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Monday, September 26, 2016

NEW GRUNTS

The new ASAs, fresh out of law school, shiny new suits, fancy graduation-gift briefcases, and fully indoctrinated on the Miami-ASA way, hit the courtrooms today.

Over the weekend, long time ASA Frank Ledee was honored by the League of Prosecutors as Prosecutor of the Year.

We could tell the new ASAs a lot. But all they need to do is look at Mr. Ledee. Hardworking. Fair. A man of his word. Respected by his peers and the judiciary.

There's lots of advice new ASAs will receive. Some of them unfortunately will be looking to make a name for themselves by being tough. That just shows they have no experience and perspective. Some will be sneaky in trying to win cases. All that will do is get them a bad name. And some will work hard, make mistakes, pick themselves up and dust themselves off after screwing up in court and will try harder the next time but won't hold past failures against future defendants. These will be the ones who will succeed.

It takes a lifetime to make a name for yourself. And about a minute to ruin it.
Good luck and welcome to the REGJB, our work home since before you were born.

See you in court. When you least expect it, we will be the defense attorney whispering some friendly advice in your ear when you need it.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Turkish immigrant arrested for Washington State mall massacre. I wonder if Hillary will continue her immigration policies. Let's stop making excuses for violent immigrants and keep then out the the country

Anonymous said...

Hit them with the Hind

Anonymous said...

Frank Ledee is a fine person and a fine prosecutor.

DMD said...

...and what about our latest Houston lawyer shoot-em-up?? Any info? Will he be disbarred? Sanctioned? Deplorable DMD

Anonymous said...

Hey 6:40 a.m....What about the violent natives? Is there a way to keep them out too?

Former ASA said...

Words to the new ASA:

1. Listen more, talk less. Accept the fact that you have little perspective or life experience.
2. Learn from what you see good lawyers do. (PS, you won't see many in your first year)
3. The defense attorney isn't evil, or your enemy. They're doing their job like you are
4. Know when to stop talking, know when you've won, know when you've lost. You will live to fight another day
5. Dress professionally, not like you're going to Brickell for happy hour.

Anonymous said...

6:40 - American lawyer killed after shooting 9 people at a strip mall in Houston, Texas. I wonder if Hillary will...........................................

Anonymous said...

Who the hell is 8:13 telling ASAs to dress conservatively?

gtfo

Anonymous said...

Frank is a truly a great guy.

Anonymous said...

640 here. Lock his ass up.

Claude Erskine - Browne said...

Frank Ledee is top notch. None better, wish half the ASAs had half his skills. Always found him to be a straight dealer and a courteous opponet

Anonymous said...

Rumpole, the league also honored Judge De La O as the judge of the year.

Anonymous said...

New ASAs -

This is the best job you could get straight out of law school. While many of you will not stay more than a few years, use this time wisely. You will learn more in this experience than you ever did in law school.

I cannot give you any advice that hasn't already been given. Be professional, courteous, and honest. No case is worth your reputation or bar license. If you can't prove your case, do the right thing. If you have a strong case against a dangerous offender, remember your obligation to the community.

One thing I can't stress enough is to respond to emails and voicemails. You are the most connected generation in the history of the world. There is nothing that will damage your reputation faster than failing to respond to emails/voicemails in a timely fashion. Believe me, your communicativeness speaks volumes about your character, and many a positive reputation is formed on that basis alone. Too many ASAs simply fail to communicate and not only does it hurt your image, it slows progress on a case. Most of the time, we are reaching out to you because we are looking for a resolution.

It takes a few seconds to reply to an email or call someone back but it's an investment in your professional future.

Best of luck! Enjoy the camaraderie, too. Private practice is lucrative but lonely.

Teddy Rooseveldt said...

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Anonymous said...

My advice to new ASAs: the victim is lying, the Defendant is lying, the cops are lying, but rarely if ever is the Defense Attorney lying. Remember that.

Anonymous said...

New ASAs, fulfill your commitment and get the hell out of there. It will take you 30 years to make 6 figures if you stay. Don't waste your life.

Anonymous said...

New ASA's, listen to staff. They've been there longer than anyone else. And don't piss off the clerks. They can be your best friends or not care...