You can find his full comments under the July 1st posting. We have edited his comments here (not in the comments section) to include the full gist of his feelings:
(Tomorrow: a traffic lawyer responds- we invite additional responses for consideration of a front page post. This is, as surprising as it may seem, one area of the Miami (quasi-criminal) legal community we know little about.)
Judge Schwartz said:
Times have truly changed in the practice of law. Once upon a time a client retaining an attorney actually met the attorney. Once upon a time an attorney or a member of the attorneys' law firm actually appeared before a court with a file. Once upon a time attorneys represented clients. Unfortunately those time have changed because of a few attorneys who merely believe their staff,non attorney may speak with the client, collect the money for the client and the attorney must never meet the client. Even the day of trial they have another attorney appear before the court having nothing to do with him/her or their respective law firm. The attorneys appearing do not even know the attorney in court if such "substitute"attorney appears and even then have no documents showing compliance.
They care not for their clients and do not make any attempt to properly represent the client.'knowing nothing of the persons past criminal history or traffic history.
These attorneys are a blight on most attorneys who provide proper representation to their clients.These attorneys are a blight on the judicial system.These attorneys,and they know who they are had better shape up,or be prepared to be called out.
[I] questioned the guarantees and promised many attorneys made to their clients:promising no points and no school.It is my belief the Florida Bar is the culprit here having forwarded a letter that such statements are not considered guarantees...
I have always questioned the propriety of "stand-in counsel,albeit in civil infractions.