Speeches by Chesterfield - Vol. XX, 283-302. 1988-1989

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VOLUME XX


#283 REMARKS MADE BY CHESTERFIELD' SMITH
ORALLY AT THE LEADERSHIP LAKELAND
GRADUATION BANQUET AT THE LAKELAND
YACHT CLUB ON THURSDAY:, MAY 26, 1988



#284 REMARKS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
LEARNED HAND AWARD DINNER
AWARD TO PARKER THOMSON
HYATT CORAL GABLES
JUNE 7, 1988


#285 REMARKS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
TO HOLLAND & KNIGHT 1988 SUMMER
LAW CLERKS
July 21, 1988


#286 REMARKS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
BEFORE: FLORIDA WOMEN'S NETWORK
HYATT REGENCY WESTSHORE
TAMPA, FLORIDA
ENTITLED: GENDER BIAS?
DATE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1988
11:30 A.M.


#287 REMARKS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
BEFORE: BROWARD COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
RETIREMENT CEREMONIES FOR
JUDGE FRANK ORLANDO
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
DATE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1988
6:30 P.M.


#288 REMARKS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
OCCASION: PRESENTATION TO JOHN
GERMANY OF THE 1988
CHESTERFIELD SMITH PARTNER
AWARD
DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1988




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VOLUME XX cont.



#289 REMARKS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
BEFORE: TRIBUTE TO U.S. SENATOR
LAWTON CHILES BEFORE FLORIDA
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
HYATT REGENCY WESTSHORE
TAMPA, FLORIDA

DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1988
12:00 noon


#290 ADDRESS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
BEFORE: INHERITING THE WIND
VANDERBILT SCHOOL OF LAW
VANDERBILT PLAZA HOTEL
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
ENTITLED: HOW LAW FIRMS (AND SPECIFICALLY
HOLLAND & KNIGHT) COULD BE -
MAY BE PROBABLY WILL BE -
AND ALMOST CERTAINLY SHOULD
NOT BE PRACTICING IN THE
YEAR 2000
DATE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1988
12:15 P.M.


#291 REMARKS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
OCCASION: THE SPIRIT OF THE CARIBBEAN
AWARD PRESENTATION TO
THE HON. VERE CORNWALLIS
BIRD, P.C.
PLACE: CARDEV LUNCHEON
HYATT REGENCY HOTEL
MIAMI, FLORIDA
DATE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1988
11:30 A.M.


#292 ADDRESS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
BEFORE: 1988 GRADUATING CLASS
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF LAW
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
DATE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1988
2:00 P.M.














VOLUME XX (cont.)


#293 REMARKS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
PLACE: INVESTITURE OF GERALD B. COPE, JR.
THIRD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL
OF FLORIDA
MIAMI, FLORIDA
DATE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1988
2:00 P.M.


#294 REMARKS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
OCCASION: PRESENTATION OF SILVER
MEDALLION AWARD TO
CHESTERFIELD SMITH
PLACE: 37TH ANNUAL BROTHERHOOD AWARDS
DINNER THE NATIONAL
CONFERENCE OF CHRISTIANS
AND JEWS, INC.
OMNI-INTERNATIONAL HOTEL
MIAMI, FLORIDA
DATE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1989
7:30 P.M.


#295 ADDRESS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
BEFORE: ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON PREPAID
LEGAL SERVICES
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
ENTITLED: HOW LAW FIRMS (AND SPECIFICALLY
HOLLAND & KNIGHT) COULD BE -
MAY BE PROBABLY WILL BE -
AND ALMOST CERTAINLY SHOULD
NOT BE PRACTICING IN THE
YEAR 2000
DATE: THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 1989
6:00 P.M. -


#296 REMARKS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
BEFORE: LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF
POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA
LAKELAND YACHT CLUB
LAKELAND, FLORIDA
ENTITLED: CURRENT THOUGHTS OF A TRIAL
LAWYER ABOUT ETHICS AND
PERSONAL INTEGRITY
DATE: THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 1989
7:30 P.M.










VOLUME XX (cont.)


#297 ADDRESS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
BEFORE: TRIBUTE TO U.S. SENATOR
LAWTON M. CHILES BEFORE
FLORIDA CENTER FOR CHILDREN
AND YOUTH
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
DATE: FRIDAY, MAY 1, 1989
12:00 noon


#298 ADDRESS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
BEFORE: AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE
DINNER HONORING IRWIN BLOCK
TITLE: REFLECTIONS ON THE RULE OF LAW
DATE: Thursday, June 8, 1989
6:00 P.M.


#299 ADDRESS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
BEFORE: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR
LAW PLACEMENT
Breakers
Palm Beach, Florida
DATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 1989
10:00 A.M.


#300 ADDRESS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
BEFORE: CONFERENCE PRESENTED AND
SPONSORED BY THE UNIVERSITY
OF SOUTH FLORIDA, THE
UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA, THE
GREATER TAMPA CHAMBER OF
COMMERCE, AND THE TAMPA
TRIBUNE
SUBJECT: EMPLOYER INITIATIVES -
CHILD CARE: "SETTING THE
STAGE"
DATE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1989











VOLUME XX (CONT.)


#301 ADDRESS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
BEFORE: SHEAR, NEWMAN, HAHN
& ROSENKRANZ "RETREAT"
LONG BOAT KEY, FLORIDA
ENTITLED: HOW LAW FIRMS (AND
SPECIFICALLY HOLLAND &
KNIGHT) COULD BE MAY BE -
AND PROBABLY WILL BE AND
ALMOST CERTAINLY SHOULD NOT
BE PRACTICING IN THE
YEAR 2000
DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1989


#302 ADDRESS OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH
BEFORE: INHERITING THE WIND II
"PROFITABILITY AND THE
SOUTHERN LAW FIRM: WHERE
WILL THE BUSINESS COME
FROM?"
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
SUBJECT: REFLECTIONS ON THE RULE
OF LAW
DATE: NOVEMBER 9, 1989








SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH


SPEECH NUMBER 283


VOLUME XX












REMARKS MADE BY CHESTERFIELD SMITH ORALLY
AT THE LEADERSHIP LAKELAND GRADUATION BANQUET
AT THE LAKELAND YACHT CLUB ON THURSDAY, MAY 26, 1988


Throughout history, Americans have believed that liberty,

justice, and fairness through law can be guaranteed to all

people. Indeed, faith in the rule of law has developed since the

end of the great depression to such a point that Americans en

masse have placed less and less reliance upon standards of value

above the law, a direction which has proven to be devastating for

society. Encouragingly, many thoughtful people today are becom-

ing increasingly dubious that there ever can be a final resolu-

tion of day-to-day problems through law alone, and thus to yearn

for a differing quality of societal rules.

Properly to analyze those doubts and that desire, the impor-

tance of two prime traditional values must be recognized

simultaneously, values which may seem incompatible: First -

freedom from over-control by others, the individual privacy to do

one's own thing whatever that is, alone or in small autonomous

units, and second order which can come only from large-scale

unity and coordination, the societal orderliness which alone per-

mits efficiencies and prevents anarchy. The duality of those two

human values always must be accommodated when existing proscrip-

tions are modified in an attempt to re-order public and private

purposes. Even so, those who fix human value standards find it

most difficult when doing so to reconcile properly the disparate

aims of individual privacy and societal orderliness.









The original question between too much and too little in law-

making is to discriminate, to get things sorted out. For every

law there is a certain appropriate scale. Individual privacy

begets little law and small legal solutions, and societal or-

derliness begets big law and massive legal solutions. Yet, in

reality those two competing values are not incompatible and any

re-ordered legal priorities must adjust them.

Americans now routinely ask the law (and thus our government)

to determine right from wrong, the ethical from the unethical,

and the moral from the immoral, an activity which has proven out

to be personally self-debilitating because it innately absolves

individuals from all conduct beyond that required by law. A lau-

dable desire for ever-greater societal orderliness has driven the

nation to more and bigger laws. Individual privacy, freedom of

enterprise, freedom of life style, the right to engage in such

activities in differing yet individual choices, has accordingly

suffered.

During my own lifetime, this ever-enhancing reliance on the

law has led to a shift in the responsibility for developing the

mores of this nation's social structure. Purposeful goals of

personal attitude and rectitude beyond the minimum set by law

receive little current popular support. To accept the law as a

floor forgives individuals for all behavior which is not pro-

hibited by law, and as a necessary corollary permits them to use

those minimum legal standards to advance their own purposes.

Why has America at this stage seemingly shifted emphasis from

that which is right to that which is legal? Has the development

of a strong legal profession in this country, unparalleled


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throughout history in numbers, independence, affluence and

influence, contributed to this lamentable trend. It does appear

that being right from a legal point of view means to many lawyers

that nothing more is required. I surmise that few tell their

corporate clients that meeting minimum legal requirements might

still not make one entirely right, and then urge self-restraint

or counsel repudiation by the client of the right so to act.

Individual legal victories vindicating that which meets minimum

legal demands, but not necessarily that which is right in the

context of the larger society, whether won in the courtroom or in

the legislature, can sometimes beultimately as disastrous to a

lawyer's clients as winning a battle but losing the war is to a

dictator.

What are the choices for mitigating this trend? Is law in

its present overwhelming dimensions to be curtailed? Shall we

simply decide that henceforth only moralistic standards will be

utilized to achieve the better life? Of course not neither are

acceptable solutions. The only effective response is for indiv-

idual Americans to take steps to demonstrate that they themselves

are capable of individual self-discipline which is consistent

with the realities of both the desired privacy of the individual

and the societal orderliness which is essential to the public

interest.

Of course there are larger risks in a legalistic approach

than the inconvenient and vexing imposition of further governmen-

tal restrictions on individual privacy. The law cannot and

should not provide a response to all social or economic problems.

Surely lawyers best know that the law more often lags than leads.


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Implemented through the political system, the proper role of law

is to articulate pre-established norms of a society. The absence

of an objective moral order inevitably will lead to a legalistic

system in which each person always seeks to use that system in a

way to secure the most personal advantage.

It is unrealistic to ignore the fact that to date individual

performance under existing law can be improved, and I do not ig-

nore it. Not all Americans currently are discharging properly

their acknowledged responsibilities. Additional efforts to ob-

tain individual adherence to the rule of law clearly is

warranted. But an enhanced legalistic approach even if accepted

does not assure the permanent solution which can be obtained only

if people respond substantively.

Regrettably, the question most asked today is: Is it legal?

- Not: Is it right? To permit pre-emptive law alone thus to es-

tablish the entire moral criteria of human beings can only result

in a total atrophy of societal responsibility, and perhaps it

almost has. As events throughout the world show, a legalistic

society which ignores all values other than law is a society in

which ultimately both societal orderliness and individual privacy

wither away and disappear. Indeed, history has repeatedly demon-

strated that no state can long survive if its people assume that

conduct not forbidden by law is acceptable conduct. Law should

set minimum standards, but not the loftier goals. It can be the

bottom, but it must not be the ceiling.

If the present legal structure does not provide the philoso-

phy needed, where can it be found? The answer lies beyond the

law. A sense of responsibility, of values transcending those ar-









ticulated by the law, should be applied to decision making.

Lawyers and their clients always must consider the essential role

of ethics and morality. Lawyers should aspire for higher stan-

dards than the minimum from those they counsel. The true rule of

law envisions internal checks as a necessary complement to exter-

nal restrictions. Only the combination of an internalized value

system and external constraints can assure that individuals and

their created institutions act responsibly and that the oppos-

ing two values, individual privacy and societal orderliness, are

accommodated and harmonized. The dominant question for

tomorrow's lawyers and their clients, should be: Is it right?

Not: Is it legal?



Chesterfield Smith

Lawyer, Holland & Knight


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SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH


SPEECH NUMBER 284


VOLUME XX










THE INSTITUTE


OF

HUMAN RELATIONS

OF

THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE


LEARNED HAND AWARD DINNER
JUNE 7, 1988
HYATT CORAL GABLES
CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA

















Dinner Co-Chairmen


David L. Paul
Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer
CenTrust Savings Bank


Chesterfield Smith
Partner
Holland & knight










YOU WILL HEAR MORE LATER FROM ME ABOUT MY FRIEND -


PARKER THOMSON,


NOW I WISH TO GIVE YOU THE VIEWS OF A WHITE -


ANGLO-SAXON PROTESTANT SOUTHERN TRIAL LAWYER ON OUR SPONSOR -


THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE,


QUITE OBVIOUSLY THE DISTANCE FROM THE 1900s TO THE


1980s CANNOT BE MEASURED IN TIME ALONE.


IT MUST ALSO BE VIEWED


IN TERMS OF THE VAST POLITICAL ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CHANGES THAT


HAVE TAKEN PLACE SINCE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY,


THROUGH THOSE


YEARS THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE HAS FASHIONED ITS PROGRAMS


TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE TIMES.


HISTORY OF COURSE HAS WRITTEN


THE AGENDA BUT THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE ALWAYS HAS TRIED TO


RECOGNIZE PREDICT AND INFLUENCE THE FORCES OF HISTORY.










BORN IN 1906 OUT OF THE SHOCK AND OUTRAGE THAT FOLLOWED


TWO MURDEROUS POGROMS IN KISHINEV, RUSSIA THE FOUNDING PURPOSE


OF THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE WAS TO PROTECT THE SAFETY AND


SECURITY OF JEWS EVERYWHERE.


HOWEVER THE DISTINGUISHED AMERICANS


WHO CREATED THE COMMITTEE KNEW THAT ANTI-SEMITISM WAS NOT SOLEY A


JEWISH PROBLEM AND THAT THE RIGHTS OF JEWS ARE BEST SAFEGUARDED


BY WORKING FOR THE EQUAL RIGHTS OF ALL.


THAT POLESTAR PRINCIPLE HAS BEEN THE AMERICAN JEWISH


COMMITTEE'S HALLMARK OVER THE DECADES GUIDING ITS GROWTH FROM A


SMALL GROUP OF FIFTY FOUNDERS CONCERNED MAINLY WITH RELIEF AND


RESCUE OPERATIONS IN BEHALF OF JEWS TO AN ORGANIZATION OF SOME


EIGHTY CHAPTERS AND UNITS AND ALMOST 50,000 MEMBERS IN OVER 600


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AMERICAN COMMUNITIES;


SERVICE WITH OFFICES IN PARIS RIO DE JANEIRO MEXICO CITY AND


JERUSALEM AND CORRESPONDENTS IN OTHER KEY CITIES,


THAT PRINCIPLE CONTINUES TODAY TO GUIDE THE AMERICAN JEWISH


COMMITTEE IN A HOST OF ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO INCREASE


UNDERSTANDING AMONG PEOPLE THE WORLD OVER.


THE COMMITTEE'S


NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK THE INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RELATIONS -


SERVES AS A HUB OF RESEARCH AND SOCIAL ACTION IN ALL AREAS OF INTER-


GROUP RELATIONS,


OVER 200 PROFESSIONALS INCLUDING SPECIALISTS


IN COMMUNITY RELATIONS EDUCATION LAW SOCIAL SCIENCE


RESEARCH SOCIAL WORK RELIGION FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMUNICATIONS


AND THE MASS MEDIA MAKE UP ITS STAFF.


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A WASHINGTON OFFICE;


AND AN OVERSEAS










HERE IN MIAMI THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE IS WRAPPING


UP THIRTY-FIVE DISTINGUISHED YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY,


THE HIGHLIGHTS ARE MANY THE DIVERSITY ENVIABLE.


THE AMERICAN


JEWISH COMMITTEE WAS A PRIME MOVER IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE


DADE COUNTY COMMUNITY RELATIONS BOARD.


IT HAD PREPARED A MAJOR


REPORT ON POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS PRIOR TO THE LIBERTY CITY


RIOTS.


DURING DADE COUNTY'S FIRST MAJOR BUDGET CUT IN THE LATE


1970s THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE PREPARED AND PRESENTED TO


THE METRO-DADE COMMISSION PUBLIC TESTIMONY ON THE IMPACT OF THE CUTS


ON HUMAN SERVICES AND THEREFORE INTERGROUP RELATIONS,


THE AMERICAN


JEWISH COMMITTEE WAS IN THE VANGUARD OF RESOLVING THE DISPUTE


WHICH ALLOWED THE MEETING WITH THE POPE TO PROCEED AND FOR THREE


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YEARS RUNNING HAS GUIDED CATHOLIC-JEWISH AND EVANGELICAL-JEWISH


DIALOGUES.


STANDING ABOVE ALL OF THIS IS THE AMERICAN JEWISH


COMMITTEE'S NOBLE AND UNYIELDING SERVICE TO ITS OWN COMMUNITY,


AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE THIS SOUTHERN WASP LAWYER LOOKING AT YOU


FROM AFAR LIKES YOU VERY MUCH,


TONIGHT THEN UNDER THE AUSPICES OF A DETERMINED DOER THE


AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE WE THUS ARE HONORING A DETERMINED DOER -


PARKER THOMSON,


I ASK THE REV, DR. EDWARD DOUGHERTY TO PRONOUNCE THE


INVOCATION AND I INVITE YOU THEREAFTER TO ENJOY YOUR MEAL,










THE LEARNED HAND AWARD WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE AMERICAN


JEWISH COMMITTEE IN 1964 TO HONOR JUDGE LEARNED HAND ONE OF THE


MOST DISTINGUISHED OCCUPANTS EVER OF THE FEDERAL BENCH,


JUDGE


LEARNED HAND WAS A STAUNCH ADVOCATE BOTH IN HIS LEGAL OPINIONS AND


IN HIS PUBLIC REMARKS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF DEMOCRATIC VALUES IN


AN ORDERLY SOCIETY,


HE TRULY BELIEVED IN THE CONCEPT THAT


LIBERTY UNDER LAW FORMS THE FOUNDATION OF THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE -


AND IN THE OPINION OF MANY HE ARTICULATED THAT CONCEPT IN MORE


ELOQUENT WORDS THAN ANYONE ELSE,


JUDGE HAND HIMSELF CERTAINLY IS


AMONG THE MOST WIDELY ADMIRED AMERICAN JURISTS PERHAPS LEADING


THE PACK FOR ALL TIMES,


HE WAS AND IS FAMOUS THROUGHOUT THE


ENTIRE LEGAL COMMUNITY FOR THE EXTENSIVE RANGE OF DECISIONS WHICH










HE TENDERED IN MORE THAN 2,000 CASES ESPECIALLY IN CASES CENTERING


ON QUESTIONS OF CONSTITUTIONAL INTERPRETATION AND ANTI-TRUST


LEGISLATION.


SUPREME COURT JUSTICE FELIX FRANKFURTER ONCE


DESCRIBED JUDGE LEARNED HAND AS "AN ENDURING SOURCE OF TRUTH-SEEKING


AND ILLUMINATION."


IT IS MY SIGNIFICANT HONOR TO BE THE PRESENTOR


OF THE LEARNED HAND AWARD TO A GOOD FRIEND AND A TRULY GREAT


LAWYER PARKER DAVIDSON THOMSON OF THE MIAMI BAR,


PARKER THOMSON AGE 55 IS AND LONG HAS BEEN IN


THE PRIVATE PRACTICE OF LAW WITH HIS OWN FIRM PRACTICING IN MIAMI


AND THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA,


AFTER ATTENDING THE PUBLIC


SCHOOLS IN TROY, NEW YORK HE GRADUATED WITH HONORS FROM PRINCETON


UNIVERSITY SECURING AN AB, DEGREE.


THEN CAME HARVARD UNIVERSITY


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WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS LAW DEGREE MAGNA CUM LAUDE IN 1958,


PARKER THOMSON IS MARRIED TO THE DELIGHTFUL AND CHARMING VANN WHALEY


THOMSON AND THEY TOGETHER HAVE HAD FOUR CHILDREN AND SIX


GRANDCHILDREN,


SINCE ADMISSION TO THE FLORIDA BAR IN 1961 HE HAS


PRACTICED LAW IN DADE COUNTY WITH VERVE ENTHUSIASM GREAT


ECONOMIC SUCCESS AND PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC APPROBATION. HE


NOW IS THE SENIOR PARTNER IN A DISTINGUISHED FLORIDA LAW FIRM -


THOMSON, ZEDER, BOHRER, WERTH AND RAZOOK,


DURING THIS PAST


TWENTY-FIVE TURBULENT YEARS PARKER THOMSON HAS SERVED AS


PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY IN MULTITUDINOUS ENVIRONMENTAL CIVIL RIGHTS -


MEDIA AND COMPLEX CONSTITUTIONAL CASES.


THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER -


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PARKER THOMSON ADMITTEDLY HAS BEEN AN ESTABLISHMENT CORPORATE CIVIL


LAWYER YET HE AT THE SAME TIME ALWAYS HAS FOCUSED ON CASES THAT


MOST OTHER LAWYERS SIMILARLY SITUATED WOULDN'T TAKE.


AS A


LAWYER INTERESTED IN SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHANGE IN MAKING OUR


COMMUNITY AND STATE EVER BETTER HE FREELY USED HIS INSIDER'S


CREDENTIALS -- HE SPOKE THE LANGUAGE OF THE POWER BROKERS HE


UNDERSTOOD THE THOUGHT PROCESSES OF THE GOOD OLD BOYS.


WHILE


SOMETIMES ADVOCATING CONTROVERSIAL POSITIONS HE AS A TRIAL


LAWYER PERSONALLY GOT ALONG WITH ALMOST EVERYONE INCLUDING BOTH


JUDGES AND OPPOSING LAWYERS,


PROFESSIONALLY HE WAS AND IS A WINNER WITH THE


TRADITIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LAWYER WHO SELDOM LOSES:


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FIERCE COMPETITIVENESS A CHECKER-PLAYER'S INSTINCT FOR STRATEGY -


A THOROUGH GRASP OF THE LAW A PHENOMENAL CAPACITY FOR WORK -


BOUNDLESS CONFIDENCE AND THE FACILE ABILITY TO TURN A PHRASE.


HIS STYLE WAS AND IS DIRECT SPECIFIC AND UNEQUIVOCAL,


IN THE BEST TRADITION OF THE PUBLIC PROFESSION THAT HE AS A YOUNG


MAN CHOSE TO PURSUE PARKER THOMSON IS NOW A COMPLETE AND WHOLE TRIAL


LAWYER AN AMERICAN TRIAL LAWYER COMMITTED TO CLIENTS TO


UNYIELDING REPRESENTATION COMMITTED AS AN ADVOCATE OF BOTH


THOSE MULTIPLE AMERICANS WHO OFTEN ARE UNREPRESENTED OR UNDER-


REPRESENTED BECAUSE THEY CANNOT AFFORD A GOOD LAWYER AND THOSE


MULTIPLE OTHER AMERICANS WHO CAN AFFORD TO PAY THOSE PRINCELY


SUMS PARKER THOMSON HAPPILY CHARGES THOSE WELL ABLE TO PAY,


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IN 1985 THE CHIEF JUSTICE'S LAW FIRM COMMENDATION AWARD


WAS GIVEN FOR THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME TO A LAW FIRM TO THOMSON,


ZEDER, BOHRER, WERTH, ADORNO & RAZOOK BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF


FLORIDA TO REFLECT THE FIRM'S HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANT PRO BONO


CONTRIBUTIONS INCLUDING THE HANDLING BY PARKER THOMSON OVER MANY


YEARS THE STATE AND FEDERAL REAPPORTIONMENT CASES HIS INVOLVEMENT


IN OTHER GOVERNMENTAL REFORM CASES REPRESENTING SUCH ORGANIZATIONS


AS COMMON CAUSE AND THE FLORIDA LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HIS


EXTENSIVE REPRESENTATION THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF ENVIRONMENTAL


ORGANIZATIONS IN PROTECTION OF WET LANDS AND OTHER FLORIDA ECOLOGICAL


RESOURCES THROUGH HIS REPRESENTATION NATIONALLY AND LOCALLY OF


THE AUDUBON SOCIETY HIS REPRESENTATION OF THE MICCOSUKEE INDIAN










TRIBE AGAINST THE STATE OF FLORIDA TO PROTECT THEIR HISTORICAL HOME


AREA HIS REPRESENTATION OF THE DISADVANTAGED PRINCIPALLY THE


MENTALLY RETARDED AND THE MENTALLY ILL THROUGHOUT THE STATE AND


HIS CONTINUOUS AND SUBSTANTIAL REPRESENTATION IN DADE COUNTY OF


VARIOUS ARTISTIC ORGANIZATIONS.


INDEED THIS TYPE OF LEGAL WORK


IS PRESENTLY REFLECTED IN THE LAW FIRM'S EFFORTS TO PREVENT THE USE


OF THE KROME MINIMUM SECURITY FACILITY IN SOUTH DADE BY THE UNITED


STATES GOVERNMENT TO HOUSE SERIOUS CRIMINALS,


PARKER THOMSON TOO


OVER THE YEARS HAD ADVANCED THE DEVELOPMENT OF WOMEN'S LEGAL RIGHTS


ISSUES HAS REPRESENTED PERSONS UNDER SENTENCE OF DEATH AND TO


MY PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE HAS CONTRIBUTED MIGHTILY TO


THE PRESERVATION OF THE PUBLIC USE IN STATE LANDS AND WATERBODIES,


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PARKER THOMSON AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE FOREGOING -


IS A RESPECTED AND ADMIRED CIVIC AND COMMUNITY LEADER BUT TO ME


FIRST AND FOREMOST HE IS A LAWYER,


WANT A LAWYER TO ACT AND DO, PA


HE ACTS AND DOES AS I PERSONALLY


RKER THOMSON AS A LAWYER HAS BEEN


AN IRREPRESSIBLE REFORMER UNAFRAID OF CONTROVERSY WHEN IT COMES


TO MAKING OUR SOCIETY WORK IN A PROPER WAY.


HAPPILY FOR ALL OF US -


HE HAS USED THE LAW AS HIS MEDIUM TO EFFECTUATE REFORMS FOR THE


PUBLIC GOOD.


ALTHOUGH HE IS BY MY OWN PERSONAL STANDARDS STILL


RELATIVELY YOUNG PARKER THOMSON IS ALREADY IN THIS COMMUNITY A


LIVING LEGEND IN THE LAW A PERSON WHO LIVES BY THE ETHICAL PRECEPTS


WHICH HISTORICALLY HAVE GUIDED THE CONDUCT OF THE TRULY GREAT LAWYERS


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BY HIS PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT BY HIS


VERY BEING PARKER THOMSON EPITOMIZES THAT WHICH IS VERY GOOD ABOUT


THE FREE AND INDEPENDENT AMERICAN LAWYER.


HE HAS BEEN HIS OWN


PERSON AND HIS PAST INDICATES THAT HE WILL BE SO IN THE FUTURE.


HIS SELECTION AS THE RECIPIENT OF THIS MEANINGFUL AWARD SELECTION


BY THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE FOR THE JUDGE LEARNED HAND HUMAN


RELATIONS AWARD GIVES RECOGNITION ALSO TO THOSE OTHER LAWYERS WHO


PRACTICE LAW AS IT SHOULD BE PRACTICED A HIGH CALLING FOR THE NOBLEST


OF PEOPLE.


PARKER THOMSON VERILY EXEMPLIFIES THE BEST IN AN


AMERICAN LAWYER ONE WHO SOMETIMES IS LONELY BUT WHO NEVER SHIRKS


STANDING ALONE,


WITH PRIDE IN MY OWN PROFESSION I PRESENT TO YOU A TRULY


FINE PERSON PARKER DAVIDSON THOMSON.


OF OUR PAST AND PRESENT,








SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH


SPEECH NUMBER 285


VOLUME XX




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TO: 1988 HOLLAND & KNIGHT S ER AW LERK

FROM: CHESTERFIELD SMITH

DATE: JULY 21, 1988






One thing is clear to me to be a lawyer at Holland & Knight

a person must always give his or her best. All Holland & Knight

lawyers legitimately seek from the practice of law personal

wealth and power, but those who seek only those two rewards will

miss much. I boldly offer the following personal thoughts about

being a Holland & Knight lawyer.

First, to be a lawyer in the Holland & Knight sense, you must

enjoy utilizing creative abilities and imagination in the solu-

tion of difficult and challenging intellectual problems. As I

see it, the greatest professional pleasure that can come to a

Holland & Knight lawyer is to see hard thinking translated into

good results for firm clients. A Holland & Knight lawyer should

picture himself or herself always as a respected and independent

professional, a person of integrity who has established profes-

sional standards for deciding what she or he will and will not do

as a lawyer. Indeed, each Holland & Knight lawyer always must be

ready to be judged by the legal profession, by the public, and by

her or his peers at Holland & Knight for those decisions.

Second, a Holland & Knight lawyer continuously should be in

the forefront of those seeking needed changes or reforms in laws,

legal processes, the legal profession, and society. A Holland &










Knight lawyer well knows that almost every major societal or pu-

blic issue involves law, and that a Holland & Knight lawyer as a

committed professional must work diligently through law reform to

make law work ever better.

Third, I am proud that many lawyers in Holland & Knight have

already played significant roles in human and civil rights

issues. Quite obviously, the legal profession itself is undergo-

ing fundamental changes as it becomes ever more oriented to the

bottom line. As large law firms get larger, as the competition

for legal business gets fiercer, and as pressures increase to

find alternatives to litigation for resolving disputes, Holland &

Knight lawyers still must continue to take the lead pro bono pu-

blico in the areas of civil and human rights. Holland & Knight

lawyers have rightly earned a reputation for such work, tradi-

tionally representing people with difficulties and fears that

overwhelm them, representing freely and often those enmeshed in

frightening legal areas who are either unrepresented or

underrepresented. A Holland & Knight lawyer knows, has known,

and will know the very special satisfaction that can come to a

lawyer when she or he discharges the unique responsibility of

providing legal help to people most in need of competent legal

services at the time of their greatest vulnerability.

Fourth, it is perhaps both trite and smug as a observation -

but a Holland & Knight lawyer above all knows that if she or he,

and their peers, who have cast their total professional lot with

the adversary system of justice, do not individually discharge in









a noble way that unique obligation to make the processes of

justice work, no one anywhere will accept that responsibility.

To be a Holland & Knight lawyer is a very fine thing all of

which pleases me greatly after forty years.








SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH


SPEECH NUMBER 286


VOLUME XX










CHESTERFIELD SMITH


LAWYER
MIAMI, FLORIDA


GENDER BIAS?


WHEN AND


FLORIDA WOMEN'S NETWORK -
HYATT REGENCY WESTSHORE -
TAMPA, FLORIDA


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1988
11:30 A.M.


TWENTY MINUTES


SUBJECT:


WHERE:


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REMARKS:


TIME:










QUITE OBVIOUSLY THE STRUCTURES OF TODAY'S BUSINESS


AND PROFESSIONAL WORK-LIFE WERE DEVELOPED WAY BACK BY MEN -


DEVELOPED IN THE ERA WHEN THE WORK FORCE WAS PREDOMINANTLY MALE -


AND THE DUAL CAREER FAMILY WAS AN ANOMALY,


CAREER COMMITMENTS


IN VOGUE NOW UNFORTUNATELY WERE CREATED BY MEN WHEN THE PROTOTYPIC


WORKING PERSON WAS ONE WHOSE WIFE DEVOTED FULL TIME TO RAISING


THEIR CHILDREN AND PROVIDING HIM WITH A WELL-ORGANIZED HOME LIFE.


BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WORKERS PROPERLY WERE SEEN ONLY AS


BREADWINNERS WITH LITTLE REAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR CHILD CARE,


NOT SURPRISINGLY THOSE MALES WHO OPERATE TODAY IN THE BUSINESS


AND PROFESSIONAL WORK-WORLDS PERCEIVE FEW PROBLEMS OF GENDER


INDEED AS YOU WELL KNOW THOSE MEN


DISCRIMINATION THEREIN,










ARE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO REGARD THE ISSUES WHICH STILL GREATLY


DISTURB WOMEN IN THOSE WORK-WORLDS AS SILLY OR TRIVIAL AS THINGS


THAT ONLY USED TO BE AND THEN NOT MUCH,


YET THE PROBLEM THOUGH HACKNEYED REMAINS:


HOW CAN


THOSE MEN NOW BE FORCED TO LISTEN TO AND VALIDATE THE EXPERIENCES


AND PERCEPTIONS OF WOMEN?


HOW CAN THOSE MEN QUICKLY INCREASE


THEIR OWN SENSITIVITY TO THE INNUMERABLE OBSTACLES CONFRONTING


WOMEN?


HOW CAN THOSE MEN THEMSELVES IDENTIFY WAYS TO ELIMINATE


GENDER DISCRIMINATION?


CAN THOSE MEN EVER RESOLVE PERSONALLY


TO CEASE PARTICIPATING IN PRACTICES THAT OBSTRUCT WOMEN'S FULL


BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL EQUALITY?


THE OVERT EXAMPLES OF GENDER


DISCRIMINATION AND THE SUBTLE STRUCTURAL AND ATTITUDINAL BARRIERS


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WHICH STILL EXIST INSOFAR AS WORKING WOMEN ARE CONCERNED ARE


FAMILIAR.


WOMEN STILL FACE INSTANCES OF GENDER BIAS SUCH AS


PAY DIFFERENTIAL AND BELITTLING AND HARASSING TREATMENT IN


MEETINGS.


EVERYONE KNOWS THAT,


WOMEN CONTINUE TO BE ASKED


IN THE HIRING PROCESS UNACCEPTABLE QUESTIONS SUCH AS INQUIRIES


AS TO METHODS OF BIRTH CONTROL OR AS TO OBTAINING PERMISSION


FROM ONE'S HUSBAND TO WORK,


EVERYONE KNOWS THAT.


BUT THE WORLD MUST DO MORE THAN ASSIMILATE INTO THE


WORK FORCE THOSE WOMEN WHO CAN ADAPT THEIR LIVES COMPLETELY -


OFTEN AT GREAT PERSONAL FAMILIAL AND SOCIETAL COST TO FIT


BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL NORMS,


AN EVER-ACCELERATING NUMBER


OF WOMEN NOW DEAL WITH MORE PROVERBIAL RESPONSIBILITIES BOTH AT


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TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE POTENTIAL OF


THIS SIGNIFICANT AND INCREASING PERCENTAGE OF THE WORK FORCE -


IT IS QUITE APPARENT THAT THE STRUCTURES OF OUR BUSINESS AND


PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTIONS MUST BE MODIFIED TO ENSURE THAT SUCH


STRUCTURES DO NOT BECOME ANACHRONISMS SO THAT THE WORK FORCE


AS IT NOW EXISTS WILL NOT LOSE THE TALENTS OF ITS BEST AND


BRIGHTEST WOMEN,


PERHAPS IT IS TRITE TO IGNORE THE GREAT STRIDES IN THE


PAST TEN YEARS MADE BY WOMEN WITHIN THOSE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS -


BUT IT WOULD BE UNCONSCIONABLE FOR WOMEN TO BECOME SMUG OR COMPLACENT


ABOUT THAT TEN-YEAR PROGRESS,


EVEN A CURSORY LOOK REVEALS THAT


THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WORK FORCE STILL IS STRATIFIED BY


HOME AND AT THE OFFICE.










THE "HIGHER" ECHELON POSITIONS IN TERMS OF REMUNERATION -


POWER AND PRESTIGE ARE STILL DISPROPORTIONATELY HELD BY MEN AND


MEN AND WOMEN BOTH KNOW IT,


EVEN THOUGH SUFFICIENT NUMBERS OF


WOMEN HAVE BEEN PARTICIPATING IN BUSINESS AND THE PROFESSIONS LONG


ENOUGH TO HAVE MADE GREAT INROADS WOMEN PROVERBIALLY REMAIN


OVERREPRESENTED IN THE LEAST LUCRATIVE SEGMENTS OF THE WORK FORCE.


INDEED WOMEN EVEN TODAY IN MANY BUSINESSES OR PROFESSIONAL


FIRMS SEEM TO REACH A LEVEL ABOVE WHICH THEY ARE UNABLE TO RISE.


SOME HAVE DESCRIBED THIS BANAL PHENOMENON AS THE "CEILING",


FOR


THOSE WOMEN WHO DO "MAKE IT" BEYOND THE "CEILING" THE CONSEQUENCES


ARE OFTEN THE STRESSES THAT ACCOMPANY BEING A CONSTANT TOKEN WITH


THE EXTRA DEMANDS THAT STATUS ATTRACTS.


GENDER,


SUCCESSFUL WOMEN










EXECUTIVES OR PROFESSIONAL PARTNERS ARE NOT REGARDED AS MERELY


EXECUTIVES OR PROFESSIONAL PARTNERS BUT AS WOMEN EXECUTIVES OR


WOMEN PROFESSIONAL PARTNERS SUPPOSED SYMBOLS TO THEIR MALE


COLLEAGUES OF HOW ALL WOMEN WILL PERFORM IN SUCH POSITIONS,


FURTHERMORE THOSE WORKING WOMEN WHO DO "MAKE IT" OFTEN DO SO


AT THE GREAT EXPENSE OF NOT HAVING CHILDREN,


AS ONE SUCCESSFUL


WOMAN RECENTLY OBSERVED SHE FOUND HERSELF WHEN SHE REACHED THE


TOP TO BE "FORTY-ONE SINGLE CHILDLESS AND TYPICAL",


I AM NOT TELLING YOU ANYTHING BECAUSE ALL OF THIS IS WHOLLY


FAMILIAR TO ALL WORKING WOMEN.


SOME VERY TALENTED WORKING WOMEN APPEAR TO HAVE DEVELOPED


AN EXTREME REACTION TO THIS "CEILING" PHENOMENON.


FOR MANY










WOMEN THE "CEILING" SEEMS VERY OFTEN TO LEAD TO DISSATISFACTION


WITH THEIR PRESENT JOB AND A CONTINUING SEARCH FOR A BETTER SITUATION.


A TRADITIONAL YET OBVIOUS RESPONSE OF BOTH BUSINESS AND


PROFESSIONAL FIRMS TO THE SUBTLE BARRIERS OFT IDENTIFIED BY


WORKING WOMEN HAS BEEN TO DENY THAT GENDER BIAS EXISTS IN THEIR


SPECIFIC FIRMS.


THE IMPLICATION ALWAYS IS THAT THE FIRM IS


BLAMELESS AND THE WOMEN THEMSELVES PERHAPS ARE RESPONSIBLE.


WOMEN


TOO ARE TOLD THEY ARE NOT AGGRESSIVE ENOUGH IN PROMOTING THEMSELVES -


WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY BEING CRITICIZED AS TOO PUSHY,


EXPERIENCED THAT?


WHO HASN'T


WOMEN ARE TOLD THAT THEY ARE TOO SENSITIVE


WHEN THEY DO NOT ACCEPT SEXIST JOKES WITH GRACE,


EXPERIENCED THAT?


WHO HASN'T


WOMEN'S CAREER COMMITMENTS STILL ARE QUESTIONED


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WHEN THEY ASK FOR SOME RECOGNITION OF THEIR FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES,


I SHARE AT LEAST SOME GUILT AND MAYBE A LOT.


ALMOST ALL MEN DO,


IT IS WIDELY CONCEDED THAT THE DISPARATE BEHAVIOR WHICH


WOMEN IN THE WORK-WORLD ENCOUNTER IS VARIED YET EXTENSIVE,


SUCH


WOMEN AT WORK FREQUENTLY ARE ADDRESSED BY TERMS OF ENDEARMENT -


RATHER THAN BY THEIR PROFESSIONAL TITLES,


WHO HASN'T EXPERIENCED


THAT? BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL MALE COLLEAGUES EVERYWHERE


FREQUENTLY COMMENT ABOUT WOMEN'S PHYSICAL APPEARANCE THEIR


CLOTHING AND THEIR SEXUAL ATTRACTIVENESS,


EXPERIENCED THAT?


WHO HASN'T


WOMEN'S DEMEANOR ON THE JOB IS LIKELY TO DRAW


FAR MORE COMMENTS YET SIMILAR OR EVEN MORE AGGRAVATED CONDUCT


BY MALES MAY GO UNMENTIONED,


WE ALL KNOW THAT SUCH CONDUCT OFTEN


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IS FLAGRANT RESULTING IN MORE THAN PERSONAL EMBARRASSMENT,


UNDERCUTS BUSINESS CREDIBILITY AND PROFESSIONALISM.


EVEN THE


MOST SUBTLE SUCH CONDUCT CANNOT HELP BUT HAVE AN IMPACT WHEN A


WORKING WOMAN IS PERCEIVED BY OTHERS AS BEING TREATED WITH LESS


DIGNITY THAN HER MALE COMPATRIOTS,


DOUBLE BIND.


THE WOMAN IS CAUGHT IN A


IF SHE OBJECTS TO THE CONDUCT SHE IS A "LIBBER",


IF SHE LETS IT GO SHE IS WEAK.


BIASED TREATMENT OF YOUNG WORKING WOMEN OFTEN IS CLEARLY


SHOWN IN THE AREA OF MENTORING A WOMAN BEGINNING A CAREER


USUALLY FACES MUCH MORE DIFFICULTY IN ESTABLISHING MENTORING


RELATIONSHIPS WITH SENIOR EXECUTIVES OR PROFESSIONAL PARTNERS THAN


A BEGINNING MALE.


A SHORTAGE OF MENTORS IS PARTICULARLY ACUTE


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FOR MINORITY WOMEN WHO RARELY HAVE ROLE MODELS,


MENTOR RELATIONSHIPS MAY RESULT IN PROBLEMS WITH WORK ASSIGNMENTS -


A FAILURE FOR WOMEN TO BE CONSIDERED FOR VARIOUS POSITIONS OF


HIGHER RESPONSIBILITY AN ABSENCE OF A GUIDE THROUGH THE LABYRINTH


OF CORPORATE OR FIRM POLITICS AND HELP IN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT


OR BUSINESS CONTACTS.


SOME WOMEN REPORT BEING STILL FROZEN OUT IN THEIR FIRMS


FROM WORK DISCUSSIONS AND PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS SOCIALIZATION.


WHO HASN'T EXPERIENCED THAT?


SUCH EXCLUSION OF COURSE MAY STEM


FROM UNCERTAINTY OF MEN ABOUT HOW TO ENGAGE IN WORK CAMARADERIE


WITH A WOMAN BUT ACQUIESCING BY WOMEN IN THAT BEHAVIOR ONLY


PERPETUATES THAT UNFAMILIARITY,


WOMEN ARE OFTEN NOT INCLUDED


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ABSENCE OF










WHEN MALE COLLEAGUES GO OUT FOR LUNCH OR FOR DRINKS AFTER WORK -


EVEN IF FIRM BUSINESS IS GOING TO BE DISCUSSED,


MALE COLLEAGUES


OFTEN CONDUCT WORK DISCUSSIONS IN SETTINGS LIKELY TO EXCLUDE


WHO HASN'T EXPERIENCED THAT?


YET ALL OF US MEN


AND WOMEN KNOW THAT THESE SETTINGS OFTEN PROVIDE THE STARTING


POINT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF BUSINESS CONTACTS PROFESSIONAL TRUST -


AND COLLEGIALITY,


THE PROBLEMS OF PROFESSIONAL EXCLUSION APPEAR


TO BE ESPECIALLY ACUTE IN SMALL BUSINESSES IN SMALLER TOWNS -


WHERE WORKING WOMEN ON THE WAY UP STILL ARE A RARITY,


THERE IS A WIDESPREAD PERCEPTION IN MANY BUSINESS AND


PROFESSIONAL FIRMS THAT WOMEN WILL NOT BE SUCCESSFUL NEW BUSINESS


PRODUCERS EVEN THOUGH SUCH BUSINESSES AND FIRMS CONTINUE TO


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WOMEN.










EXCLUDE WOMEN FROM SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTS WHERE NEW BUSINESS CONTACTS


CAN BE NURTURED.


THE USE OF THE NEW BUSINESS PRODUCTION CRITERIA


AS AN EVALUATION STANDARD BY A FIRM SEEMS TO BE A YARDSTICK FAR


MORE COMMONLY APPLIED TO WOMEN THAN MEN.


FEW BUSINESS EXECUTIVES


OR PROFESSIONALS ANYWHERE MEN OR WOMEN EVER ACQUIRE PROFICIENCY


IN THAT AREA AND TO HOLD ALL WOMEN BEGINNING IN THE WORK FORCE UP


TO EXCESSIVE SCRUTINY ON THAT SCORE IS A FORM OF COMMON YET


RANK GENDER BIAS.


ANOTHER SUBTLE FORM OF BIAS WOMEN EXPERIENCE


CONCERNS THE GREATER DEGREE OF SCRUTINY GIVEN TO THEIR INDIVIDUAL


WORK STYLES,


I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT OVERALL WOMEN STILL HAVE


TO WORK HARDER DO BETTER AND MAKE FEWER MISTAKES IN ORDER


TO RECEIVE EVEN THE SAME DEGREE OF RESPECT RECEIVED BY MEN OF


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AVERAGE SKILL COMPETENCE AND DILIGENCE.


COMPLAINED TO ME THAT IN SOME BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL FIRMS WOMEN


MUST PROVE THEIR COMPETENCE WHILE MEN ONLY HAVE TO PROVE THEIR


IMCOMPETENCE.


TODAY THE FAMILIAR ATTITUDES OF THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL


WORLD DEVELOPED IN THAT ERA NO LONGER REPRESENTATIVE OF AMERICAN


SOCIETY CONTINUE TO POSE LARGE PROBLEMS FOR WORKING WOMEN AS ALL


MEN AND WOMEN KNOW,


THESE BANAL CULTURAL NORMS ARE NOT EVEN


THOUGHT ABOUT BY THE GROUP WHO ORIGINALLY DESIGNED THEM TO FIT


THEIR OWN CONCEPTS.


BUT FOR WORKING WOMEN THOSE ESTABLISHED


NORMS ADMITTEDLY STILL REPRESENT THE SUBTLE ATTITUDINAL BARRIERS


UNCOMFORTABLY ENCOUNTERED ON A DAILY BASIS.


THEY ARE THE


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WOMEN ACTUALLY HAVE










PROBLEMS THAT HAVE NO NAME THEY HAVE NO GOOD DESCRIPTION AND


MOST MEN DO NOT EVEN RECOGNIZE THEM AS EXISTING.


MEN RATHER


PERCEIVE THOSE ISSUES AS THE INEVITABLE AND NECESSARY NORMS TO


WHICH ALL WORKERS MEN AND WOMEN MUST ADAPT IN THE IDENTICAL


DEGREE.


ALL OF THE FOREGOING FAMILIAR TO ALL AND ACKNOWLEDGED


GENERALLY BY WOMEN TO BE THE WAY THAT IT IS IN THE REAL WORLD -


IS PRESENTED HERETO TODAY ONLY AS A PREDICATE FOR THE FOLLOWING


THESIS:


IN WRESTLING WITH SUCH RIDDLES MEN AND WOMEN ARE NOT


DEALING WITH ONLY "WOMEN'S ISSUES" BUT WITH UNANSWERED SOCIETAL


ISSUES THAT SHOULD BE OF INTEREST TO ALL HUMAN BEING.


CAN


SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS OR PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE TODAY HAVE A SATISFACTORY


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HOW CAN BUSINESS AND THE PROFESSIONS BE MORE


HUMANE TO ALL PEOPLE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WORK THERE?


ALTHOUGH


MANY SUCH ISSUES WERE ORIGINALLY RAISED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE WORK


STATUS OF WOMEN MANY OF THOSE ISSUES SUCH AS CHILD CARE NOW


TRANSCEND GENDER LINES EVEN THOUGH I FREELY GRANT THAT THOSE


RESPONSIBILITIES STILL FALL DISPROPORTIONATELY ON WOMEN,


FOR BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE WHO HAVE PRIMARY


RESPONSIBILITY FOR CHILDREARING BE THEY MEN OR WOMEN WORKPLACE


ISSUES QUITE CLEARLY ARE NOT SIMPLY WOMEN'S ISSUES,


THEY ARE


OVERRIDING ISSUES OF CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE TO ALL SUCH MEN AND WOMEN


IN THE WORK WORLD.


THESE ISSUES AT THE MINIMUM INCLUDE THE


NEED TO DEVELOP PARENTAL LEAVE CHILD CARE AND PART-TIME WORK


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PERSONAL LIFE?










ARRANGEMENTS FOR BOTH MOTHERS AND FATHERS,


I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT MORE AND MORE MALES ARE STARTING


ACTIVELY TO BE INVOLVED WITH THEIR FAMILIES,


WORKING MEN REALLY


ARE STARTING TO EVALUATE THEIR OWN OCCUPATIONAL SETTINGS BASED


ON THEIR ACCOMMODATION TO FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES.


A PRIME BARRIER


TO THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A HEALTHY BALANCE BETWEEN GAINFUL PURSUITS


AND FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES IS THE ELIMINATION OF A WIDELY-ACCEPTED


ASSUMPTION OF BOTH WOMEN AND MEN THAT FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES ARE


NOT AN ACCEPTABLE REASON TO ASK FOR WORK SCHEDULING ADJUSTMENTS,


MANY WOMEN AND MOST MEN STILL ASSUME THAT THOSE WORKERS WHO ASK


FOR AN EXTENDED LEAVE OR PART-TIME WORK ARRANGEMENTS ARE DISPLAYING


A REDUCED JOB COMMITMENT ARE RECEIVING "SPECIAL TREATMENT".


INDEED -


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THAT "SPECIAL TREATMENT" OFTEN SUBJECTS THESE PERSONS TO RESENTMENT FROM


BOTH MALE AND FEMALE CO-WORKERS,


THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WORLD


SIMPLY DOES NOT YET RECOGNIZE THAT MEN OR WOMEN WHO SEEK TO BALANCE


FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES WITH WORK DEMANDS ARE ONLY DEMONSTRATING


THE DEPTH OF THEIR CAREER COMMITMENT BECAUSE THEY INDIVIDUALLY


ARE TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO REMAIN ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THEIR CAREER


WHILE STILL MEETING OTHER ESSENTIAL NEEDS,


HAVING CHILDREN IS


SOCIETALLY IMPORTANT TO THE NATION AND THE WORLD AND THAT FACT


SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED PROMPTLY AS WARRANTING FLEXIBLE WORK ARRANGEMENTS


FOR BOTH WOMEN AND MEN,


INDIVIDUAL MEN AND WOMEN KNOW THAT BUT


IT APPEARS THAT BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL FIRMS SEVERALLY DO


NOT.


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THE AVAILABILITY OF SOME FORM OF DAY-CARE ASSISTANCE -


AT LEAST ON AN EMERGENCY BASIS SHOULD BE PROVIDED FOR WORKING


PARENTS BY BOTH BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL FIRMS,


DAY-CARE


ASSISTANCE FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN OFTEN MEANS THE DIFFERENCE


BETWEEN EACH SUCCESSFULLY PARTICIPATING FULLY IN THE WORK-WORLD -


OR HAVING TO MAKE DISADVANTAGEOUS SACRIFICES,


MANY WOMEN -


FACED WITH THE DIFFICULTY OF COMBINING WORK AND FAMILY POSTPONE


MARRIAGE AND CHILDBEARING UNTIL THEIR CAREERS ARE WELL-ESTABLISHED -


AT WHICH POINT IT MAY BE TOO LATE FOR CHILDBEARING.


USUALLY WAIT THAT LONG,


MEN DO NOT


CONFLICT BETWEEN FAMILY LIFE AND CAREER


IS GENERALLY NOT THE SUBSTANTIAL DILEMMA FOR YOUNG MALES THAT IT


IS FOR YOUNG FEMALES,


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A FINAL RESOLUTION OF THOSE ISSUES FOR BOTH MEN AND


WOMEN REQUIRES THAT THE QUESTIONS BE FRAMED IN A LARGER CONTEXT -


THAT IS THE ULTIMATE DIRECTIONS OF THE BUSINESS EXECUTIVES AND


THE PROFESSIONAL PARTNERS THEMSELVES,


A NEW "BOTTOM-LINE"


ORIENTED ATMOSPHERE IN BOTH BUSINESS AND THE PROFESSIONS IS


PERVASIVE.


EXCESSIVE WORK HOURS PER YEAR FOR ALL WORKERS


STRIVING TO RISE TO THE TOP ARE NO LONGER UNCOMMON,


HOW CAN


ANY MALE OR fEMALE COMBINE SUCH PROFESSIONAL DEMANDS WITH OUTSIDE


RELATIONSHIPS WITH CHILDREN WITH PERSONAL FULFILLMENT AND


SATISFACTION?


IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE GROWING PRESSURES ON


INDIVIDUALS IN BUSINESS OR PROFESSIONAL FIRMS INORDINATELY TO BE


SUCCESSFUL COULD IN TIME RESULT IN PERSONS BECOMING DEHUMANIZED,


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THEY ULTIMATELY MAY BECOME UNABLE TO RELATE WITH COMPASSION TO


ASSOCIATES COLLEAGUES AND EVEN FAMILY MEMBERS.


IF SO THE GREATEST CONTRIBUTION TO THE IMPROVEMENT


OF BOTH BUSINESS AND THE PROFESSIONS THAT CAN BE MADE IS TO CAUSE


THOSE INVOLVED TO LOOK CAREFULLY AT ITS STRUCTURE AND ASK WITH


VIGOR WHETHER THEY ARE SATISFIED WITH THEIR PRESENT DIRECTION,


WHILE MANY MEN AND WOMEN INVOLVED IN THE TRADITIONAL FORMS OF


BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WORK ARE TRYING TO FIND A SUITABLE


WORK SETTING WHERE THEY CAN BE BOTH GOOD AND RESPONSIBLE HUMAN


BEINGS AND GOOD WORKERS SOME DISILLUSIONED MEN AND WOMEN


SIMPLY ARE APPLYING THEMSELVES TO OTHER ENDEAVORS,


IF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS ARE IN THE FUTURE TO RETAIN


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AND ATTRACT COMPETENT WELL-ROUNDED PEOPLE PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED


IN BEING MORE THAN TWENTY-FOUR-HOUR-A-DAY WORKAHOLICS PEOPLE WHO


DERIVE PROFESSIONAL GROWTH FROM OUTSIDE CONTACTS IT IS ESSENTIAL


THAT BOTH BUSINESS AND THE PROFESSIONS CAREFULLY RE-EXAMINE WHERE


THEY ARE HEADED.


THE ISSUE MAY BE SIMPLY SURVIVAL AND EVEN


SANITY,


TO CONCLUDE I SUGGEST THAT DESPITE THE EXPONENTIAL


GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF WOMEN ENTERING THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL


WORLD IN RECENT YEARS A VARIETY OF DISCRIMINATORY GENDER BARRIERS


REMAIN A PART OF THE WORK CULTURE THAT MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR WOMEN


TO PARTICIPATE FULLY IN ITS WORK RESPONSIBILITIES AND REWARDS,


A SIGNIFICANT AND EVER-ACCELERATING INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF


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WORKING WOMEN WILL NOT ALONE ELIMINATE THESE BARRIERS.


RATHER A THOROUGH REEXAMINATION OF THE ATTITUDES AND STRUCTURES


IMPACTING ALL HUMAN BEINGS MEN OR WOMEN OPERATING AS PART OF THE


WORK WORLD IS IN ORDER.


INDEED IT IS AN IMPERATIVE


NECESSITY THAT SUCH PROMPTLY BE UNDERTAKEN AND PERHAPS IT IS


EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO BOTH WOMEN AND MEN,





THANK YOU,


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SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH


SPEECH NUMBER 287


VOLUME XX











REMARKS OF:


CHESTERFIELD SMITH


LAWYER
MIAMI, FLORIDA


BEFORE:


PLACE:


RETIREMENT CEREMONIES FOR
JUDGE FRANK ORLANDO




BROWARD COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA




THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1988
6:30 P.M.


DATE:


FIVE MINUTES


-,- ~.r


TIME:










CIRCUIT JUDGE FRANK ORLANDO IS TO ME A GOOD MAN AND


A GOOD JUDGE TRULY A PERSON WITH A MYRIAD OF INTERESTS AND ABILITIES.


JUDGE FRANK ORLANDO SETS OFTEN IMPOSSIBLE STANDARDS FOR HIMSELF -


INDEED IT HAS BEEN SAID BY ONE NON-DISCERNING LAWYER FROM


BROWARD COUNTY THAT HE IS NEVER REALLY SATISFIED WITH ANYTHING THAT


HE OR ANYONE ELSE DOES,


JUDGE FRANK ORLANDO IS A GREGARIOUS MAN,


A TALKER -


HE REQUIRES HE MUST HAVE AT LEAST PART OF THE TIME AN


AUDIENCE,


PRAGMATISM.


OVER THE YEARS I HAVE NOTED IN HIM A THOROUGHGOING


BUT EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANTLY WHEN THE DUTY TO


ACT IS CLEAR JUDGE FRANK ORLANDO HAS NOT BEEN DETERRED BY PUBLIC


CRITICISM OR PUBLIC DISFAVOR,










AS I SEE HIM JUDGE FRANK ORLANDO REALLY IS A MODEST


MAN WHO BELIEVES THAT ONE WHO DOES HIS BEST CAN ENLIST THE SUPPORT


OF OTHERS AND SUCCEED. H


IN THE INHERENT GOOD OF ALL,


E IS AN OPTIMISTIC PERSON TRUSTING


AND I FEEL THAT HE EVEN TO THIS


DAY AND THIS MOMENT CONTINUES TO BELIEVE THAT RIGHT AND GOODNESS -


AND JUSTICE ULTIMATELY WILL PREVAIL.


DURING HIS JUDICIAL


SERVICE HE HAS TO ME CARRIED THE COMMON TOUCH A RESPECT


FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON AND A FEELING THAT EQUALITY AND UNIFORMITY


ARE THE PRINCIPLES THAT A JUDGE MUST STRIVE TO PROMOTE, HE


IS COMPASSIONATE AND UNDERSTANDING CONSCIENTIOUS AND FAIR-MINDED,


HE IS NOT LOCKED IN REASON PREVAILS.


VERILY JUDGE FRANK


ORLANDO LOVES AND HAS LOVED THE LAW IN ALL OF ITS RAMIFICATIONS


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ALL OF HIS ADULT LIFE.


FRANK ORLANDO IS A FLORIDIAN ALWAYS WILLING TO SERVE


OUR STATE AND ITS INSTITUTIONS.


HE IS AND HAS BEEN ACTIVE


IN COUNTLESS CIVIC AND SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS,


IT CAN HONESTLY


BE SAID THAT FRANK ORLANDO HAS GIVEN TO OUR STATE AND OUR REGION


MORE THAN HE HAS RECEIVED,


HE OF COURSE HAS HIS FAULTS BUT ON BALANCE I


PERCEIVE HIM AS ONE OF THE FINE JUDGES PRODUCED BY BROWARD


COUNTY.


IT IS RARE INDEED FOR ANY ONE PERSON TO COMBINE THE


SKILLS AND HUMAN VIRTUES WITH WHICH HE IS ENDOWED.


HE IS


BLESSED WITH FRIENDS AND WITH FAMILY.


JUDGE FRANK ORLANDO IS AN ILLUSTRIOUS MAN INELUCTABLY -


HE IS A NOBLE SON OF FLORIDA.


I SALUTE HIM,


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SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH


SPEECH NUMBER 288


VOLUME XX














CHESTERFIELD SMITH


LAWYER
MIAMI, FLORIDA


OCCASION:


PRESENTATION TO JOHN GERMANY
OF THE 1988 CHESTERFIELD SMITH
PARTNER AWARD


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1988


TAMPA, FLORIDA


DATE:


REMARKS OF:


PLACE:










JOHN GERMANY THE 1988 HOLLAND & KNIGHT LAWYER OF THE


YEAR IS A LAWYER IN THE BEST SENSE,


I MAKE NO APOLOGY FOR


MY OVERWHELMING SENSE OF PERSONAL PRIDE IN KNOWING THAT HE FOR


TONIGHT BEARS THE TITLE CHESTERFIELDD SMITH LAWYER,"


DURING


THE ALMOST FORTY YEARS THAT I HAVE KNOWN HIM IT HAS SEEMED TO


ME THAT HE UTILIZES HIS CREATIVE ABILITIES AND IMAGINATION AS


WELL AS ANYONE TO THE SOLUTION OF DIFFICULT AND CHALLENGING LEGAL


PROBLEMS,


AS I TODAY SEE IT HE HAS RECEIVED HIS GREATEST


PROFESSIONAL PLEASURE OVER THE PAST TWENTY YEARS IN WHICH I HAVE


PERSONALLY PRACTICED WITH HIM BY SEEING HIS OWN HARD WORK


TRANSLATED INTO GOOD RESULTS FOR HOLLAND & KNIGHT CLIENTS.


ALWAYS


HE HAS PICTURED HIMSELF AS AN INDEPENDENT LAWYER A PERSON OF










PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY WHO HAS ESTABLISHED HIS OWN HIGH STANDARDS


FOR DECIDING WHAT HE WILL AND WILL NOT DO AS A LAWYER.


INDEED -


JOHN GERMANY CHESTERFIELDD SMITH 1988 LAWYER" ALWAYS HAS BEEN


READY TO BE JUDGED BY THE LEGAL PROFESSION BY THE PUBLIC AND


BY HIS PEERS AT THIS LAW FIRM FOR THOSE DECISIONS,


JOHN GERMANY CONTINUOUSLY HAS BEEN IN THE FOREFRONT OF


THOSE SEEKING NEEDED CHANGES IN LAWS IN LEGAL PROCESSES IN


THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND IN THE SOCIETY AND THE COMMUNITY,


HE WELL KNOWS AND HAS ALWAYS RECOGNIZED THAT ALMOST EVERY MAJOR


SOCIETAL OR PUBLIC ISSUE INVOLVES LAW AND THAT AS A


COMMITTED PROFESSIONAL HE MUST WORK AND HAS WORKED DILIGENTLY


TO MAKE LAW WORK EVER BETTER FOR HIS CLIENTS AND FOR HIS


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NATION AND HIS STATE AND HIS COMMUNITY.


I PERSONALLY AM PROUD AS ARE YOU THAT JOHN GERMANY OVER


MANY YEARS HAS PLAYED SIGNIFICANT ROLES IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS IN


POLITICS IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION IN HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS


ISSUES IN TAMPA IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN FLORIDA AND


IN OUR NATION,


QUITE OBVIOUSLY THE PRACTICE OF LAW AND


HOLLAND & KNIGHT ITSELF IS UNDERGOING FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES AS


IT BECOMES EVER MORE ORIENTED TO THE BOTTOM LINE,


BUT AS LARGE


LAW FIRMS GET LARGER AS THE COMPETITION FOR LEGAL BUSINESS


GETS FIERCER AND AS PRESSURES INCREASE TO FIND ALTERNATIVES


TO LITIGATION FOR RESOLVING DISPUTES JOHN GERMANY STILL HAS


CONTINUED TO TAKE THE LEAD PRO BONO PUBLIC IN THE AREAS OF










CIVIC IMPROVEMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS,


KNIGHT LAWYERS EVERYWHERE HAVE RIGHTLY EARNED A REPUTATION FOR


SUCH WORK TRADITIONALLY REPRESENTING PEOPLE WITH FEARS THAT


OVERWHELM THEM REPRESENTING FREELY AND OFTEN THOSE ENMESHED


IN FRIGHTENING AND DIFFICULT LEGAL AREAS WHO ARE EITHER


UNREPRESENTED OR UNDERREPRESENTED NO ONE IN OUR FIRM HAS MORE


CONTRIBUTED TO THAT REPUTATION THAN JOHN GERMANY,


HE LONG HAS


PRIVATELY ENJOYED THE VERY SPECIAL SATISFACTION THAT COMES TO


THE LAWYER WHO DISCHARGES THE UNIQUE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROVIDING


LEGAL HELP TO PEOPLE AT THE TIME OF THEIR GREATEST VULNERABILITY -


AND HE CONTINUES TO DO SO,


IT IS PERHAPS SMUG AS AN OBSERVATION BUT JOHN GERMANY -


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WHILE GENERALLY HOLLAND &










AS ONE WHO HAS CAST HIS TOTAL PROFESSIONAL LOT WITH THE ADVERSARY


SYSTEM OF JUSTICE HAS DISCHARGED IN TRULY A NOBLE WAY HIS OBLIGATION


ASSUMED LONG AGO TO MAKE THE PROCESSES OF JUSTICE WORK, HE


ACCEPTED THAT OBLIGATION WITHOUT RESERVATION MANY YEARS AGO


IN 1950 WHEN HE BECAME A TRIAL LAWYER HE REAFFIRMED IT WITHOUT


RESERVATION WHEN HE WAS IN 1959 INVESTED AS A DISTINGUISHED


AND HIGHLY COMPETENT STATE TRIAL JUDGE,


HE HAS LIVED IT -


WITHOUT RESERVATION SINCE 1968 WHEN HE BECAME A SENIOR HOLLAND &


KNIGHT PARTNER.


IT IS JOHN GERMANY AND THOSE OTHER HOLLAND &


KNIGHT LAWYERS WHO SINCE 1968 HAVE SHARED IN COMMON HIS PURPOSES -


HIS GOALS HIS FRIENDSHIP HIS ASPIRATIONS JOHN GERMANY AND


ALL OF HIS PARTNERS LAWYERS WHO COLLEGIALLY HAVE ACCEPTED THE


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DUTIES WHICH COME WITH THE LEGAL MANTLE LAWYERS WHO HAVE TAUGHT


ME TO BELIEVE THAT THE PRACTICE OF LAW IS GREAT THAT IT IS THE


ONLY GOOD WAY TO MAKE A LIVING.


PERSONALLY AND ON BEHALF OF ALL OF THE FINE LAWYERS


OF HOLLAND & KNIGHT WHO HAVE BEEN HONORED OVER THE YEARS BY CLOSE


ASSOCIATION WITH JOHN GERMANY BY LAWYERS EVERYWHERE WHO LOVE


AND REVERE THE LAW I EXTEND AFFECTION CONGRATULATIONS -


AND A PERSONAL SENSE OF PRIDE TO JOHN GERMANY FOR THE ACCOLADE


GIVEN TO HIM BY HIS LAW FIRM TONIGHT.


IT IS OF COURSE APPROPRIATE THAT WE HEAR FROM THIS


ESTEEMED AND EXEMPLARY LAWYER,


I NOW PRESENT TO YOU FOR YOUR


RECOGNITION AND APPLAUSE THE 1988 CHESTERFIELD SMITH LAWYER -


JOHN GERMANY.


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SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH


SPEECH NUMBER 289


VOLUME XX












ADDRESS OF:


BEFORE:


DATE OF DELIVERY:


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
LAWYER
MIAMI, FLORIDA


TRIBUTE TO UNITED STATES SENATOR
LAWTON M, CHILES BEFORE FLORIDA
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE -
HYATT REGENCY WESTSHORE
TAMPA, FLORIDA


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1988
12:00 NOON 2:00 P.M.


TEN MINUTES


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LAWTON MAINOR CHILES MY LONGTIME LOW-KEY LAID

BACK FRIEND NOW ONE OF THE NATION'S TRULY GREAT MEN HAS

ENJOYED A SPLENDID LIFE. TO HIS FRIENDS HE IS A GOOD MAN

WHO JUST HAPPENS AMONG OTHER THINGS TO BE A SIGNIFICANT UNITED

STATES SENATOR. IT THUS IS WHOLLY FITTING THAT THE FLORIDA CHAMBER

OF COMMERCE PAYS TRIBUTE TO HIS THIRTY YEARS OF DEDICATED PUBLIC

SERVICE. LA //f /A/i

LAWTON CHILES WAS BORN ON APRIL 3, 1930 IN I -

AMONG THE SPRAWLING OAKS OF STURDY POLK COUNTY A THIRD GENERATION

FLORIDAN. HE MARRIED RHEA GRAFTON CHILES IN 1951. SIMPLY

PUT I TOO LOVE RHEA CHILES. SHE LIKE LAWTON HAS BEEN ONE

OF MY WARMEST FRIENDS FOR MORE THAN TWENTY-FIVE YEARS. RHEA

AND LAWTON HAVE FOUR FINE CHILDREN TANDY LAWTON, II.I (BUD) -

ED AND RHEA GAY.

WHILE LAWTON CHILES IS NOW A LIVING LEGEND IT WAS NOT

ALWAYS SO, AS A CLOSE OBSERVER DURING HIS YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE -


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I A~ KNOWN ALWAYS THAT HE IS EXCEPTIONAL BUT THE LEGEND AND THE

NATIONAL ACCLAIM ONLY BEGAN IN 1970 WHEN HE BECAME KNOWN AS

"WALKING LAWTON". WALKING MORE THAN 1000 MILES ACROSS FLORIDA -

HE SET A STYLE FOR CAMPAIGNING THAT SOON TURNED POLITICIANS ALL

OVER AMERICA INTO JOGGERS AND WALKERS. THE REFRESHING SIMPLISTIC

LAWTON CHILES STYLE EVER SINCE HAS BEEN THE TRADEMARK OF HIS POLITICAL

CAMPAIGNS, WHEN OTHER CANDIDATES COMPLAIN OF THE NECESSITY OF

CONSTANTLY RAISING FUNDS LAWTON CHILES EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO WON HIS

FIRST UNITED STATES SENATE RACE WITH ALMOST NO MONEY. TWELVE

YEARS AGO SEEKING RE-ELECTION LAWTON ANNOUNCED THAT HE WOULD

ACCEPT NO CONTRIBUTION LARGER THAN $10.00. IN THE FACE OF

MASSIVE GOP ASSISTANCE TO HIS OPPONENT SIX YEARS AGO HE COMPROMISED

IN DEGREE BUT NOT IN PRINCIPLE.- RAISING HIS CONTRIBUTION CEILING

TO $100.00 STILL A FAR.- FAR CRY FROM THE $10,000-PER-WEEK NORM

FOR SENATE FUNDRAISING, HE HAS MAINTAINED A POLICY FROM THE

BEGINNING OF NEVER TAKING -AN HONORARIUM.AND NOT TAKING PAC MONEY.










BUT "WALKING" LAWTON IS UNIQUE IN MANY MANY OTHER

WAYS. WHEN IN 1971 HE CAME TO WASHINGTON AS A UNITED STATES

SENATOR HE BROUGHT WITH HIM SKILLS THEN AND NOW DESPERATELY

NEEDED THERE EXCEPTIONAL INTELLECT UNTOUCHED BY INTELLECTUAL

ARROGANCE UNQUESTIONABLE INTEGRITY UNMARRED BY SELF-RIGHTEOUNESS,

THE ISSUES THAT WERE AND BECAME IMPORTANT TO HIM ARE STILL THE

CRITICAL ONES TO FLORIDA AND THE NATION THE PROBLEMS OF DRUGS

AND DRUG-RELATED CRIME BURGEONING WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT -

AN AGING POPULATION.- PREMATURE BABIES INFANT MORTALITY INADEQUATE

PRENATAL CARE VEXATIONS OF MAINTAINING AN OPEN AND DEMOCRATICALLY

HONEST GOVERNMENT. AND PERHAPS ABOVE ALL THE CONTROL OF THE

GEOMETRICALLY ACCELERATING NATIONAL BUDGET DEFICIT.

LET IT NEVER BE FORGOTTEN THAT FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE

LAWTON CHILES ALWAYS HAS BEEN AN OLD-FASHIONED GOOD-GOVERNMENT -

YELLOW-DOG DEMOCRAT. EARLY IN HIS LEGISLATIVE CAREER HE

INSISTED THAT "SUNSHINE IS THE BEST DISINFECTANT" TO BACK-ROOM

DEALING, INDEED.- AS A SENATOR HE PASSED LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE

THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES OPEN UP THEIR MEETINGS TO THE PUBLIC.










LAWTON CHILES BELIEVES THAT A HUMBLE MAN WHO TRIES HIS

BEST CAN ENLIST THE SUPPORT OF OTHERS AND SUCCEED REGARDLESS

OF MOMENTS OF ADVERSITY, ALWAYS HE IS AND HAS BEEN CONVINCED

THAT RIGHT ULTIMATELY WILL PREVAIL. ALWAYS HE IS COMPASSIONATE

AND UNDERSTANDING CONSCIENTIOUS AND FAIR-MINDED. HE UNLIKE

MOST OTHER MEN IS NOT LOCKED TO ANY SINGLE OPINION OR IDEA -

REASON ALWAYS PREVAILS.


LAWTON CHILES IS NOW RETIRING FROM THE UNITED STATES

SENATE A UNILATERAL DECISION ON HIS PART WHICH HAS OCCASIONED

SADNESS TO HIS COLLEAGUES, WITH GRATIFICATION I QUOTE IN

A BIPARTISAN WAY FROM SEVERAL AMONG MANY LAUDATORY STATEMENTS -

ISSUED IN PAST WEEKS BY HIS SENATORIAL PEERS:


1. SENATOR FRITZ HOLLINGS DEMOCRAT FROM SOUTH CAROLINA,

SAID:

"LAWTON WAS AN ARTILLERYMAN IN THE KOREAN WAR ....... -

AND NOW WITH HIS PLANS FOR LIFE AFTER THE SENATE -

HE APPARENTLY INTENDS TO FACE RETIREMENT WITH THE

SAME ATTITUDE OF OLD GENERAL OLIVER SMITH DURING THE


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CHOSIN RESERVOIR WITHDRAWAL: 'RETREAT HELL, IT

WILL BE AN ATTACK IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION,'"

2, SENATOR BOB DOLE REPUBLICAN FROM KANSAS SAID:

"I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO LAWTON CHILES. HE IS IN

LARGE MEASURE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SMOOTH FUNCTIONING

OF THE BUDGET PROCESS THIS YEAR, IN FACT -

IT OPERATED SO SMOOTHLY THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME

IN RECENT FISCAL MEMORY THE FISCAL YEAR BEGAN

WITHOUT HAVING TO APPROVE A STOPAGE EMERGENCY

FUNDING BILL,

"OF COURSE.- LAWTON PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE IN

BUDGET DELIBERATIONS PRIOR TO HIS CHAIRMANSHIP,

HE HAS SHOWN TIME AND AGAIN HIS WILLINGNESS

TO WORK WITH THE MEMBERS ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE -

TO FORGE A CONSENSUS NOT ONLY ON THE BUDGET -


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BUT ON OTHER ISSUES AS WELL. AS A MATTER

OF FACT LAWTON HAS DESCRIBED HIMSELF AS

'A FELLOW WHO SORT OF COMES OUT IN THE MIDDLE.'

"LAWTON CHILES IN HIS OWN DOWN-

HOME UNPRETENTIOUS WAY HAS LEFT HIS MARK -

NOT ONLY ON THE SENATE BUT ON THE FISCAL POLICIES

OF THIS COUNTRY FOR YEARS TO COME."

3. SENATOR LLOYD BENTSEN DEMOCRAT OF TEXAS -

SAID:

"GIVEN THE TENSION BETWEEN THE CONGRESS

AND THE WHITE HOUSE CHAIRMANSHIP OF.THE BUDGET

COMMITTEE HAS UNDOUBTEDLY BEEN ONE OF THE MOST

DEMANDING AND COMPLEX JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE,

YET LAWTON HAS GUIDED THE BUDGET COMMITTEE WITH

LEVEL-HEADED RESOLVE SKILL AND DISTINCTION.

NEVER STRAYING FROM FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY HE HAS


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WORKED TO ENSURE THAT THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE

OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY ARE MET. FISCAL

RESPONSIBILITY AND COMPASSION NEITHER TO THE

EXCLUSION OF THE OTHER HAVE BEEN THE WATCHWORDS

OF HIS TENURE ,

4, SENATOR STROM THURMOND REPUBLICAN OF SOUTH

CAROLINA SAID:

"SENATOR CHILES HAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE OF CONTROLLING

FEDERAL SPENDING. HE HELPED TO AUTHOR THE

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET CONTROL ACT SETTING NEW

LIMITS IN THE BUDGET V PUSHING FOR DEFICIT-CUTTING

PROGRAMS.

5, SENATOR MARK HATFIELD REPUBLICAN OF OREGON -

SAID:

"WHAT HAS STRUCK ME ABOUT SENATOR CHILES IS HIS


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UNWAVERING INTEGRITY AND HIS CAREFUL USE OF THE

POWERS HE HOLDS AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. MUCH

OF THE WISDOM OF THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM FLORIDA

IS DERIVED FROM HIS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS,"

6. FINALLY ONE OF SENATOR LAWTON CHILES' CLOSEST AND

BEST FRIENDS SENATOR SAM NUNN DEMOCRAT OF GEORGIA SAID:

"IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT PUBLIC MEN ARE JUDGED

BY THEIR CHARACTER AND THE SIZE OF THE ISSUES

WHICH CONCERN THEM, LAWTON CHILES BROUGHT TO

THE SENATE A PRESBYTERIAN CONSCIENCE WHICH

TAUGHT HIN THAT A MAN'S TIME AND TALENTS WERE
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THE GIFTS C GOD NOT FOR HIS OWN USE BUT

FOR THE BENEFIT OF HIS PEOPLE,"

I FULLY CONCUR WITH THOSE THOUGHTS OF HIS SENATORIAL

COLLEAGUES,. THE FULLSOME PRAISE OF WHICH 4 HAVE QUOTED ONLY A
SMALL SAMPLE IS OBVIOUSLY MERITED IT RARE FOR ANY ONE
SMALL SAMPLE IS OBVIOUSLY MEREITED. IT P RARE FOR ANY ONE










MAN ANYWHERE TO COMBINE WITHIN HIMSELF THE INTELLECT ABILITY -

PERSONALITY AND CHARACTER WITH WHICH LAWTON CHILES IS ENDOWED.

WITH ALL OF HIS ACHIEVEMENTS THIS MODEST PLAIN AND SIMPLE

MAN HAS REMAINED A COMPASSIONATE WARM AND TRUSTED FRIEND OF THOSE

FLORIDIANS WHO CHERISHED HIM BEFORE HE BECAME "WALKING LAWTON".

LAWTON CHILES IS A NOBLE SON OF FLORIDA. IT IS A

SINGULAR HONOR FOR ME TODAY TO PARTICIPATE IN THESE PROCEEDINGS

IN WHICH THE FLORIDA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PAYS TRIBUTE TO THIS

GOOD MAN A NONPAREIL PERSON WHO HAS GIVEN HIS STATE AND NATION

SO VERY MUCH.







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SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH


SPEECH NUMBER 290


VOLUME XX










.ADDRESS OF:


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
LAWYER
HOLLAND & KNIGHT
MIAMI, FLORIDA


INHERITING
VANDERBILT
VANDERBILT
NASHVILLE,


ENTITLED:


THE WIND
SCHOOL OF LAW
PLAZA HOTEL
TENNESSEE


HOW LAW FIRMS (AND SPECIFICALLY
HOLLAND & KNIGHT) COULD BE -
MAY BE PROBABLY WILL BE -
AND ALMOST CERTAINLY SHOULD
NOT BE PRACTICING IN THE
YEAR 2000


DATE AND TIME:


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1988
12:15 P.M.


TWENTY-FIVE MINUTES


BEFORE:


DURATION:










AS IS WITNESSED BY THE INTEREST IN THIS CONFERENCE -


VAST CHANGES ARE UNDERWAY IN THE LEGAL BUSINESS IN THE SOUTH,


HIGH TECH LEGAL PRODUCTION COMPUTERIZED LEGAL RESEARCH -


AND ELECTRONIC WORD PROCESSING HAVE BECOME A WIDE-SPREAD


REALITY.


WITHIN THE ENTIRE LEGAL PROFESSION THE


INNOVATIVE ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW FORMS FOR THE DELIVERY MARKETING -


AND PRODUCTION OF LEGAL SERVICES IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY.


THE


VERY SOPHISTICATED LEGAL BOUTIQUE THE EVER-BURGEONING HUGE


INTERNATIONAL NATIONAL AND REGIONAL LAW FIRMS PUBLIC INTEREST


LAW FIRMS AND HIGHLY ADVERTISED STORE-FRONT LEGAL CLINICS -


CHAIN STORE STYLE ARE MORE AND MORE IMPACTING THE TRADITIONAL










PRACTITIONER,


THE LEGAL AND PRACTICAL STRUCTURES AND FORMS IN WHICH


LAWYERS PRACTICE HAVE BEEN CONTINUOUSLY CHANGING,


THE USE OF


PARTNERSHIPS PROFESSIONAL CORPORATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS -


JOINT VENTURES NON-PROFIT PUBLIC INTEREST ENTITIES GROUP-COST


SHARERS FRANCHISEES IN-HOUSE COUNSEL ARE BURGEONING AT


ALL LEVELS.


ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY THE CRUSHING AVAILABILITY


OF INFORMATION THE UNABATED GROWTH OF URBANIZATION AND THE


ATTENDANT REORDERING OF LIFESTYLES HAVE MADE LAWYERING IN THIS


AGE INCREDIBLY DIFFERENT FROM EVEN TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO,


CERTAINLY THE LAST FEW YEARS HAS SEEN LAW FIRMS GROW


AND PROSPER,


IN 1969 THERE WERE TWENTY FIRMS IN THE NATION WITH


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MORE THAN A HUNDRED LAWYERS IN 1979 THERE WERE OVER A HUNDRED


FIRMS WITH THAT MANY LAWYERS,


HUNDRED AND FIFTY SUCH LAW FIRMS,


TODAY THERE ARE OVER THREE


THAT GROWTH IN LAW FIRM SIZE


HAS BEEN ACCOMPANIED BY STEADY MOVEMENT INTO ADDITIONAL FIELDS


OF PRACTICE AND BY THE BRANCHING OF BOTH SMALL AND LARGE FIRMS


INTO MULTIPLE CITIES INCLUDING SUBURBAN AREAS,


TOTAL SPECIALIZATION IN THE LAW IS HERE,


FOR LARGE


LAW FIRMS AND SMALL BOUTIQUE LAW FIRMS IT IS NOT COMING IT


HAS ALREADY ARRIVED,


THAT INCREASED SPECIALIZATION IN THE LEGAL


PROFESSION TENDS TO BROADEN THE DEMAND FOR LAWYERS,


INSOFAR AS


THE BUSINESS INDUSTRIAL AND FINANCIAL COMMUNITY IS CONCERNED -


THE DAY OF THE MAGNIFICENT GENERALIST IN THE LAW -


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"THE JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES" HAS ALREADY BECOME A THING OF THE PAST,


LAWYERS REPRESENTING FAR FLUNG AND DIVERSE ENTERPRISES THROUGHOUT


THE SOUTH NOW OF NECESSITY HAVE TO BE SPECIALLY TRAINED IN SPECIFIC


AREAS OF THE LAW,


IT IS DEMONSTRABLY TRUE THAT LEGAL


SPECIALIZATION BY INTENSE FAMILIARITY AND EXCLUSIVE PRACTICE


IN LIMITED LEGAL AREAS ENABLES LAWYERS BETTER TO COMPETE WITH


OTHER DISCIPLINES.


WITH THAT PREDICATE PERHAPS IT IS ACCEPTABLE FOR


ME TO MAKE PREDICTIONS ABOUT THE WAY LAW FIRMS IN GENERAL MIGHT


BE STRUCTURED AROUND THE YEAR 2000,


IN MY OPINION THE


CONFUSING DIVERSITY IN FORMS OF PRACTICE THAT NOW EXISTS WILL


CONTINUE AT LEAST IN PART AND PERHAPS GROW,


VERY LARGE










NATIONAL FIRMS WILL COMPETE SIDE BY SIDE WITH VERY LARGE REGIONAL


AND EVEN VERY LARGE LOCAL FIRMS,


SPECIALTY FIRMS BOUTIQUE


FIRMS WILL PROSPER BUT IN MY OPINION AT A LOWER LEVEL OF


SUCCESS THAN MOST LAWYERS NOW PREDICT,


MIDDLE-SIZED FIRMS


WILL CONTINUE TO BECOME EVER LARGER AND EVERMORE SPECIALIZED.


SMALL GENERAL FIRMS A GROUPING IN WHICH I INCLUDE THE SOLE


PRACTITIONER WILL HAVE INCREASED IN NUMBERS ALMOST GEOMETRIC


IN SCALE BUT THEY WILL TEND TO SERVE ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY


INDIVIDUALS OR SMALL CLOSELY-HELD BUSINESS CLIENTS.


EVEN NOW


IT IS NOT COST EFFECTIVE FOR THE LARGE OR MEGA-FIRMS TO SERVE


SUCH CLIENTS.


I PERSONALLY HAVE LITTLE DOUBT THAT THE LARGER


LAW FIRMS STATE REGIONAL AND NATIONAL WILL FROM AN ECONOMIC


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VIEWPOINT DOMINATE THE BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL PRACTICE OF LAW IN


THE SOUTH AND ELSEWHERE,


SPLIT-OFFS FROM FIRMS OF ALL SIZES WILL


INCREASE A DIRECTION THAT INEVITABLY WILL RESULT IN EVERMORE


SPECIALIZED OR BOUTIQUE FIRMS.


NO LONGER WILL A RECENT LAW SCHOOL


GRADUATE JOIN A FIRM NEVER TO LEAVE SPENDING HIS OR HER ENTIRE


PRACTICE THERE.


LATERAL MOVEMENT OF BOTH EXPERIENCED AND BEGINNING


LAWYERS FROM FIRM TO FIRM WILL BE THE NORMAL WAY,


THE HIGHLY


COMPETENT LAWYER WILL ON THE AVERAGE PROBABLY CHANGE HIS LEGAL


AFFILIATION FOUR OR FIVE TIMES DURING HIS OR HER PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE,


THE MID-SIZED FULL SERVICE FIRM OF THE YEAR 2000 WILL HAVE THE MOST


TROUBLE IN KEEPING UP IN COMPETING FOR DESIRABLE CLIENTS IN


MAINTAINING MARKET SHARE.


SUCH FIRMS OVERALL WILL BE LESS


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PROFITABLE THAN.BOTH THE VERY LARGE FIRMS AND THE SPECIALTY


BOUTIQUE LAW FIRMS,


THE AVERAGE LARGE SOUTHERN LAW FIRM OF ABOUT


ONE HUNDRED LAWYERS TODAY IN TWELVE YEARS WILL HAVE AROUND THREE


HUNDRED LAWYERS AND NATIONWIDE THERE WILL BE BETWEEN FIFTY AND


SEVENTY-FIVE VERY LARGE MEGA-FIRMS OF MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND


LAWYERS MOST OF WHOM WILL HAVE OFFICES IN FROM FIVE TO TEN


STATES.


CLIENTS ALREADY TODAY DEMAND THAT LAWYERS CONDUCT


THEIR PRACTICE ON A MORE BUSINESS-LIKE BASIS SO AS TO BECOME


MORE EFFICIENT AND ECONOMIC THAN IN THE PAST.


LOYALTIES ARE DIMINISHING.


INSTITUTIONAL


COMPETITION IS THE DRIVING FORCE


BEHIND ALL THESE CHANGES IN THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN THE LEGAL


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COMMUNITY IN LAW FIRM STRUCTURE AND GOVERNANCE IN MARKETING -


IN RECRUITING IN COMMUNICATIONS IN FEES AND IN LAWYER


COMPENSATION IN LEGAL AND DOCUMENT PRODUCTION IN LATERAL


MOVEMENT OF LAWYERS COMPETITION INTENSE MERIT COMPETITION -


DOG-EAT-DOG COMPETITION NEVER CEASING COMPETITION UNYIELDING


COMPETITION COMPETITION BETWEEN LAW FIRMS TO GET THE BEST


POSSIBLE LAWYERING DONE IN THE MOST SATISFACTORY AND ECONOMIC


WAY FOR CLIENTS AND FOR SOCIETY AS A WHOLE.


COMPETITION IS


THE NAME OF THE GAME FOR ALL LAW FIRMS.


TO BRING SOME OF THE ISSUES RAISED BY THOSE CHANGES


INTO SHARPER FOCUS I AM GOING TO TALK BRIEFLY ABOUT HOLLAND &


KNIGHT THE LAW FIRM WHERE I PRACTICE HOW IT IS NOW AND DISCUSS


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WITH YOU WAYS FORMS AND STRUCTURES WHICH MIGHT HAPPEN TO


IT IN THE FUTURE HOW IT MAY BE IN TWELVE YEARS.


MY COMMENTS


MAY TURN OUT TO BE INACCURATE OR EVEN RIDICULOUS BUT THESE


FANTASY RUMINATIONS ARE MY OWN THEY ARE NOT TO BE ATTRIBUTED TO


THE FIRM THEY ARE GIVEN BY ME AS A FUN WAY TO TRIGGER THOUGHT


AND DISCUSSION ABOUT THE LAW FIRM OF THE FUTURE,


IF MY PROPOSALS


WERE PRESENTED TO THE SEVERAL PARTNERS OF HOLLAND & KNIGHT TODAY -


THEY SURELY WOULD NOT TODAY BE ACCEPTED.


INDEED THOSE PARTNERS


WOULD BE SHOCKED ALMOST CERTAINLY CONCLUDING THAT I HAD LOST


MY SENSES,


I ENVISION HOLLAND & KNIGHT IN THE YEAR 2000 STILL TO


BE PRIMARILY A FLORIDA LAW FIRM WITH OFFICES GEOGRAPHICALLY


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COVERING THE ENTIRE STATE AND WITH A WASHINGTON LEGAL OUTLET


DESIGNED PRIMARILY TO SERVE FLORIDA CLIENTS WITH FEDERAL LEGAL


PROBLEMS.


INDEED IT IS THAT WAY NOW.


I PREDICT HOLLAND &


KNIGHT IN THE YEAR 2000 WILL HAVE AROUND 1,000 LAWYERS INSTEAD


OF THE TWO HUNDRED THIRTY LAWYERS NOW THERE A PROJECTED


CONTINUATION OF ITS PRESENT TWELVE TO FIFTEEN PER CENT ANNUAL


GROWTH RATE,


ALL HOLLAND & KNIGHT LAWYERS WILL BE MEMBERS OF


THE FLORIDA BAR AND APPROXIMATELY 60% OF THOSE WILL BE


GRADUATES OF FLORIDA LAW SCHOOLS,


IT WILL HAVE AS MAJOR


STATEWIDE FLORIDA COMPETITORS IN SIZE AT LEAST THREE


OTHER FLORIDA LAW FIRMS PERHAPS ONE OF WHICH WILL HAVE AS MANY


AS 2000 LAWYERS AND HOLLAND & KNIGHT WILL ALSO COMPETE IN


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THE LARGER METROPOLITAN AREAS OF FLORIDA WITH AT LEAST TWENTY-FIVE


OF THE VERY LARGE REGIONAL NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL MEGA-FIRMS -


ALL OF WHOM WILL HAVE AT LEAST 400 MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA BAR


PRACTICING IN THE STATE.


OF THE THREE HUNDRED LARGEST LAW FIRMS


IN THE UNITED STATES AT LEAST ONE-THIRD OF THEM IN THE YEAR 2000


WILL HAVE FLORIDA OFFICES,


FOR HOLLAND & KNIGHT MOST OF THOSE 1000 LAWYERS WILL


BE LOCATED IN A CENTRALIZED LOCATION PROBABLY A LOW RENT AREA -


BUT A PLACE WITH A HIGHLY DESIRABLE ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE LIVING


IS NICE A MID-SIZED FLORIDA CITY LIKE LAKELAND LOCATED IN THE


SAND HILLS AND ORANGE GROVES AND AROUND THE LAKES A MID-SIZED


CITY WITH ALL OF THE CULTURAL AND SOCIAL AMENITIES FOUND IN


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METROPOLITAN AREAS BUT ONE WITH A LOW COST OF LIVING AND A STABLE


LABOR FORCE.


THE MAJOR RESEARCH AND PRODUCTION FACILITIES OF


THE ENTIRE FIRM WILL BE THERE IN LAKELAND THE MAINFRAME COMPUTERS -


WESTLAW LEXIS NEXUS ALL ELECTRONIC LEGAL RESEARCH FACILITIES -


STAIRS A MICROFICHE LIBRARY PARAPROFESSIONALS UNLIMITED -


TECHNICIANS FROM DISCIPLINES OTHER THAN LAW THE CLOSED FILES -


ALL WOULD BE HOUSED OR MAINTAINED IN THAT CENTRAL OFFICE, AN


ATTRACTIVE LIFESTYLE FOR ALL IN THE CENTRAL OFFICE CAUSING


LAWYERS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS TO WANT TO WORK THERE TO ENJOY


WORKING THERE WOULD BE A PRIME AND CONTINUING GOAL OF FIRM


MANAGEMENT,


THE HOLLAND & KNIGHT CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF WOULD


EMBRACE AND HOUSE PROFESSIONALS FROM MULTIPLE DISCIPLINES


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OTHER THAN THE LAW SUCH AS TITLE ABSTRACTORS LOBBYISTS -


ENGINEERS APPRAISERS ECONOMISTS STOCKBROKERS INSURANCE


PLANNERS ARCHITECTS SURVEYORS PHYSOLOGISTS MEDICAL


DOCTORS FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS PERSONNEL CONSULTANTS -


CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS PHYSICISTS BIOLOGISTS AND


ELECTRONIC AND COMMUNICATION SPECIALISTS,


HOLLAND & KNIGHT


WOULD INSURE THAT PLEASANT AND HIGH QUALITY SCHOOLS DELIGHTFUL


HOMES AND AMPLE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE.


LAWYERS FROM THAT CENTRAL OFFICE WILL TRAVEL FREQUENTLY TO THE


VARIOUS LAW OFFICES COURTHOUSES CITY HALLS ADMINISTRATIVE


HEADQUARTERS GOVERNMENTAL OFFICES OF ALL KINDS THE OFFICES OF


OTHER LAW FIRMS LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE STATE UTILIZING EITHER


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HELICOPTERS AIRPLANES OR AUTOMOBILES TO TRY CASES TO


TAKE DEPOSITIONS TO ENGAGE IN ADVERSARIAL RELATIONSHIPS AT


ALL LEVELS TO NEGOTIATE TO COUNSEL TO CONFER AND TO


CLOSE TRANSACTIONS.


EVERY KIND OF KNOWN LEGAL SPECIALIZATION


WILL BE ORGANIZED IN THAT HIGHLY INTEGRATED BUT TOTALLY PLEASANT


WORK ENVIRONMENT WITH ALL PERSONNEL WORKING TOGETHER IN TEAMS -


GROUPS AND DIVISIONS,


A FIRM CLIENT WILL NEVER VISIT THAT CENTRAL OFFICE -


CLIENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED THERE,


BUT THAT CENTRAL OFFICE


WILL BE ELECTRONICALLY CONNECTED WITH THE TEN OR FIFTEEN CLIENT


OFFICES LOCATED THROUGHOUT FLORIDA EACH OF WHICH WILL HAVE TWENTY


THE LAWYERS IN THOSE CLIENT OFFICES


OR TWENTY-FIVE LAWYERS,










PRIMARILY WILL BE INVOLVED IN LEGAL WORK FOR EXISTING FIRM


CLIENTS AND ALSO WITH THE TOTAL SOCIAL ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL


LIFE OF THE ENTIRE GEOGRAPHIC REGION WHERE THE PARTICULAR CLIENT


OFFICE IS LOCATED.


THEY WILL BE EXPERIENCED AND HIGHLY TRAINED


LAWYERS ABLE TO ATTRACT LEGAL BUSINESS AND PROFICIENT IN


COUNSELING FIRM CLIENTS IN THE HIGHEST AND BEST TRADITIONS OF


THE HONORED GENERAL PRACTITIONER,


AN INSTITUTIONAL FIRM CLIENT -


WITH SUBSTANTIAL AND RECURRING LEGAL PROBLEMS WILL HAVE CONTACTS


WITH SEVERAL CLIENT OFFICES THROUGHOUT FLORIDA OR MAYBE ALL


OF THEM,


AS A USUAL MATTER THE HOLLAND & KNIGHT LAWYER


STATIONED IN A CLIENT OFFICE WILL ADVISE COUNSEL AND CONSULT


WITH A PARTICULAR CLIENT AND IF THAT CLIENT HAS SPECIFIC LEGAL


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DEMANDS THEN HELP MEET THAT CLIENT'S NEEDS BY UTILIZING AND


WORKING WITH AN APPROPRIATE SPECIALTY INDIVIDUAL GROUP OR TEAM


IN THE CENTRAL OFFICE,


FOR EXAMPLE A PARTICULAR TAMPA CLIENT -


AND A CLIENT LAWYER LOCATED IN A HOLLAND & KNIGHT CLIENT'S OFFICE


IN TAMPA MAY TALK BY TELECONFERENCE FIRST ABOUT THE CLIENT'S


PROBLEMS WITH A TRIAL GROUP LOCATED IN THE LAKELAND CENTRAL OFFICE,


WHEN THE LITIGATION TELECONFERENCE IS THROUGH THE CLIENT AND


THE CLIENT LAWYER THEN MAY CLARIFY WITH A SPECIALIST IN THE


CENTRAL OFFICE TAX ASPECTS OF THE CLIENT'S MATTER,


LASTLY -


THE CLIENT AND THE CLIENT'S LAWYER MAY CONFER BY TELECONFERENCE


WITH A CENTRAL OFFICE SPECIALIST ON THE SECURITIES AND CORPORATE


ASPECTS,


ALL OF THAT AND THE RESULTING LEGAL PRODUCT -


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INCLUDING CONTRACTS PLEADINGS BRIEFS OPINIONS OR BUSINESS


OR CORPORATE DOCUMENTS WILL BE USUALLY PRODUCED BY THE CENTRAL


OFFICE AND DELIVERED TO THE CLIENT SITTING FAR AWAY IN A HOLLAND &


KNIGHT CLIENT OFFICE,


LEGAL PAPERS WILL WHIZ ELECTRONICALLY


BACK AND FORTH INSTANTANEOUSLY BY LASER TECHNOLOGY FROM THE


CENTRAL OFFICE TO THE SEVERAL CLIENT OFFICES LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE


STATE AND WHEN DESIRABLE FROM CLIENT OFFICE TO CLIENT OFFICE.


MAJOR AND CONTINUING CLIENTS WILL HAVE THEIR OWN IN-HOUSE


TELECONFERENCE SCREENS SO THAT THEY CAN CONTACT THOSE LAWYERS


WORKING FOR THEM IN THE HOLLAND & KNIGHT CENTRAL OFFICE ABOUT


THEIR LEGAL PROBLEMS WITHOUT VISITING THE HOLLAND & KNIGHT CLIENT'S


OFFICE,


INDEED ONCE AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT CONNECTION HAS BEEN


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ESTABLISHED BY A PARTICULAR CLIENT WITH A PARTICULAR SPECIALIST


IN THE HOLLAND & KNIGHT CENTRAL OFFICE BY TELECONFERENCE FACILITIES -


THE CLIENT OFTEN THEREAFTER WILL BY-PASS THE HOLLAND & KNIGHT


CLIENT LAWYER AND GO DIRECTLY TO THE SPECIALIST IN THE HOLLAND &


KNIGHT CENTRAL OFFICE.


THE HOLLAND & KNIGHT CLIENT OFFICES LOCATED IN AT


MOST TEN TO FIFTEEN METROPOLITAN AREAS THROUGHOUT FLORIDA WOULD


HOUSE PRIMARILY SENIOR LAWYERS OR THOSE ESPECIALLY TRAINED OR


QUALIFIED IN COUNSELING BUT THERE ALSO WILL BE A SUBSTANTIAL


NUMBER OF BEGINNING OR LESS EXPERIENCED LAWYERS ASSIGNED THERE


TOO,


IN ADDITION TO THE PERFORMANCE OF NORMAL CLIENT LEGAL


SERVICES ALL LAWYERS IN THE CLIENT OFFICES WILL BE CONTINUOUSLY


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INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PRO BONO TYPE LAW ACTIVITIES -


ACTIVITIES OF THE ORGANIZED BAR AND PERHAPS ABOVE ALL CLIENT


DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING,


THERE WOULD BE EXTENSIVE LEGAL WORK


PERFORMED FOR CLIENTS BY ALL LAWYERS IN THE HOLLAND & KNIGHT


CLIENT OFFICES ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT AND DONE IN THE SAME WAY


THAT LEGAL SERVICES ARE NOW PERFORMED IN THE SEVERAL HOLLAND &


KNIGHT EXISTING LAW OFFICES,


EACH CLIENT OFFICE WOULD BE


EQUIPPED WITH SEVERAL LARGE THREE-SIDED TELECONFERENCE ROOMS -


TWELVE OR FIFTEEN SMALL CLIENT CONFERENCE ROOMS ONE SMALL


AUDITORIUM CAPABLE OF SEATING TWO TO FOUR HUNDRED PEOPLE -


SPECIAL FACILITIES FOR ENTERTAINMENT EXTENSIVE RESOURCES FOR


MARKETING AND MARKETING PRESENTATIONS,


IT WOULD HAVE NO


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