Eugene K. Pettis, President July 15, 2013The Florida Bar Page - 2
A pocket edition of the Constitution of the United States, and Declaration of Independence.Unfortunately, our supreme law has not protected all equally. Notably, the Founding Fatherswho owned human slaves as chattel property, while concurrently declaring “all men arecreated equal”, denied those slaves the very rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness promised by the Constitution. The denial of rights under color of law is still a problem today.
A transcript of Amy Bach on the Syracuse Law YouTube Channel discussing her book “Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court”. http://youtu.be/4ug8lXPExeo
AMY BACH: I
wrote this book and it's about places in America where there has been a collapseof the adversarial system. And what I
mean by thatis that the lawyers stopped checking each other inthe ways that they're supposed to. And the resultis, is that ordinary people are hurt on a daily basis.There is this adversarial system in Americaand it's the prosecutor and defense attorney and neutral judge up above, but when it doesn't work they're not checking each other and they all lineup together. They're all like an arrow. They'reall moving towards something, but it's not justice.They're not doing the adversarial protections thatthey're -- they're not protecting the people thatthey're supposed to be protecting.Unfortunately The Florida Bar is in crisis. The Florida Bar’s slogan - “Protecting Rights,Pursuing Justice, Promoting Professionalism” - is undercut by The Bar’s own survey found inthe
Hawkins Commission on Review of the Discipline System
, completed May 2012. I urge youto embrace Judge Jacobs’s message in
The Secret Lives of Judges
as you proceed.You can build on the justice legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which struggle is informed byyour unique experience, including an inexcusable beating at Sunland Park Elementary School.Mr. Pettis, I challenge you to a
Presidency of Excellence
, and not a vacuous presidency of the past giving predictable speeches. The success of The Florida Bar in your hands. Godspeed.Sincerely,
- original signed Neil J. Gillespie -
Neil J. Gillespie8092 SW 115th LoopOcala, Florida 34481Cc: Eugene K. Pettis, President, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FLVIA U.P.S. No. 1Z64589FNY91897038, with enclosures.