The Intrepid One™ reports on the results of a FL Bar commission, empaneled in the wake of the Rothstein debacle, which found -- surprise(!) -- that some lawyers are up to no good:
"Cases like The Florida Bar v. Scott W. Rothstein or the myriad of cases involving mortgage fraud, loan modifications and foreclosure fraud illustrate a changing profession and the need for a lawyer regulation system able to adapt to such cases," stated the report. "Additionally, these types of cases demonstrate a need to provide information to the public about the steps that The Bar already has taken, currently is taking and is planning to take to handle these cases in order to continue to ensure public confidence."Zzzzzz.
Was the writing of this report outsourced to the Miami Herald editorial board?
There's gotta be something more substantive in there:
But Miami attorney Brian Tannebaum, who frequently represents lawyers under investigation by The Bar, criticized the report as overly focused on public relations.
"The report says to me, 'the Scott Rothstein debacle hurt The Bar. How do we convince the public that we care?' " he said. "The Florida Bar has become more of a consumer protection agency than an agency designed to regulate lawyers."Probably true but hey, what's wrong with that -- we could use a nice PR agency.
Then there's this:
"There are many instances where some lawyers work past their point of effectiveness to a period of life where they develop mental and physical problems," stated the report. "This can lead a lawyer who has had a stellar career to lose his or her reputation, practice and resources during the twilight years of his or her career."Ok, you've just described every senior partner I've ever worked for.
Plus down here nobody ever really loses their reputation -- we've given them too many awards and honors for that.