Monday, May 16, 2011
Ok everyone, lets take a deep breath. Follow us...Breath in....hold it....out and "ohmmmmmmmmm". Very good.
Now relax and lets take a closer look at the FACDL banquet Saturday night.
The night was not about food. We can all help ourselves and the planet by eating less meat.
The night was about remembering and honoring those of us who do the very tough work of criminal defense. We are the last line of freedom. When we hang it up and give in to the government, no one is left to defend the Constitution. And make no mistake about it, the biggest threats to our freedoms comes not from some disjointed terrorist group. It comes from those group of ignorant citizens who, given the chance, would repeal the bill of rights. And it is not those who don't know any better that we really need to fear. It is those who do know better- and who seek profit and power by inciting the ignorant to attack the rights that make us great.
Saturday night was about remembering and honoring a fallen hero from our midst: Gregg Wenzel. And thanks to Brian Tannebaum, Gregg's memory will endure in Miami long beyond the time when this contretemps fades.
Saturday night was about remembering the great Public Defender Rodney Thaxton. A whole generation of young lawyers have now matured without his guidance. And yet because we have lawyers like Edith Georgi, whose amazing defense of perhaps the indefensible, Rodney's spirit lives on strong.
Saturday night was about remembering a great champion of justice: Judge Roberto Pinero, who left us way too soon. We are all better lawyers and persons for having known Rob Pinero and for having practiced before him. Somehow, we manage to struggle on without his wise guidance.
So now we have all had our say about the bad food, or no food, and the bad acoustics. But lets remember what's important: lets remember Gregg Wenzel, Rondey Thaxton and Judge Rob Pinero.
And now lets go do our jobs as the good lord saw fit to give us the ability to do.
See You In Court.