Senior Akshay Dinakar hosted the seventh annual Poetry Slam in the SM East library Friday.SM East gets poetic with seventh annual “Slam.” Approximately 300 students used their lunch period to get a little culture at SM East Friday at the seventh annual Poetry Slam, where students read original works. Three winners in the event, which took place in the SM East library, received gift certificates to Chick Fil A.SM East, SM North students to attend robotics world championships. NEJC high school students will accompany the SM West robotics team to the FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis starting April 22. In addition to the seven-person Viking Robotics team that came in second at the FIRST Kansas City Robotics Competition last month, one student from SM East and two students from SM North will attend the competition after having helped the Vikings get their machine ready.Rose previews Senate plan to balance Kansas budget. The Kansas City Star’s Steve Rose used his Saturday column to lay out Senate Ways and Means Committee Vice Chair Jim Denning’s thoughts about how to stem the state’s $600 million budget hole. Denning says plugging the loophole that exempts small business owners from paying taxes on their own wages could help save $110 million. [How to find $600 million for the Kansas budget — Kansas City Star]Roeland Park reception for council members – old and new – tonight. Roeland Park will hold a reception for its three new incoming members and three outgoing members of the city council tonight at 6 p.m. in city hall. The reception will welcome new councilors Erin Thompson, Michael Poppa and Tim Janssen. It also will thank Megan England, Jennifer Gunby and Mrek Gliniecki for their years of service on the council. A council meeting will follow at 7 p.m.Emerald Ash Borer presentation Wednesday. Learn about the presence of EAB in the area and what can be done about your ash trees. Dennis Patton, horticulture agent of the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension office will be the presenter at the session held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sylvester Powell Community Center.SM North yearbook wins award. The National Scholastic Press Association has named the SM North yearbook, The Indian, a winner of a Pacemaker Award at the Spring National High School Journalism Convention held this weekend in Denver. The 2013-2014 yearbook editors were Andrew Neyins, Savannah Rottanavong, and Kathy Hammer. Becky Tate is the faculty advisor.The Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.
Gareth Mitchell, partner, Pierce Glynn, London SE1 Martin Comport explains that ‘sometimes, cynical me thinks that [legal aid] certificates are given on the basis of “let’s say the chances are 50/50 or less but then they will be much greater when the opposition know that we have a certificate”’. Mr Comport can take comfort in the fact that for many years civil legal aid certificates have only been granted where prospects of success are greater that 50% (save in a limited number of exceptional cases, for example, where liberty is at stake), and that the Legal Services Commission’s Funding Code Criteria (which are published on the LSC’s website) contain a provision in the precise terms he suggests: ‘Full representation will be refused unless the likely benefits to be gained from the proceedings justify the likely costs, such that a reasonable private paying client would be prepared to litigate, having regard to the prospects of success and all other circumstances.’ If Mr Comport does not want to support the Law Society’s legal aid campaign that is his choice. But I hope he would agree that any debate about the future of legal aid should be based on accurate information about the operation of the current scheme.
Hackers are understood to have breached the security systems of at least one major international law firm as a long-predicted cyber espionage scenario has become reality.Reports from the US say that two magic circle firms were among 48 top firms to be targeted by attackers seeking inside information on mergers and acquisitions.Security experts have long warned that law firms are seen as a ‘weak link’ in the chain of secrecy surrounding such deals.New York security firm Flashpoint has issued an alert warning that a Russian cyber criminal had targeted 48 elite firms, including Hogan Lovells, Allen & Overy and Freshfields, to steal information on mergers for insider trading. Flashpoint would not comment on details of the alert, but said it had passed details to the relevant law enforcement authorities.One of the 48, New York and London firm Cravath Swaine & Moore (pictured) said in a statement last week that its systems had been breached last summer. It said it was ‘not aware that any of the information that may have been accessed has been used improperly’. The firm said it worked closely with law enforcement agencies on the breach, and reinforced its IT systems.‘Client confidentiality is sacrosanct. We will continue to work to ensure our systems are best in class,’ it said. Peter Armstrong, cyber director at risk manager Willis Finex Global, told the Gazette that law firms are under a persistent threat from criminals seeking inside information.He said: ‘Firms aggregate sensitive information, such as on mergers and acquisitions, and so are very high on the target list of both organised criminals and nation states.’He said the news of the attack shows ‘people are just beginning to wake up to the fact that they are being targeted and they have a problem’.One of the difficulties, he said, is that some senior partners do not adhere to security policies set out by their firms. As an example, he said that while some firms have policies barring the use of online storage services such as DropBox, partners continue to use them.Armstrong called on regulators to do more to protect the sector. ‘The regulatory community needs to step up and amplify its focus on generating guidance and developing good practice for law firms,’ he said.A spokesperson for the Solicitors Regulation Authority said reports of the attacks show firms must assess the systems they have for keeping client information safe.The spokesperson added: ‘We have raised this numerous times, and we would urge all firms to ensure they have appropriate processes and procedures in place. Any firm which has a data breach that compromises confidential client information has an obligation to let us know.’Law Society president, Jonathan Smithers, said: ‘The Law Society has worked with the UK government as part of its national cyber-security strategy and with the police to produce advice and training for our members on protecting against these threats.‘We will continue to do everything we can to raise awareness and provide practical advice to solicitors in firms of all sizes.’
Photo courtesy of LNC Images.GKIPA Championship – Ealing Trailfinders 59-5 HartpuryHartpury fell to a nine-try defeat at the hands of high-flying Ealing Trailfinders on Saturday.Tiff Eden, Jake Armstrong, John Hawkins and Sam Graham featured in the GKIPA Championship clash, but the hosts proved too strong for John Barnes’ side in West London.Robbie Smith grabbed the only try of the game for Hartpury midway through the second half, racing on to a perfectly weighted kick through.