April 15, 2001 Regular News Teagle to lead the Bar’s Center for Professionalism Teagle to lead the Bar’s Center for ProfessionalismBlan Teagle can cite two important mentors in his legal career. One is Florida Supreme Court Justice Major B. Harding, with whom he worked for several years on judicial education when Teagle was on the staff of the Office of the State Courts Administrator. The second is Kathleen Kearney, secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families and a former 17th Circuit Judge. Teagle, 41, has worked for her for the past 16 months as the director of education and training for the department. And that made the decision to apply to be the new director of the Bar’s Center for Professionalism difficult. Teagle began work on March 26, replacing Paul Remillard, the center’s first director, who left in February to open a mediation practice in Tallahassee. Teagle says that Remillard and current Assistant Director Terri Anderson, in carrying out the vision of the Commission and Standing Committee under Justice Harry Lee Anstead’s guidance, “really laid a solid foundation on which to build at the center.” He said that as much as he enjoyed the position at the Department of Children and Families, the center, poised as it was for new developments, left him “intrigued by the opportunity to come back and do something for the profession.” He was also looking forward to a chance to again work with Justice Harding, chair of the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism. Harding headed the Florida Court Education Council when Teagle oversaw judicial education programs in the court administrator’s office. “I knew we would be philosophically aligned,” he said, and that proved a deciding factor. Teagle spent more than 12 years in the Office of the State Courts Administrator, leaving as the chief of court education. For the past 16 months, while at the Department of Children and Families, he has overseen certification programs in child welfare, protective investigation, and public assistance. He also helped to launch a District Legal Counsels’ and Child Welfare Legal Services Managing Attorneys’ Continuing Education Committee and helped that group design a curriculum planning process for continuing education. He oversaw the preservice requirements for new child welfare legal services lawyers as well. He says that his most significant achievement at the department was to initiate a major faculty development program to teach subject matter experts without a background in adult education how to do effective training. From late 1985 through early 1988, he was an associate at the Emmanuel Sheppard and Condon firm in Pensacola. Teagle is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, and received his law degree from the University of Florida, where he was also editor in chief of the Law Review. He is currently working on a masters degree in “practical theology” through a distance learning program offered by Loyola University New Orleans. “Believe it or not,” he said, “involvement in this program was a factor in my decision.” What does a degree in theology have to do with attorney professionalism, you may ask? Teagle said Loyola has allowed him to declare his focus area in organizational leadership, employing a management style popularly known as “servant leadership,” the title of a bestselling management tome by Robert Greenleaf. Teagle says he began the masters program for no particular reason other than personal enjoyment, “a hobby instead of golf, and a lot cheaper than golf.” But, he believes that leadership through service is a hallmark of professionalism, and his studies have nicely complemented the professionalism and organizational development literature he was immersed in at work. He’s worked with the Center for Professionalism since its inception in his role at the court of overseeing education programs for judges. Teagle was also staff counsel for nine years to the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee and its predecessor, the Committee on the Standards of Conduct Governing Judges. In his new post, Teagle said he’s anxious to build on the center’s successful first four years. “During that four years, the center established an identity for itself and it went through an initial two-year phase of developing a lot of new education initiatives,” he said. “It did a lot of outreach to law schools, the profession and judges. “In the last two years, the center has concentrated on doing those initial things well,” he added. “Now the center is poised to take another step.” What exactly will be done is up to the commission. But Teagle said preliminary plans call for evaluating existing programs, finding ways to make them more meaningful to Bar members, tailoring programs to various practice areas and different size firms. “We want to involve more members of the Bar, including minority Bar members and sole practitioners in curriculum development,” he said. “We need to take existing curricula, which are good, and tailor them more specifically to the needs of various practitioners.” Outreach efforts will include trying to meet the needs of specific Bar sections and also getting more Bar members involved as professionalism course instructors, Teagle said.
MILWAUKEE— Wisconsin fans that made the trip to Kohl Center South (Bradley Center) Thursday may have been getting flashbacks of last year’s NCAA Tournament early on, but dreams of a Final Four run were back in full force when the final horn sounded.Wisconsin (27-7) rode a 50-9 run that started midway through the first half to completely dismantle American (20-13) and any hopes it had of the upset in a 75-35 blowout win in the second round.Wisconsin point guard Traevon Jackson scored a game-high 18 points, shooting 6 of 8 from the floor, and senior guard Ben Brust was close behind with 17 points.American’s Tony Wroblicky and John Schoof scored 11 points each. No other American player reached double digits in scoring.Junior center Frank Kaminsky kick started the offense for the Badgers scoring the team’s first six points, but the Eagles would counter with a 12-0 run to give them a 17-10 lead.“We were excited. We were playing well,” Wroblicky said. “We were making them take tough shots and we were scoring.”Starting at the 16:15 mark, the Badgers would go on a scoring drought that would last over seven minutes.The Badgers fans that filled the Bradley Center were beginning to get restless as thoughts of an early tournament exit began to creep in.With 11:02 left in the first, a timeout was called and the Wisconsin players reminded themselves in the huddle that this is their game to take.“We were just trying to play like we were the Goliath and they were the Davids,” Kaminsky said. “It was something like that. We’re the two seed and they’re the 15 seed. We should be taking care of business and we went out there and did that.”Less than two minutes later Brust hit a three to bring Wisconsin within three and bring the home crowd back to life.Brust’s three would ignite the Badgers to a 22-5 run to end the first half and give them a 32-22 lead at the break.“Ben sparked the run. We got him an open three and he knocked it down,” Kaminsky said. “From then on out it was just attacking the rim, making good plays and hitting open shots. Ben’s a guy that can do that. He can be a spark when we need him to and he did that today.”It was more of the same for Wisconsin offensively in the second half. The Badgers would score 20 more points in the first 10 minutes of the second half with seven coming from sophomore Sam Dekker who finished with 11 points and six boards.Wisconsin’s offensive efficiency in the second half was impressive, but even more important was the work the Badgers did on the other end of the floor.American was held to just two points through the first 7:25 of the second half because of Wisconsin’s ability to shut down what was working for the Eagles earlier in the game.“That Princeton offense, they really want to get you on the back cuts, some open threes,” Josh Gasser said. “I thought we took both those things away. They didn’t get many clean looks from three and I don’t think they got any layups on the backdoor cuts.”Along with locking in the Princeton offense, Kaminsky was able to work on American’s primary weapon, Wroblicky, holding him to just four points in the second half.“He was the center of their offense,” Kaminsky said of Wroblicky. “He touches the ball for a majority of their plays. Trying to take him out of was part of our game plan and I think in the second half we were able to do that a little bit.”American’s offense would manage just 13 points in the second half on a 15.8 percent shooting clip to give the Eagles a season-low scoring total of 35 points.The Badgers’ offense would play up to par with their defense, shooting 57.7 percent in the second half and extending the lead to as much as 41 points.With the game well in hand, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan was able to empty the bench and allow his seniors who don’t see the floor regularly — Evan Anderson and Zach Bohannon — a taste of the big stage.“That’s why they jacked shots right away,” Ryan said. “Right away when a couple guys too shots, they knew right where the camera was.”The Badgers ended up winning by 40 points — a program record for an NCAA Tournament game.“We’re trying to do something special here. It all starts with that first game and now we’re going to focus on the next.”Wisconsin will now face Oregon Saturday in Milwaukee after the Ducks beat BYU 87-68 Thursday night.
Ghana football legend Reverend Osei Kofi has shockingly revealed that he reduced his age by two years during his career as a professional footballer.The former Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko player was born on the 3rd of June 1940 but decided to use 3rd of June 1942 as his official age.According to him, the age reduction in football is something that started in the past in Ghana to aid footballers in their careers.“The reason why we do that is because it was difficult to compete in the football world with original ages since most of the players were also into the age reducing cheat,” he told Asempa SportsReverend Osei Kofi won the African Cup of Nations with the Blacks Stars in 1963 on home soil.He was part of team which successfully defended their crown in Tunisia 1965 where he finished joint top scorer of the tournament. Kofi was also the third highest scorer in the subsequent tournament in Ethiopia 1968.