Hi there, what a nice dreary way to start the work week (for those of you still here).
Let's take a quick peek around town:
1. The Herald wades into the swamp of judicial election campaigns.
This is an interesting article because it alludes to but does not identify outright the key factors associated with winning a judicial election. Here are the indicators:
hire a judicial consultant early2. Gregg Fields on how all the lawyers are on vacation and one lawyer put her cell phone in a box! (no worries, there's always an iPad backup).
raise lots of money
have the right last name (hyphenated is even better!)
get the right endorsements
pick the right low-hanging fruit opponent
stuff the low-turnout ballot box
3. Turns out all the foreclosure mill investigations have gone nowhere:
With no closure and no one held accountable, there is no justice, anti-foreclosure activists say.
“I’m incredulous at this point that two years later nothing has happened,” said West Palm Beach foreclosure defense attorney Melva Rozier. “I didn’t think it would take so long. It seemed as though a lot of conduct and actions were pretty obvious on their face.”
Some have now turned their ire on the Florida Bar, which says it has power only to investigate individual attorneys, not law firms.
Despite hundreds of foreclosure-related complaints against attorneys, not a single Florida lawyer who represents banks in foreclosure cases has been disciplined for foreclosure fraud by the Florida Bar.
And all of the major players, including leaders of the Law Offices of David J. Stern and Boca Raton-based Shapiro & Fishman, remain members in good standing with the Bar.What, I can't hear you -- my cell phone is in a box and the reception isn't all that great here in North Carolina.
“In my opinion, (the Bar’s) inaction — especially on Stern — counts as one of the most egregious derelictions of responsibility in legal ethics history,” said Michael Olenick, a West Palm Beach-based housing analyst with the finance research firm Nastiaco. “It leads to the question of whether the Florida Bar is protecting the people and business of Florida, or the lawyers of Florida. Their inaction strongly suggests the latter.”