Want to know what kind of Judge Seymour Gelber was? The title of his new book says it all:
On Behalf of Children - A History of Judicial Activism in the Dade County Juvenile Court."
Isn’t it wonderful that a man can look back on his career and see that part of it was devoted to the noble cause of helping children? Judge Gelber was also the former Mayor of Miami Beach, but don’t hold that against him.
The Federal Blog reported yesterday that Southern District AUSA Hugo Black passed away unexpectedly this weekend. Mr. Black was the grandson of the Supreme Court Justice, and not only a fine lawyer but a gentleman in his own right. Many lawyers have been remembering Mr. Black as the type of lawyer who would go out of his way to spend time getting to know you and loved to talk about matters other than law. He was one of the good guys and will be missed.
The Broward Blog (the link is at the top of the page) has a tidbit on reciprocity. Many people know Florida does not have reciprocity with other State Bars. What they don’t know is that some state bars will admit lawyers who have been in practice for more than five years. So if you want to get into Arizona’s state bar, you can apply to Vermont which allows lawyers in who have been in practice for more than five years. From Vermont, you apply to Alaska, and once in Alaska, you apply to Arizona, and voila! You’re in. Anything to avoid taking another bar exam.
It’s raining. Again. We have previously opined in these pages that when it rains for more than two hours over night, that is good cause for Chief Judge Joe Farina to cancel court. Otherwise, as we saw yesterday, you have long lines of wet people waiting to get into court; damp and angry jurors; not to mention the interminable traffic jams that form for no reason when a few rain drops fall. Florida may have played an integral part in putting a man on the moon, but it is abundantly clear we cannot function in weather that is anything other than 85 and sunny.
Mr. Markus fell out of the football suicide pool with an ill advised pick of the hapless Chargers. Meanwhile Clay Kaeiser is looking good, having survived four weeks without relying on any of the obvious favorities. His pick on Sunday- the Lions over his beloved Bears was insightful and courageous, and he is the now the favourite to win this thing as we head into our second month with four remaining players.
See you in Court.