We buried a friend yesterday. It was a sad affair. There was pain and bewilderment as the ultimate finality of it all sunk in. Richard Sharpstein was remembered by his friends and family for the remarkable life he lived and that is how it should be. We take the lessons from the good of his life, his warmth, humor, humility....his compassion. And that is what we remember as we go on about the business of living our life.
For those of you following our survivor pool, Lucy Lew was tripped up with the Saints who were upset by the Rams. A remarkable run of correctly picking 13 of 15 weeks of winning football teams. Weisman and Lurvey rolled with the hometown Fins. Your finalists are REGJB regulars Kenny "double down" Weisman and Dan "long shot" Lurvey.
Practice tips. In preparation for the new year, we have compiled our top ten practice tips. Little nuggets of information we have gained from experience that will help make you a better lawyer in 2014 and help you enjoy the practice of law. It's Rumpole's playbook, and we offer you a peak, free of charge.
Rumpole's Tip#10: Avoid the Friday Re-set.
As you wind your way through the various courtrooms and cases during an average week, invariably there are cases that need to be re-set. And as the work load of judges and lawyers increases, Friday looms as the day when most of the detritus will be cleared away and the lawyers will have some time to get the work done needed to resolve the case. The problem is that every other judge and lawyer in the building has the same idea and Friday is now jammed with the all the problem cases from the week. The courthouse is as crowded as a Tuesday or Wednesday and everyone is scrambling to get out early and the result is that not as much gets done as everyone envisioned and Friday becomes a wasted court visit.
So avoid the "Friday re-set." It is an illusion; a mirage of time and light calendars. Friday is in fact it is as busy and hectic a day as any other.
(another deep breath) Put one foot in front of the other. Handle a case, then another. Go home, hug your family and keep on living.
See You In Court.
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