Potpourri and St. Jerome

In Omaha, at one of those “suites and things” hotels. Horrible burger last night. Gin was watered down too. Today, and for the next several days, I will be holding a non-jury trial in a contract dispute. My task: Make an ambiguous contract clear. At least this week, I don’t have to look forward to sentencing a kid with a criminal record starting at nine to a term of years that almost mirrors his age. Next Monday, leave for Australia but, before climbing aboard Qantas, have to wrestle with a motion in a child porn case that starts the first business day after my return from the land down under. As St. Jerome was fond of saying: fac et aliquid operis, ut semper te diabolus inveniat occupatum.


14 responses

  1. I read this blawg daily Judge, and you never cease to amaze! Now I’m learning Latin too.

    I live and practice in Connecticut, but I’m also admitted in Delaware. Delaware has mandatory CLE (CT does not).

    Last Friday I attended the 20th Annual Walsh-Rubenstein Ethics Seminar. During lunch I had the pleasure of sitting next to Harvey Rubenstein and some other gentlemen of the bar. (Yes- I’m getting to the point of the story).

    During lunch I was shocked to learn that decades ago Delaware required a certificate of aspiring lawyers attesting to their knowledge of Latin. At the table one of the attorneys was explaining that he had to go to his weekly Latin class with one of the local Catholic priests. Eventually he got his certificate and was allowed to sit for the bar exam.

    Does the Nebraska bar require fluency in Latin as well, or is that just required of its federal judges?

  2. Dear Anon.,

    In Nebraska, there is no requirement that you know Latin to pass the bar exam. However, you must be able to speak survival English.

    All the best.


  3. I’m less interested in the idle hands than the hamburger. How is it possible to get a bad one in Omaha? Didn’t they invent burgers there?

  4. Actually, the hamburger was invented in Athens, TEXAS, in 1880 by Fletcher Davis. The NY Times article about Louis’ Lunch related that the burger came from an “unknown” vender at the 1904 World Fair.

    Frank X. Tolbert, Texan and founder of the World Chilli Championship in Terlingua, researched the matter and found that the unknown vendor was Davis.

    Louis’ Lunch didn’t start until much later than Davis’s cafe.

  5. Have a great trip, which I’ll bet you will enjoy to its fullest. (I am not trying to hide – your blog has apparently decided to call me “anonymous.”)

  6. But did Louis know he could save 15% in 15 minutes?

    On a less serious note: Judge, enjoy your time with your grandchildren. Few joys equal the warmth of their hugs

  7. You were served a watered down martini?!? There is a crime that deserves a base sentence level in the 30’s. I am outraged.

    Now if you wasted gin on a gin and tonic, well, the restaurant is still at fault but my outrage is tempered by the waste of gin.

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