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THANKSGIVING: SEVEN LEGAL THINGS WORTH GIVING THANKS FOR THIS YEAR (AND EVERY YEAR)
Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November. Now, the world these days is a troubled place in many respects. You just have to turn on the nightly news to know that. Yet, we in the United States still have so much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Here are just seven of those things. All of them pertain to our legal system, in one way or another. We dare not take any of them for granted:
One: Freedom of speech. Even with a hefty dose of political correctness.
Two: Freedom of religion. Just look at most public school holiday calendars these days. There aren’t too many weeks when some segment of the community is not celebrating a holiday.
Three: Freedom of the press. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should believe everything you read on the web or in the paper.
Four: An independent judiciary. Yes, our judges make mistakes and sometimes overreach. But that’s a lot better than having a system, like many places, where the result of most cases is a foregone conclusion.
Five: An independent bar. Lawyers will always be unpopular in some quarters, if for no other reason that every court case tried to conclusion means that one side must lose. Ironically, though, the very people who deride lawyers are often the quickest to call one when they feel that their rights have been violated.
Six: Elections. No matter how bad some people think things are, we will have a chance next election to make a course correction. (Assuming of course, that we all do our civic duty, become informed on the issues and get out to vote.)
Seven: Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. (Ok, these may not be legal items.But even lawyers have to eat!)
Here’s wishing all my clients, followers and friends a wonderful Thanksgiving!