Bar News - November 17, 2006
Morning Mail: Swearing-in a Moving Experience for Busy Attorney
This is just a brief note to express my sincere gratitude for the outstanding leadership we have in the New Hampshire Bar. We are often too busy practicing law, raising families and trying to make tuition payments to participate in our professional organization. Thankfully, there are those among us who take the time and make the sacrifice.
On Oct. 31, I had occasion to attend the swearing-in ceremonies at the New Hampshire Supreme Court because my son has joined the New Hampshire Bar. Of course, I attended the ceremony expecting to focus my attention on my son and the pride one has with such an accomplishment. However, I was personally very moved by the presentations made during the ceremony.
In her comments to the new lawyers, Justice Dalianis quoted from the novel The Catcher in the Rye. Her delivery was passionate and poignant. It made me feel proud to be an attorney in New Hampshire. Her words were genuine and left me aspiring to achieve the goals that they embraced. Then NHBA President Rich McNamaraís comments about the New Hampshire Bar re-invigorated my appreciation of the unique privilege of being an attorney in New Hampshire. Although at times we may push the envelope, it is important to always have the utmost respect and professional demeanor towards each other.
Finally, Jon Ross spoke on behalf of the American Bar Association and made some remarkable comments about the New Hampshire Barís influence on the national organization. I learned a lot from Jonís comments and believe that one person certainly can make a difference.
As I proudly welcomed my son to the New Hampshire Bar, I was able to also renew my commitment to the members of this distinguished Bar and the ideals espoused by its leadership.
Richard E. Fradette