We are often the harbingers of criticism. When someone screws up, there we are: the blog, ready to comment on it- with some pithy and irritating comment.
We do not often say "well done" and it is high time we do so.
We were in the courthouse today, doing what we do (and doing it very well may we add) , when we overheard a young woman on the phone to a family member. Apparently her husband was not being offered a good plea, and the case was proceeding to trial.
The woman had apparently brought her young daughter to court and here's what we heard her say:
"She's in day care....yes. They just started it a few weeks ago here in the courthouse. It's a blessing. "
It is indeed a blessing when we as a society treat children with special care and concern.
Well done to Judge Farina and Judge Blake, and all those whose efforts contributed to the establishment of a happy and safe place for young children to stay when their parents are in the REGJB.
And as several readers have pointed out to us in comments and private emails, Judge Soto deserves thanks for her efforts in getting child care to be a reality in the REGJB.
So permit us a moment to wax poetic:
So many times we as lawyers and Judges are so wrapped up in our cases, our clients, (and for Judges) the size of their case audits, that even though we may see something that is wrong, we feel we just don't have the time to make it right. And then a Judge like Judge Soto sees a problem with child care in our courthouse, and she works bring a solution to the problem. She didn't have to do that. We're certain she didn't get a reduced case load in exchange for her work on child care. Rather, to borrow the poignant words of Senator Ted Kennedy eulogizing his brother Bobby: "She saw a wrong, and tried to make it right."
Well done Judge Soto. The citizens of Dade County are well served by a jurist who works to make the lives of children a little better.
Well done indeed.