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Sunday, October 10, 2010

SUPREME COURT SPECIALISTS

The NY Times covers the specialty practice of the Supreme Court. The title of the post links to the article.

In 2000, John Roberts now Chief Justice, then a litigator, sneered at the practice of Supreme Court specialists cold calling lawyers who had certiorari granted and offering their assistance:

“If I’m going to have heart bypass surgery, I wouldn’t go to the surgeon who calls me up, I’d look for the guy who’s too busy for that.” Roberts said.

It is now even more common for lawyers to solicit cases accepted for argument.

How is it that we can't just waltz into the jail and offer to represent the accused drug dealer on his 2 million dollar forfeiture case without risking sanctions by the bar, but these snooty Supreme Court hacks get away with whoring themselves out for the glory of doing battle with Judge Scalia?


SUICIDE POOL

A brutal day in the suicide pool with Rumpole (Bills) Nick Basso ( Saints ) Juan Gonzalez (49ers) Cary Clennon (Bengals) DOM (Cowpokes who are now 1-3) all taking a loss. Indeed the only people who won took the Colts, and that game was up for grabs until late in the 4th quarter.

Plea D, Freeman, Miguel De La O, BTDT and Michael Feiler still survive. Mr. Feiler seems like a team of destiny based on his narrow escape a few weeks ago.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Different jurisdictions, different bar rules on solicitation. The Florida Bar takes a very patronizing attitude towards the consumer public, as if they are powerless against the greedy and manipulative lawyers. For as strong and restrictive as the rules of The Florida Bar are, I don't see any fewer instances of disbarment and unethical behavior than in other states (maybe more!). Rules are like locks.... they only keep the good people honest.

Anonymous said...

The odd thing is that this is all done gratis. Eugene Volokh has an interesting take on it with comments. http://volokh.com/2010/10/10/the-competition-for-supreme-court-cases/. But your comment comparing it to walking into a jail and soliciting cases is right on the money. The difference is no difference at all unless you believe that these so called specialists are angels released from heaven to save your client from having some beer swilling yokel local of a My Cousin Vinny butchering his case while doing an impersonation of Mr. Haney from Green Acres fame.

Anonymous said...

"How is it that we can't just waltz into the jail and offer to represent the accused drug dealer on his 2 million dollar forfeiture case without risking sanctions by the bar, but these snooty Supreme Court hacks get away with whoring themselves out for the glory of doing battle with Judge Scalia?"

Because the Supreme Court specialists go through the client's counsel of record.

Anonymous said...

Does your personal life style make you unworthy of being a candidate as an adoptive parent? It depends.

Would a child having been adopted by Pam Bondi and having experienced two different fathers and now living with a live-in boyfriend make Pam Bondi as bad choice for adopting a child? No.

Pam Bondi is twice divorced and living with a live-in boyfriend. but even with these un-Christian aspects of her life I propose she would still make a worthy adoptive parent.

The why does Pam Bondi not believe that gay parents are unworthy of also being good adoptive parents? It is because she is too partisan to be intellectually honest. Pam Bondi takes up the republican mantra that gay and lesbians are somehow unworthy of adopting a child from state custody without looking at herself and asking the question could I be a good adoptive parent.

Pam Bondi has promised to continue to fight for the state's illegal ban on gay adoptive parents all the way to the Supreme Court.

Pam Bondi is too much of an ideologue, too partisan to be the next attorney general.

Vote for what is right for the state of Florida, vote for the future of the state of Florida, Vote for Dan Gelber.

Give pam Bondi the time to contemplate her own life, her own personal shortcomings, to organize her personal life.

Pam needs to look in the mirror before trying to foist the rest of the state with her extreme views of the world.

Anonymous said...

Why all the anti- Italian sentiment on the FACDL listserve?

Anonymous said...

I AM SO SICK YOUR YOUR STUPID FOOTBALL COMMENTS. THOUGHT THIS WAS A BLOG ABOUT THE JUSTICE BUILDING, COURTS, JUDGES LAWYERS CLERKS JA ETC.....BUT YOU GOT STUPID FOOTBALL ALL OVER THIS THING! SOOOOO ANNOYING!!!!!REALLY! AND YES I AM TYPING IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE I AM SCREAMING AT YOU!

fins fan said...

to 4:07 pm. And why are you posting on this blog about something being discussed on a entirely different site? Why not ask the question on that site? Oh yeah, then you would have to use your name. You must be a JETS fan. Get a life.

Fake Alex Michaels said...

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Anonymous said...

Republican pot smokers need to take heed about candidate Jim Lewis. Jim Lewis is a Reublican candidate through and through. His credentials are Repulican, he will be a Republican attorney general.

The Republican candidate for attorney general Pam Bondi is a hypocrite. She prosecuted possession of marijuana cases while her first husband was a known smoker. The hypocracy of her is disgusting.

Republican Pam Bondi is stoned if she thinks we don't see the hypocracy.

Vote for Jim Lewis, vote for a real Republican.

Rumpole said...

4:56 coming soon- my expert picks in female college lacrosse.

To the person who wanted to post a comment calling someone a "snitch lawyer" send your comment from your office email address so the lawyer knows who feels that way, and I will post it.

Anonymous said...

Lewis?
Have you seen Bondi with her 'ruffles' showing? She may be or may not be qualified, but she sure has the 'Bubba' vote sewed up.

Personally, I am voting for Dan -- but in my own defense, I HAVE A BRAIN.

Anonymous said...

RUMP---laughed my ass off at your 9:07 post. Can't wait ;-)

BTDT

Anonymous said...

He Rump. Maybe to placate the female readers of this site, why not have a weekly review of the latest shoe designs or sales of such going on around town. In fact, let's go one step further and submit nominations for the female lawyer or judge who wears the sexiest shoes. I, for one, read this blog from September through December, primarily for gambling advice. I don't give a hoot about legal mumbo jumbo and I am a lawyer. Being a trial lawyer is really not that much different from being a professional gambler anyway.

Anonymous said...

Absolute total fucking gridlock today at 10:15 by the Justice Building.

When they did away with the soundings for minor stuff in Kounty Kourt, it has caused a total fucking mess every Monday and when Monday is a holiday like today, even worse on Tuesday.

Thanks guys. To save the Clerk a few bucks we probably are costing the police departments millions in overtime.

Cops make more than lawyers now.

Anonymous said...

"Cops make more than lawyers now."

Good, even brutal thugs are more useful than we are.

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uuuhhhhhmmmmm where does it say FOOTBALL on here? I am tired of all the football crap too!