SFL Friday -- Perform Some Public Service, Plebes!

Well kids today is Friday but it's also the eighth anniversary of 9/11.

Talk about cognitive dissonance.

It's a shame that eight years later the legacy of 9/11 can be polarizing to some.

Still, for a moment put aside the regrettable politicization and manipulation, and remember the lives lost, the heroes found, the challenges our nation faced that day and those we will continue to face and must defeat in order preserve our sometimes-flawed but great democracy.

I even found President Bush's words that day moving:
"Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature, and we responded with the best of America."
True dat.

This may not be very surprising, but I really like the idea of performing public service as a way of paying tribute to the rescue teams who rushed in to save lives on 9/11, as well as a way to allow us to participate in a greater good on an otherwise somber day.

As lawyers we are fortunate to have so many chances to put something back, pun intended, and our range of possibilities should of course include nonlegal service opportunities (just like regular folks).

When was the last time you staffed a small claims clinic? Took a pro bono case? Gave time to a nonprofit or charity (raising money counts, btw).

Well that's enough about that so let's get ready for the weekend.

As usual I am heading out early so I can help spread the oxytocin, trade in my Prius, and catch this Slovenian arts festival.

What? I'm a fan of good advertising.

Have a great weekend everybody!


  1. King Kong attacked the WTC?

  2. No, he just scaled it (with the lovely Jessica Lange in tow).

  3. I'm gonna spread me some dusted up oxycontin in me 1987 chateauneuf du pape. That's they way us blue hair palm beach dee-vor-seees roll.

  4. In Tally it's Xanax baby!

  5. This Kinky So-and-SoSeptember 11, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Ah, public service. Reminds me of my days in the Navy, when I made sure no sailor went without...

  6. @4:44

    Xanax is sooooooooooooo 1980's. Nobody's doing it anymore.

  7. Oy that is good advertising!

  8. You're so 2008, this blog's so 2000 and late, and I'm 3009 and that means I'm mighty fine.

    Gonna work about 10 hours today. First time working on a Saturday since I got home from London. Boy did I stockpile the ol'billables over there.

  9. 9:14- No one cares. Get a life.

  10. Hollywood-Miami InsiderSeptember 12, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Hollywood chatter has producer Judd Apatow buying a screen treatment called "No Time for Shumie Time" about a 50 year old lawyer who gets fired for taking some time off from work. He moves in with his girlfriend who is 36 to save expenses and winds up raising her three daughters ages 10, 12, 16, and becomes a stay at home step dad while his girlfriend finishes law school and ...yes gets hired by his old firm. Then she gets a file he was working on and together they go to court and win the big unwinnable case that for a twist in the plot, the partner of the firm wanted them to lose because he had bought stock in the company being sued. They win the case, get married , he gets his job back, and the he and her three daughters all live happily ever after.

    Seth Rogan is interested in playing the lawyer, but they haven't decided yet if he will wear makeup to age or re-write the script so the lawyer is younger.

    The story takes place in a mythical Miami Firm, Peterson, Hernandez, Glumberger and Associates.

    The screen treatment was written by a real out of work Miami lawyer who just got three mil for his efforts plus a credit as the writer if the film is made and a small piece of the back end gross, not net.

  11. Gal do you think of anything but billables?

  12. Oh Michael, Oh JesusSeptember 12, 2009 at 5:34 PM


    I do. I care. I wait anxiously for Greenberg Gal's latest reports. But then I understand the 'secrete code'. Let's just say that there are billable hours, and then there are billable hours.

  13. Scott Rothstein, who operates one of the most successful law firms in South Florida, has apparently vowed to destroy a local journalist for writing critical articles about his friends.

    According to Broward-Palm Beach New Times columnist Bob Norman, Rothstein phoned him on August 25, calling himself the “Jewish Avenger” and threatening to bankrupt Norman and his wife, who is a reporter for the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

    Rothstein, managing partner of Rothstein, Rosenfeldt, Adler in Fort Lauderdale -- who recently purchased a controlling stake of Casa Casuarina on South Beach, better known as the Versace Mansion, which he plans to turn into a nightclub -- has become one of the most powerful men in South Florida, buying up restaurants and homes and donating big money to politicians.

    “I’m tired of you hunting around,” Rothstein told Norman, who said he was digging into the connections between Rothstein and state Rep. Evan Jenne of Dania Beach.

    Rothstein said he plans on going after other journalists as well.

    “I am starting with you and the Sun Sentinel and a couple of other (local reporters),” he told Norman.

    “When I finish, I think I will have made an important point.”

    But Rothstein also acknowledged that his threats could generate more negative coverage about him and his friends.

    “I may be too stupid to realize that what I’m about to do might cause you to write more horrific things about me and my family.”

    Norman met Rothstein in person about a year ago where the lawyer came off as friendly but was also sure to warn Norman not to cross him

  14. My life is my hours. It's the only way I can keep my job. Have you ever worked in a large firm environment?

    Write a winning appellate brief? Big deal.

    Win a trial? You're expected to do that.

    But bill 2300 hours in a year and they love you to death. You're the one paying for the partner's SL500, and his vacation home in North Carolina, and his beach condo for his 28 year old girlfriend that he sees on Saturdays when he tells his wife he's in the office going over depos with me.

    Join the real world you putzs.

  15. BTW- 2300 brings in to the firm just under a million a year. Minus my salary, my secretary's salary, our portion of rent, ect, they're clearing about 300-400K on my back. They'll never give that up.

    Going home. 9:20 on a Saturday night. Been here since 11.

  16. Why don't you write a Shumie Time movie treatment and sell it and then you can leave the rat race? It's been done by others.

  17. What's sick though, is how Hollywood is possibly the only ones authorized to film about the trade center... correction, was.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but why do I feel as if this blog doesn't really care about those poor folks that were murdered or casualties of rescuing those under imminent danger?

    "So much disinformation, I'm perplexed."



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