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10-07-26 Prof Laurence Tribe's Keynote Remarks at the Annual Conference of Chief Justices s

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"On July 26, 2010, Laurence Tribe, Senior Counsel for the United States Department of Justice, Access to Justice Initiative, delivered an important speech to the Conference of Chief Justices, challenging them to halt the disintegration of our state justice systems before they become indistinguishable from courts of third world nations." Prof Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School (2010), per National Defender Leadership Institute http://www.nlada.net/library/article/national_dojspeechto%20chiefjustice07-26-2010_gideonalert
"On July 26, 2010, Laurence Tribe, Senior Counsel for the United States Department of Justice, Access to Justice Initiative, delivered an important speech to the Conference of Chief Justices, challenging them to halt the disintegration of our state justice systems before they become indistinguishable from courts of third world nations." Prof Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School (2010), per National Defender Leadership Institute http://www.nlada.net/library/article/national_dojspeechto%20chiefjustice07-26-2010_gideonalert

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Keynote Remarks at the Annual Conference of Chief JusticesLaurence H. TribeSenior Counselor for Access to Justice, U.S. Department of JusticeJuly 26, 2010Vail, COOne of the things John Kennedy used to say was that “everyone can make adifference – and everyone should try.” For this distinguished audience,particularly the chief justices of our state courts, that’s an understatement.For you know better than anyone – and so many of you have writtencogently on this very subject – that our justice system needs fixing. It is asystem in crisis. My purpose today is not to regale you with Doomsdaystories – although I may end up telling you one or two. My purpose is tochallenge you to take up the task of improving our system, committingyourselves to fixing it. No one is better positioned than you to improve it.You are, quite literally, “Justice” – it is both your honorable title and yourmost solemn obligation – ensuring that justice is truly done in your systems.Like the Prophet Isaiah, you have touched the burning coal, you have thevision, you have the knowledge, and perhaps most importantly, your voices
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command the respect which will drive true reform. Ask yourselves,
if not  you, who
?After spending four decades teaching and writing about our nation’sremarkable Constitution and the legal system built on its foundation, Iwelcome the opportunity finally to work in a venue where so much that Ihave written and studied can find a practical outlet in the transformation of everyday life for ordinary people. Though I don’t have anything close to thetool kit or the skills each of you has, I feel an obligation to do what I can to“fix” things. And I am thoroughly convinced that our system of justice canbe made better – fairer, more humane, more efficient, more just. My goal –and that of the administration – is to partner with you in this most worthy of endeavors.My long life in the relatively quiet groves of academe, in the tree-linedstreets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was a calm one compared to life inside
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the Beltway. The perspective from that privileged perch was shattered whenI began to see the broader view from inside the Justice Department, a viewthat reaches into every nook and cranny of our country. In my new job asSenior Counselor for Access to Justice, I have come face to face with theanxiety and desperation of ordinary citizens, who look to our legal systemfor their fair share of decent treatment.Though only five months into the job, I still view with awe the sign over thedoor to my office that reads, “Access to Justice.” More than a few folks whohave come to visit have paused to have their pictures taken – not with me,mind you, but with that sign. But even after these few months, my staff andI already sense the danger of unrealistic expectations. We worry, as domany expert observers, that the system is too badly broken in too many waysto be susceptible to any “quick fix,” our state and federal budgets toostrained to provide the resources so desperately needed, injustice too deeplywoven into the system’s very structure for piecemeal reforms to make much
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