Accidentally, I used a saying that has caught on among some of the readers of this blog. It is: “Some things are more important than others.” This is one of those posts.

Elaine Mittleman is an experienced and highly regarded lawyer who does a lot of federal criminal work. Some of you may recall her important guest post on this blog regarding plea bargaining, Missouri v. Frye, 566 U.S. __, 132 S.Ct. 1399 (2012), and Lafler v. Cooper, 566 U.S. __, 132 S.Ct. 1376 (2012).

Recently, Elaine sent me a link to a television news story about the daughter of her cousin who lives in Indiana. Emily is on the honor roll. She is going into seventh grade. Her mom is a teacher. So far, pretty normal. But what happened to Emily recently, and the great bit of reporting that followed, rekindles my belief that some things are more important than others. I urge you to view the TV new report here about Emily, her beeping companion “Bernie,” and the wonderful hospital that is treating Emily while also providing a unique extra service.

Thanks, Elaine. And, to Emily, let me say: “You are smart, funny, pretty, tough and very brave. By the way, tell ‘Bernie’ to take a hike or I will throw him in the slammer!”


Photo credit: WISHTV

Photo credit: WISHTV

6 responses

  1. perspective….we rarely acquire our daily recommended dose. thanks for providing a sizable helping this morning 🙂

  2. Rich, thanks for this. I will say this to anyone reading (and the readership appears to encompass a large number of people of considerable intelligence and thoughtfulness) that the most satisfying moments of my adult life have been volunteering to work with young people. I am NOT posting this in the hope that people will admire me for my volunteer work. I was born with huge advantages. I had highly educated and devoted parents. I was able to attend wonderful educational institutions. So if you are like me (and a lot of the folks on this blog appear to meet this description), then pay it forward by working with kids. You will be better off for it, as will the kids with whom you work. I don’t think that a whole lot of people lie on their deathbed thinking “gee, I wish I had spent more time at work.” Best, Pat.

  3. Pat,

    I couldn’t agree more. Your note reminds me of Judge Lyle Strom and his lifetime commitment to the Scouts or the late Judge Tom Shanahan’s devotion to a shelter for men. All the best.


  4. Thanks, Judge Kopf, for your very positive words about Emily. My family is in strong agreement with your sentence of the slammer for Bernie. Elaine Mittleman

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