‘Shark’ Dressed Man

This is my birthday week, and I get to do a couple of my favorite things:  practice law and play music. Probably the judges are not going to throw me a party, and they are not going to rule in my favor just because it is my birthday.  That is okay.  The best present from the legal system is for it to work like it is supposed to with everybody following the same rules, the fair chance for both sides to be heard, and a decision to be made (even if I lose).  The thing I like about being an attorney is helping people, and I am glad to have the education and knowledge to do so. In addition to being an attorney, I am also a musician in a band called Old Enough-2-Know Better (OE-2-KB).  We have a lot of fun and I enjoy playing live for an audience; I even sneak in a little ZZ Top sometimes.  If you would like to see OE-2-KB, we will be at Gypsy Cab’s Corner Bar on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 pm, and at the Island Restaurant in Palatka September 19 also at 7:30 pm.  For more information about the band, […] Read More

Florida Bar Oath

As a Florida attorney, you get to put “JD” after your name and you pray facing Tallahassee and the Florida Supreme Court.  And you are classified in one of three categories:  Eligible to practice law, Not eligible to practice law, or Member of the Judiciary. To practice law in the State of Florida, every lawyer has to take the following oath.  (Lawyers not in good standing have also taken this oath.) Oath of Admission to the Florida Bar:  “I do solemnly swear: “I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Florida; “I will maintain the respect due to courts of justice and judicial officers; “I will not counsel or maintain any suit or proceedings which shall appear to me to be unjust, nor any defense except such as I believe to be honestly debatable under the law of the land; “I will employ, for the purpose of maintaining the causes confided in me such means only as are consistent with truth and honor, and will never seek to mislead the judge or jury by any artifice or false statement of fact or law; “I will maintain the confidence and preserve inviolate the […] Read More