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Monday, May 23, 2016

PD EXODUS

RORY STEIN UPDATE BELOW 

The relentless march of time and loss of legal talent continued this past week as PDs young and old, new and grizzled, gathered somewhere downtown to bid adieu to Stephen Kramer, Jay Kolsky and Bob Aaron. Along with the pending retirement of Edith Georgi, well more than a hundred years of  legal and life experience is walking out the door. 

Mr. Kramer was the consummate professional, handling some of the offices biggest cases while supervising and mentoring the next generation of lawyers. 

Mr. Kolsky goes back even farther than Mr. Kramer- a prosecutor in the 1970's, then a PD, then in private practice, and then a final stint at the PDs office, Mr. Kolsky practiced before judges and with lawyers whose names are a whispered, fading  memory in the halls of our courthouse. Losing a lawyer of Mr. Kolsky's experience is like a boat losing it's anchor. 

And Mr. Aaron, a craggy, Chicago lawyer, who trained a whole generation of young lawyers the fine art of when to speak, when to remain quiet, when to fight, and when discretion was the better part of valor. 

AND WE RECEIVED THIS COMMENT

Rump,
You have once again omitted any mention of Rory Stein in a post which purports to recognize and highlight the accomplishments public defenders/defense attorneys. For reference, see your post on the FACDL awards dinner. Mr. Stein, along with others who you have left out, is departing from the PDs office as well.

When will you finally give up your petty animosity towards a man who is beloved and respected by those who work with him? 



Rumpole responds:

No animosity. The good-bye party was presented to us as a party for Kramer, Kolsky and Aaron. As we were not invited (and were dining at Per Se in NYC at the time, or near the time in preparation for our attendance at Hamilton, The Musical,  which shouldn't be missed) we had to rely on emails and reports sent to us. 
Anytime anyone wants to write a piece about Mr Stein or any other PD who is retiring, please email it to us and we will post it without edits. 

In a way these retirements represent the end of an era. These lawyers represented the true second generation of  Miami public defenders. Lawyers who joined the office after it was formed and shaped by legendary lawyers like Roy Black and Jack Denaro, these lawyers stayed the course and defended indigent clients across an astounding five decades, starting in the 1970's. 

Their absence will not go unnoticed. Clients and young lawyers will not have their talent- honed on the crucible of hundreds of trials, and their experience to rely upon. 
 But the fight must continue. And it will. 

See You In Court. 

PS- don't flood us with comments attacking our history of the PDs office. Yes, we know Mr. Black and Mr. Denaro and others at that time were not the first lawyers in the office. But they were among the first significant recruits that changed that office into an effective legal team. 




38 comments:

Anonymous said...

BlacknDenaro never lost a trial.

Anonymous said...

great post. as a former PD, I would love to see a list of current SSAs and "A" attorneys in the PD office.

Anonymous said...

Now the PD has Division "A"s who are handling Murders who haven't tried 20 Jury Trials

Anonymous said...

Bobby Aaron is a hero!!!

Anonymous said...

You left out others who are retiring and who were great... like Carol Ferrero.

The retirement rules are forcing many really talented PDs to leave.

Anonymous said...

Rump,
You have once again omitted any mention of Rory Stein in a post which purports to recognize and highlight the accomplishments public defenders/defense attorneys. For reference, see your post on the FACDL awards dinner. Mr. Stein, along with others who you have left out, is departing from the PDs office as well.

When will you finally give up your petty animosity towards a man who is beloved and respected by those who work with him?

Anonymous said...

This is nothing compared to what is happening at the Broward PDO. 22 PDS have left in the last 2 months. And more planning to quit. Looks like Help Me Howard can't even keep.his own office running anymore. Time to give up the TV gig and get his own house on order.

Anonymous said...

There are plenty of smart, talented PD's who will manage quite well after the exodus of these veterans.

Anonymous said...

Black lost a trial where a client, The Bird Road Rapist, was factually innocent and that was proven after he served many years.

Anonymous said...

The "Camelot era" of the PDs office was 1972-1979. Most of our top trial lawyers practicing today came from that office.

Anonymous said...

Would love to see comments about the excellent attorneys who came out of that office.

Anonymous said...

try these: steve rosen, Nathan diamomd, bill clay, Oscar rodriguez,jerry breslin, tom morgan, linnae Snyder(Johnson), Mike von zampft, mike tarkoff, jerry mosca, lenny Rosenberg,vinny Flynn, ht smith, joe Kershaw,jerry hubbart, Arthur Rothenberg,Tam Wilson,Danny veloyos larado,paul morris(appeals) Clinton pitts,maxine cohen lando, rick messerman,are those who come to mind immediately. I am sure I have left out many others................

Anonymous said...

For far too many years, all Rory did was carry Carlos' water. And nasty water it was.

Anonymous said...

Blackndenaro never lost.

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

My understanding is that there are a total of eight APD's retiring with a total of 288 years experience.

Rory Stein
Edith Georgi
Carol Sellen Ferraro
Jay Kolsky
Steve Kramer
Bobby Aaron
???
???

Cap Out .....
Captain4Justice@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Captain,

The answer is Connie Alter and Henri Rauch.

Anonymous said...

APD Henry Rauch is leaving. A total mensch

Anonymous said...

Henri Rauch
Connie Alter

Anonymous said...

Jay Levine, David Finger, Mel Black, Bill Clay, Victoria Sigler . . .

Anonymous said...

Rmpole's pompousness is nauseating. No one cares that you're in London or NYC. Who gives a shit where you ate dinner. Enough already. Just pront the news and stop trying to make yourself seem oh so wealthy and important.

No Longer JAFI said...

22 in 2 months? WTF?

Anonymous said...

Jason Bloch is in full panic mode .He put in several hundred thousand of his personal dollars in this losing effort. He must be a glutton for punishment a masochist or both. In addition his bottom of the barrel political consultant Pedro Diaz and his "girl" Lody Jean went to a Latin venue and threw out all of Marcia Del Rey's palm cards ..........the very bottom of the spectrum .

Anonymous said...

Add this to the list of former PDs above: Steve Bronis

Rumpole said...

But I am wealthy, and successful, and pompous, and cultured and I spend a good deal of my time and money making sure that where I live, eat, exercise, vacation, etc., does not bring me into contact with the proletariat like you 9:41. It's a nice way to live.

Anonymous said...

Remember that Miami prosecutor who got arrested for felony child neglect, DUI and LSA in Broward. (Yes, I know that Rumpole invoked Fla. Rule of Blogger Procedure 69.087(2)(I))so we cannot say his or her name even though everyone knows the name...)
That prosecutor did not fight the refusal suspension and got a permit. Bad move.
The state no actioned the felony and bound down the DUI, LSA and CD to Judge Chris Pole in county court. Pat Trese for the defense.

I always liked that prosecutor so, I with that person well.

Anonymous said...

Hector at 11:18, your personal war is going to end badly. Find another unqualified candidate to run against someone you don't like next time.

Anonymous said...

6:54 pm,

Why would it be a "bad move" to take the guaranteed driving permit, especially when transportation is essential to being a parent, working etc...and, instead, have a formal review hearing where the police will always show up, the standard of proof is so low, there's a video to corroborate what had occurred and the chances of losing are so great?

Anonymous said...

Rumpole, you are an anonymous blogger on the Gerstein building. You are not royalty or anything close to it. You are pompous. Nothing more, nothing less. Now I see why you used to let middle age commentators write about their sexual escapades with women half their age. You would relish in their bragging about the young PD who needs help with her student loans and how they were kissing and telling while the young woman slept. Of course, I thought all that bragging was nothing more than the dreams of a sad middle aged man staring in front of his computer at 2 in the morning. Rumpole, I also think that your reported travels to the Sierra Nevada, some fancy joint in NYC, London or wherever you claim to be is nothing more than fantasy as well. I would venture to say you are also a sad middle aged man using this blog as a mask to your harsh reality. You are probably nothing more than one of those hacks who are going up and down the escalator every day trying to hustle an armed robbery from $2500. Or worst yet, you might be some clerk, some judge or judicial assistant who uses this blog as their alter ego to write about the life they wished they had. One thing is clear to me Rumpole, whenever challenged, you resort to bullying and crying out loud "This is my Blog, I will do what I want"...Which tells me you are neither a prominent lawyer, rich or a world traveler. It tells me this Blog is the only thing in the world that you actually have ownership of and it makes you your only sense of importance. 9:41 speaking his truth.

Anonymous said...

9:16PM a lot of people don't like Bloch. When this is all said and done Jason Bloch will be just another one and done like Lobree or Hendon. Regardless of Ms. Del Rey's qualifications she will crush Jason in the polls by a 20% margin.

Anonymous said...

Last Friday I took acid and mushrooms
I did not transcend, I felt like a walking piece of shit
In a stupid looking jacket

Anonymous said...

Be nice to Hector he has had a bad run with his candidates lately.

Rumpole said...

But 730 AM, you can't stop reading. You're reading my blog, my words, my thoughts and are obsessed about my travels, my success, my life at 730 AM in the morning. Hmmm....

There are escalators in the justice building????

Anonymous said...

Elena Tauler was shocked that it was revealed at the Haitian Lawyers Bar that she was suspended for 3 years for misappropriating client funds......

Anonymous said...

Never liked Stein stemming back to my trial advocacy class...

Anonymous said...

Yesss. So good.

Anonymous said...

Let's see: give up any hope of success at a Formal Review hearing, even though it is a kangaroo court, in return for 90 days of driving? Sorry, but that is a bad move. Especially with Pole as her judge, you want as much discovery as you can get and, at the least, the administrative hearing provides a mini-deposition. Now, with no chance of success because she gave up her right to an adversarial hearing, she has the refusal suspension on her driving record acting like a neon light every time she is stopped for a traffic offense, her insurance rates will go up and she will have a mark on her record easily found by a potential employer, a bank or lender, and several other agencies that she might be forced to deal with for the next 50 or so years of the rest of her life.

Anonymous said...

Curious why my comment about the PD salaries didnt get published. If you think it might be embarrassing to these PDs that they make so much or so little, isnt that kind of the point? That the PDO should be held to great scrutiny about what it pays its lawyers, esp given that it is, you know, tax money?

Anonymous said...

Are we supposed to hide it from the public. She's a waste of a candidate. Furthermore he campaign consultant allegedly shook down a bunch of judges. Pay me or get opposition.