One goal is to promote the importance of judicial independence to the public Board approves three-year strategic plan Board approves three-year strategic plan January 15, 2006 Regular News When lawyers and judges talk about judicial independence, the public may not be hearing the same message the legal professionals think they are conveying.President-elect Hank Coxe cited that as an example of the difficulties the Bar will face in pursuing its strategic plan. Coxe presented the plan for the next three Bar fiscal years at the Board of Governors’ December 16 meeting. The board approved the plan.One of the goals is promoting the importance of the judicial branch and judicial independence to the public. But Coxe said a recent poll conducted by the State Bar of Georgia found that lawyers and the public have different definitions of judicial independence.“One of the things they came to a conclusion on. . . was that the phrase judicial independence strikes a negative note with the public,” he said. “The term judicial independence [to the public] denotes free-wheeling, do-their-own-thing, when-they-want-to judges.”Terms the public does respond to positively are “fair” and “impartial,” Coxe reported.“We need to look at how we deal with the public to ensure judges are separate, equal, and independent — independent in how we understand the term,” he said.The strategic plan, Coxe said, is prepared by the Bar’s Long Range Planning Committee, which is the Executive Committee with some additional members. It has an annual retreat which includes in-depth discussions, with a facilitator, of where the Bar is and where it is going.The committee seeks to provide continuity and stability for an organization that has a different president — perhaps with different priorities — each year, he said. He noted the plan not only includes goals, but ways for measuring whether those goals have been achieved.The plan addresses the 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08 fiscal years. Goals include supporting adequate funding for courts, getting funding for new judges, encouraging legislative candidates who support judicial independence, monitoring judicial nominating commissions, having the board deal with the recommendations of the Special Committee on Lawyer Regulation, working with the Supreme Court as it considers just-filed recommendations to amend Bar advertising rules, and continuing to educate the public about the importance of the judicial system.Internally, the plan calls for the Bar to continue seeking ways to involve members in Bar work and help them in their practices. That includes continuing diversity efforts, improving the Bar Web site as a tool to help members, and continuing Bar advocacy on core legal issues.
Facebook320Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Port of OlympiaOlympia Beekeepers Association members install hives in an Olympia Airport field that will be full of flowering blackberries this summer. From left: Laurie Pyne, James Martin and Roy Manicke.Eyeing the grassy fields at Olympia Regional Airport, local beekeepers saw a potentially perfect environment for raising honey bees.As bee populations continue to decline, beekeepers are looking for opportunities to site hives in safe locations with abundant food supplies. A growing trend is to install hives at airports.“Airports with their big green open spaces can be perfect spots for bees,” said Laurie Pyne, Olympia Beekeepers Association (OBA) president.The association presented a plan to Rudy Rudolph, Port of Olympia’s airport director, and found the Port to be very interested in collaborating on the project.“We see this as a great opportunity to partner with the Olympia Beekeepers Association to make a positive contribution to the environment,” said Rudolph.Rudolph identified five potential sites for the apiary. “When Rudy took us to the last spot, I saw immediately that it is a perfect site–a large, grassy field protected by a fence and a tree line, and full of blackberries,” smiled Pyne. “We are grateful that the Port is willing to partner with us and excited for the opportunity to raise awareness about bees,” she said.Last week, the airport welcomed its new tenants when OBA members James Martin, Roy Manicke and Pyne installed approximately 30,000 honey bees in two hives. The airport bees are a hybrid of two prominent strains – Italian and Carniolan, which are sub-species imported from Europe long ago.Members of the OBA will regularly monitor and maintain the hives and help the bees become accustomed to their new home. Until the surrounding blackberries flower, they will keep feeders full of sugar syrup to ensure the bees have a sufficient food supply.Eventually, OBA will harvest honey from the airport apiary. “This year the bees will depend upon their honey to survive through the winter,” said Pyne. “Next year we can begin harvesting honey and we will recognize its Olympia Airport origins on the label.”“If the colonies do very well, we may have to split the hives next year,” she added. With the bee population declining about 40% in Washington last year and at the same rate nationwide, new hives would be a plus.The decline of bee populations over the last two decades has had a corollary affect on the production of fruits and vegetables. Bees pollinate approximately one-third of the food we eat, including 80 percent of all flowering crops.Olympia Regional Airport joins other airports in the beekeeping trend. The largest airport apiary in the world is at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. The 28 hives they installed in 2011 have expanded to over 75 hives with over one million bees.Airports in Germany pioneered on-airport apiary programs as early as 1999. These include international airports at Hamburg, Munich and Dusseldorf.Other airports having apiaries are Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and Montréal-Mirabel International Airport in Mirabel, Québec.