Lawyer-to-lawyer communications are not subject to the advertising rules

first_img Lawyer-to-lawyer communications are not subject to the advertising rules Lawyer-to-lawyer communications are not subject to the advertising rules Lawyers can send advertisements to other lawyers, but they may not pass along to current or former clients advertising from other lawyers, according to the Florida Supreme Court.The court on July 8 approved amendments to Bar Rule 4-7.1, which deals with exemptions to Bar advertising rules.The court had initially considered changes in a rewrite of the advertising rules submitted to the court in 2007. It asked for more information on the provisions of Rule 4-7-1, which recommended that advertising rules would not apply to lawyer-to-lawyer communications, communications with current or former clients, and communications with family members.The court, in its initial opinion on the rewritten rules, accepted the exemption on communications with family members, but asked for more information on communications with other lawyers and with current or former clients. The Bar provided that information, and the court heard oral argument earlier this year, after receiving three comments.In its opinion, the court accepted the Bar proposal that communications with other lawyers are exempt from the advertising rules. It largely accepted the Bar’s proposal that communications with current and former clients also be exempted. The court, though, specified that lawyers cannot pass along to those current or former clients advertisements from other attorneys.The court also added to the comment of the rule, including the admonition that, “A lawyer shall not serve as a conduit for other attorneys’ advertising.”The court also wrote in its unanimous per curiam opinion that, while those communications may be exempt from advertising rules, other Bar rules still apply.“[W]e emphasize that all communications by lawyers remain subject to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. For example, lawyers remain subject to the conflict of interest rules that prevent lawyers from placing their interests above those of their clients. R. Regulating Fla. Bar 4-1.7(a)(2),” the court said. “Also, lawyers are prohibited from engaging in conduct involving ‘dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation,’ regardless of the application of lawyer advertising rules. R. Regulating Fla. Bar 4-8.4(c). In addition, existing rule 4-7.1 contains a subdivision titled ‘Application of General Misconduct Rule,’ which reiterates that lawyers are prohibited from engaging in conduct involving ‘dishonesty, deceit, or misrepresentation,’ in any form of communication, regardless of whether the communication is governed by the advertising rules. R. Regulating Fla. Bar 4-7.1(g). Therefore, even though the instant proposals exempt two types of communication from the advertising rules, Rule 4-7.1 continues to require all communications to comply with the rules requiring honesty and candor.”The court also reiterated its wish for the Bar to undertake a larger study that encompasses both lawyer advertising and marketing — a process the Bar has begun.The new advertising rules become effective October 1.The court acted in In Re: Amendment to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 4-7.1 – Lawyer-to-Lawyer and Lawyer-to-Client Communications, case no. SC09-394.center_img July 15, 2010 Regular Newslast_img read more

Police: Man buys NYC storage unit, finds dead, frozen cats

first_imgPolice: Man buys NYC storage unit, finds dead, frozen cats NEW YORK (AP) – Police say a man bought a storage unit at an auction in New York City and found dozens of dead cats frozen in two freezers.Officers responded to American Self Storage in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City on Monday evening.Police say one freezer had frozen cats stacked on top of each other. In the other, police say they were individually wrapped in paper and plastic bags. One cat had been skinned.About 40 cats in all were discovered.The nonprofit American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has taken the dead cats into its custody for necropsies. The tests can’t be performed until the carcasses thaw out.Police are searching for an unidentified woman who originally rented the unit.The NYPD Animal Cruelty Squad is investigating. Published: October 18, 2016 8:16 AM EDT Updated: October 18, 2016 2:05 PM EDT Author: AP center_img SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

High school football: Parkway rolls past Byrd

first_imgThe Parkway Panthers bounced back from last week’s big loss to Evangel with a 40-16 victory over the Byrd Yellow Jackets on Thursday night at Lee Hedges Stadium.The Panthers improved to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in district play. They return to Lee Hedges Stadium this Thursday to face Captain Shreve. Byrd dropped to 0-5 and 0-2.Parkway junior quarterback Justin Rogers had big nights passing and running. He completed 18 of 28 for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Rogers rushed for 52 yards, including 37 in losses, and a touchdown.Junior receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. also returned to form after not catching a pass in the 45-8 loss to Evangel. He caught seven passes for 158 yards and the two touchdowns.Marshall’s TD catches covered 25 and 60 yards. The latter was a screen pass. He caught the ball around the line of scrimmage, angled toward the Parkway sideline and outran Byrd defenders to the end zone.Senior running back Robert McKnight scored touchdowns on runs of 7 and 34 yards. He finished with 74 yards rushing and 50 receiving.Chase Hill scored on a 10-yard run in the final minute of the first half that put Parkway on top 33-6.Sophomore Amani Larry caught three passes for 39 yards and rushed for 54 yards on just two carries.All told, the Panthers piled up 516 yards, including 214 on the ground.“We made some plays at times,” Parkway coach David Feaster said. “At times we blocked them pretty well and those guys were able to make some plays. It was enough to beat a good team. “Obviously, Byrd is not what they used to be, but I thought they were better this week than they were last week. It’s a sign of a young ballclub. They get better week by week. I think before the season is over with they’re going to be pretty respectable.” The Yellow Jackets put some pressure on Rogers, forcing him to scramble on several occasions. “The thing we talked about at halftime particularly was offensive line pass protection. We want more time to throw the football,” Feaster said.The Parkway defense didn’t allow a touchdown. Byrd returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown. The Jackets were able to move the ball some. Byrd finished with 159 yards rushing, according to Parkway stats. But they couldn’t get the ball into the end zone. Placekicker Ben Smith kicked three field goals.Penalties hurt the Jackets offense when they got inside Parkway territory, but the Panthers also stepped up and made stops behind the line of scrimmage.Smith’s third field goal made it 33-16 in the third quarter and gave Byrd a flicker of hope. But McKnight ended it with his 34-yard dash to the end zone.The Jackets, who have been hit hard by injuries, were sharper than they were in Week 4’s 34-7 loss to Captain Shreve. In that game, they fumbled 11 times and had six turnovers. Byrd did fumble five times Thursday night but lost only one. The Jackets actually won the turnover battle 3-1.“If they fumble the ball 11 times we will beat them by 50,” Feaster aid. “That was unlikely. Their defense was good enough to put up a good fight and they certainly did at times. They chased us around. It was a good workout for us. We’re glad to have the win against Byrd but at the same time we’re glad to have the practice because we’re going to play against people like this down the road.”David Morales led the Panthers defense with 11 tackles. Tony Beckwith was right behind him with 10. Malcolm Banks had seven. Cordarious Moore and Caleb Reese had six each. Joey Cook had five. Reese recovered a fumble in the first quarter right after Parkway lost a fumble at its 29-yard line. The Panthers led 6-3 at the time.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Crystal Palace man in ‘final negotiations’ over Bundesliga move – Has…

first_imgThe German striker has joined Chelsea this summer, leaving Leipzig with a 34 goal hole to fill in their forward line.They have already signed striker Hwang Hee-Chan from RB Salzburg to try and do that, but there has been a belief they will look to add another forward to their squad as well.That now appears to be Sørloth, with TV2 reporting that he is in ‘final negotiations’ with the Champions League semi-finalists.Embed from Getty ImagesThis has backed up by Nidaros, who report that the striker has had ‘meetings’ with the club in Trondheim.Sørloth has spent this season on loan from Crystal Palace with Turkish side Trabzonspor, topping the Super Lig goalscoring charts with 24 goals to his name. Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sørloth is in ‘final negotiations’ with RB Leipzig, who are eyeing him up as a replacement for Timo Werner. Leipzig now appear to have made their move, although there is no mention of how much they will pay or which club they will sign him from.There’s some contradiction on the terms of the loan, with some reports in Turkey saying it’s a two year deal, with the €6m buying option only applicable next summer. That would make for tricky Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayHero Wars根本不可能获得这个宝藏!来证明我们错了Hero WarsUndoForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoNessa HearingPeople in Singapore Born Before 1965 Eligible for Free Hearing Aid TrialNessa HearingUndoDBS”I had S$9 left in my bank account”DBSUndoWealthMastery.asiaThis Singaporean Couple is Disrupting A $3 Trillion IndustryWealthMastery.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoSingtelGet 30GB for $25 on SG’s #1 network.SingtelUndoGOMO by Singtel.Switch to GOMO. 40GB for $20 for 12 months!GOMO by Singtel.UndoTip ParentsBaby Keeps Waking Up With Scratches, Mom Checks Camera And Calls CopsTip ParentsUndolast_img read more

Man appears in court in connection with ramming of Garda car

first_imgA man will appear at Letterkenny District Court on Monday charged in connection with the ramming of a Garda car in Carrigart.The man, who is in his 20s and from Donegal, appeared at a special sitting of Sligo District Court this morning.The man was charged with dangerous driving. It follows an incident on Tuesday morning last in which two Gardai were injured after their unmarked patrol car was rammed “multiple times.”The man was released on bail and will appear in Letterkenny on Monday.Man appears in court in connection with ramming of Garda car was last modified: September 6th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Watch: Pringle TD blames ‘anti-rural’ parties for post office closures

first_imgIndependent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle has claimed that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil’s anti-rural legacies are to blame for post office closures in Donegal.Pringle TD has put questions to the Minister for Communications and CEO of An Post this week over the closure of post offices across rural Ireland. Deputy Pringle sought to establish to what extent the Government made efforts to avert the series of post office closures recently announced which will see over 159 post offices closed across rural Ireland and 17 in Donegal alone.The answers, according to Deputy Pringle, revealed Fine Gael’s lack of investment in the post office network from day one and their continued progression of Fianna Fáil’s legacy of anti-rural Ireland policies which have undermined the existing post office network.Deputy Pringle said: “It’s clear that Fine Gael is continuing on what Fianna Fáil started. Between 1999 and 2011 over 700 post offices were closed down while Fianna Fáil was in power. That is an extraordinary number and a clear indication of the anti-rural Ireland sentiment that exists in both establishment parties.“Answers to my questions at the Communications Committee confirm that the all- Government approach to the post office network has been to put the cart before the horse. “I questioned why the Government was providing additional services to Postmasters who escaped the recent spate of post office closures rather than providing them to all postmasters before the closures were announced. It would make better sense to provide the tools and supports necessary to help sustain the network before actively undermining it further only to offer supports afterwards.“The Government has it completely backwards when it comes to rural Ireland. Donegal has the second highest number of post offices to close under the recent decisions by An Post. It’s proof that the viability of Donegal towns and villages continue to be targeted by the policies originally established by Fianna Fáil and which are being pursued by Fine Gael over the course of their Partnership in Government.“The attack on rural Ireland will not end here while these policies remain and there’s no doubt that the future of post offices remains uncertain,” concluded Pringle.Watch: Pringle TD blames ‘anti-rural’ parties for post office closures was last modified: September 5th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:post officesThomas Pringle TDlast_img read more

Photo of the Week: Early Signs of Fall at Oakwoods Metropark

first_imgWith night temperatures in the forties the past few days, it’s no wonder we’re seeing the first signs of fall color change in southeastern Michigan woods. At Oakwoods Metropark in New Boston, Michigan, I saw early fall color change on sumac and understory plants in the oak-hickory forest. It was lovely to see the bright purples of the New England Asters as well as the beautiful yellow goldenrod.No signs of fall raspberries could be found. Birds seemed to be hiding except at the birdfeeders next to the nature center, where red-breasted nuthatches enjoyed a late afternoon meal. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Relatedlast_img read more

Is There a Punishment for Shoplifting If Merchandise Is Recovered?

first_imgMany are under the assumption that a retailer does not sustain any damages if the merchandise stolen in a shoplifting incident is recovered in merchantable condition. However, this is not the case. Just because the merchandise is not damaged does not mean there are no legal damages.Our “Of Counsel” attorneys for each state have advised us that in order to establish an injury giving rise to a right to recovery, the retailer need only show an invasion of a legal right. Upon a showing of theft, the majority of state statutes allow a retailer to request actual damages, if any, and statutory (penalty) damages. These statutory damages help reimburse the retailer for loss of the stolen item for any amount of time and cost of business damages. In any theft incident, the retailer suffers actual and business damages in the form of lost employee time, security costs for equipment and personnel and loss of the item for the period of time that the stolen item was not available for sale to the public. Additionally, general loss control devices such as electronic article surveillance (EAS) and video camera systems can be amortized annually over their respective life expectancy and then divided by the average number of shoplift apprehensions to get an estimated “per stop” cost. These proportional costs could also be argued as additional actual damages.Even if there is no physical damage to the property and the property is returned to the retailer in merchantable condition, or restitution is paid, the retailer has nonetheless suffered a legally compensable injury in the form of an invasion of a legal right to ownership of and control over the property that was the object of the theft. This invasion of a legal right constitutes an injury and usually provides the owner of the property with a cause of action.- Sponsor – If a statute is clear on its face, you do not need to look further than the statute to understand and enforce the law.1 While many state statutes are clear regarding the retailers’ right to request statutory civil damages when merchandise is recovered in merchantable condition, there is also some particularly good case law that supports this position. For example, in Louisiana, while the statute speaks in terms of requiring an unlawful taking of merchandise from a merchant’s premises, case law suggests that even if a shoplifter does not physically remove merchandise from the store or the merchandise is returned in merchantable condition, statutory penalty damages can still be properly sought provided the individual takes possession of the property without consent and with the intent to permanently deprive the merchant of its full retail value.2 The court stated that “…the legislature obviously understood the cost to merchants to catch shoplifters, prosecute claims, and appear before the criminal courts…the legislature has allowed a civil penalty pursuant to La. R.S. 9:92799.1(A) to defray the costs that merchants incur, which is separate and apart from any cost of damage to the stolen goods and any criminal fines that may be imposed as a result of prosecution.”3Making statutory civil damages requests also helps deter future theft and shifts the tremendous cost of theft and the resulting security costs from the honest consumer (through higher retail prices) to the offenders who are creating the problem. Typically, the amount demanded by the business establishment under civil penalty statutes is not to compensate for the item, which may or may not have left the store, but for the act committed against the store. Whether the item was or was not damaged, or whether or not it was returned to the store has little, if any, bearing on the demand amount. A court in North Carolina confirmed a widely held theory that civil recovery helps spread the cost of losses while noting that the civil penalty statute “has a remedial effect in that it allows merchants to recover for their losses attributable to others’ misconduct.”4A court in Wisconsin also supported an award of legal damages when merchandise was not physically harmed when it held that the store owner was entitled to actual damages, even though the merchandise had been recovered undamaged and unused; and that the store owner could seek an award of exemplary damages including wages paid to its employees for time spent in processing retail theft, even though the customer had been subjected to civil forfeiture in the criminal prosecution for the alleged shoplifting incident.5 Similarly, a Connecticut court awarded a retailer punitive damages of $300 along with costs and attorney’s fees under C.G.S.A. § 52-564a in a case where the stolen property was recovered by the retailer.6In addition to case law interpreting civil statutes, some Attorneys General have provided opinions interpreting various civil theft statutes and given persuasive guidance regarding damage requests when merchandise has been recovered in merchantable condition. In California, one Attorney General Opinion clarified that merchandise does not need to be physically damaged in order for a merchant to recover in a civil action under the civil remedy portion of California Penal Code § 490.5.7 Furthermore, in the state of Washington, which recently amended its civil recovery statute to allow for larger civil penalty awards, the Attorney General went so far as to indicate that the penalties prescribed in both the adult civil penalty provisions and the parental civil penalty provisions clearly apply whether or not actual damages exist.8Legal Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general information purposes and is not legal advice or to be construed as legal advice. In states outside of the author’s licensure, consultations were made with Of Counsel attorneys to help ensure accuracy of the information.United States v. James, 478 U.S. 597, 606 (1986)Ourso v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 998 So. 2d 295, 301 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2008)Id.State v. Beckham, 558 S.E.2d 255, 258 (N.C. Ct. App. 2002)Shopko Stores, Inc. v. Kujak, 147 Wis. 2d 589 (Wis. Ct. App. 1998)Belli v. Kmart Corporation, 1997 WL 94257(Conn. Super.)Op. Atty Gen. Cal. No. 86-8051979 Op. Atty Gen. Wash. No. 11 Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Real-World Lessons from Hostage Situations

first_imgLate in August 2017, on a trendy stretch of one of America’s most iconic streets—King St. in Charleston, SC—a fired dishwasher returned to the restaurant where he had worked and shot and killed a former coworker. Announcing, “There’s a new boss in town,” he took another person hostage for several hours until police shot the suspect, critically wounding him.Active shooter events are more common, but workplace hostage situations do occur. In a recent security industry webinar, representatives from the Arapahoe County (CO) Sheriff’s Office said it’s important for an organization’s active shooter planning and training to account for the possibility of a hostage scenario. The two are closely linked, they noted. Hostage events can become active shooting incidents and, conversely, active shooting events can become hostage situations.[text_ad use_post=’125303′]- Sponsor – Although it’s often left out of active shooter training, the officers said it’s important for company protection leaders to cover the actions employees should take in a hostage scenario. They said it’s critical to stress the distinction between the two types of events because how employees respond—and whether they remain safe—depends on it.Trying to escape during an active shooting may be lifesaving, but during a hostage situation, it is likely to cause a situation that is typically resolved peacefully to turn deadly.Some training points:The longer the situation goes on, the better the likelihood that law enforcement will resolve it. Do not lose hope.Do not speak unless spoken to; don’t argue; don’t make suggestions. Do not antagonize the hostage-taker.Make eye contact unless told not to. It’s harder for a hostage-taker to hurt someone with whom they’ve made eye contact.Leave if threatened and told to leave. A store manager should not insist on staying with other hostages, for example.Be observant. If released, you may be able to provide law enforcement with useful information.Try to remain calm. If a hostage-taker is armed with a “bomb,” keep in mind that such devices are typically designed to instill fear and are not usually capable of causing great harm and are typically not as dangerous as victims are likely to think.When rescued, be aware that you may be placed in handcuffs until everyone is identified.Real-World Lessons from Hostage SituationsFrom actual hostage-taking incidents, including one at Discovery Channel when a radical environmentalist, angry at its programming, took several employees hostage at its corporate offices, here are some additional actions that retailers might consider.Conduct annual evacuation drills at main corporate offices, have a defined process for sending out timely communication with instructions on how to exit the building, and pre-assign to each floor a captain to lead emergency evacuations. A representative from Discovery Communications said its staff’s proper execution of the building evacuation plan was critical to keeping staff out of harm’s way.Think about how you would be able to watch and share video from inside your building. Discovery’s security team was able to make live video from internal building surveillance cameras available for police to watch during the course of the siege, information that helped law enforcement successfully conclude the incident. (The suspect was killed, and no hostage was injured.)Keep a record of threats and assess the need to investigate. If a disgruntled customer sends a retailer a threatening note, he or she may just be blowing off steam. But it could also be a precursor to something more serious.In the incident at Discovery Channel, company personnel were aware of the individual who took hostages at their office building. Two years prior, the man was arrested for creating a disturbance outside the building, and had been instructed by a court that he would be jailed for up to 60 days if he came within 500 feet of the building. He also had published a manifesto listing his “demands” regarding the channel’s television programming.After the incident, a Discovery spokesman told the Washington Post that the company was “aware of him but did not take his threats seriously.” Andrew Milne, senior counsel at Garson Claxton LLC, told the Washington Business Journal that companies should maintain a record of any hateful comments by people with issues toward a company or its employees. If you don’t maintain records of such communications, it’s impossible to identify when an individual is persistent or when animosity appears to be escalating, he said.Provide LP and store managers with de-escalation training—it can be critically important. In a hostage event at a community hospital near Fort Stewart in Savannah, GA, staff response was vital in the peaceful resolution of a hostage crisis. Two hostage victims, a nurse practitioner and a technician, were credited with calming the gunman until professional hostage negotiators arrived.“Working together, they maintained the situation, kept the gunman out of the territory where he could harm someone else, and bought time for someone else to get there,” Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Phillips, a senior Fort Stewart commander, told the Associated Press.This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated September 4, 2018. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

WRI Wins Award for its Environmental Justice Film, “Sunita”

first_imgConsider this blog post to have been written hastily on the back of a cocktail napkin. Not really, of course, as my handwriting is increasingly poor in this digital age. But I’m in acceptance-speech mode, as WRI just won the 2012 EthicMark Award for its environmental justice film, Sunita.This award, which I recently accepted at the Sustainable Brands London conference, is given for advertisements that “uplift the human spirit and society.” WRI tied for first place in the non-profit category, along with Ten Thousand Villages’ fantastic film, World Fair Trade Day 2011. We at WRI are incredibly thankful to the folks who honored us with this award—the World Business Academy, Ethical Markets Media, and the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business—and I’m thrilled to be returning to Washington, D.C. with our first-ever award for communications.While the story of winning this award is certainly a pleasure to share, it’s nothing compared to the story of creating Sunita.[youtube wko4MxZGIus] Sunita’s StoryWRI’s The Access Initiative (TAI)—a project that works to promote access to information, public participation, and transparency in environmental decision-making—approached me about making a video about one year ago. We sat down to discuss what they wanted to say. It was a typical creative kick-off meeting that asked the usual questions: Who’s the audience? What’s your budget? When’s the deadline?Soon after I began asking these questions, TAI’s Director, Lalanath de Silva, told me about a woman named Sunita and the struggles she experienced with her local government. Sunita makes a living collecting firewood from a forest near her home. One day, she finds a sign telling her that she must vacate the land, as the forest and the property her home is on are being razed to make way for a new highway. When Sunita tries visiting her local government’s office to complain, she’s told there’s nothing she can do—the decision is final, and she and her children must vacate in seven days.I liked the story. A lot. I sat there imagining sitting down with this very proud woman and shooting a beautiful video that would give us a glimpse into her everyday life and the difficulties she’d experienced.But it wasn’t that simple.One Name and Face to Represent 2.5 Billion“Great! So, can we interview Sunita?” I asked. The looks on the faces of the team seated around the table told me I lacked a key detail. “Sunita is not actually one person,” Lalanath explained, “She’s a character I developed to represent many, many people I’ve met over many years that tell me their own variation of this story.”Oh.Lalanath explained how billions of people across the globe regularly experience hardships like Sunita’s, due to their poverty and lack of participation in environmental and development decision-making. In fact, more than 2.5 billion people around the world live on less than $2 a day. In order to protect their livelihoods and ensure that environmental decisions benefit local communities, these citizens need to have a voice in government.“Millions of women like Sunita have similar problems, and they live all around the world—sometimes they are our next door neighbors,” said Lalanath, who also narrated the video. “If we want development to help people like Sunita, then we have to do business differently and include them in our plans and decisions.”Sunita gives a face to the billions of people facing injustices across the world, making her message all the more relatable and easy to understand—and harder to ignore. Animation was the perfect medium to tell this story.Protecting Citizens from Environmental InjusticeOur video was born out of the TAI team’s passion for the work they do and the real life experiences Lalanath has had through many years. The fact that Sunita has been recognized with this award is humbling to me and the TAI team. It’s also a good indicator that people really do care about the struggles of people in developing countries.We’ll prominently feature this award in our offices in Washington, D.C. We will continue to tell Sunita’s story and others like hers in order to reach the audiences that have the means to affect real change on the ground. It’s our hope that this video will be a very small part of the solutions required to solve very complex problems–like environmental injustice.Watch “Sunita,” and learn more about WRI’s The Access Initiative.last_img read more