From the Local Newspaper's Obituary column:
The Broward Blog, formally known as the Jaablog died this week from an unknown disease that affected the internal workings of the blog and ultimately caused multiple organ failure as well as multiple resignations from the blog.
The jaablog was approximately a year old. The jaablog will best be remembered for its vigorous reporting on the multiple implosions that rocked the Broward Judiciary during the spring and summer of 2007. The Jaablog's reporting of these incidents is often cited as causing in part the surprising resignation of former Broward Chief Judge Dale Ross. There will be a small fireworks display in Ross's neighborhood tonight celebrating the death of the blog.
The blog recently will be remembered for its publication of the now famous incident of the "naked lawyer transcript" where Judge Eileen O'Connor mistakenly accused a lawyer of giving a closing argument without a shirt.
Memorial services will be held at local watering establishments throughout Broward County.
And now for the good news:
There is a new BROWARD BLOG
Rumpole welcomes them to the IAALB (International Assoc of Anonymous Legal Bloggers).
We don't actually know what's going on at the "old" Broward Blog. The last post went up yesterday announcing that the "President of the Blog" had resigned. As we mentioned in the comments section yesterday, who even knew they had a President?
Anyway, with a crazy-rowdy bunch like those lawyers and judges North of the Border- from naked lawyers to weeping judges- that town is just ripe for a good blog, reporting all the juicy details, and maybe the "new" blog will fit the bill.
This is a neat blog that we check out from time to time: ABOVE THE LAW which lately has been reporting on whether the nations largest law firms will "meet" the nationwide average for bonuses this holiday season.
Query: By the very fact you are reading this blog means that you chose to forsake the "bill 2200 hours a year" backstabbing cutthroat environment of big law firms for the more civilized and enjoyable practice of law; are you happy with your choice?
Some of us are fortunate enough to do as well as or even better financially than the big law firm attorneys. We would venture to say that almost all of us enjoy our jobs more and get a greater amount of satisfaction from the practice of law. What we have that they don't is the satisfaction of seeing an immediate impact of our work on the lives of real people. Win a case as a defense attorney and perhaps a parent returns home to a family. Win a case as a prosecutor, and perhaps a victim can begin the process of healing while society is protected from a dangerous individual.
Win the lawsuit over the mismatched coloured tiles at the Metro-Rail station, and who really cares? (We have taken that hypothetical from a real life, very successful criminal defense attorney who often tells the story of working at a big firm, and on a late Friday afternoon while taking depos on the Metro Rail Tile lawsuit decided that no one really cared, and quit.)
So write in and let everyone know: Regrets? ("I've had a few, but then again, too few to mention." Things are bad when we start singing.)
Or are you generally satisified and happy with the career choices you have made?
See You In Court- Criminal Court. We don't even know where to park to get to civil court.
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