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Jon Snow would make a great lawyer.  For those of you unfamiliar with the name, Jon Snow is a character on the wildly popular HBO show, Game of Thrones.  Some of you reading this clearly know of whom I write, while others are right now thinking ("is that the really nerdy TV show with dragons?").  The answer is yes, by the way. 

Game of Thrones (or "GoT" as us fans tend to call it) is an epic drama about family, politics, love, war, undead hordes of zombies threatening to wipe out the living in a fictional place called Westeros, and sometimes dragons.  Much has been written about GoT, how it is an analogy for climate change and how the politics of GoT can be compared to the politics of today.

But Jon Snow showed us once again, in Season 7, Episode 8, why he is the best character on the show, and why all of us would want him as our law partner (and it's not because he, apparently, is somewhat good looking). 

Jon Snow is honest.  Almost to a fault, at times.  As he said in the Season 7 finale, "When enough people make false promises, words stop meaning anything and then there are no more answers, only better and better lies."  It seems obvious, but we as lawyers must be honest.  To our clients, Judges, our partners, and yes, even to our adversaries.  (Of course, there is the Sam Tarley exception for white lies to serve the greater good, but that should be used sparingly.)

Jon Snow is exceptionally loyal.  When he makes a promise, he keeps it, even if it does not personally serve him in the short run.  Too often we hear in the legal profession about lawyers abandoning their clients on the eve of an important hearing, or moving to another law firm for the slightest financial gain.  We should remember that we owe an obligation to our clients to zealously advocate on their behalf and should never leave them in a compromised position.  And we should recognize that the grass is not always greener at the firm down the street, and loyalty to our firms and our partners is truly valued in today's legal world. 

Jon Snow is selfless.  He repeatedly puts the interests of others ahead of himself.  In one season it was saving thousands of "Wildlings" (or the Northern Free Folk as he calls them), even though it would make him extremely unpopular with his comrades in the Night's Watch (so much so that they killed him – but SPOILER ALERT – he was resurrected by the Red Priestess Melisandre).  More recently it was sending Daenerys Targareyen and other critical characters away on her dragon (it could happen!) when he was surely left to die at the hands of the White Walkers (only to be saved by his Uncle Benjen – selflessness runs in the family).  Jon Snow knows what must be done, even if it means he must risk everything.  As lawyers, we are not often faced with such life and death decisions.  But being selfless to us should mean taking the time to give back to our local community.  Hurricanes aside, we are all extremely fortunate to be practicing law in Palm Beach County, Florida.  Let's do our part to share some of that fortune, both through our time and financially, within our communities.  I promise, you will feel good doing it, and like Jon Snow, you will earn the respect of your colleagues (he was later named King in the North) and within your communities. 

In the interest of brevity, I'll now end the GoT references and homage to Jon Snow (hopefully you've stuck with me this far).  But for the next month, when faced with a difficult decision on how to approach an issue – whether with your client, a Judge, an adversary, or even a partner or associate – stop and think, what would Jon Snow do in this situation?  (For our purposes, using your sword is never an option!) 

Since GoT is sadly over until the start of Season 8 sometime in 2019 (c'mon HBO!), we all have plenty of time to deeply engage in the South Palm Beach County Bar Association!  Good timing, because there is A LOT happening in South County. 

Thank you to everyone who attended our Aug. 31 Membership Reception!  We had record attendance of over 100 bar association members and sponsors who helped us kick off what I know will be a fantastic year for the association.  It was great seeing everyone – I hope you enjoyed yourselves and are ready to be deeply involved in your association. 

Also thank you to everyone who attended the September Membership Lunch.  Despite being postponed by eight days due to Hurricane Irma, we had an excellent turnout for what proved to be an interesting and engaging presentation by former U.S. Attorney, Kendall Coffey. 

We have several exciting events in October, including the next monthly luncheon on Tuesday, October 10 at Morton's in Boca Center.  Our guest speaker is Michael J. Burke, CFO the Palm Beach County School District.  If you have not yet registered, please do so today. 

There are so many great events in October, they are too numerous to list in this small space!  One of our major, annual events is the Bench & Barristers Tennis Bash, to be held this year on Saturday, October 21.  Incredibly, this is our NINTH YEAR hosting this event!  For those of you who have previously attended, you know there is no better lawyer/judge tennis tournament in South Florida (ok, so maybe we are the only one)!  Please register today and secure your place in the bracket.  And remember, you don't need to be an expert tennis player to enjoy the event – we have three different brackets to accommodate players of all levels.

For more details about the Tennis Bash and the rest of our October events, and to register, please visit our website at http://www.southpalmbeachbar.org/events.

I look forward to seeing everyone in October.

Best,

 

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