The FACDL celebrates 50 years this Saturday night with it's annual banquet. And when banquet time comes, so comes the changing of the guard. A new FACDL President comes in, and the old one leaves.
For those of you who do not remember a world without Starbucks, you might want to ask some of your older colleagues who Daniel Pearson or Harry Prebish was. It might surprise you to learn that criminal defense attorneys were standing up for the accused well before there were cell phones or computers or cafe lattes.
Dear Membership:Once again I find myself breaking listserv etiquette and begging the Membership’s indulgence as I take this executive privilege to offer a farewell from my position as President of FACDL-Miami.Ideally, I would like to take a page from one our past presidents, Judge Hirsch, and eloquently quote Shakespeare, or at the very least select a poignant and apropos quote from Lincoln. Sadly, I have resigned myself to the fact that the more appropriate quote is from one of Lincoln’s significantly more mediocre successors. So, much like Ulysses S. Grant, I leave the presidency assuring all that “my failures have been in judgment, and not of intent.”While there were many challenges this year and I often found myself chasing accomplishments on an ever-moving horizon, it was absolutely a fulfilling pursuit. I entered this office with one paramount and all consuming goal- to build upon the success of my predecessors, and leave this organization stronger, and more influential, than I accepted it. I don’t presume to offer an opinion on whether I was successful in this endeavor; I will leave that assessment to the talk in the halls and the posts on the blog. I will, however, say that it has been my great pleasure and my great honor to lead this organization.I thank my Board for all of their hard work, and I thank the membership for their continued dedication to our chosen and important profession. I look forward to seeing you all a week from tomorrow at the 50th Anniversary Banquet where I will officially hand the reins over to my deserving and capable successor, Eddie Pereira. Thank you again.Very Truly Yours,
Well said and well done Mr. Faccidomo.
As Judge Hirsch might have said:
"Leave them wanting more."