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Saturday, September 13, 2014

THE WAR OUTSIDE STILL RAGES

"The war outside still rages, but you say it ain't ours anymore to win."
Bruce Springsteen, No Retreat, No Surrender. 

Before we try a case, when we are in trial, and while waiting for a verdict, No Retreat, No Surrender is our song. We play it on the way to court, and listen to it during breaks, sometimes in the background while reading case law or reviewing notes. 

Trials are war. Clients come to all of us and ask us to be the one remaining person between them and everyone else. Sometimes the opponent on the other side is the U.S. government, merely the most powerful entity on earth. 

But this is not about those wars. We all have our war stories. 

This is about when the war "ain't ours anymore to win."

When does that time come? 
When do you lose the fire in your belly; when  it becomes harder and harder to work till midnight, then get up at a few hours later and get to the office hours before anyone else?

And what do you do when being a warrior is all you've ever known? 

Do you don some robes and call balls and strikes?  With all due respect, from where we sit at counsel table, sitting in court and watching a trial and not being allowed to get up and attack a witness is our definition of hell. It's why we never second chair a case. 

So what do we do when "it ain't ours anymore to win?"

Sy Gaer was carried out on his shield after a lifetime of wars. (Note to new lawyers, go to the second floor of the REGJB, face the elevators, then turn 180 degrees and look up.) 

Most of us just fade away and we prefer to think of General McArthur's last address to the Corp at West Point when we think of colleagues we never see anymore; that they haven't died, but just faded away. 

It's the start of a beautiful weekend and we don't mean to be morose or bring anyone down.  And lest any of you worry or any prosecutors start popping champagne corks, our time has not yet arrived. But there's a bit more gray then there used to be, and a few more lines on the face, and nothing lasts forever. Even Rumpole. 

Enjoy your weekend. 

See you in court. 


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Everything dies and that's a fact....baby everything dies...

Fake Adelstein & Matters + Fake Peckins said...

Don't be truculent Rump. It's unbecoming and ill advised.

REAL FORMER JUDGE said...

FOOTBALL Rump? Selections? I now live for the 2014 WEISMAN NFL Suicide Pool!!!!

Hurry …. Kenny W. is going down this weekend with his pick of the San Juan Matadors…..

Anonymous said...

Great song. Title is only "No Surrender", though.

Have you heard the live version from 1975-1985 Live? Slightly changed final verse.

Anonymous said...

If you don't love being there; if you don't think you make a difference; if you don't empathize with your clients anymore; if you just do it for the money; if you no longer can kiss the butts you have to to get the right results -- you do not belong in this practice. 73 is all about money; Family Court is too disgusting and awful to even talk about; probate is boring; juvenile is hopeful; dependency is depressing But at REGB we have a chance to make sure that justice is done, that some attempt is made to have cops rise above their natural states, that you don't fight hard to keep a kid from destroying his life by taking a plea; and even with the worst of the scum, that they get a break if they deserve it.
REGB is a great place to be.

Mark Seiden said...

After 11+ years with the MDPD and 31+ years practicing law as a criminal defense attorney, I decided to call it a career and retire. I closed my office on September 30th, 2013 and moved away in January, 2014.

I want to assure you all they there is life after law. I now live in an idyllic community in Northeast Florida and am thoroughly enjoying retirement. While I miss my friends, the insanity, congestion, traffic and crime that is Miami-Dade County is not missed at all.

Keep fighting the good fightI