Why do we park in a driveway and drive on a parkway?
Why do we require only a certain segment of attorneys who appear in court to wear a coat and a tie in the summer?
Why do we pay movie actors and athletes more than soldiers or teachers?
Why is it OK for the Village of Palmetto Bay to pay $600,000 in legal fees to White and Case for a dispute (they lost) over a limit of 250 students (900 vs 1150) at a private school, but not OK to pay a court appointed lawyer a fair fee for their work?
Why do the Judges in Broward act so strange?
Longtime super criminal defense attorney Alan Ross's mother passed away. Read about her amazing life in the Herald obit here.
Some civil guttersnipe that "guest writes" (that means they have neither the ability nor imagination to write their own blog) for a blog doesn't like us. (yawn). We'd invite them to a sit down at the courthouse to settle the manner, but you know most civil lawyers don't know where the courthouse is and Google-maps we're not.
We all know Roy Black is a great trial lawyer. But he is also a great writer. Read his reflections on swimmer Jason Lezak's swim of the anchor leg of the 4 x 100 freestyle race in the 2008 Beijing Olympics here and see if you don't agree. When you read Mr. Black's blog it is readily apparent he has many interests (and an unfortunate taste for James Joyce's Ulysess) and is knowledgeable about a wide range of subjects. While they may not realize it, that is one of the many things his clients are paying for.
A great trial lawyer is almost always a well rounded individual with a working knowledge on a variety of topics. You never know when a small piece of obscure knowledge will be needed during cross. To be able at a moment's notice to quote from the Inquisition of Galileo or Yogi Berra ("nobody goes to that restaurant anymore, its too crowded" for example) or to summarize an informant's financial windfall with a perfect quote from Shakespeare ("Some rise by sin and some by virtue fall") will not by themselves win you any case. But it will get the jury listening to you and your defense, and that can be all the difference in the world.
For those civil lawyers upon whom the last two paragraphs were wasted, you can go here.
Enjoy your summer weekend.
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