At the core of our Nation's values is our faith in the ideals of equality and justice under law. It is a belief embedded in our most cherished documents, and honored by President Eisenhower when he established Law Day in 1958 as "a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law." Each Law Day, we uphold our commitment to the rule of law and celebrate its protection of the freedoms we enjoy.
This year, we pay tribute to one of America's Founders and our second President, John Adams. As a young attorney in colonial Massachusetts, John Adams was asked to represent a British officer and eight British soldiers charged with firing into a crowd and killing five men in the Boston Massacre. In the face of mass public outcry and at great personal risk, he accepted the case and showed the world that America is a nation of laws and that a fair trial is the right of all people.
President Adams' legacy of dedication to fairness and the rights of the accused has been carried forward by members of the legal profession for more than two centuries. It is championed by those who represent the accused and exemplified by women and men who are devoted to securing equal rights for all, both in America and around the world.
I am working today on a trial that will begin on May 11, 2011. I am working on it as a Assigned Panel Lawyer. It is the way I participate in a tradition of a government by Law and not by tyranny. I won't earn much, I don't want to. I want to win this case just like I want to win everyone of the ones for which I am highly paid. I want this client to receive the fair trial to which he is entitled with a qualified lawyer representing his rights. Hence I will leave this post and return to work. It is in fact the best way I can think of to honor President John Adams and those other men of Law who helped "give birth" to our Nation.
Happy Law Day to you all.