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
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?
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.
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