Federal Litigation: Where Did It Go Off Track? — The Poetic Equivalent
A distinguished trial lawyer from Chicago, Bob Cummins, penned what I consider a poetic sibling to my article, Federal Litigation: Where Did It Go Off Track? (published in the Summer 2008 issue of Litigation and posted on the Recent Articles page at http://www.josephny_live.com/articles/viewarticle.php?53). Bob’s classic sonnet follows:
How do you frustrate me? Let me count the ways:
You frustrate me by the depth, the
breadth and the height of unnecessary,
time consuming and costly knee jerk
motion practice and mindless discovery.
My mind and heart and soul reach
out for a trial date — a goal that is to
most not to be achieved
We immerse our courts in briefs and
blather never to free them to do the
work for which they were appointed.
Neither judge nor jury will hear our
cause for, after pouring vast amounts
into pretrial jousting, we look to mediate
and arbitrate lest real justice might be done.
© 2008 Robert P. Cummins, Esq.
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