Joe Rution of Santa Barbara recently handled a "minor personal litigation"
and, with that vast experience and an otherwise unused law school degree circa
1963, takes it upon himself to tell the practicing bar how we should practice
our profession. His letter has all the markings of the arrogance that a successful
life in business sometimes produces, but Mr. Rution, you know nothing about
the practice of law. Perhaps it took you 20 pieces of paper to reschedule a
case management conference because you had no idea what you were doing.
David L. Fiol
Sharing the pain
Congratulations to Joe Rution for his letter "Return to ‘ritual' a pain in
the bum." I pretty much agree.
Without listing a plethora of examples of the waste which leads to, among other
things, more billable hours, one example comes to mind: While squabbling over
a motion to compel production of documents (can't believe I used to do stuff
like that for a living) the heated opposing counsel told me "F- you!"
I then sent him a letter to confirm his choice of words.
Now here's the punch line: This was one of the more exciting mo-ments from
my former practice of law.
I didn't like the subject or the tone of your article (10 years after 101 California
St., July). In view of the legislation coming up before Congress on the gun
ban renewal, I feel your article was just another appeal to the emotions to
invoke anti-gun sentiment.
Only angels need apply
Catching up on back issues of the Journal (Boy Scout issue, July), I feel that
California should be satisfied with nothing less than judges who have constitutionally-compliant
haloes over their heads.
Not the first
I enjoyed reading Jim Herman's column (July). May I request one small correction?
I was not the first chair of the Board of Legal Specialization. Rather, I was
chair when the pilot program in legal specialization was approved by the California
Supreme Court as a permanent program. Along with Ken Larson and Peter Keane,
I had the privilege of representing the State Bar before the Supreme Court in
But for the efforts of brilliant and kind lawyers such as Eugene Marias, Vic
Beauzay, Barry Satzman, Merv Glow and Lowell Airola, workers' compensation law
would not have been a specialty field from the inception. We who practice in
this area of law now only go on their shoulders.