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Sunday, May 01, 2016

FACDL AWARDS DINNER

UPDATED Below with a full list of the award winners. As we said, we are an ocean away. 

The FACDL had their 263rd awards dinner last night at the Last Stop Bar in Florida City. Yes, the tradition dates back to a bunch of Calusta Native Americans sitting on a mound of shells in Florida Bay and handing out fresh lobster and oysters as an award. 

Actually, and because we are still in Europe involved in Brexit, we have pieced together events based on the numerous emails we have received in the last 8-10 hours. 

Federal assistant Public defender Abby Becker received the Greg Wenzel young lawyers award for doing something really good. Nobody knows for sure, the acoustics were awful. But we're sure it's well deserved.   for her work in spearheading the Federal Public Defenders Clemency petitions. This is great work that was and is really needed. Well done.  (okay? Everyone needs to stop sending us  mean and nasty  emails now. We weren't there. We don;t know who did what to whom.)

Beji Waxman received the "Against All Odds Award" for writing a winning brief in the Florida Supreme Court and his prior decade of litigation for a client in the infamous Casey Nickelodeon murders in Broward. Eventually Waxman was able to convince the Supreme Court that the Broward rule that identity need not "really be proven" in a Broward murder case was, well,  not entirely kosher to use some Latin. 

Judge Mary Jo Francis deservedly received the Justice Kogan award for her work on the bench, especially in jail court  misdemeanor cases, where 99.9% of the cases involve defendants suffering from mental illness. 

Edith Georgi won the Sy Gaer founders award for her lifetime of wonderful, dedicated, and top notch advocacy at the Public Defenders office. 

Alex Michaels won the Gino Negretti "Courtesy in Court" award, for obvious reasons. 

But according to all emails, the highlight of the event was when moderator Milt Hirsch paused in his annual rendition of Federalist Paper #78 (on the judiciary) 

But it is not with a view to infractions of the Constitution only, that the independence of the judges may be an essential safeguard against the effects of occasional ill humors in the society. These sometimes extend no farther than to the injury of the private rights of particular classes of citizens, by unjust and partial laws. Here also the firmness of the judicial magistracy is of vast importance in mitigating the severity and confining the operation of such laws. It not only serves to moderate the immediate mischiefs of those which may have been passed, but it operates as a check upon the legislative body in passing them; who, perceiving that obstacles to the success of iniquitous intention are to be expected from the scruples of the courts, are in a manner compelled, by the very motives of the injustice they meditate, to qualify their attempts. This is a circumstance calculated to have more influence upon the character of our governments, than but few may be aware of...

whereupon Judge Hirsch introduced Judge Sayfie, to a rousing standing ovation of attorneys who all then made patting movements on their jackets and rummaged through their purses to mostly discover that, darn, they forgot to bring their check books. 

Judge Hirsch then returned to conclude with his rendition of "A Costly Ride" by Guy de Maupassant,  reprising his long-ago defense of a case in which he successfully argued the old "wrong place, wrong time defense."



A good time was apparently had by all. 

One of these years someone is going to invite us. 
Until then.... see you in court. 


CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...



The Captain Reports:

Rumpole - here is your Errata Sheet:

The last Award is called the Pearson-Prebish Founders Award named after the two FACDL-Miami founders. It is awarded for Lifetime Achievement.

There were two winners, both well deserved:

Edith Georgi and Rory Stein

Congrats to all of the winners last evening.

Cap Out .....

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's really cool how an anonymous blogger, who claims to be such a great defense attorney, always makes fun of the Florida association of defense lawyers banquets, never having gone. Further, to be-little the winner of a young lawyer award named after an American hero is truly classless. You have the opportunity to run a decent blog; in fact you used to. Now it's become crap.

Someone else should start a decent, non -pretentious blog relevant to our profession. No one really cares about your European adventures or what wine you drink. You think none of us are travelled? Many of us have been all over the world, which is why we could initially afford public defender and Asa jobs. You do not impress us with your pretentiousness. In fact, you sound like a donkey.

6:53, start a new blog!

Anonymous said...

What a perfect ass.

Anonymous said...

For many years attended the FACDL Gala, then I realized it was really just a small clique of self congratulatory assholes who considered themselves the elite of the criminal law bar, sucking up to judges and kissing each other's asses. Stopped going and decided to concentrate on being a good lawyer. What a wise decision that was. Glad I missed Milt Hirsch trying to be Stan Blake.

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


The Captain Reports:

Rumpole - here is your Errata Sheet:

The last Award is called the Pearson-Prebish Founders Award named after the two FACDL-Miami founders. It is awarded for Lifetime Achievement.

There were two winners, both well deserved:

Edith Georgi and Rory Stein

Congrats to all of the winners last evening.

Cap Out .....

Anonymous said...

Judge Hirsch as mc was brilliant move. Very educational.

Anonymous said...

You're really going to leave Rory Stein out of your recognition of those who were honored last night?

Rumpole said...

You're right. I'm not going to print that comment. What you say is somewhat common knowledge but it can't be proven unless one of the people involved would come forward with irrefutable proof. I've known about it since it was on-going. Quickly frankly its a very troubling situation in which if proven should disqualify that person from being a judge. But then it's back to the Kay Summers/Eisenhower thing. And that worked out pretty well for the rest of the free world.

I said I wasn't at the banquet. if you know who won, post it.

Anonymous said...

alot of these facdl banquets were pretentious. This one was not. It was very sincere.

Anonymous said...

Abby Becker won the young lawyer award for her work on the Clemency Project.

Anonymous said...

Use a little FACDL List Serv etiquette. Don't hit "reply all" to every e-mail you respond to just to say "Congrats!". Are you really that needy for recognition? If you want to give someone a shout out, send it to them personally. You'll look like less of a tool.