The REGJB's own Judges Lisa Walsh and Miguel De La O have thrown their hats into the ring for the two federal district court spots that have opened up with Former Chief Judge Federico Moreno electing senior status and Judge Ursula Ungaro retiring and joining Boise Schiller.
We cannot think of two better choices for these spots and we heartily endorse their applications. That and $5 will get you a coffee at Starbucks.
Here is a trivia question we do not know the answer to: name the Federal Judges who Judge Moreno and Judge Ungaro replaced.
WHITER MIAMI ?
We have the vaccine. All around us have the vaccine. The Popeyes near the REGJB is open. Restaurants and businesses all around us are open. The garage across from family court sits open and empty, parking spots just begging to be filled by lawyers' Teslas and BMWs and Mercedes SUVs.
But our courthouses in Miami remain cerrado.
The feds announced several months ago they were resuming trials July 6.
Broward is open. Plantation Key is open. Key West is open. From Pensacola to Two-Egg to Key West, courts are open...except you know where.
Miami esta cerrado.
Now we applaud the caution and concern of our chief judges. We also realize that on a Friday they cannot just decide to open the courthouse on Monday and that is that. Plans need to be made. Au Bon Pain has to order quiches and croissants. JAs need pens and pads. Judges need....well we are sure they need something.
The clerks office needs to schedule hearings in person. Send out notices that don't have zoom instructions on them. People need to hear it on the news and see it on @Ovalle305 that the courthouses are open for business. It needs to be snapchatted and judges need to post 20 second videos of them dancing in their robes on the courthouse steps with the doors wide open on Tiktok. (Judge Soto we are available to coordinate the public relations campaign gratis.)
So the point is, lets get rolling. We need to feel the gravel of Lot 26 crunching under our Allen Edmonds shoes, new and shined and sitting in a closet lo these last 14 months unused. We long to sit in court and acted surprised "A plea ? Surely madam, you jest. Are you not aware of what our friend and colleague Mr. Markus famously says- 'you cannot win a plea'."
Miami Esta ABIERTA!