This post is the result of an excellent CLE (continuing legal education) webinar I viewed last week as part of my yearly CLE requirement as a lawyer. This seminar, entitled “Professionalism: When No One Is Watching”, was presented by Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Herbert E. Phipps. Click here for the link for this seminar.
I found Judge Phipps’s commentary so compelling that I share the following excerpts:
One, in this CLE presentation Judge Phipps reminds us lawyers that we confirm our oath as lawyers “each time [we] openly confront injustice rather than censor [our] thoughts and behavior.”
Particularly for lawyers resting within the comfortable tide of the majority, this CLE is a powerful reminder of the need for a lawyer’s vigilance and effort in combating injustice, most notably on behalf of those who are marginalized and in the minority.
Two, Judge Phipps refers to a very compelling comment from the Greek philosopher Thucydides, 2000 years ago. Thucydides was asked “When will justice come to Athens?” His response: “Justice will not come until those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are.”
Now, at present, and in line with Thucydides’s above notion of justice, I do not understand why the wrongs of the injured are presently not powerful and persuasive factors within our political arena. To the contrary, there seems to be a one-sided notion that justice means not disturbing or unsettling those who are not injured.