A Good Day To Be A Lawyer
THE HIGHEST COURT
Can you think of a recent moment when you thought it was a good day to be a lawyer? I hope that there are many days when you are proud of your work as a lawyer or judge and proud of our profession and its unique role in our system of justice. For me, one such moment occurred on a mild April morning earlier this year while I was in Washington, D.C.
My taxi stopped directly in front of the building. I paid the fare, got out, and ascended the white marble staircase toward the magnificent, columned entrance of the United States Supreme Court. It is an impressive structure — a monument to our legal system. A single message, “Equal Justice Under Law,” is engraved high overhead. On that morning I thought to myself, “It’s a good day to be a lawyer.” I was about to be sworn in to the bar of the United States Supreme Court along with a few of my colleagues, fellow bar leaders from several Midwestern states.