You guard the dignity and integrity of the rule of law and advocate for an accessible justice system.
As we prepare to celebrate our Nation’s 243rd birthday, I want to take a moment to reflect on the importance of the work you do, day in and out.
What you do is important. What you do is profound.
You guard the dignity and integrity of the rule of law and advocate for an accessible justice system. As a strong association of more than 25,000 members, you collectively strengthen the very foundation of our democratic society.
Sentimental hogwash? I don’t think so.
What we do together is extraordinary. Through our work, State Bar of Wisconsin members and staff educate, advocate, innovate and facilitate a profession that lifts up the very promise of democracy itself. If history teaches us anything, it is that the successes and progress of yesterday do not guarantee the benefits of a free and civil society tomorrow. We must work for it every single day.
In most of the world the promise of a free society, guided and governed by the rule of law is but a distant dream. While imperfect, our American experience has always been to advance toward the ultimate goal of establishing “a more perfect union.”
So later this week, raise your flag, fire up the grill, and light a few sparklers. As you do, take a moment and think about how your service to your community helps to ensure future Independence Day celebrations for years to come.