Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Federal Bar luncheon

via Celeste Higgins:

Please join me in welcoming this month’s Federal Bar Association's Lunch Series speaker, Dr. Redmond Burke. His presentation is: Medicine at the Speed of Thought. Dr. Burke, a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard University Medical School, became the Chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at Miami Children’s Hospital at the age of 36. Dr. Burke is also the co-director of the Congenital Heart Institute of Miami Children’s Hospital at Arnold Palmer Hospital.

Dr. Burke has worked with a heart team to find and develop applications of information technology to improve medical outcomes resulted in a relational database for congenital heart surgery: a web based information system for a medical team and web based reporting of medical outcomes in real time.

The web based information system enabled a unique form of rounds, which are called "internet rounds", enabling information exchange and clinical decision making over the Internet.
Dr. Burke’s research, writing and surgery is legendary in his field. So much so, that he was cast as the host of the ABC network television reality program The Miracle Workers, which first aired March 6, 2006. The program followed patients through complex medical treatments, showing the technical and emotional aspects of modern medical care. Dr. Burke has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN Entertainment, Extra, and Entertainment Tonight to describe novel medical achievements.

I hope you can join us in welcoming Dr. Burke to our luncheon series.



fake fred moreno said...

Meeeesssster Markus!!!! Other than Dr Hot-shot being from Harvard, what does this have to do with the Federal Bar?.

If you're going to go outside out field, you might want to consider the number of qualified speakers who attended Notre Dame. Just a thought- you can do what you want. To an extent.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole's post on this is worth reading to get a feel for the reputation that is being cultivated at DOJ and our SD US Atty's Office:

"And speaking of rocket scientists, here's the NY Times link to the article in which the conviction of then Senator Ted Stevens was vacated and dismissed because the prosecutors didn't turn over exculpatory notes of interviews with witnesses.

It turns out the prosecution's star witness told them he did about 80 bucks of work on Steven's home, instead of the 80 billion he testified to. And what were our bastions of truth and justice doing while their witness gave false testimony? The prosecutors just sat there with those blank faces the DOJ requires them to wear when they are listening to perjury. They didn't tell the defense, they didn't turn over their exculpatory notes, they didn't tell the court-they did nothing.

And now they lost their case, their conviction, and most likely their careers.

There's a lesson out there for all you new prosecutors.

When you have a big case.

And your witness lies.

And you know about.

Remember what brought Nixon down, and for goodness sakes destroy the notes/tapes/exculpatory evidence, before you get caught.

And speaking of coverups, here's the Herald article earlier in the week on the 2004 police shooting case that ASA Ranck was removed from. Memo to State Attorney Fernandle- it's been five years, do something....anything. Just come back from vacation for a few hours and make a decision.

See You in Court.

take the DOJ prosecutor's hiring quiz:

So You Wanna be an AUSA?: (Excerpts printed without permission of the DOJ)

Q 16) Ethics: Your witness tells you that the defense attorney has contacted him and offered him money to change his testimony. You should A)Immediately tape all phone calls of the defense attorney; B) Immediately indict the defense attorney and seize all his files; C) Proceed cautiously and notify your superior and attempt to obtain an independent source who can verify the allegations.

Q 22- Trial Tactics:
In a high profile prosecution, you sit and watch while your star witness exaggerates his testimony, in contradiction of what he previously told you. You should: A) Sit quietly. After all, it's up to the jury and not you. (answer approved by Mike Satz, Broward State Attorney.) B) Destroy your notes and disavow any knowledge of the perjury; C) Immediately turn over your notes to the defense, and request a short delay in the case while you review your options with your supervisor.

If you answered "C" to any question, the Department of Justice appreciates your interest in working for us, but recommends you consider other interesting and exciting careers like National Park Ranger. If you answered A or B, or better, "both A and B", then you're the type of guy or gal we're looking for."

Anonymous said...

Why you haten on the us attys? They don't deserve that.

Anonymous said...

2:26: the truth hurts, doesnt it?

Anonymous said...

10:37 -- Apparently you never made it far enough in the hiring process to experience an interview. If you had, you'd know the hiring process is designed to weed out people with bad judgment or win-at-all-costs mentalities. That said, the system is not perfect because it is made up people. There are thousands of cases brought every year in nearly 100 federal districts, and the fact that this issue arises occasionally through mistake or misconduct serves to merely underscore the proper conduct by federal prosecutors on a daily basis. The burden is on the government as it should be, and the occasional dramatic case is a useful mechanism to remind everyone of the importance of discovery and disclosure obligations. But it would be wrong to paint with such a broad brush including all federal prosecutors in the process.

Anonymous said...

403 come on this is markus blog he is always painting prosecutors with a broad brush when he aint suckin up to the federal bench

Obama's Mamma said...

Because of what happened, the new US Atty will not come from inside the office.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what would happen if David Markus or some of the other posters on this blog were U.S. Atty. Would there be any prosecutions? Would all agents handwritten notes be turned over as a matter of course? Would all prosecutors notes? How soon? How far beyond Rule 16 would the US Attys Office be required to go as a matter of office policy?

Anonymous said...


If I were us atty, I would have you bring me my coffee every morning, sullivan would bring me the paper, and that new hot blonde would brief me on last nights arrests. And yes, all the notes would be turned over.