News Article | April 17, 2017
MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwired - April 11, 2017) - Thomas Kyle, a 1996 graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, has been named a Diplomate in the National College of Advocacy by the American Association for Justice (AAJ). The AAJ recognizes members who demonstrate a commitment to serving their clients through excellence in professional development. The Diplomate distinction honors those dedicated to enriching their trial skills. There are fewer than 200 lawyers in the United States who have earned this designation. AAJ is the largest organization of trial lawyers in the United States, with over 60,000 members, and protects the rights of individuals injured by negligence. The mission of AAJ is to promote a fair and effective justice system and to support and protect the 7th Amendment of the United States Constitution. A graduate of the college's Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy (ASTA) program, Attorney Kyle and AAJ's ASTA recognize AAJ attorney members who have successfully completed a rigorous legal curriculum that provides well-rounded legal training and is essential to practice development. There are only 24 attorneys in the United States who have achieved this distinction. Kyle is one of just two attorneys in the state of Wisconsin to be named an AAJ Diplomate of Trial Advocacy. Attorney Kyle currently concentrates on representing plaintiffs in complex personal injury matters in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa at Hupy and Abraham, S.C. Founded in 1969 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, personal injury law firm Hupy and Abraham, S.C. has a proven record of success with large settlements in serious cases, collecting over a billion dollars for more than 70,000 satisfied clients. The firm has a long-established reputation of providing sound legal representation to accident victims, securing fair compensation for its clients and giving back to the community. With 11 offices located in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, the law firm handles personal injury cases including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, pharmaceutical and medical device class actions and nursing home neglect and abuse cases. The firm's 24 experienced attorneys are committed to going above and beyond the call of duty for their clients by tirelessly representing them to the best of their ability while being involved in the local community -- from raising funds for local charities to participating in safety and accident prevention initiatives. In the past three years, the firm has donated more than $500,000 to more than 250 worthwhile causes. Hupy and Abraham, S.C. has received top ratings from a number of national professional organizations for many years and was voted Best Personal Injury Lawyers in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 and voted Best Personal Injury Law Firm in 2016, 2014, 2013 and 2012 in another popular poll, and named Best Law Firm in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Top Choice Award in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, the firm was named a Webby Award Honoree in the Best Law Website Category and was honored at the Legal Marketing Association's "Your Honor Awards" for Best Website: Reboot.
News Article | April 25, 2017
After months of college application tasks and an anxious waiting period, high school seniors are starting to receive college acceptance letters. Many students may be relieved, but the hard work isn't necessarily over. Now you need to make a decision. If you are lucky enough to receive multiple acceptances, you must choose one. With so many factors to consider, how can you ensure you're making the right choice for this major chapter in your life? While you don't want to put too much pressure on yourself, evaluate your options carefully. Two current undergraduates recently shared their college decision strategies to help you prepare to pick a college before National College Decision Day on May 1. [Get expert tips and advice on making the college decision.] -- Identify your deal breakers: Before you can make any decision, large or small, you need to determine which factors are most important to you and key to you having a great education experience. You may have created a list of criteria when you put together a short list of colleges to apply to, but now you need to differentiate between the elements you simply like and those you feel you can't live without. Jump-start your decision process by reviewing each school based on the deal breakers you identify. Which schools offer the things you can't live without and which don't? Mina Shenouda, a senior at Rutgers University--New Brunswick, said via email he wanted a specific type of college location. "I wanted to choose a school that was safe and that also had fun stuff to do if I wanted to explore other areas," he said. Shenouda also said it was important to him to find a school that offered the best programs for his goals, including his potential major, minor and extracurricular activities. Madeleine Wagner, a junior at the University of North Georgia, said via email the most important factors for her were affordability and opportunities within the school, specifically a biology program. "When I first sat down in my biology class when I started the university, other students around me were immediately discussing the material and making study groups," she explained. "That's when I felt I made the right choice, surrounding myself with like-minded people who understood me." [Follow these 10 steps to picking the right college.] -- Research and ask last-minute questions: As decision day approaches, you still may have questions. Don't be afraid to dig further for answers to these questions or reach out to the school. As you evaluate schools based on your list of must-haves, you may come across information that you didn't know to research before or that you were unaware of. But if you can't find the answers you need, don't be shy about asking the school. Shenouda advises asking questions so you are as prepared as possible for college. "There are a few elements that I wish I had prepared for when I was still in high school. First and foremost, I wish I had looked into the requirements more thoroughly in regards to my major, as well as general core requirements," he said. "I was a little clueless about it at first and didn't necessarily know how it worked, which made scheduling classes later on slightly difficult." Consider contacting the appropriate departments at the schools you're looking at to confirm what the requirements for your intended major are like and if you feel comfortable with those paths. Financial aid opportunities and general facts about tuition are other aspects you may wish to ask more questions about. Shenouda noted this was an important consideration as he chose between schools. "The cost of education was my biggest determining factor," he said. "You don't want to be paying student loans for the entirety of your life, so you have to choose a school accordingly." [Check out the colleges where students are the most eager to enroll.] -- Make the decision for you: Like many students, you may have various people, including family and friends, giving input on your college decision. While many of your trusted relatives and peers may have valuable insights that can contribute to your decision, ultimately the choice is yours and yours alone. Only you can fully realize which aspects of a college will make you truly happy and fulfilled, so keep that at the front of your mind.
News Article | May 1, 2017
On May 1st, National College Decision Day, high school seniors across the country will finalize their college acceptance decisions. For many, this is the first major decision of their soon to be adult lives. But beyond where they will study, students and their parents need to think about other important factors when selecting and preparing to leave for college, including the school’s policies around vaccination requirements. Global Healthy Living Foundation (http://www.ghlf.org) has long advocated to make college aged students and their parents aware of the dangers of vaccine preventable diseases like Meningitis B—and the need to vaccinate against them. Outbreaks of Meningitis B have been regularly occurring on college campuses in recent years. Because the B strain of meningitis requires a new, separate vaccination, many parents mistakenly think their kids are protected with the standard shot. Parents and their kids need to know about all strains of meningitis, their college’s policy on requiring vaccinations and making sure their health is protected before heading off to campus this fall. To help in this effort, Global Healthy Living Foundation has created an on-line resource for students, that tracks, in real time, the number of cases of Meningitis B on campuses around the country. Because of the way meningitis is spread, through close personal contact, students in dorm settings are particularly vulnerable to the disease and should be vaccinated. “Leaving for college is such an exciting time for young adults,” said Louis Tharp, Executive Director of Global Healthy Living Foundation. “But parents and students need to be aware of Meningitis B, the available vaccines, and that outbreaks that could be prevented do happen on campuses.” Neal Raisman, a GHLF ambassador, former college president, and a father who lost his son to meningitis is urging college students and their parents to be aware of the risks of the disease. “Our son was healthy in the morning, and was gone by 4:30 that day. Meningitis is a vicious killer that strikes fast and without discrimination. As a parent, there is no greater loss than what we have experienced. At the time of my son Issac’s death, there was no vaccine to prevent the “B” strain of the disease. Now there is and there’s no excuse for one more life to be lost,” said Raisman. The single best way to prevent this disease is to be vaccinated. There are two meningococcal vaccines that protect against the five serogroups: MenACWY and MenB. All adolescents should receive MenACWY at age 11–12. A second dose (booster) is needed at age 16. The MenB series can also be given to teens and young adults starting at age 16. Adolescents may receive MenACWY and MenB vaccines at the same time. In addition to being offered at physician offices and health departments, meningococcal vaccines may also be available at student health centers. The vaccines are covered by most private insurance plans and for children who are Medicaid eligible through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. About the Global Healthy Living Foundation: The Global Healthy Living Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people living with chronic illnesses, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, migraine, diabetes, psoriasis, cardiovascular disease and chronic pain, by advocating for improved access to care at the community, state, and federal levels, and amplifying education and awareness efforts within its social media framework. GHLF is also a staunch advocate for vaccines. The Global Healthy Living Foundation is the parent organization of CreakyJoints, the go-to source for more than 100,000 arthritis patients and their families world-wide who are seeking education, support, advocacy and patient-centered research and ArthritisPower, the first ever patient-led, patient-centered research registry for arthritis, bone, and inflammatory skin conditions.
News Article | October 31, 2016
WUXI, China, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The World IoT Expo is held from October 30th to November 1st, 2016 in Wuxi. The expo is jointly hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and Jiangsu Provincial People's Government. Jointly supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Global Standard 1 (GS1) and Auto-ID Labs, it is the largest and highest scale national-level exposition of the Internet of Things sector in China. The China International IoT Expo has been held annually since 2010, and has become widely known over the past six years. This October, approved by the CPC Central Committee and State Council, it was renamed as the World Internet of Things Exposition. Compared with previous years, this year's event will boast a larger scale, higher-level participants and more advanced technologies. With numerous exhibits and upgraded technologies, the event fosters a new beginning for the Internet of Things Exposition. With the theme of "Create IoT Era, Share Global Intelligence", this expo consists of various activities including the IoT Wuxi Summit, the main exhibition of IoT applications and products, the China National College Innovation Competition of IoT Applications and the 4th Meeting of the Governing Group of Wuxi National Sensor Network Innovation Demonstration Zone. The IoT Wuxi Summit invited guests from home and abroad, such as the president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Zhang Xiaogang and deputy secretary-general of ITU Malcolm Johnson, to deliver keynote speeches. The speakers also includes Khalil Najafi, professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division at the University of Michigan; Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, founder and head of the MIRALab Research Laboratory at the University of Geneva; Alain Crozier, head and chief executive of Microsoft Greater China Region; Wu Hequan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Wang Jian, chief technology officer at Alibaba; Zhang Shunmao, the president of Huawei Marketing and Solutions and Liu Haitao, chairman of World Sensing Net Group (WSN Group). In addition to an IoT competition for college students and a job fair, the event also includes a press conference for releasing the construction plan for a world-class "Internet of Things town" to promote the development of Wuxi's IoT industry. The IoT Wuxi Summit has the following features: More than 3,000 guests from 23 countries and regions attended the exhibition, including 10 ministerial leaders, and 24 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, directors of international associations, the inventor of the COMS integrated circuit and the founder of MEMS Research Center in Singapore. Participants also include senior managers from State-owned companies such as China Railway, State Grid, Sinopec, PetroChina, Aviation Industry Corporation of China. In addition, professors from MIT, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati, University of Washington, University of Geneva of Switzerland, Tsinghua University are also in attendance. Managers in charge of technology at overseas companies including IBM, Siemens, Microsoft, Bosch, GE, Nokia, NTT, SK Telecom, ARM, Kaspersky, Honeywell and Tesla Motors, as well as domestic ones, including China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Huawei, Lenovo, Inspur, Haier, Midea, Foxconn, Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent, JD.com, Qihoo 360 and Neusoft will also take part in the event. With its exhibition area expanded to 50,000 m2 from 32,000 m2, the expo accommodates 489 exhibitors who will demonstrate technology applications and practical cases to visitors with interactive displays. Companies participating in the Expo include IBM, Siemens, OMRON, ARM, Infineon Technologies, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, XCMG, China North Industries Group Corporation, Aisino Corporation, Huawei, ZTE, Alibaba, Tencent, JD.com, AsiaInfo, Hikvision and Lenovo.
News Article | November 23, 2016
Husson University announced today that WHSN 89.3 FM took first place at the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards. This prestigious national collegiate media organization recognized the station’s 2015 live broadcast of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Premature Burial” as the Best Radio Talk/Entertainment Show of the Year. “Our students and faculty are what make the annual “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” broadcast so successful,” says Mark Nason, manager of communications and internships at Husson University’s New England School of Communications (NESCom). “This award stands as a testament to the quality learning experience we make available to our students. With modern broadcast equipment and knowledgeable, experienced faculty members, NESCom’s radio production program is regarded by many as the best in Maine.” The College Media Association’s (CMA) Pinnacle Awards honor the best college media organizations and individual work. The contest is open to student work produced by any college media organization during an academic year. The awards, presented at the Fall National College Media Convention, recognize achievements by college TV and radio stations, online media outlets, magazines, newspapers and yearbooks. In winning this first place award, WHSN 89.3 FM prevailed over similar programs at much larger universities. Second place went to West Virginia University’s (WVU) “Moose in the Morning.” The Fall 2015 enrollment at WVU’s main campus is 28,776. Fall 2015 WVU System enrollment is 31,514. Third place went to WZIS-FM at Indiana State University (ISU). Total enrollment at ISU during the fall of 2015 was 13,584 students. Husson University, by comparison, is much smaller. Fall 2015 enrollment at Husson was 3,420 students. Husson continues to grow. In Fall 2016, Husson University enrollment was 3,682. “Our radio program is just as good, if not better, than those at larger colleges and universities,” continued Nason. “The individual attention NESCom students get as part of their education is one of the reasons why so many of our graduates go on to achieve career success after graduation.” The live radio broadcast of Poe’s “The Premature Burial” was performed as a live 1940’s-style radio drama from the stage of the Gracie Theatre. It featured a cast of Husson University students and local area residents. Members of the audience got to see everything that goes into the creation of a live radio drama – including the terrifying sound effects. “The Premature Burial” by Edgar Allan Poe is about a man who randomly falls into a death-like trance. As a result of this condition, he’s afraid that he’ll be mistakenly declared dead and subsequently buried alive. He becomes obsessed by this fear. To protect himself, he refuses to leave his home and builds an elaborate burial chamber with equipment that will allow him to signal for help in case he finds himself entombed accidentally. Then, one day, he awakens in pitch darkness in a confined area. Despite his precautions, was he buried alive? In past years, “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” has received accolades and recognition from a variety of organizations. Recognition for past productions includes: “The Cask of Amontillado” 2011 – Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts - Honorable Mention Student Audio Comedy or Drama category “The Fall of the House of Usher” 2012 - BEA Festival of Media Arts - First Place Student Audio Comedy or Drama category 2013 - College Media Association Pinnacle Awards - Finalist - Best Radio Talk/Entertainment Program “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Pit and the Pendulum” 2013 - Maine Association of Broadcasters - Second Place Locally Produced Program category “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” 2014 - College Media Association Pinnacle Awards - First Place - Best Radio Talk/Entertainment Program 2014 - BEA Festival of Media Arts - First Place Student Audio Comedy or Drama category 2014 – College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) National Student Production Awards - Finalist Best Special Broadcast 2014 - Maine Association of Broadcasters -Third Place Locally Produced Program category In reflecting on the success of the live radio show, Husson University Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Lynne Coy-Ogan remarked, “Members of the public and our campus community who attend these live broadcast have seen, first hand, why the New England School of Communications at Husson University is regarded as one of the region’s leading educators of media professionals. The professional quality of our students and the broadcast is impressive.” Completed in October of 2009, the Gracie Theatre is Husson University's center for the fine and performing arts. This beautiful new 500-seat theatre is quickly earning a reputation as one of Maine’s premier performance venues. In addition, The Gracie also serves as a learning platform for students from the New England School of Communications in digital audio, sound mixing, set design and construction, lighting, acting and electronics. For more information, visit GracieTheatre.com The New England School of Communications (NESCom) at Husson University offers Bachelor of Science degrees in communications technology, mass communications, and entertainment production. Within these degrees, students may choose from concentrations in audio engineering, live sound technology, video production, web media, entertainment production, journalism, marketing communications, radio broadcasting, and sports journalism. NESCom specializes in communications and provides students with a hands-on experience that gives them the education and skills needed for today's job market. For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies, science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.
News Article | February 15, 2017
The DuPage County criminal defense law firm of Ramsell & Associates, LLC announces that Founding Attorney Donald J. Ramsell has been selected as a 2017 Illinois Super Lawyer in recognition of his outstanding work in the criminal law arena. This year marks Ramsell’s 11th Super Lawyers designation since 2005. Super Lawyers is an attorney rating service spanning over 70 practice areas, which highlights the top attorneys in each state based on a high degree of client service and peer acknowledgement. Only the top five percent of attorneys in Illinois are named Super Lawyers each year. DuPage DUI Lawyer Donald J. Ramsell is the founder and managing partner of Ramsell & Associates, LLC. Throughout his legal career, Ramsell has defended over 10,000 DUI cases. He is Board Certified in DUI Defense, and is a Sustaining Member of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). In 2016, Ramsell authored a legal publication entitled, “Illinois DUI Law and Practice Guidebook.” To date, he has authored over 30 publications related to DUI law. Ramsell is a past president of the DuPage County Bar Association, and the DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Additonally, he is ranked as a “Top DUI Lawyer” on Avvo based on exceptional client service and peer recognition. Ramsell has been featured as a legal analyst on numerous media outlets including: 20/20, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post and various radio shows and podcasts. Ramsell & Associates, LLC, founded by Attorney Donald J. Ramsell, has represented the rights of indiviuals in DuPage County for over 25 years. The firm has successfully defended over 13,000 drivers since its establishment. The team of dedicated Illinois attorneys at Ramsell & Associates, LLC handles a wide variety of criminal charges including: DUI defense, drug crimes, property crimes, traffic violations, white collar crimes, juvenile offenses, and expungements and sealing. Ramsell & Associates, LLC represents clients throughout DuPage County including the towns of Wheaton, Naperville, Carol Stream, and Glen Ellyn. For more information call 1-800-DIAL-DUI or visit http://www.dupage-dui-attorney.com today.
News Article | February 17, 2017
Tom Barton Attorney at Law, has defied convention in the Henry County DUI criminal defense market with the release of its new 24/7 face-to-face free consultation service. Now all people who were charged with DUI can take an advantage of the service. — Tom Barton, an experienced DUI lawyer, understands how critical this decision is for the client’s future and for their family. He has been representing clients faced with a criminal charges for over 20 years across Georgia including Fayette, Butts, Rockdale and the surrounding counties. So as a welcome breath of fresh air, Tom Barton will instead absolutely grantee a professional straight to the point DUI legal advice. Tom Barton chose to make this move because he believes all clients have right to be instantly protected and satisfied . Click Here to read his case results The best defense when faced with any DUI arrest, whether it is happened before or not, is to contact a lawyer skilled in drunk driving defense as soon as possible. Attorney Barton is a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College for DUI Defense and the Defense of Drinking Driver’s Network. For both state and federal criminal court representation, an aggressive and honest attorney and an experienced trial lawyer, the client can count on his representation. For more information, please visit http://www.bartonduilaw.com/
News Article | December 6, 2016
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 6, 2016) - Texas A&M University quarterback, Trevor Knight was named the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy recipient at the National Football Foundation's Annual Awards ceremonies press conference at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City today by the award's namesake, Heisman Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Famer Danny Wuerffel. The Wuerffel Trophy, presented by the All Sports Association, is college football's premier award for community service. It is presented to the college football player (Football Bowl Subdivision) who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. "Trevor Knight has consistently demonstrated selfless acts of community service throughout his college career," said Wuerffel, whose own college and professional football career embodies the level of humanitarian and community service work the Wuerffel Trophy aspires to honor. "Being an inspiration to others on and off the field is what this trophy represents. We are honored to add Trevor to our distinguished list of Wuerffel Trophy recipients." Knight helped lead the Aggies to a 8-4 record in 2016, after transferring from the University of Oklahoma and earning his undergraduate degree in business administration. He is currently enrolled in the Mays Business School at A&M. At Oklahoma he was a 5-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll member, 7-time Sooner Scholar and an Academics All-Big 12. After leading three mission trips to Haiti while at OU, Knight was the driving force to set up a similar mission trip at A&M this year. Additionally he has participated in countless local community service efforts with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, local churches, schools and other organizations in Norman, Oklahoma and College Station, Texas. Knight is a two-time Wuerffel Trophy nominee. The Wuerffel Trophy is named after Wuerffel, who is one of the most decorated players in football history at the University of Florida. In 1996, he not only led the Gators to win their first national championship as quarterback, but also went on to win nearly a dozen awards that year including the coveted Heisman Trophy. Wuerffel has received many honors since 1996, including induction into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great," the Gator Football Ring of Honor and election into the College Football Hall of Fame; however he says one of his greatest professional achievements has been the work he has accomplished for inner-city church leaders as executive director for the nonprofit Desire Street Ministries. "To leverage the use of your talents, your time and the influence you have on others for the betterment of humanity is always an incredible challenge," said Wuerffel. "I think in so many ways, how we care for those who are hurting and on the margins and fringes of society ultimately defines who we are." As 2016 Wuerffel Trophy recipient, Knight will be interviewed on ESPNU and ESPN3 during "The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show," at 6 p.m. EST Dec. 8, prior to The Home Depot College Football Awards Show at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta. Knight will be formally presented with the Wuerffel Trophy at the All Sports Association's 48th Annual Awards banquet on Feb. 10 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. University of Miami head coach Mark Richt will be the keynote speaker at the event. For available corporate sponsorships contact: Tom Brassell, Executive Director, (850) 585-5512. To learn more about The Wuerffel Trophy, visit www.wuerffeltrophy.org. ABOUT THE WUERFFEL TROPHY: The Wuerffel Trophy is college football's premier award for community service. The All Sports Association, based in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, presents the Wuerffel Trophy to the Football Bowl Subdivision player who best exhibits exemplary community service, along with qualifying academic and athletic achievement. As the trophy namesake, Danny Wuerffel, former Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Florida who had a six year career as quarterback in the National Football League, embodies the three categories of the award: community service, academics and athletics. Past winners of the Wuerffel Trophy include: Ty Darlington, University of Oklahoma (2015); Deterrian Shackelford, University of Mississippi (2014); Gabe Ikard, University of Oklahoma (2013); Matt Barkley, University of Southern California (2012); Barrett Jones, University of Alabama (2011); Sam Acho, University of Texas (2010); Tim Hiller, Western Michigan University (2009); Tim Tebow, University of Florida (2008); Paul Smith, University of Tulsa (2007); Joel Penton, Ohio State University (2006); and Rudy Niswanger, Louisiana State University (2005). The Wuerffel Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association, which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 23 awards boast more than 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. For more information, go to www.NCFAA.org and www.wuerffeltrophy.org.
News Article | December 5, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, AL--(Marketwired - December 04, 2016) - The 32nd annual collegiate Butkus Award® honoring the nation's best collegiate linebacker was presented today to Reuben Foster, a senior at the University of Alabama. The bronze trophy was presented in-person by its namesake Dick Butkus and his son Matt as a surprise at a team banquet here, following Alabama's SEC championship Saturday. Foster received 77 points in the Butkus Award voting, becoming the fourth Butkus Award winner from Alabama, matching Oklahoma. Past Alabama winners; C.J. Mosley in 2013, Rolando McClain in 2009, and the late Derrick Thomas in 1988, who later joined Mr. Butkus in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Runner-up was Zach Cunningham of Vanderbilt with 56 points and Jarrad Davis of Florida with 32 points. Rounding out the top five were LSU's Kendall Beckwith and Iowa's Josey Jewell. Those receiving write-in votes included Alabama's Ryan Anderson and Shaun Dion Hamilton, Ohio State's Raekwon McMillan and UCLA's Jayon Brown. The selection committee stated: "Reuben Foster is a complete linebacker with the instincts, closing burst, explosion and on-field leadership traits that set the tone for the nation's top defense. He is a fearless striker who plays the game with intensity and passion. The way he uncoils on contact and the way his teammates gravitate toward him are both reminiscent of Mr. Butkus. After finishing second to Jaylon Smith in the high school balloting four years ago, Foster distinguished himself in this year's collegiate class." The Butkus Award® selection committee is comprised of football coaches, recruiters, talent scouts and journalists who study football talent yearlong. Selectors are asked to recognize qualities that defined Butkus' career; toughness, on-field leadership, competitiveness, football character, and linebacking skills. The 2015 collegiate Butkus Award winner was Jaylon Smith (now Dallas Cowboys). A 2016 high school winner will be named soon, and a 2016 pro winner will be named early in 2017. Created in 1985, the Butkus Award® is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. In addition to honoring top linebackers, the Butkus Award helps spread the word about the I Play Clean® initiative which encourages teens to eat well, train hard, and play with attitude instead of resorting to performance-enhancing drugs. The Butkus Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which includes the 22 most prestigious awards in college football with 722 years of selection excellence.
News Article | November 30, 2016
PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - November 30, 2016) - With statistics showing an increase in driving under the influence (DUI) charges during the holiday season, attorneys with The Oswalt Law Firm are providing Arizonans with tips for finding a qualified attorney to handle a DUI case. "There's no denying Arizona has the nation's strictest laws for DUI. Penalties for being caught -- rightly or wrongly -- range from overnight stays in jail to up to four (4) months in prison just for the first charge. Additional charges can result in years of prison time. That's why selecting the right attorney for representation is the best bet for getting penalties reduced or expunged," explained one Oswalt Law Firm attorney. Tips For Selecting The Right DUI Attorney Search for an attorney who is certified to handle DUI cases. Web sites for the State Bar of Arizona (www.azbar.org) or the National College for DUI Defense (www.ncdd.com) provide searchable data bases for online readers. Both sites allow for the input of details of their own situation before being provided with a list of nearby certified attorneys. Personal recommendations from friends or family members who have completed litigation for a DUI charge can also be helpful. Interview prospective attorneys. Before selecting an attorney, interview them either on the phone or in person. Specifically, ask about their experiences in defending DUI cases and how many they have handled successfully. Other good questions to ask include: Make sure the attorney is licensed. Only a licensed attorney can represent you in court. Do not fall for false assurances. Straightforward and trustworthy attorneys will be honest about the chances of prevailing in court. For more information about DUI laws in Arizona, visit oswaltlawyers.com or call (602) 225-2222. About Oswalt Law Group: With offices in Phoenix, Tempe and Peoria, The Oswalt Law Group provides professional criminal representation for those who are charged with all types of offenses, including DUI, homicide, theft, sexual offenses and fraud. The firm is dedicated to providing aggressive and quality representation regardless of the charges made.