ABA President Zack to Florida Law Graduates: Remember Equal Justice and Public Service
ABA President Stephen N. Zack barnstormed through his home state, speaking to new graduates from law schools at the University of Florida, Florida State University and Saint Thomas University School of Law. Zack urged young lawyers to focus on just four words: “Equal Justice Under Law,” inscribed above the entrance to the United States Supreme Court building.
“Equal justice under law is what it says. It doesn’t say equal justice for the rich, for the powerful, for the momentary majority — because that majority changes from moment to moment, and eventually we all become part of the minority,” Zack said. He pressed the graduates to remember that a law degree is “the most powerful weapon in the world, because it gives you the power to right a wrong.”
Zack offered advice on how to chart a career in the midst of sea changes in the legal profession.
“My father had it right when he advised me, ‘Find a job that you like, and you will never have to work.’ So to you, congratulations and welcome to an amazing path for your life’s work. Expand your horizons not only by becoming active in the local, state and national bar associations but donate pro bono time to legal causes you care about, especially helping the poorest in our society. This kind of public service has always been part and parcel of private sector legal work. It sharpens your skills, builds a network and helps land a job or a better one. But most importantly, it will help shape how your generation of lawyers, like the ones before you, will be remembered. I am confident that it will be remembered well. “