At our core, all lawyers are connected by one thing. We take the same oath. Though the oaths vary a bit from state to state, some of the key phrases in most include the following:
- I will support the Constitution of the United States ...
- I will maintain the respect due to courts of justice and judicial officers
- I will not counsel or maintain any suit or proceeding which shall appear to me to be unjust, nor any defense except such as I believe to be honestly debatable under the law of the land
- I will never reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the defenseless or oppressed, or delay any cause for lucre or malice
- I will in all other respects conduct myself personally and professionally in conformity with the high standards of conduct imposed upon members of the bar as conditions for the privilege to practice law in this state
At our law school graduation or bar admission ceremony, we participated with a group of diverse people connected by common goals: obtaining a law degree and being admitted to practice law. That admission came with an obligation, the oath we all took.