Today, Twiddle has announced the dates for their expansive fall tour, which will span from the end of August through to the beginning of October. In recent months, the Vermont-based jam act has been busy, collaborating with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and his son Grahame Lesh at Red Rocks and performing a series of collaborative concerts with their outfits, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band and Midnight North, under the banner “Unbroken Train.”For Twiddle’s newly announced fall tour, the band will kick things off with a two-night run with stops in Branford, Connecticut, on August 30th and Westerly, Rhode Island, on August 31st. Following a brief break, the band will reconvene on the road in mid-September with stops in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina from September 13th to 15th. Continuing southward, the band will play Athens, Georgia, on September 17th ahead of a five-night run in Florida spanning September 19th to 23rd.Twiddle will continue to Greenville, South Carolina, on November 26th before returning to Georgia for a performance in Atlanta the following night. To finish out the southern leg of their fall tour, the band will roll through Nashville, TN; Birmingham, AL; and Chattanooga, TN, wrapping up on September 30th. From there, to close out the tour, the group will mount a three-night run across the Midwest, stopping in Indianapolis and Cleveland before their tour closer in Covington, Kentucky, on October 5th.Tickets for the band’s recently announced fall tour go on sale this Friday, July 13th, at 10 a.m. (MT). For more information and ticketing, head to Twiddle’s website here.
Brand new lawyers hear words of advice Brand new lawyers hear words of advice November 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News ‘When money becomes more important than the case.. . our profession is in danger’ Jan Pudlow Senior Editor When 80 law school graduates were transformed into 80 new Florida licensed lawyers at a ceremony at the Florida Supreme Court October 10, there was plenty of sage advice to go around.Chief Justice Barbara Pariente said there is “always room for good lawyers” and “the unmet legal needs of children and the poor are tremendous.”Her trio of good advice included: respect your colleagues, clients, and judges; find a mentor to help guide you; and get in the habit of giving back to your community with pro bono activities.“You make a living by what you get,” she said. “You make a life by what you give.”Florida Bar President Alan Bookman told those gathered: “We must demonstrate that we lawyers truly do love justice, that we care about right and wrong, that we care about the legacy of justice we leave for our children and all of those who follow us.. . . “All of us must dedicate ourselves to the highest levels of professionalism. When money becomes more important than the case, when it becomes more important than justice for our clients, when the pursuit of profits overcomes the pursuit of justice, our profession is in danger. We must raise the expectations we all have of each other as lawyers and professionals, and in doing so we automatically raise the integrity and esteem of our profession.”First District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Benton noted the “Oath of Attorney” the new lawyers were about to take is printed in each month’s Florida Bar Journal, and he recommended they read it over each month for their first year in the profession.“Do everything you can to live up to your oath,” Benton said. “Among other things you are about to swear to is that you ‘will abstain from all offensive personality.’ This old-fashioned language contains a very current and very important imperative. We are under ethical obligation to be courteous in our dealings with lawyers and judges. Discourteousness pollutes the environment in which we work, which is unpleasant for us, and, much more importantly, may adversely affect the interest of those whom we are supposed to be serving. Courtesy is a must if the legal system is to function as it should. Courtesy keeps channels open. Keeping the channels open can make all the difference for your clients. You owe it to them to make it happen.”Jamie Billotte Moses, president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar, remembered being sworn in as a new lawyer 11 years ago, “consumed with pride and joy.” With a big smile, she enthusiastically said she woke up that day still consumed with pride and joy that she is a Florida lawyer.“I know for a fact that my love for this profession is due to my involvement in The Florida Bar.. . . I can guarantee you that you will have as much pride and joy in 11 years, 20 years, 32 years as you have today if you make a commitment to be involved in The Florida Bar and all its affiliate organizations,” Moses said.“Membership in The Florida Bar is mandatory, but active participation is a privilege. And it’s not a privilege because you need to be invited. You already are invited once you take this oath today.”Theodore Randolph Howell, one of the day’s new lawyers, was chosen to address his Class of 2005 colleagues and he honored family and friends who helped get them to this momentous occasion.“Along the way, each of us had special friends and families that helped us.. . . from the time we were a little kid helping us with our homework, taking care of us when we were sick, just being there when we needed someone to help us out. They have been along on this journey with us, and this accomplishment is as much a product of your hard work as it is ours,” Howell said.“Along the way, in doing hard work to achieve great things, don’t forget these wonderful friends and family that are here with us today to make this accomplishment possible. Strive to make a proper balance between work and what is really important: friendship and family.”Once Terry Rigsby, vice chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, announced the candidates in the courtroom had been “rigorously examined by the board, both as to knowledge of the law and understanding of the standards and ideals of the legal profession,” and that their backgrounds had been checked thoroughly and they are all fully qualified for admission to the Bar, each stood as their name was read.And then it was time to finally become lawyers, holding high right hands and saying in unison: “I do solemnly swear I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Florida.. . . ”