A Few Tips for Becoming a Successful Court Appointed Master

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Academy of Court Appointed Masters
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Edgar Gentle has served as a partner at Gentle Turner Sexton and Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama, since 1992. In 1998, he took on a director and chairman of the board role at Custom Cable Services, Inc., while continuing is legal activities. Edgar Gentle additionally engages with several industry organizations, including the Academy of Court Appointed Masters (ACAM).

An organization comprising the nation’s top attorneys, judges, parties, and other masters, ACAM provides members with a number of helpful resources, including insight into serving as an effective special master.

One of the most important steps a professional can take in their journey to becoming a renowned and successful master involves establishing a workplace culture of respect. The role of a special master is not always familiar to clients, and rather than relying on the title alone to evoke knowledge and trust, masters must demonstrate respect and understanding to all parties involved in a suit. Furthermore, special masters do not often practice in a traditional courtroom setting and must be capable of carrying this respectful culture wherever they go.

A special master should make themselves available for communication to both parties at all times. Issues between parties can arise at any moment, such as during a deposition, and the quicker a master can mediate the situation, the better. Similarly, special masters should frequently communicate with the presiding judge. Judges typically outline their preferred style and frequency of communication in an official order following the appointment of a special master, but masters should always be prepared to offer detailed, daily accounts.

Finally, special masters must develop a reputation for holding steadfast to their recognized capacity as a court appointee. Special masters often are granted elevated levels of authority, but must make sure that their actions are always within the scope of the presiding judge’s original order.

Three Bass Fishing Tips

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Bass Fishing
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As the director, chairman of the board, and one-third shareholder at Custom Cables Services, Inc., Edgar Gentle has helped the Fulton, Alabama-based company reach and maintain roughly $13 million in sales annually. Outside of work, one of Edgar Gentle’s passions is bass fishing, which he does both as a hobby and a sport, competing in roughly 12 bass tournaments each year.

Because of their challenge and size, bass are some of the most sought-after fish for both hobbyist fishermen and competitors looking for that trophy fish. If you are just getting started with fishing for bass, here are three bass-specific considerations to keep in mind.

1. Time of Year – Spring and fall are typically the best times to fish for bass. During these seasons, their metabolisms are in full gear, and they can be very aggressive, which makes them more likely to attack your hook and whatever you are dangling on it.

2. Lures and Bait – Fortunately, bass are not picky when it comes to food, taking nearly anything you throw at them. That said, some combinations do work better than others. Jigs with real or plastic worms work well, as do colorful crankbaits, spinners, and mimic minnows. The key thing to remember with bass is the larger your lure, the larger your catch is likely to be.

3. Wind – While it may seem counterintuitive to fish into the wind, this is the best strategy for bass. Bass like to swim with the current, so casting into the wind helps ensure they find your bait instead of your boat, which might startle them or guide them off course from your cast.

Three Tips for the Novice Poet

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The director and chairman of the board of Custom Cable Services, Inc., in Fultondale, Alabama, Edgar Gentle also holds one-third of the stock in the company, which maintains annual sales of $13 million. Outside of his professional life, Edgar Gentle spends his time between two Alabama lake houses, where he enjoys writing poetry.

Like any art form, poetry can seem intimidating to the novice, resulting in fear rather than bringing feelings of joy and satisfaction. Here are three tips for budding poets to get the most out of their work while avoiding common mistakes:

1. Write About What Matters to You – Poetry can help poets recognize and process their own feelings. Andrew Motion, a former poet laureate of the United Kingdom who has been knighted for his contributions to literature, has said that his early poetry helped him deal with and express his feelings regarding his mother’s death. He advises poets to “let your subject find you.”

2. Have Clear Direction – Before writing your poem, ask yourself what the purpose of the poem is and what you want it to do. This clear vision will help you write a poem with a cohesive message and theme.

3. Revise – Your poem is not completed once you have finished the first draft. Put your poem aside for a few days before coming back to it with a fresh perspective. Another option is to ask a friend or colleague for constructive criticism. A fresh set of eyes may notice an issue you completely missed.

Tips for Catfish Noodling Beginners

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Catfish Noodling
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Edgar Gentle works as an attorney and partner with Gentle Turner Sexton & Harbison, LLC, a legal services firm headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. In his free time, Edgar Gentle enjoys getting outdoors and noodling for catfish.

Catfish noodling goes by many names, including tickling, stumping, and hand-fishing. Whatever the nomenclature, noodling for catfish involves getting down into the catfish’s muddy habitat and drawing it out with one’s bare hands. In contrast to traditional fishing, not much is needed to begin catfish noodling. The main requirements are a strong grip, tight clothing that won’t snag or impede movement underwater, and first-aid materials in case of a scrape or bump underwater.

Also, before you make your first noodling trip, make sure it’s defined as a legal practice in your state, and if at all possible, begin noodling during spring and the first part of the summer, as this is spawning season and catfish be fairly easily found while protecting their eggs.

Bass Fishing Tips

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Bass Fishing
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The chairman of the board of Custom Cable Services, Inc., in Fultondale, Alabama, and an attorney and partner at Gentle, Turner, Sexton, and Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Edgar Gentle practices mass tort law. During his leisure time, Edgar Gentle enjoys writing and bass fishing.

Among the most popular game fish in the country, largemouth bass are popular for their size and distinct appearance. Moreover, it is easier to catch bass than other species of fish. The following tips should prove useful for aspiring bass anglers:

1. Familiarity with the body of water one will be fishing in is ideal. With knowledge of underwater structures, drop-offs, and various depths, one can determine where bass are likely to seek shelter. A map makes all of this possible.

2. The best time to fish may be immediately before inclement weather, when pre-spawn bass are at their heaviest.

3. One should consider lures carefully. For example, bass enjoy wounded or teasing prey, so noise-making lures tend to attract their attention quickly. Retrieving a lure with a pop, pausing after a few moments, then letting it go steady also gives the impression of injured bait and a potentially easy meal.