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Monday, June 10, 2013

GIVE....OR ELSE

Because the Florida Bar mandates generosity:




From Wikipedia:

Altruism is an ethical doctrine  that holds that individuals have a moral obligation to help, serve, or benefit others, if necessary, at the sacrifice of self-interest.




20 comments:

Anonymous said...


Well Rumpole. I challenged you to at least back up your jokes with a prediction, but I knew you were smarter than that. You weren't going to pick against the Heat because you knew all along that they are the better team.

And it must just kill you that Lebron James is the best player on the court. Not because of his numbers but because of the way he plays the game. He is the ultimate facilitator. And he does whatever it takes to win a game. Whether its scoring or rebounding or assists.

Tonight the Heat proved once again that, when they taste their own blood, well, look out. And that block by James in the fourth on Splilter was the icing on the cake.

HAHAHAHAHA back at ya good buddy.

Heat Fan.

Rumpole said...

You're celebrating because the Heat split the first two at home? You're celebrating because the Heat got beat at home (again) during the playoffs? Enjoy the party while you can.

Sleepy said...

If I call in sick and stay in bed and don't go to court or the office is that an early morning shumie?

CAPTAIN said...


The Captain Reports:

Pro Bono .....

The Pro Bono Put Something Back Project is a great project and a model for the entire State of Florida. But, the Program has no component for criminal defense lawyers.

So, please consider the joint effort between FACDL and the Public Defenders Office. Call the PDO and ask to be included on the Pro Bono list and accept either a third degree felony or a DV case pro bono.

Cap Out .....
captain4justice@gmail.com

The Virtue Of Selfishness said...

And please remember that people you don't know and who were never elected by the general public decided that they know better than you, and that Give Something Back Projects are SO good that you MUST whether you want to or not, give YOUR time, YOUR effort, and YOUR talents to others, deserving or not. In fact they are deserving, because people other than you decided they are deserving. Isn't that so nice and convenient that people are thinking for you, saving you time in deciding what you want to do with your talents? You should go out of your way to thank them.

And by the way, don't worry about the principal that if those people decided you MUST give others some of your time, they can also, under the same principal that you don't own the fruit of your labors (your law license) decide that you should give 1) more time; 2) more money; 3) a piece of property; 4) or anything else they decide is nice, and makes them feel good.

For more on the dangerous implications of this nice, feel good pro bono program, trying getting your head out of your ass Captain and read "Mans Rights" in "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by you know who.

Or you can just hope and pray that those people who decide what is good and worthy and feel good fun keep making decisions that you agree with.

Posted by Rumpole, but I used the different name so you can click on the the link.

Anonymous said...

Geeze I was going to make a humorous shumie time comment but Rumpole got all serious, so like, forget it man.

Anonymous said...

"It is easy to make light of insistence on scrupulous regard for the safeguards of civil liberties when invoked on behalf of the unworthy. It is too easy. History bears testimony that by such disregard are the rights of liberty extinguished, heedlessly at first, then stealthily, and brazenly in the end."

– Davis v. United States, 328 U.S. 582 (June 10, 1946) (Frankfurter, J., dissenting

Anonymous said...

Who knows where Rumpole grew up and there's a virtue to remaining faithful to one's hometown, boyhood team, even after decades and raising a family in a new city. But it takes a certain sourness of character to actively celebrate the flaws of the hometown team where you live.

Stay a Mudville fan, that's fine. Recognize that the game will never feel like it did when you were nine and no one will disagree.

But to continue coming to the party only to bitch about host's drink selection and to point out that you have better furniture at home betrays a side of your personality that demands some reflection and reform.

You live in Miami, Rump. Apparently have for years. Part of what makes living cheek by jowl in such a congested, humid, third world city (or anywhere for that matter) worthwhile is joining the chorus and waving the flag for the local guys. We're in this together.

Get over your sourness.

Anonymous said...

Tannebaum pulling an Eiglarsh on NPR this morning

Anonymous said...

Today is going to be a hot day on the blog.

Anonymous said...

Rump, you have to give Lebron credit - most guys in the NBA duck their head and get out of the way when a guy is going up to dunk like that - don't want to get "posterized"...for a guy who loves quoting Roosevelt's man in the arena, you really should appreciate Lebron laying it out there. I do.

Rumpole said...

What impressed me the most about Lebron was an interview he gave just before game 7 with the Pacers. He spoke about the feeling of a game 7 and the enjoyment of the excitement of game 7. It reminded me of how I feel the morning of a closing, or the morning of cross of the government's most important witness. I was impressed by the interview. I dislike the Heat, but I give him credit for a great mindset.

Anonymous said...

Hooray for Rumpole!!!

Anonymous said...

I used to consider being on the SAPD wheel a version of pro bono. Sure, it paid a pittance, but nothing compared to the time and effort I put into the cases. When the state created the RCO and decided that my pro bono work was no longer needed, I decided I would no longer do any more free legal work. Sorry.

CAPTAIN said...


The Captain Reports:

Not sure who posted 8:27 AM, whether it was you Rumpole or someone else, but chill out and take a pill. Why people feel the need to insult others with such derogatory terms like "get your head out of your ass" is just so fourth grade of you. I'm familiar with Ms. Rand's philosophy.

I stated, if you read my post, that if someone wanted to volunteer from our profession of criminal defense lawyers, that they should "consider" the joint FACDL-PDO's program. Nothing in there said you must or you shall. Only Judge Soto used the words "strongly encourage" in her plea. Maybe you should tell her to get her head out of her ass.

It is up to the individual to do or not do whatever the heck they want to when it comes to donating their time or their money or both to any and all charities.

The person who posted that must be related to Tiago Splitter.

Cap Out .....
captain4justice

Anonymous said...


I don't like the reporting requirement from the Bar. I have never liked it. It is my business whether I want to donate my time. Why do I have to tell them. I do enjoy giving back to my community in many different ways, but screw the Bar. Who made them king.

Having said that, I did volunteer to take a third degree felony a couple of years ago thru FACDL and enjoyed the challenge of the case. But I did it because I wanted to not because the Bar was strongly suggesting that I should do it.

Anonymous said...

My pro bono reporting is based on how many people bounce checks to me that I can't collect on.
I figure those people were too poor to afford an attorney.

Rumpole said...

I posted it. It is NOT up to an individual to do with their time whatever they want. Not if the individual is a lawyer with a license to practice in Florida. That individual owes a "poor, weak, or gulliable" person several hours of free work.

Anonymous said...

Well said, Rump.

Anonymous said...

Agree with Rumpole. The letters' language is a little offensive and a little pushy.