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(Taylor v. Deutsche Bank)
Today’s oral argument before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach Florida was one of the highlights of my career. The only thing I take more personal and professional pride and satisfaction from is going to war against the aggressive and well-funded firms and winning for clients who don’t have the means or resources to pay big law firm fees.
The arguments were tough and these judges knew this case inside and out. The research the judges had done and the comments that the Chief Judge, “did a nationwide search of cases”, shows just how much attention these judges are paying to the important issues raised in this case. A key thing I want everyone in this community to know is just how much work was contributed to this case by many other people. The key point of this experience is the emerging understanding that these issues are far more significant than “merely foreclosure”. The brightest and most experienced lawyers, judges and advocates now recognize just how complex and confounding the foreclosure catastrophe is. Recognition is an important first step…and what is this fight?
This fight we are engaged in is a fight to PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND our homes, our courts, our Constitution and fundamentally our country. I am convinced that this 5th District Court of Appeals really gets it and I am more convinced than ever that the solution to the foreclosure crisis –the long term solution that benefits lenders, financial markets, communities, courts and homeowners is to BRING THESE ISSUES BEFORE APPELLATE COURTS.
Our commitment must be to selflessly give to support the effort to protect our clients, develop this law area of the law and CONVINCE OUR JUDGES THAT THEY HAVE A SOLEMN AND UNAVOIDABLE DUTY to apply the law in support of homeowners, their communities and the Constitution they took an oath to uphold.
Its time for more appeals. Time to stop complaining about motions being denied and law not being applied. Time to join together, contribute the resources, time and talent to make this right. Stay tuned and be ready to pitch in.
(A special thanks to my hero and the mentor of many great lawyers across the country, April Charney who traveled with her daughter [an emerging attorney to be reckoned with in her own right] to watch the argument live. )