For 30 years I have taught as an unpaid volunteer to educate judges, attorneys, law students, and young people concerning impaired driving laws. Teaching is a privilege that I cherish, one that has been extended to me by institutions, such as Suffolk Law School, the National Judicial College, and the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association. These institutions respect intellectual independence. I teach for the reward of helping my students understand the rule of law and its application, whether they be judges, attorneys, or law students.
I have also been volunteering for The Century Council, now the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR), for more than 15 years. I joined their Judicial Education Advisory Panel in 2002 and helped prepare the first Hardcore Drunk Driving Judicial Guide. This guide outlines the challenges judges face in adjudicating drunk driving cases, effective strategies they can use and emerging practices that have shown results. The collection of guides then expanded to prosecutors and community supervision professionals, and recently to law enforcement.
In January, along with a cadre of distinguished jurists and faculty, I was honored to volunteer to teach courtroom trial procedure and practice at Suffolk University Law School’s first-ever course on DUI/OUI cases for law students. Funded by FAAR, the course emphasized accurate, professional, and above all, ethical application of the law according to rules of evidence and controlling statutes. FAAR and Suffolk Law School are to be commended for providing students the unique practical experience of dealing with the unfortunate reality of an impaired driving case. They are to be commended for teaching tomorrow’s lawyers that, in order to ensure justice in impaired driving cases, those cases must be prosecuted, defended, and adjudicated professionally, ethically, and according to the rule of law.
Judge Karl Grube
State of Florida Senior Judge
State of Florida Judicial Outreach Liaison
*The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) or any FAAR member.*