Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) Q12015 Interim Report

first_imgZenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng)  2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileZenith Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the personal, commercial, corporate, private and investment banking sectors. The company also offers non-banking services such as foreign exchange, treasury, trade services and cash management services. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional accounts, savings accounts and deposits to short term investment funds, association accounts, personal funds management, funds transfer service and import letters of credit. Established in 1990 and formerly known as Zenith International Bank Limited, the company changed its name to Zenith Bank Plc in 2004. The company has three subsidiaries: Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited and Zenith Bank (Sierra Leone) and Zenith Bank (Gambia) Limited. It has representative offices in South Africa and The People’s Republic of China. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Zenith Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

A second stock market crash is ahead! This is why I think it can help you retire early

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares A second stock market crash is highly likely. Although it looks like the March bloodbath for shares has been left behind, it wasn’t. But it doesn’t mean that investors should be afraid. In fact, there’ll be many opportunities for them to retire early. Why a second stock market crash?Well, there are plenty of factors that can lead to another stock market correction. Most importantly this is the risk of a second lockdown. The world is suffering from another wave of Covid-19 infections right now. It may soon lead to a second wave of lockdowns, which could have serious economic consequences. Other important factors are the US elections and social unrest in this country. US-China relations also pose some substantial risks.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Moreover, share prices, especially in the US, don’t reflect companies’ fundamentals and this is a big problem. Stock market quotes tend to recover ahead of corporate earnings but many analysts argue that shares are overbought. Poor economic conditions, in turn, suggest that many businesses cannot be profitable now by definition. That’s especially true of businesses like airlines and tourist companies. The prompt actions of the central banks, meanwhile, helped the stock indexes around the world recover. They did so by printing money and exchanging it for bonds. As a result, the financial markets got liquid again. But it seems to me that we are in the situation of a stock market bubble. Unfortunately, all bubbles burst. And a second stock market crash may follow this stock market rally.If history is any guide…An example that immediately springs to mind is that of the dot-com bubble in the US. The mass media kept overhyping Internet technologies and the Fed kept easing monetary policy. That encouraged many investors to buy loss-making high-tech companies at unreasonably high prices. The bubble burst as these loss-making companies filed for bankruptcy protection. So, many people lost their money. This led to the recession of 2000–01. However, this crisis also led to the rise of multinational giants like Amazon, e-Bay, and Netflix. You see, when crises like that occur, larger companies with good balance sheets survive, whereas smaller competitors go out of business. So, these larger companies even flourish and grow in size in the long run. It might sound strange but a similar situation occurred during the Middle Ages as a result of the plague. The economic and social chaos accompanying it gave rise to large corporations.So, how can I get rich?I fully agree with my colleague Peter Stephens. It would be quite a shame to miss such a rare opportunity to retire early. But in order to take advantage of a second stock market crash, you have to have some spare cash. So, I wouldn’t recommend keeping all the money invested in the stock market now.At the same time, before parking your cash, you have to understand your attitude towards risk. If you are risk-averse, it might be best for you to keep a significant part of your money in an index fund. FTSE 100 has a really good recovery record. So, investing into a fund matching the Footsie’s performance seems to be reasonable. But buying largest individual companies with high credit ratings might produce even better returns. There are plenty of these in the FTSE 100. A second stock market crash is ahead! This is why I think it can help you retire early Anna Sokolidou | Friday, 3rd July, 2020 Anna Sokolidou has no position in any of the shares mentioned in this article. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Amazon and Netflix. The Motley Fool UK has recommended eBay and recommends the following options: long January 2021 $18 calls on eBay, short January 2021 $37 calls on eBay, short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon, and long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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Canon can – and does

Printer company Canon’s support of the Worldwide Fund for Nature takes a new turn this Christmas when it starts to give away cuddly toys with its new range of bubble jet printers and consumables. The toys are animals listed by WWF as an endangered species.The printers also include a free calendar application that includes 412 colour wildlife photographs from the WWF/Canon library. Advertisement Canon can – and does AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Howard Lake | 7 November 1999 | News  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Marketing for Dummies, UK edition

first_imgMarketing for Dummies, UK edition AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 November 2007 | Newslast_img read more

Ag Groups Praise Tax Reform Framework, but Want to See Details

first_img SHARE Previous articleU.S. Ethanol Production Drops to 14 Week LowNext articleDisease Impacting Yields in Southern Indiana Gary Truitt SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Sep 27, 2017 Tax reform is an important issue for farmers, so many were watching closely to see what the President proposed in his speech in Indianapolis on Wednesday. The President specifically mentioned farmers and the benefits of his reform plan to family farming operations. The reaction by most farm organizations was favorable.Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said, in a statement, that AFBF was encouraged by the inclusion of lower tax rates for individuals who own businesses, elimination of the death tax, and some business interest deductibility. However, AFBF says any tax reform package should also include the continuation of cash accounting and like-kind exchanges, unlimited stepped-up basis, and lower capital gains taxes.Meanwhile, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association welcomed the tax plan, saying cattle producers are “very pleased” with the President’s plan. Craig Uden,President of NCBA, said, “Current provisions in the tax code that help livestock producers maintain economically viable businesses and support the success of future generations of farmers and ranchers must be preserved. Stepped-up basis, cash accounting, like-kind exchanges, cost recovery, and the deductibility of interest payments are just a handful of the provisions that allow agricultural producers to survive despite the many challenges we face, from market volatility and fluctuating input prices, to droughts, wildfires, and floods, to the challenge of generational transfers. We’ll closely monitor these provisions as more details on legislative language become available, and intend to fight tooth and nail for a tax code that supports America’s beef producers.”Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue applauded President Donald J. Trump’s vision of a broad reform of the American tax code, which will result in dramatic tax cuts for millions of American individuals, families, businesses, and family farmers, ranchers, and foresters. Secretary Perdue said in a statement, “The people of American agriculture work hard every day to provide food, fiber, and fuel for their fellow citizens, so they shouldn’t be overburdened by the tax collector as well. Most family farms operate as small businesses, with the line between success and failure frequently being razor thin. Add to that the complexity and costs of merely complying with the tax code, and their budgets are stretched even tighter. On top of it all, the unfair ‘Death Tax’ can cause too many family farms to be broken up and sold off to pay the tax bill, undoing lifetimes of toil and preventing further generations from carrying on. President Trump is right to push for reform and reductions in the tax code—an overhaul that is long overdue.” Home Indiana Agriculture News Ag Groups Praise Tax Reform Framework, but Want to See Details Facebook Twitter Ag Groups Praise Tax Reform Framework, but Want to See Detailslast_img read more

Temperatures to Drop Throughout Week; Slight Chance of Rain this Weekend

first_imgHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Dos And Don’ts Of Tinder You Must KnowHerbeautyHerbeauty 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it As the weekend approaches, Pasadena will begin to see cooler temperatures each day until early next week.Patchy fog is expected for each night of the week but will be followed by mostly sunny days.There is a slight chance of rain or drizzle from Friday through the weekend as a weak weather system moves through the region.Here’s a look at the week:Thursday: Patchy fog before 11 am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 76. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11 pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 57. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon.Friday Night: Patchy drizzle after 11 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.Saturday: A 10 percent chance of rain before 11 am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70.Saturday Night: A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.Sunday: A slight chance of rain before 11 am. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.Sunday Night: A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 43.Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 77. Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Community News Community News Temperatures to Drop Throughout Week; Slight Chance of Rain this Weekend But a warming trend is possible for early next week STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 3:16 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Imaging of firn isochrones across an Antarctic ice rise and implications for patterns of snow accumulation rate

first_imgIt has been an underlying assumption in many studies that near-surface layers imaged by ground-penetrating radar (GPR) can be interpreted as depositional markers or isochrones. It has been shown that GPR layers can be approximately reproduced from the measured electrical properties of ice, but these material layers are generally narrower and more closely spaced than can be resolved by typical GPR systems operating in the range 50-400 MHz. Thus GPR layers should be interpreted as interference patterns produced from closely spaced and potentially discontinuous material layers, and should not be assumed to be interpretable as precise markers of isochrones. We present 100 MHz GPR data from Lyddan Ice Rise, Antarctica, in which near-surface (< 50 m deep) layers are clearly imaged. The growth of the undulations in these layers with depth is approximately linear, implying that, rather than resulting from a pattern of vertical strain rate, they do correspond to some pattern of snowfall variation. Furthermore, comparison of the GPR layers with snow-stake measurements suggests that around 80% of the rms variability in mean annual accumulation is present in the GPR layers. The observations suggest that, at least in this case, the GPR layers do approximate isochrones, and that patterns of snow accumulation over Lyddan Ice Rise are dominated by extremely persistent spatial variations with only a small residual spatial variability. If this condition is shown to be widely applicable it may reduce the period required for measurements of surface elevation change to be taken as significant indications of mass imbalance.last_img read more

Minus injured Mitchell, Jazz rally to beat Pacers 119-111

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points before leaving the game with a sprained ankle in the third quarter, and the NBA-leading Utah Jazz beat the Indiana Pacers 119-111.Bojan Bogdanovic had 24 points and Rudy Gobert added 13 points, 23 rebounds and four blocks for the Jazz. Utah won its second straight game. Mitchell went to the locker room after suffering a right ankle sprain with 8:18 left in the third quarter. He could not put any weight on his leg and had to be helped off the floor by teammates.Domantas Sabonis had 22 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists for the Pacers. Written by Associated Press April 16, 2021 /Sports News – Local Minus injured Mitchell, Jazz rally to beat Pacers 119-111 Tags: Donovan Mitchell/NBA/Utah Jazzlast_img read more

Oxford announces plans for new postgraduate college

first_imgOxford has today announced plans to create a new graduate college, hoping to recruit 200 graduate students in 2019-2020 for admission in September 2020.The 39th Oxford college, which has yet to be named, will specialise in the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, although students from other subjects will also be admitted.The new college will be built on the site of the Radcliffe Science Library on Parks Road. The University says students will “enjoy a central Oxford location and a vibrant scholarly, sporting and cultural life.”Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford, has offered the position of Head of House of the college to Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci, who has held the Chair in Electrical Engineering at Oxford since 1997.Professor Richardson said: “Lionel Tarassenko was the driving force behind Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, in which he also established a Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering. “The Institute was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2014 for success in forging collaboration between engineering and medicine. He is indefatigable in translating ideas into practical impact and in bringing smart people together. “A committed researcher and teacher, Lionel has supervised more than 60 doctoral students and is superbly qualified to lead Oxford’s 39th college.”The plan, hinted at in a previous announcement in August, is part of a wider strategy by Oxford to increase its postgraduate intake by 850 per year by 2023 while continuing to pride itself on world-class tutoring and research.last_img read more

Washburn Selected One Of Final Five to Succeed Retiring Justice Brent Dickson On The…

first_imgWashburn Selected One Of Final Five to Succeed Retiring Justice Brent Dickson On The Indiana Supreme CourtDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comThe Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission is deliberating to select three finalists to succeed retiring Justice Brent Dickson on the Indiana Supreme Court. before the commission Friday morning. Here are the highlights.Rep. Thomas W. Washburne, Old National Bancorp, EvansvilleWashburn told commission members he would bring a unique perspective to the interpretation of law based on his years as a lawmaker, corporate attorney and a clerk for former U.S. District Court Judge S. Hugh Dillon. “I think it’s very important to have a diversity of life experience on the Supreme Court,” he said. “I’ve been blessed with a very eclectic career.His aim as a law student was to become a patent attorney, he said, noting his training following in his father’s footsteps as an engineer. That’s led him to an interest in technology as well as a pastime restoring World War II-era HAM radios. “I think you can leverage technology in a way that would be very beneficial to litigant and very beneficial to society as a whole,” he said, reducing costs, gaining efficiency and improving the quality of justice.“It seems to me some things are clunky,” he said of court technology that he said has gotten better in recent years. “It seems to me we need to improve what we have in many respects,” he said, noting as an example improving search feature on the Odyssey case management system to improve public access.Asked about whether his experience as a lawmaker would affect his judicial analysis, he said, “When you’re a legislator, you spend time looking at what the law is and what the law ought to be.” He said he would have a difficult time recognizing a right that wasn’t expressly guaranteed in the Constitution or by statute, but noted the Ninth Amendment says not all rights are enumerated, leaving such determinations to the court. “You could recognize them under extraordinary circumstances.”Washburn was commended on carrying a copy of the U.S. Constitution in his breast pocket, after which he produced a copy of the House rules, raised his brows and said knowing those helps get a lot done behind the scenes. He said his experience as a lawmaker, including serving on committees dealing with judicial issues, show his ability to work toward consensus. “In the Legislature, we do that all the time. One of the wonders of life is that reasonable, intelligent people can disagree” and maintain civility, he said.Mark A. Lienhoop, Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones LLP, LaPorteLienhoop was the only of 15 finalist applicants who began his interview acknowledging his wife and two of his three children who accompanied him to the interview. He said during law school he committed to be the best lawyer he could, when he married he committed to being the best spouse, and when he and his wife had children, to being the best father possible. He also carried his mother’s observation that you can tell a lot about a person by how they treat subordinates.“What I’ve done with life was I’ve always chosen things to dedicate myself to,” he said. “I know what I know, I know what I don’t know,” he said. What Lienhoop clearly knows is case law – reciting to the commission with an encyclopedic grasp of precedent, sometimes along with the year and the writing justice. “I fully believe I’m capable and enjoy, as you can tell, talking about the law and the judicial system.“As a Supreme Court justice you have to be available and willing to communicate,” he said. “Taking it out to the people is, I think, one of the greatest things you can do.” He lauded the courts for rolling out new technology, enabling specialty courts and for massive projected savings through the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiatives and other programs.Lienhoop spoke candidly about cases in which he had “fired” clients, including a case in which a client revealed to him in confidence something that was contrary to information in a police report regarding a crash because the person was trying to protect a relative. In another case, he said he fired a client that insisted on proceeding to trial with a case that lacked merit.Lienhoop, like many other applicants, was asked about statutory caps on damages, and said the constitutional interpretation would “get down to whether or not (the cap) was reasonable, and are you denying a reasonable remedy?” Chief Justice Loretta Rush said courts had ruled in ways that opponents warned would open floodgates of litigation. She asked whether Lienhoop thought that had been the result in any such case. “I have not seen that,” he said. “With the amount of litigation that I do, I think I would have.”Judge Thomas J. Felts, Allen Circuit Court, Fort WayneFelts cited his relationships with court staff through the judicial center and Supreme Court administration as a unique quality he would bring to the court if appointed, and said he would be willing to accept administrative duties on Day One. “Relationships are so important,” he said, noting he knows at least half of the court staff by name. “They know me and I know them and there wouldn’t be a learning curve getting to know who Tom Felts is and how does he do things.”Felts delayed a bit when asked what his greatest weakness is before allowing it’s sometimes a lack of patience. “Things don’t move as quickly sometimes as I like them to,” he said, noting he’s conscious about getting orders out in cases he’s taken under advisement, for instance. “I’m a stickler about those things, I guess, hopefully not in a manner of being an ogre or coming across too strong.”Asked whether government should have the power to require individuals or corporations to assist in investigations, Felts said the FBI-Apple case pits compelling arguments of national security against the guarantee of privacy. “It would be very, very rarely” that he would consider such a requirement. “There may be some circumstance, but I’m very hesitant to broach those prior rights.”When asked if he agreed with the comment that judges should do what’s right and let the law catch up, Felts said that judges should always aim to do what’s right, and that in some cases the law has needed to catch up. “You may need to jump ahead a little bit to do what’s right and let the law catch up,” he said, adding law is “best made at the legislative level and not at the judicial level.”Along with his relationships, dedication and 26 years on the bench, Felts said he would bring energy. “There’s not much of anything I do in life where I’m not all in 100 percent. …It would be an honor to be on team Supreme Court,” he said, addressing Rush: “Coach, I’m ready. Put me in.”Thomas E. Wheeler II, Frost Brown Todd LLC, IndianapolisWheeler’s background aside from his legal work as a Republican Party official was a focus of questioning that he said showed his strength as a consensus builder. As a member of the Indiana Election Commission that ruled former Secretary of State Charlie White ineligible for office, he noted the bipartisan panel was unanimous, as it often was. “I think I can set that aside,” he said of his political background that also included elective office to the Boone County Council.He also said if appointed he would be able to shed his current view as an appellate advocate for clients. Asked what separates him from three other Indianapolis appellate practitioners in the running, Wheeler cited his extensive first chair trial experience as well as experience as an administrative law judge and as a county councilman. “I think I bring diversity to it,” he said.Wheeler talked about forming the Federalist Society chapter in Bloomington as an outgrowth of becoming fascinated with constitution law as a student. It gave him an opportunity to meet with like-minded people and discuss how constitutional law impacts public policy. As a justice, he said he would defer to the legislative and constitutional processes. Courts, though, can recognize rights not enumerated, however. “I believe if there was a situation where we needed to, that can take place,” he said.Asked about litigation around the state involving the public defender system, Wheeler repeated his position from his first-round interview that the costs of public defenders should be entirely shifted to the state under a unified court system and paid for through the state’s general fund. This would replace the current patchwork system that varies by county. “Access to justice cannot depend upon which side of the county line you sit,” he said.Wheeler also shared a recent experience involving his father who was injured in a fall and whom he visited in intensive care for two to three hours a day. Walking past 30 or so families who are in the same situation, there to hold a loved one’s hand, deeply affected him, he said. “I learned so much from that,” he said, and that if appointed to the court, he would regard every litigant compassionately. “It’s not just a case,” he said, “It’s somebody’s life.”Geoffrey G. Slaughter, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, IndianapolisSlaughter said the next justice will have to help legal professionals through a tough time. “No doubt the profession is going through profound changes,” he said. For instance, the rise of services such as LegalZoom comes as many young lawyers can’t find work. He said the problem of underserved litigants is one he sees as president of the Indiana Bar Foundation, and he’s hopeful programs can evolve that connect litigants to lawyers and route lawyers who are “ambitious, hungry and eager to learn the practice of law, send them to communities where their services are needed.”With a philosophy of textualism and originalism, Slaughter said the genius of the Framers was the recognition that times will change and people would respond to those changes. He said the U.S. Supreme Court correctly decided the 1954 Brown v. Board case that struck down segregation in schools. The court correctly ruled that Brown reflected the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment even as it disposed of 60 years of precedent. “They recognized the tension and it needed to be reconciled,” he said.Slaughter said he would be able to smoothly transition from his role as an advocate if appointed to the court. The judicial oath and black robe, he said, symbolizes the different role the judge takes on. “I take seriously the importance of what the court does, the neutrality of those who serve as justices.” He said the learning curve would probably be his biggest challenge transitioning to the court.“A judge’s most solemn obligation is to apply the law as it’s been written by others to give the greatest fidelity to what the law is, as best we can discern,” he said. In the case of a close call where the questions were equal, he said he would be willing to rely on empathy if it were the path of least resistance to a resolution. If it’s not a close call, he said, “It seems to me the law needs to trump the value judgment.”Slaughter said he’s signed up for e-filing and looks forward to using it, but admitted technology wasn’t a strong suit. He noted he carries an iPhone with access to WestLaw and other legal services, though. “I’m comfortable with technology,” he said. “If it’s user-friendly, I can keep up with the best of them.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more