February 15, 2003 Letters

first_img Dignity in LawAs a Florida A&M alumnus and former athlete who has pursued a career in law, I was offended that The Florida Bar chose to honor only two Florida A&M athletes-turned-lawyers at The Florida Classic in Orlando in honor of the Bar’s Dignity in Law campaign. In my opinion, the ceremony did more damage than good as it gave thousands of young black people at the game and ceremony the impression that few black athletes can become lawyers. I know this is not the case.I played baseball at Florida A&M and graduated from there in 1967. I graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1973 and will have been a member of The Florida Bar in good standing for 28 years in May of this year. I strongly suggest that The Florida Bar include all athletes-turned-lawyers in its future ceremonies if it is to promote true “Dignity in Law.”Leon Daniel Watts Ft. Pierce THE DIGNITY IN LAW CAMPAIGN RESPONDS: In the case of the Florida Classic, we were permitted to present only a small group of athletes with equal representation given to each school. We carefully crafted the accompanying field announcement to communicate that these individuals were representatives among the many alumni that have gone on to careers as attorneys. Certainly our intent, at this game and others, was to highlight the positive contribution attorneys make as well as recognize each school’s law programs and each athletic department’s support of its alumni’s professional pursuits. Judge HonoredThank you, 11th Circuit Judge Jon I. Gordon. Thank you for going above and beyond the norm to accomplish the business of the courts.It is the little things that count. When a judge takes the time during a busy motion calendar to not only research a unique legal issue, but to actually call another judge to get assistance, this deserves mention and heartfelt gratitude. Judge Gordon, you obviously care about justice in your courtroom. Your honor takes an active role in making sure that your decisions and rulings are correct and fair.Jeffrey R. Davis Miami Lawyer AdvertisingWhile it appears to me that the Bar Ethics and Advertising Departments response (in the January 1, 2003 Bar News ) to a critical letter of Christopher Hopkins is pure “lawyer double-talk,” I believe that the review of advertisements is a necessary and proper regulation. In these matters, The Florida Bar is far in advance of the New York Bar which permits the most outlandish, distasteful, and undignified TV advertising imaginable.Edward J. Rose Little Falls, New York ‘Tort Reform’There have been many tears shed for the M.D.s who have to pay astronomically high liability insurance premiums. Most of the suggested solutions involve putting a top on the amount of damages that may be awarded to people injured due to the medical malpractice of an M.D. This is euphemistically called “tort reform” as if the system is bad wrong.No one that I have heard has mentioned the only realistic solution, which is for the doctors themselves to weed out those doctors who are negligent. Doctors have long been noted for being reluctant to take away the licenses of negligent doctors. Estimates vary, but somewhere between one and five percent of all doctors are notoriously negligent. Why do the competent doctors refuse to get the negligent doctors kicked out of the profession and thus cure the crisis?David B. Higginbottom Frostproof February 15, 2003 Regular News February 15, 2003 Letterslast_img

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