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President's Message


This is a great country but,
fortunately for you, it is not perfect.
There is much to be done.
--Justice Thurgood Marshall

One of the privileges of serving as bar president is an invitation to address the successful bar applicants at their admission ceremony in the Court of Appeals.  I did so last December.  It was a gratifying experience to stand before the earnest and nervous faces of dozens of newly-minted attorneys and to offer a few words of encouragement and advice.

Attempting to impart a meaningful message in five minute is a challenge.  My effort to do so began by reviewing the language of the attorney’s oath.  Not having had the opportunity to attend a bar admission ceremony since my own admission almost a quarter century ago, I hadn’t given much thought to the oath since that day.  But it formed the framework for my comments, especially the first sentence which states:  “I do solemnly swear or affirm that I will at all times demean myself fairly and honorably as an attorney and practitioner at law.”

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