for a common Customs Union with the EU as part of any future relationship with the economic bloc. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHowever, the British PM highlighted that it was either that or not leaving the 28-member economic bloc at all and reneging on the June 2016 referendum in favour of Brexit. She said: The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the UK never leaving at all. It would mean letting the Brexit the British people voted for slip through our fingers. I will not stand for that. It is essential we deliver what people voted for and to do that we need to get a deal over the line. In a clear attempt at placating her hard Brexiteer party MPs, May insisted that there are areas where the two main UK parties, Conservatives and Labour, agree. We both want to end free movement, we both want to leave with a good deal, and we both want to protect jobs. That is the basis for a compromise that can win a majority in Parliament and winning that majority is the only way to deliver Brexit, she stressed. May is set for another trip to Brussels next week to follow up on her letter to European Council President Donald Tusk seeking a short extension to Article 50 until June 30. However, it remains to be seen what the remaining EU member countries will be willing to agree to, with any decision on an extension to the Brexit mechanism requiring their unanimous backing. The UK has already sought one extension to the March 29 Brexit deadline and is set to crash out of the bloc on April 12 unless an alternative arrangement is agreed with the EU. British MPs have rejected May’s EU divorce bill three times over the controversial Irish backstop clause and last week’s talks between the two main parties were aimed at trying to find a proposal which could break the deadlock in the Commons before an emergency EU summit on Wednesday. However, the three days of meetings stalled without agreement on Friday. Corbyn has said he was “waiting to see the red lines move” and had not “noticed any great change in the government’s position”. He is himself under pressure from his MPs to demand another referendum on any deal he reaches with the government, with 80 Labour MPs signing a letter saying a public vote should be the “bottom line” in the negotiations.
The ‘Shubho Akshay-Tritiya’, this year’s edition of Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers annual festive offer for the season, comes with many draws and attractions. Assured gift with every purchase, 20% discount on MC of gold jewellery, 50% discount on MC of diamond jewellery, 15% discount on gems and precious stones, and daily lucky draw of the gold coin are few of the major highlights. Additionally, there is a mega draw of a diamond necklace. Altogether, a lot of shine awaiting for the customers in a special ‘Akshay-Tritiya’ package. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe special press preview, timed just after the advent of the Bengali New Year, had all the elements of Bangaliana with much song and dance about the season, presentation of festive glitter and glow and felicitation of Manik Debnath, master weaver of traditional ‘Gamchas’. “I am really touched”, said Manik Debnath, the 64-year-old master weaver from ‘Oitijya Haat Tant’, “…and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers for this honour and wish all Shuva Nabobarsho.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We are really happy to felicitate unsung hero Manik Debnath because he is truly a master weaver and deserves to be celebrated for keeping the traditional craft alive and this felicitation comes with fond wishes for his mastery to remain ‘Akshay'”, said Rupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers. “Akshay-Tritiya is all about retention of shine in fate and fortune and that is why it is considered to be a very auspicious occasion for people to buy jewellery and pray for its reflection in their lives,” he added. The offer will be on from May 1- 8 at all showrooms of Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers in Kolkata – Rashbehari Avenue, Behala and Barasat and Tripura.
New Delhi: England’s Joe Root said that the omission of batsman Alex Hales has had a unifying effect on the team. Hales had been named in the preliminary squad for the World Cup, that starts on May 30, despite serving a 21-day suspension following an “off-field incident”, which The Guardian later reported was a positive test for recreational drugs. After the matter went public, Hales was subsequently dropped from the team. Captain Eoin Morgan said that the incident had led to a “complete breakdown in trust” and that all the senior players of the team agreed that dropping Hales was the best decision. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “Yes, absolutely,” Root is quoted as saying in a BBC Sport report. “Now we’re back playing cricket, that is really good for the group. We can concentrate on our full focus being on the cricket going into the World Cup.” Root, who is England’s Test captain, also said that Joffra Archer can still make a late entry into the World Cup squad. The Barbados-born pacer was impressive during the little play that was possible in England’s washed out first ODI against Pakistan. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters “He’s been extremely impressive so far,” said Root. “It’s early days, but the way he bowled yesterday was particularly good. “When guys come in and perform well, that is good for the squad. If guys are performing at the best of their ability, that will improve the standard of the group.” Root also clarified that Archer’s potential late entry won’t cause any disharmony in the team. “I don’t think he’s created any rifts, uncertainty, or problems in the team, it’s purely providing competition and that can only be a good thing,” he said.
MADRID – President Mario Ray says he will not work for differences, but for solidarity.Spain intensively discusses the referandum to be held on November 9 next year for the separation of autonomous Catalonia.Ruling Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CIU) has declared the coalition by compromising with the seperatist parties in Catalonia saying “Spain can not hinder the plebiscite”, nevertheless Spain’s ruling People Party (PP) and main opposition Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE) argues that referandum will not be implemented under any circumstances. President Mariano Roy said, “I obviously expressed my idea regarding this issue. I will work to emphasize connective factors, not the differences. Spain’s sovereignty can be decided by all Spanish people. Any prime minister, political party or parliament can not decide what Spain is.”Spanish Prime Minister commented on the plebiscite by saying, “Spain is one of the oldest nations of Europe and it is one of the leading countries which provided its union.”Chief of PSOE Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba also criticized the developments. He said, they are not in favor of “self-determination of future” which was mostly used by autonomous Catalonia, stressing that a probable seperation of Catalonia would not be for the good of Spain and Europe.The referandum will include the “Do you want Catalonia to be a state?” question, and “Do you want this state [Catalonia] to be independent?” which will be asked to voters saying “Yes” to the first question, and its pre-agreement is expected to be voted and confirmed in Catalan Parliament on January 15, 2013. Then the Catalan government is expected to submit the results of the plebiscite and ask for a general referandum in Spain.