Bar News - January 18, 2008
Rule of Law Deserves Support
I would like to echo Richard J. de Seve’s comments in his letter which was published in the Morning Mail section of the December 14, 2007 issue of New Hampshire Bar News. The apparent lack of accountability of the Bush Administration for blatant abuses of law over the past seven years is deeply worrying. The rule of law depends on the collective adherence of millions of individual members of the community to a common set of principles -- in our case, the ideas articulated in the Constitution of the United States and related case law. When the executive branch of the federal government embarks on a systematic campaign to undermine those principles, and the US Congress does nothing to stop it, the justice system is the last resort of the people. Lawyers have an obligation to speak up and take action when government policy involves deliberate injustice and disrespect for the law.
(Inactive Member of the NH Bar)
Apt. B2, 52 Chung Hom Kok Road
Thanks to a Collegial Bar
I recently suffered a serious illness which landed me in the hospital for over two months. I am well on my way to a full recovery and look forward to returning to my chosen vocation, which is the practice of law.
I wish to thank my colleagues within the New Hampshire Bar for their e-mails, letters, telephone calls, offers of assistance and general understanding. Ours is still a small and quaint bar. Perhaps this quality is why we view each other as colleagues and co-workers first and opposing counsel and opponents second. The cooperation and understanding demonstrated by my colleagues was instrumental in relieving some of the pressures during a very stressful period of my life. I also wish to thank the judicial officers and the employees of the judicial branch of the state and federal courts for their compassion and assistance in accommodating circumstances over which I had no control.
During my illness I received dozens of offers of assistance from my colleagues and I am convinced that they were all sincere. My experience has convinced me that our bar is still a civil and collegiate one and hope that it continues to remain so.
Tony F. Soltani