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Speeches by Chesterfield - Vol. XXVII, 418-437. 2001-2003
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Finding Guide: A Guide to the Chesterfield Smith Papers
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Title: Speeches by Chesterfield - Vol. XXVII, 418-437. 2001-2003
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Language: English
Creator: Smith, Chesterfield H., 1917-2003
Publication Date: 1999-2001
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CHESTERFIELD SMITH
STEPHEN O'CONNELL'S FUNERAL
BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
APRIL 18, 2001
5 MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
LAW DAY EVENT
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
MAY 1ST, 2001
5 MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
FLORIDA APPLESEED
THE BILTMORE HOTEL
CORAL GABLES, FL
JUNE 18, 2001
5 MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
FLORIDA SUPREME COURT
HISTORICAL SOCIETY
THE FLORIDA BAR ANNUAL MEETING
ORLANDO WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
JUNE 21, 2001
8 MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
FLORIDA CHAPTER OF
ACTL
THE FLORIDA BAR ANNUAL MEETING
ORLANDO WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT
ORLANDO FLORIDA
JUNE 2, 2001
10 MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
H&K 2001.LAW CLERKS
TAMPA, LAKELAND, ST. PETERSBURG
AND ORLANDO
.H&K 24TH FLOOR BOARDROOM
TAMPA, .FLORIDA
JULY 24;(2001
15 MINUTES


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H&K 2001 LAW CLERKS
TAMPA, LAKELAND, ST. PETERSBURG
AND ORLANDO
H&K 24TH FLOOR BOARDROOM
TAMPA, FLORIDA
JULY 24, 2001
15 MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
NATIONAL LEGAL AID AND DEFENDER
ASSOCIATION
WYNDHAM MIAMI-BISCAYNE
BAY HOTEL
MIAMI, FLORIDA
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2201
15 MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
THE GREATEST CELEBRATION
THE GREATEST GENERATION MY
LIFE LONG AGO AS A SOLDIER
CENTRAL FLORIDA FAIRGROUNDS
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2001
10 MINUTES


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
PRO BONO INSTITUTE ANNUAL
SEMINAR. RECEIVING THE LAURIE DE.
ZELON AWARD BY JUSTICE GINSBURG
THANKING JUSTICE GINSBURG FOR
PRESENTATION
SUPREME COURT OF THE U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C.
MARCH 22, 2002
10 MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
GRADUATING CLASS
COLLEGE OF LAW
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A GREAT
LAWYER


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NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2002
15 MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
OF FLORIDA
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 ATTACK, ETC.
EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FLORIDA
SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2002
15 MINUTES


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
ACLU FUND OF THE NATIONAL
CAPITAL AREA
RECIPIENT OF THE EDGERTON AWARD
HYATT REGENCY CAPITAL HILL
WASHINGTON, D.C.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2002
5 MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
THE INSTALLATION OF THE
HONORABLE HARRY LEE INSTEAD
OF THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT
THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2002
21 MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
AMERICAN JUDICATURE SOCIETY
ACCEPTANCE OF 2002 JUSTICE AWARD
RENAISSANCE MIAMI
BISCAYNE BAY HOTEL
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2002

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
THE WELLNESS COMMUNITY GREATER
MIAMI HEART & STAR AWARD DINNER
THE BILTMORE HOTEL
CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2002


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IN HONOR OF FLETCHER RUSH (WHO
DIED MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2003)
THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST
CHURCH, ORLANDO, FLORIDA
EULOGY FUNERAL
CEREMONY OF FLETCHER RUSH
JANUARY 10, 2003
FIVE MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
THE FLORIDA BAR
PUBLIC INTEREST SECTION
LUNCHEON
HYATT REGENCY
MIAMI, FLORIDA
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE
PERFORMANCE OF PUBLIC
SERVICE BY FLORIDA LAWYERS
FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2003
15 MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
FRIENDS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW AND
FRIENDS OF DANIEL PEARSON
FACULTY CONFERENCE ROOM-
FOURTH FLOOR, LAW LIBRARY
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
PRESENTATION BY THE CENTER FOR
ETHICS AND PUBLIC SERVICE OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2003
TEN MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
FLORIDA IMMIGRANT ADVOCACY
CENTER AWARD DINNER
INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL
MIAMI, FLORIDA
AWARD ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2003
TWO MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
CEREMONIAL SESSION OF THE
SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA FOR
THE FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE


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LEADER SHAW ORAL HISTORY
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ORLANDO, FLORIDA
DATE: FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2003
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CHESTERFIELD SMITH
SENIOR PARTNER
HOLLAND & KNIGHT LLP



ATTENDEES OF STEPHEN C.
O'CONNELL'S FUNERAL




APRIL 18, 2001 (WEDNESDAY)


BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH
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GOVERNOR LEROY COLLINS SAID THAT "STEPHEN


C. O'CONNELL PERSONIFIES WHAT I LIKED TO FIND


IN ALL OUR PEOPLE: A KEEN MIND A LOVE OF


GOD AND COUNTRY STERLING CHARACTER AND


INTEGRITY COMPASSION A RESPECT FOR THE


RIGHTS OF ALL PEOPLE -AND A NEW VISION OF


WHAT OUR STATE COULD BECOME.


ALL THESE


VALUES ARE REFLECTED BY STEVE O'CONNELL WITH


A PERSONALITY OF RARE AND SPARKLING WIT AND


ENDURING CHARM."


GOOD MORNING I CHESTERFIELD SMITH -


CAN THINK OF NO BETTER WORDS TO DESCRIBE A


BETTER PERSON STEVE O'CONNELL MY







WONDERFUL FRIEND MY CONFIDANTE MY


FELLOW LAWYER AND INDISPUTABLY ONE OF


FLORIDA'S GREAT JURISTS.


I AM SINGULARLY


PLEASED TO HONOR WITH YOU TODAY THE


WONDERFUL LIFE OF THE 53RD JUSTICE OF THE


FLORIDA SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE STEPHEN


O'CONNELL.


YOU AND I QUITE OBVIOUSLY WERE


PRIVILEGED TO HAVE KNOWN SUCH A WONDERFUL


PERSON ONE OF MY LIFETIME BEST FRIENDS.


STEVE O'CONNELL LED A FULL AND HAPPY LIFE -


HE RECEIVED MULTIPLE ACCOLADES UNCEASING


AWARDS AND UNYIELDING HONORS DURING HIS








LIFE IN ALL SEGMENTS OF HIS 85-YEAR LIFE -


AND UNQUESTIONABLY AND INDISPUTABLY HE


EARNED EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM.


I AM


VERY HAPPY TO THANK YOU MY DEAR FRIEND -


CINDY -


FOR, AS HIS WIFE, INVITING ME TO


SPEAK ABOUT MY MAGNIFICENT FRIEND.


OF COURSE, I KNEW STEVE IN MANY


CAPACITIES EVEN THOUGH HE WAS 18 MONTHS MY


SENIOR, WE ATTENDED COLLEGE TOGETHER IN 1934.


I COULD SHARE MUCH WITH YOU ABOUT STEVE IN


THOSE 67 INTERVENING YEARS BUT I AM A


LAWYER AND MY LIFE WAS,


IS AND WILL BE


CONTINUING IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW I WILL








THUS SIMPLY SHARE WITH YOU MEMORIES OF


STEVE O'CONNELL AS A FLORIDA SUPREME COURT


JUSTICE AND OH WHAT A JUSTICE HE WAS.


IN 1955, GOVERNOR LEROY COLLINS APPOINTED


STEVE O'CONNELL TO THE FLORIDA SUPREME


COURT.


IT WAS, IN MY OPINION, ONE OF THE


GREATEST ACTS OF ONE OF FLORIDA'S GREAT


GOVERNORS. STEVE SIMPLY AND INDISPUTABLY -


WAS A GREAT SUPREME COURT JUSTICE.


HE WAS


AS A JUSTICE EXACTLY WHAT GOVERNOR COLLINS


SOUGHT.


ON THE SUPREME COURT STEVE O'CONNELL


REPRESENTED THE WORLD WAR II GENERATION







AND A SPIRIT OF REFORM DETERMINED TO CLEAN


UP AND SWEEP UP FLORIDA POLITICS. AS A


JUSTICE STEVE O'CONNELL SOUGHT DECENCY


AND HONESTY.


HE WAS A LOVER OF THE LAW


WITHOUT RESERVATION AS WAS REFLECTED IN


HIS TREMENDOUS NOBLE AND SUCCESSFUL


EFFORTS THEREAFTER TO IMPROVE THE JUSTICE


SYSTEM.


STEVE O'CONNELL'S JUDICIAL EFFORTS WERE


CONCENTRATED ON TWO THINGS WITH RESPECT TO


THE COURT:


FIRST WAS HIS EFFORT TO PROTECT


THE JURISDICTIONAL APPELLATE LINES WHEN


THREE NEW DISTRICT COURTS OF APPEAL WERE







CREATED IN 1957 TO ASSUME A PORTION OF THE


APPELLATE JURISDICTION OF THE STATE COURT


SYSTEM SECOND HIS UNYIELDING WORK ON THE


JUDICIAL COUNCIL OF FLORIDA TO HELP IN THE


CONTINUING REFORM OF THE FLORIDA JUDICIAL


SYSTEM AND TO BRING JUDICIAL AND LEGAL


PROFESSIONALISM TO THE FOREFRONT OF THE


FLORIDA JUSTICE SYSTEM BY SEPARATING THE


COURTS AND THE JUDICIARY FROM POLITICS.


AS AN ASIDE, HE HAD TWO LAWYERS WHO


USED REPEATEDLY IN HIS WORK AS CHAIRMAN


HE


OF


THE JUDICIAL COUNCIL OF FLORIDA TO ACHIEVE


THE JUDICIAL REFORMS AND IMPROVEMENT DURING








HIS 4-YEAR SERVICE ONE JUST A YOUNG AND


ARDENT PENSACOLA LAWYER WHO WAS A MEMBER


OF THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE REUBEN ASKEW -


AND AN OLDER AND LARGER LAWYER FROM POLK


COUNTY HYPER-ACTIVE IN THE FLORIDA BAR -


CHESTERFIELD SMITH.


RUEBEN AND I TRULY WERE


HIS BOYS THEN NOW AND FOREVER.


EARLY ON STEVE'S MOTTO STEVE'S GOAL -


WAS "TO BE ON THE COURT A GOOD CITIZEN."


HE


WAS HE WAS HE WAS FOR HIS ENTIRE


JUDICIAL LIFE.


ONE OF THE MEMORABLE LETTERS THAT STEVE


O'CONNELL RECEIVED RECENTLY WAS FROM A







DADE CITY LAWYER JOE MCCLAIN DATED


MAY 5, 2000 LESS THAN ONE YEAR AGO.


MCCLAIN SAID THE FOLLOWING:


"WHEN I HAD


ONLY BEEN PRACTICING A SHORT TIME I HAD A


CASE THAT WAS APPEALED TO THE FLORIDA


SUPREME COURT.


LIKE MOST YOUNG LAWYERS


APPEARING BEFORE THAT AUGUST BODY I WAS


ALMOST CONSUMED BY FRIGHT.


WHEN I WENT TO


THE PODIUM WITH KNEES SHAKING I LOOKED UP


AND ONE OF THE JUSTICES SMILED AND WINKED


AT ME.


THAT SMALL GESTURE GAVE ME GREAT


COMFORT AND I MANAGED TO GET THROUGH MY


ORAL ARGUMENT WITHOUT PASSING OUT.


JUSTICE








O'CONNELL YOU WERE THAT JUSTICE AND I


HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN THAT ACT OF KINDNESS


THROUGHOUT MY CAREER. "


STEVE O'CONNELL LED BY EXAMPLE ON THE


SUPREME COURT HE EXHIBITED HIS GOODNESS -


HIS KINDNESS HIS PROFESSIONALISM AND HIS


WISDOM AT ALL TIMES TO ALL PEOPLE -


EVERYWHERE.


HE PROFOUNDLY IMPACTED THE


LIVES OF YOUNG LAWYERS SENIOR LAWYERS -


AND MIDDLE LAWYERS STUDENTS OTHER


JUSTICES AND FRIENDS AND FRIENDS AND


LIKE MYSELF AND THOUSANDS OF OTHERS. HE


WAS REVERED ON THE SUPREME COURT BY EACH








OF HIS FELLOW JUSTICES FOR HIS COMMITMENT


AND FIRM DEVOTION ALWAYS TO THE RULE OF


LAW AND ITS PRINCIPLES.


A FELLOW JUSTICE CHIEF JUSTICE CAMPBELL


THORNAL ONCE SAID:


"STEVE O'CONNELL


AN ABIDING FAITH IN THE RULE OF LAW AS THE


ULTIMATE ARBITER BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG.


HE INSISTED THAT INEFFICIENCY IN THE


ADMINISTRATION OF THE JUDICIAL PROCESS


TENDED TO CORRUPT THE LAW AS A CANON OF


TRUTH.


IN HIS VIEW IT GENERATES PUBLIC


SUSPICIONS OF THE VERY FOUNDATION OF


HIS DECISIONS WERE COMPLETELY


HAD


GOVERNMENT.








HE LISTENED COURTEOUSLY TO


DISAGREEMENT WITH HIS VIEW BUT WHEN


CONVINCED THAT HE [WAS] RIGHT HE CLUNG TO


HIS POSITION WITH THE TENACITY THAT TYPIFIES


HIS IRISH FOREBEARS."


STEVE O'CONNELL WAS NONPAREIL IN


CHARACTER COMMITMENT PRINCIPLE AND


EXAMPLE.


YOU AND I ARE AMONG THE MILLIONS


OF FLORIDIANS WHO WERE FORTUNATE TO HAVE


SHARED IN HIS LIFE.


OUR LIVES THE FLORIDA


COURT SYSTEM OUR LAW OUR GREAT STATE


OF FLORIDA ARE ALL BETTER BECAUSE OF


I AM HONORED TO HAVE


IMPERSONAL.


STEVE O'CONNELL.








KNOWN STEVE SO WELL FOR SO LONG.


KNOW HOW LUCKY AND WONDERFUL IT WAS FOR


STEVE TO HAVE SHARED HIS LIFE HIS LOVE -


HIS GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS TOO WITH HIS


WONDERFUL WIFE CINDY. SHE WILL


GOODBYE GREAT CHIEF JUSTICE


CARRY


ON.


- GOODBYE.


THE END


I ALSO







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LAW DAY EVENT




MAY 1, 2001


UNIVERSITY CENTER, FLORIDA STATE
UNIVERSITY
TALLAHASSEE, FL
5:00 TO 9:00 P.M.


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I CHESTERFIELD SMITH WAS BORN


LONG AGO IN ARCADIA FLORIDA AS WAS MY


FIRST COUSIN PRESENT HERE TODAY LT.


COLONEL RICHARD MCSWAIN SMITH ALSO BORN IN


ARCADIA FLORIDA ABOUT FIVE YEARS AFTER I


PERSONALLY HAD COME INTO THIS WORLD. YOUNG


RICHARD SMITH HAD ALSO THREE OLDER


BROTHERS HAROLD SMITH MY EXACT AGE -


GEORGE SMITH FOUR YEARS OLDER THAN ME -


AND RUPERT SMITH, JR. SIX YEARS OLDER THAN


ME AND ALSO AS HIS PARENTS MY DYNAMIC


UNCLE RUPERT SMITH AND MY WONDERFUL AUNT


KATE ALL OF WHOM TOGETHER MADE UP THE


HELLO!








MOST DOMINANT RELATIVE GROUP IN THE SMITH


FAMILY.


SO I AM VERY HONORED TO BE HERE


TO JOIN ALL OF YOU IN HONORING MY COUSIN -


LT. COLONEL RICHARD SMITH AND HIS WIFE


MADELINE. I ALSO AM HONORED TO PARTICIPATE


IN ANY OCCASION INVOLVING THE DELIVERY OF


LEGAL SERVICES BY LEGAL SERVICES OF NORTH


FLORIDA, INC. WHICH IS AND LONG HAS BEEN -


QUITE CLEARLY A SPECIAL LEGAL ORGANIZATION


WHICH HAS SERVED AND CONTINUES TO SERVE


LEGALLY A VERY UNDERPRIVILEGED SEGMENT OF


OUR POPULATION IN THIS PARTICULAR GEOGRAPHIC


AREA. I SAY TODAY: IT IS MY STRONG BELIEF








THAT ANY PROGRAM OF LEGAL SERVICES OF


NORTH FLORIDA, INC. IS WORTHY AND DESERVING


OF THE SUPPORT OF ALL LAWYERS IN THIS AREA-


- AND I OF COURSE AM ESPECIALLY PROUD AND


PLEASED TO BE HERE WHEN THAT EVENT BY


SURPRISE IS FOR LEGAL SERVICES OF NORTH


FLORIDA, INC. TO HONOR AND TO CELEBRATE THE


SUCCESS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF MY LAWYER -


DEAR FRIEND FIRST COUSIN COLONEL


RICHARD MCSWAIN SMITH.


THERE IS NOT ANYONE


IN THE SMITH FAMILY SO DESERVING OF AN


AWARD FOR PERFORMING DISTINGUISHED PRO


BONO LEGAL SERVICES THAN IS HE.








RICHARD MCSWAIN SMITH BORN FIVE YEARS


AFTER HIS BROTHER HAROLD STANHOPE SMITH


AND I WERE IN 1917 THIRTY DAYS APART AND


FOREVER THEREAFTER RICHARD WAS THE YOUNG


BOY TO HAROLD AND ME HAROLD WHO WAS


ABOUT EXACTLY MY AGE AND WHO SERVED AS


A LONGTIME FLORIDA CIRCUIT JUDGE AND


RICHARD PRACTICED LAW TOGETHER FOR YEARS IN


COLLIER COUNTY HAVING OFFICES IN BOTH


EVERGLADES CITY AND NAPLES.


THE THREE OF US


GRADUATED TOGETHER IN JUNE, 1948 FROM THE


UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA LAW SCHOOL. WE ALL


IMMEDIATELY LOVED THE LAW. HOWEVER THE








VERY PATRIOTIC AND LOYAL AMERICAN THAT


RICHARD WAS LED HIM TO LOVE THE LAW AND TO


RETURN TO THE U. S. AIR FORCE DURING THE


KOREAN WAR AND HE LATER CONCLUDED TO


REMAIN IN THE U. S. AIR FORCE FOR A TOTAL OF


ABOUT 27 YEARS RETIRING TO TALLAHASSEE


ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO. I LIKE HIM NOW I LIKED


HIM THEN I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED HIM AS MUCH


AS I LIKE ANY MALE AMERICAN -EXCEPT FOR


THOSE TWO HERE TODAY WHO ARE ALSO LIKE ME


CALLED CHESTERFIELD.


TO MY KNOWLEDGE AND GRATITUDE RICHARD


SMITH HAS DEDICATED FOR MANY YEARS








SIGNIFICANT AND VALUABLE TIME AND EFFORT TO


HELPING LEGALLY THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THAN


HE SPENDING COUNTLESS HOURS HELPING


LEGALLY THE POOR AND THE ELDERLY.


IT IS


VERY DESERVING- THAT LEGAL SERVICES OF


NORTH FLORIDA, INC. IS ESTABLISHING THE "LT.


COLONEL RICHARD M. SMITH AWARD" IN HIS


HONOR FOR THOSE VOLUNTEERS WHO AFTER HIM


HAVE DEMONSTRATED LOCALLY SIGNIFICANT PRO


BONO WORK DURING THEIR LEGAL CAREER.


IT IS BECAUSE OF THE PERSONAL AND


PROFESSIONAL COMMITMENT OF LAWYERS LIKE


RICHARD SMITH AND HIS FREE PUBLIC LEGAL








SERVICE THAT SUCH LEGAL PROGRAMS ARE


ONGOING TODAY WITH THE UNYIELDING AND


ESSENTIAL BENEFITS WHICH FLOW TO THOSE


INDIGENT CLIENTS SO SERVED.


I MUST SAY THAT THIS PRO BONO AWARD IS


NOT THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT RECOGNITION RICHARD


MCSWAIN SMITH HAS RECEIVED BECAUSE OF HIS


PRO BONO SERVICE.


IN 1989 HE ALSO RECEIVED


THE FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT'S PRO BONO SERVICE


AWARD IN THE 2D JUDICIAL CIRCUIT.


OF COURSE I AM PLEASED AND PROUD OF MY


COUSIN HE IS MY SMITH MALE COUSIN STILL


ALIVE FIRST IN ALMOST ANY WAY THAT I CAN








ENUMERATE MY DEAR FIRST FRIEND COUSIN


FROM ARCADIA AND TALLAHASSEE LT. COLONEL


RICHARD MCSWAIN SMITH.


HE HAS LIVED HIS


VERY FULL LIFE I HAVE SEEN MOST OF IT AS


AN EXAMPLE OF A DEDICATED LAWYER.


CONGRATULATIONS RICHARD MCSWAIN SMITH -


YOUR SMITH


VERY PROUD


FAMILY IS PROUD OF YOU VERY -


OF YOU!







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FLORIDA APPLESEED




MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2001, 6:30 P.M.


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I AM CHESTERFIELD SMITH.


IMPORTANTLY I ALSO AM A PROUD MEMBER AND


SUPPORTER OF THE FLORIDA APPLESEED


FOUNDATION.


I AM VERY PLEASED THAT THE


APPLESEED FOUNDATION HAS ASKED ME TO SHARE


MY THOUGHTS WITH YOU HOW LAWYERS -


ESPECIALLY YOUNG LAWYERS CAN GET EVERMORE


INVOLVED IN PRO BONO ADVOCACY ESPECIALLY


WITH APPLESEED.


I HAVE BEEN A LAWYER FOR WELL OVER 50


YEARS.


FOR MUCH OF THAT TIME I OFTEN


HAVE BEEN EXTENSIVELY INVOLVED IN PUBLIC LAW


INTEREST LAW ADVOCACY.


HELLO!


ALTHOUGH PUBLIC








INTEREST LAW ADVOCACY USUALLY LACKS


PERSONAL FINANCIAL REWARD THE PERSONAL


REWARDS OF HAVING BEEN INVOLVED IN


REPRESENTING ANOTHER PERSON WHO REALLY


NEEDS LEGAL HELP OR SUPPORTING VIGOROUSLY


A GOOD PUBLIC CAUSE IS INFINITELY BOUNDLESS.


FOR ME THE TIMES THAT I HAVE BEEN ABLE


AS A LAWYER TO HELP SOMEONE ELSE PRO BONO


HAVE BEEN EXTRAORDINARILY PERSONALLY


PLEASING.


UNEQUIVOCALLY PUBLIC INTEREST ADVOCACY


HAS HELPED SHAPE BENEFICIALLY MY LEGAL LIFE


- AND IT CAN DO THE SAME FOR EACH YOU -








WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THE YOUNGER


LAWYERS.


IT IS THE SINCERE HOPE OF BOTH


THE APPLESEED FOUNDATION AND ME THAT MORE


OF OUR YOUNG LAWYERS WILL GET HEAVIER AND


HEAVIER INVOLVED IN PUBLIC INTEREST LEGAL


ADVOCACY.


AS A LAWYER I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED


THAT GOOD LAWYERS OUGHT TO ADVOCATE


PUBLICLY THINGS THAT THEY KNOW MOST ABOUT


AND THINGS IN WHICH THEY PERSONALLY


FAVORABLY BELIEVE.


SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU ARE


HERE I CONSIDER EACH OF YOU TO BE A GOOD


PERSON A GOOD CITIZEN AND A LAWYER IN








STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL OVER TIME


GET MORE AND MORE INVOLVED IN PUBLIC


INTEREST LAW.


HOW? THERE ARE MANY WAYS!


ONE WAY IS TO BECOME FULL TIME.


OF


COURSE SUCH OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE IN


THE NUMEROUS PUBLIC INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS


THAT CURRENTLY EXIST BUT GENERALLY THE


QUESTION OF A LIVABLE INCOME BECOMES AN


EVER HEAVIER PROBLEM FOR LAWYERS WHO DO A


GREAT AMOUNT OF PRO BONO WORK.


ANOTHER WAY IS TO SIMPLY DEVOTE SOME OF


YOUR TIME PART OF YOUR TIME TO


ADVOCATING A PARTICULAR CAUSE OR CLIENT -








WHETHER YOU WORK OTHERWISE AS A PRACTICING


LAWYER FOR COMPENSATION OR NOT.


YOU CAN ALSO BE A PUBLIC INTEREST LAWYER


EVEN THOUGH YOU WORK FULL TIME AT A


LAW FIRM FOR A SALA


ALLOW ENCOURAGE


MOST LAW FIRMS


AND AT LEAST PARTIALLY


COMPENSATE THEIR YOUNG LAWYERS FOR


DEVOTING AND VOLUNTEERING SOME OF THEIR


TIME TO THE MANY GOOD LEGAL CAUSES THAT


EXIST IN OUR CONTENTIOUS SOCIETY AND THAT


ALWAYS NEED TALENTED LAWYERS TO HELP PUSH


THAT CAUSE JUST OR UNJUST.








YOU MAY OF COURSE BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE


NOT THE TYPE OF LAWYER WHO FEELS


COMFORTABLE ADVOCATING IN TRYING CASES -


WELL YOU COULD THEN DECIDE TO RESEARCH


ON AN ISSUE FOR LITIGATORS OR IN WRITING FOR


THE ADVOCATES ABOUT THE WORTHINESS OF A


PARTICULAR CASE OR CAUSE.


PUBLIC INTEREST ADVOCACY ALSO ALWAYS


NEEDS YOUNG LAWYERS AND OLD LAWYERS WHO


ARE TALENTED IN RAISING FUNDS TO SUPPORT A


PARTICULAR CAUSE OR TO ADVOCATE A LEGAL


POSITION ON BEHALF OF A PARTICULAR GROUP OF


PERSONS IN FACT NO PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION








IS MORE IMPORTANT TO PUBLIC INTEREST LAW


THAN FUNDRAISING.


SIMPLY PUT SO MANY WAYS AND MEANS


EXIST FOR EACH OF US TO BE DOERS AND GO-


GETTERS SUPPORTING PUBLIC INTEREST ADVOCACY


THAT OUR ONLY DIFFICULTY IS DECIDING WHAT


ROLE SUITS US BEST.


IT JUST TAKES AN


UNYIELDING WILLINGNESS TO HELP LEGALLY THOSE


LESS FORTUNATE BY PARTICIPATION IN THOSE


ENDLESS AND INNUMERABLE CAUSES THAT ARE SO


OFTEN UNDERFUNDED AND OVERLOOKED.


FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE BEEN


FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BECOME LAWYERS I








BELIEVE THAT IT IS OUR UNYIELDING OBLIGATION -


INDEED OUR NEVER-ENDING CIVIC AND


PROFESSIONAL DUTY AS PRIVATE CITIZENS WHO


HAPPEN TO BE TRIAL LAWYERS TO CONTRIBUTE


TIME AND MONEY AND EFFORT TO HELP OTHERS


IN OUR COURT SYSTEM.


I SAY TO EACH OF YOU


- COMMIT YOURSELF ALWAYS TO HELP OTHERS -


CHOOSE YOUR CAUSE THEN JUST DO IT -


FOREVER AND FOREVER! PRO BONO PUBLIC -


FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD.





THANK YOU.







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FLORIDA SUPREME COURT HISTORICAL
SOCIETY
THE FLORIDA BAR ANNUAL MEETING




THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2001


ORLANDO WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT
ORLANDO, FLORIDA


8 MINUTES


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KNOWING EVEN LOVING NANCY DOBSON


LONG AND AS MUCH AS I HAVE IT'S HARD TO


SAY ONLY


A FEW WORDS ABOUT HER IT'S HARD


TO DEFINE HER GREATNESS AT THE FLORIDA


SUPREME COURT HISTORICAL SOCIETY INDEED -


IT'S HARD JUST TO


SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT


NANCY DOBSON'S INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCES


SINCE THEY ARE UNCEASING UNYIELDING -


UNEQUALED AND UNFLAPPABLE. SHE AS THE


ONE INDIVIDUAL MOST COMPETENT TO ME IN THE


WORK OF OUR SOCIETY REPRESENTS FAR FAR


- TOO MANY THINGS DOES FAR FAR TOO


MUCH.


AS








IMMEDIATELY OF COURSE A FEW THINGS


COME TO MIND ABOUT NANCY DOBSON.


SHE IS


DEVOTED TO DETAIL SHE HAS UNFAILING


COURTESY AND KINDNESS SHE KNOWS HOW TO


NAVIGATE AROUND AND MANAGE GIGANTIC


EGOS SHE LOVES HISTORICAL MINUTIA AND


SHE IS AN AVID TRAVELER.


MOST OF ALL SHE


IS A DEVOTED WIFE OF A HUSBAND SHE LOVES -


JACK DOBSON AND A HALLOWED -


CONSCIENTIOUS AND UNYIELDING MOTHER AND A


LOVELY STILL YOUNG AND VERY ATTRACTIVE


WOMAN TO OLD MEN LIKE BOB ERVIN MARK


HULSEY RUSSELL TROUTMAN REECE SMITH -








DEXTER DOUGLAS LEWIS HALL AND ME AND


DARN IT MULTIPLE MULTIPLE OTHERS.


OF COURSE I HAVE THOUGHT LONG AND


HARD ABOUT WHAT ONE WORD MAY


BEST


DESCRIBE NANCY DOBSON TO THE "T"


- HOW BEST


CAN I IN A FEW MINUTES SHOW EVERYONE HERE


JUST HOW REMARKABLE LIFE EXPERIENCE IT IS TO


WORK ON A PROJECT WITH NANCY DOBSON -


LIKE A HISTORICAL SOCIETY.


WHAT ONE WORD


COULD SUM HER UP AFTER THE CLOSE AND


UNYIELDING LONG FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN NANCY


DOBSON AND ME.








AFTER MUCH CONSIDERATION I CAME UP


WITH WHAT I FELT WAS THE ONE BEST WORD:


PRESERVATIONIST.


BUT THEN -


UNFORTUNATELY -


WHEN I LOOKED UP THE WORD "PRESERVATIONIST"


IN THE DICTIONARY IT READS: "ONE WHO


ADVOCATES -


AND ADVOCATES UNYIELDINGLY -


PRESERVATION." STILL IT MAY BE THE BEST


WORD.


IN MY MANY YEARS OF KNOWING NANCY


DOBSON SHE UNEQUIVOCALLY HAS PRESERVED


MANY PROBABLY MORE VERY HISTORICAL AND


SPECIAL THINGS IN OUR WONDERFUL STATE THAN


ANY OTHER FLORIDIAN.








YOU AND I KNOW HER WELL AND BEST OF


COURSE AS A PRESERVATIONIST OF OUR SUPREME


COURT.


SHE HAS DEDICATED ABOUT 15


WONDERFUL AND TIRESOME YEARS SOMETIMES


EXCITING BUT MOST OFTEN BORING YEARS -


TO PRESERVING ITS HISTORY AND IMPORTANTLY


THAT OF THE JUSTICES OF THE FLORIDA SUPREME


COURT.


PERHAPS EVEN PROBABLY SHE DID


THIS PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF HER LOVE AND


COMMITMENT TO THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT AS


AN ENTITY.


NEVERTHELESS AFTER MANY


PERSONAL ENCOUNTERS WITH HER I SIMPLY


HAVE CONCLUDED THAT I DO NOT KNOW WHAT








MAKES NANCY DOBSON DO WHAT SHE HAS DONE -


OR WHAT I NOW BELIEVE THAT SHE WILL ALWAYS


DO RETIRED OR NOT.


YOU MAY ALSO KNOW NANCY DOBSON AS A


PRESERVATIONIST FOR THE CITY OF TALLAHASSEE.


SHE HAS SPENT YEARS PRESERVING THE HISTORY


OF TALLAHASSEE LEON COUNTY THE UNION


BANK NOW KNOWN AS THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN


BANK THE TALLAHASSEE STREETS THE


CULTURAL CONSERVATION DISTRICTS THE OLD


FLORIDA STATE CAPITOL BUILDING SIMPLY PUT -


BOTH THE EXTREMELY RICH


SHE HAS PRESERVED








HISTORY OF TALLAHASSEE OUR STATE'S CAPITAL


- AND OUR STATE JUSTICE SYSTEM.


PERHAPS YOU BEST KNOW NANCY DOBSON AS


A PRESERVATIONIST FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.


NANCY DOBSON HAS SPENT PRECIOUS AND


VALUABLE TIE I GETTING THE ENVIRONMENTAL


ORDINANCES OF LEON COUNTY ADOPTED.


FOR HER


WONDERFUL WORKS SHE WAS QUITE


UNDERSTANDABLY LATER APPOINTED BY THE LEON


COUNTY COMMISSION TO SERVE ON THE


ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS COMMITTEE.


NANCY DOBSON HAS ALSO BEEN EVEN MORE A


PRESERVATIONIST OF THE RICH DIVERSE HISTORY








OF HER HOME TOWN TALLAHASSEE.


EXAMPLE SHE DEDICATED


ABOUT 5 YEARS OF


HER LIFE TO PRESERVE THE JOHN G. RILEY


HOUSE ONE OF THE FEW HOMES BUILT IN THE


19TH CENTURY BY A BLACK MAN AS HIS HOME -


ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.


THIS FLORIDA SUPREME COURT HISTORICAL


SOCIETY BREAKFAST IN HONOR OF NANCY DOBSON


IS OF COURSE SO VERY BEFITTING.


AT BEST IT


IS ONLY A VERY SMALL THANK YOU FOR THE


TREMENDOUS TIME EFFORT AND LOVE THAT


NANCY DOBSON HAS GIVEN ALL OF US YOU -


FOR








ME TALLAHASSEE THE FLORIDA SUPREME


COURT -


OUR SOCIETY.


SHE ALSO PRESERVED THE ORIGINAL


PORTRAITS OF THE ANCIENT JUSTICES OF THE


SUPREME COURT HANGING IN THE OLD CAPITOL


BUILDING AND THE REPRODUCTIONS THEREOF


HANGING IN THE SUPREME COURT CHAMBERS -


SHE STARTED AND CONTINUED THE ORAL HISTORY


PROGRAMS OF DECEASED JUSTICES THERE HAVE


BEEN 18 ORAL HISTORY PROGRAMS TO DATE.


PERHAPS MOST DIFFICULT OF ALL WAS THE


ORIGINAL INSTITUTION OF THE FLORIDA SUPREME


COURT HISTORICAL SOCIETY. SHE WAS ITS SECOND








PRESIDENT SERVING FROM 1984 TO 1986. ALTHOUGH


BOB ERVIN HELPED HER A LOT SHE ALMOST


ALONE ESTABLISHED THE WRITTEN "HISTORY OF


THE SUPREME COURT." SHE AND BOB ERVIN


TOGETHER CAME UP WITH WALTER MANLEY, JR. -


WHOSE WORK AS AUTHOR OF VOLUME ONE IN MY


JUDGMENT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN IMPROVED.


NANCY DOBSON OF COURSE CONTINUOUSLY HELPED


WALTER MANLEY ASSEMBLE THE NECESSARY


MATERIALS AND THEY ARE EVEN NOW WORKING


ON THE REMAINING NEEDED MATERIALS FOR THE


ADDITIONAL VOLUMES TO BRING THE WRITTEN


SUPREME COURT HISTORY TO DATE. I AM CERTAIN








THAT NANCY DOBSON IS STILL NOW HELPING


WALTER MANLEY AND I BELIEVE THAT SHE WILL


HELP HIM UNTIL SHE LEAVES US AND THIS WORLD


FOREVER.


THANK YOU NANCY DOBSON YOU WILL BE


ALWAYS MISSED YOU WILL NEVER BE REPLACED


- YOU ALWAYS WILL BE OUR "PRESERVATIONIST!!!" -


YOU WILL ALWAYS BE OUR VOLUNTEER.


AND ALWAYS ALL OF US WILL ADORE AND


LOVE YOU.


I PLEDGE IT FOR ME I PLEDGE IT


FOR THE OTHERS HERE TODAY WHO LOOK AT YOU


NOW WITH A SMILING FACE AND A WARM AND


TINGLING HEART. LOVELY WONDERFUL -








NONPAREIL NANCY DOBSON ALWAYS WE WILL


REMEMBER THE UNMATCHED AND THE UNEQUAL.


GOODBYE DEAREST ONE. GOODBYE TO THE


"PRESERVATIONIST."


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MIAMI, FLORIDA



FLORIDA CHAPTER
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRIAL LAWYERS




FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2001


THE FLORIDA BAR ANNUAL MEETING
ORLANDO WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT
ORLANDO, FLORIDA


10 MINUTES


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"PRINCIPLES TO BE FOLLOWED BY FELLOWS
OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE
OF TRIAL LAWYERS"


FOR MANY, MANY YEARS, I HAVE CONSIDERED IT A

PERSONAL HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO BE A FELLOW OF

THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRIAL LAWYERS. AS

HONORED TRIAL LAWYERS EACH OF US OWE A UNIQUE

RESPONSIBILITY TO THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND TO

OUR CLIENTS. WE ARE NOT ONLY LAWYERS WE OFTEN

ARE ALSO THEIR CAREFULLY SELECTED PERSONAL

ADVOCATES.

AS FELLOWS OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF

TRIAL LAWYERS WE MY SISTER AND BROTHER

FELLOWS HAVE ALWAYS GOVERNED OURSELVES

CAREFULLY AND ETHICALLY IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW

- AND SO IT IS THAT WE ARE TONIGHT SITTING -

LISTENING AND DRINKING AMONGST A SELECT

GROUP OF PEER TRIAL LAWYERS WHO TOO HAVE BEEN

RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS

TO THE LEGAL PROFESSION THE JUDICIAL SECTOR








AND THE PUBLIC BOTH AS LAWYERS AND AS

ADVOCATES.

A LAWYER OF COURSE IS AN OFFICER OF THE

PUBLIC LEGAL SYSTEM AND ALSO A PUBLIC CITIZEN

HAVING A SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE QUEST FOR

JUSTICE. A LAWYER'S DUTIES EXTEND FAR BEYOND HIS

OR HER CLIENT: FIRST TO THE ENTIRE JUSTICE SYSTEM

- AND SECOND TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST. FIRST A

LAWYER IS AN "OFFICER OF THE COURT" WHO BY THAT

VERY DEFINITION AT A MINIMUM IS A PARTICIPANT A

SEMI-OFFICIAL PARTICIPANT IN THE PUBLIC

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE.

SECOND THE LAWYER AS AN ADVOCATE IS QUITE

DIFFERENT TRAINED IN LOGIC TRAINED IN THE

TECHNICAL RULES AND TRAINED IN THE HISTORICAL

COURT PRECEDENTS. THE LAWYER AS AN ADVOCATE

FOCUSES ALMOST ENTIRELY ON A PARTICULAR SET OF

FACTS AND FAIRLY AND ETHICALLY ORGANIZES AND








PRESENTS THOSE FACTS IN FURTHERANCE OF A CLIENT'S

PARTICULAR GOALS.

THUS THESE DUAL ROLES ADVOCATE AND PUBLIC

OFFICIAL CAN AND OFTEN DO COME INTO CONFLICT -

- PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE BOTH LAWYERS BY

PROFESSION AND ADVOCATES BY CHOICE. AS A SENIOR

MEMBER OF ONE OF AMERICA'S LARGE LAW FIRMS IT IS

QUITE COMMON NOW FOR MANY OF MY FIRM'S

LAWYERS AFTER BEING SWORN IN AS A LAWYER TO

NEVER AGAIN STEP INTO THE COURTROOM IN BEHALF OF

A CLIENT NOT EVEN ONCE. NEVER NEVER HAVE THEY

ONCE SAID: "MAY IT PLEASE THE COURT" OR "MAY I

APPROACH THE BENCH." AS FELLOWS OF THE AMERICAN

COLLEGE OF TRIAL LAWYERS HOWEVER -THOSE OF US

HERE TONIGHT EACH OF US LONG AGO HAVE CHOSEN

TO BE BOTH ADVOCATES AND LAWYERS.

THE DUAL ROLE THAT WE AS FELLOWS OF THE

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRIAL LAWYERS PLAY IN

PARTICULAR MUST THUS BE EVER PRESENT IN OUR








MINDS. BOTH THE LAWYER AND THE PUBLIC MUST

ALWAYS BE CONFIDENT THAT IT IS THE LAWYER'S ROLE AS

OFFICER OF THE COURT WHICH WILL ALWAYS "TRUMP"

THE ADVOCATE'S ROLE BOTH IN PRINCIPLE AND IN

ACTUAL PRACTICE. NEVERTHELESS THE ADVOCATE'S

ROLE REMAINS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO OUR JUSTICE

SYSTEM AND MOST IMPORTANT TO OUR CLIENTS.

IT IS FOR THESE REASONS THAT I TONIGHT PUFFILY

PONTIFICATE TO EXPERIENCED AND EXPERT TRIAL

LAWYERS THAT BEFORE UNDERTAKING AN ADVERSARIAL

REPRESENTATION IN LITIGATION ALWAYS MAKE BOTH

POTENTIAL AND ACTUAL CLIENTS AWARE IN ADVANCE

THAT LAWYERS ABOVE ALL ELSE UNIQUELY OWE THE

JUSTICE SYSTEM ALWAYS PERSONAL DIGNITY -

INTEGRITY INDEPENDENCE AND RESPECT.

* AS BOTH LAWYERS AND ADVOCATES WE OF COURSE

SHOULD ALWAYS ENDEAVOR TO ACHIEVE THE CLIENT'S

LAWFUL OBJECTIVES IN LITIGATION AS QUICKLY AND

ECONOMICALLY AS POSSIBLE. IN THAT REGARD WE








MUST ADVISE THE CLIENT REGARDING THE

AVAILABILITY OF MEDIATION AND OTHER ALTERNATIVE

METHODS WHICH MAY SOMETIMES RESOLVE DISPUTES

EVEN MORE QUICKLY AND ECONOMICALLY THAN A

TRIAL. WE MUST ALSO ENSURE THAT ALL LITIGANTS

HAVE UNFAILING ACCESS TO COMPETENT LEGAL

REPRESENTATION REGARDLESS OF WEALTH OR

POSITION IN LIFE.

* WE OWE TO ADVERSE PARTIES AND WITNESSES

COURTESY FAIRNESS AND DUE CONSIDERATION. WE

CANNOT ENGAGE IN ABUSIVE OR OFFENSIVE CONDUCT -

AND WE CANNOT ACQUIESCE TO THE CLIENT'S

DEMAND TO DO SO. WE MUST ADVISE THE CLIENT THAT

ACTIONS WHICH ARE WITHOUT MERIT OR WHICH ARE

INTENDED PRIMARILY TO HARASS OR DRAIN THE

FINANCIAL RESOURCES OF THE OPPOSING PARTY OR

WHICH ARE INTENDED PRIMARILY FOR DELAY WILL

NOT BE PURSUED BY US. WE OWE TO OPPOSING

COUNSEL COURTESY REASONABLE COOPERATION -








AND SCRUPULOUS OBSERVANCE OF ALL AGREEMENTS

AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDINGS.

* WE SHOULD BE COURTEOUS AND PROMPT OVER

MATTERS OF FORM OR STYLE CONCENTRATING ONLY

ON MATTERS OF SUBSTANCE.

* WE MUST AGREE TO REASONABLE REQUESTS FOR

WAIVERS OF PROCEDURAL FORMALITIES PROVIDED

LEGITIMATE OBJECTIVES OF THE CLIENT WILL NOT BE

ADVERSELY AFFECTED.

* WE OWE JUDGES RESPECT DILIGENCE CANDOR -

PUNCTUALITY AND PROTECTION AGAINST UNJUST

AND IMPROPER CRITICISM AND ATTACK. THE JUDGE

IS THE SYMBOL OF BOTH THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND

THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE AND WE MUST

REFRAIN FROM CONDUCT THAT DEGRADES THAT

SYMBOL.

* WE MUST ALWAYS CONDUCT OURSELVES IN COURT

IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER DEMONSTRATING

RESPECT FOR BOTH THE COURT AND THE LAW. WE








WILL TREAT THE COURT AND MEMBERS OF THE COURT

STAFF WITH COURTESY AND CIVILITY WE WILL NOT

ENGAGE IN ANY CONDUCT WHICH OFFENDS THE

DIGNITY AND DECORUM OF JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS -

AND WE WILL RESPECT ALWAYS THE RULINGS OF THE

COURT. WE WILL NOT KNOWINGLY MISREPRESENT -

MISCHARACTERIZE MISQUOTE OR MISCITE FACTS OR

AUTHORITIES TO THE COURT TO GAIN AN ADVANTAGE.

WE MUST EMPLOY ALL APPROPRIATE LEGAL MEANS TO

PROTECT AND ADVANCE THE CLIENTS' LEGITIMATE

RIGHTS CLAIMS AND OBJECTIVES WITHOUT BEING

DETERRED BY ANY REAL OR IMAGINED FEAR OF

JUDICIAL DISFAVOR OR PUBLIC UNPOPULARITY.

* IN OUR EFFORTS TO RESOLVE CRIMINAL OR CIVIL

DISPUTES WE MUST BE CONSIDERATE OF THE

TIME CONSTRAINTS AND PRESSURES IMPOSED UPON

THE COURT COURT STAFF AND OPPOSING

COUNSEL. WE OWE TO THE LEGAL PROFESSION A

DUTY TO BE BOTH AN EFFECTIVE ADVOCATE AND AN








ETHICAL LAWYER WE MUST DISAGREE WITHOUT

BEING DISAGREEABLE -WE WILL AVOID DISPARAGING

REMARKS TOWARDS OPPOSING COUNSEL AND

OTHERS AND WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT EFFECTIVE

REPRESENTATION DOES NOT REQUIRE ANTAGONISTIC

OR OBNOXIOUS BEHAVIOR.

* WE MUST NEITHER ENCOURAGE NOR KNOWINGLY

PERMIT THE CLIENT OR ANYONE ELSE TO DO

ANYTHING WHICH WOULD BE UNETHICAL OR

IMPROPER IF DONE BY HIS OR HER TRIAL LAWYER.

WE MUST NOT WITHOUT APPARENT GOOD CAUSE -

ATTRIBUTE BAD MOTIVES OR UNETHICAL CONDUCT TO

OPPOSING COUNSEL. WE WILL NOT BRING THE LEGAL

PROFESSION INTO DISREPUTE BY UNFOUNDED

ACCUSATIONS OF IMPROPRIETY. WE MUST NOT BE

INFLUENCED BY ANY ILL FEELING BETWEEN

CLIENTS AND WE WILL ABSTAIN FROM ANY

ILLUSION TO PERSONAL PECULIARITIES OR

IDIOSYNCRASIES OF OPPOSING COUNSEL.








SO INDEED I HERE IN CLOSING REITERATE WE

EACH IN MY BELIEF HAVE GOOD CAUSE TO BE HONORED

- PROUD AND PRIVILEGED TO BE ONE OF THOSE WHO

IS SOCIALIZING WITH THIS PARTICULAR GROUP OF THE

BEST AND BRIGHTEST OF THE FLORIDA TRIAL BAR. I

ACKNOWLEDGE THAT EACH LAWYER IN THIS ROOM HAS

LONG RESPECTED AND FOLLOWED THOSE PROCEDURAL

SUGGESTIONS MADE BY ME BUT I AS AN ANCIENT TRIAL

LAWYER WHO WILL BE 84 YEARS OF AGE AT HIS BIRTHDAY

NEXT MONTH KNOW THAT TRUTH AND VIRTUES ARE

EASILY FORGOTTEN AND THAT IT CAUSES NO HARM FOR

THE AGED TO REPEAT AND REPEAT THEM TIME AND

AGAIN AND AGAIN TO THOSE ACTIVE TRIAL LAWYERS

WHO MUST SUCCESSFULLY CONTINUALLY TO COPE WITH

THE STRESS OF WORKING DILIGENTLY IN COURT TO SEE

THAT THE BEST OF JUSTICE IS OBTAINED UNDER OUR

SYSTEM.

YOU MY FRIENDS LAWYERS WOMEN AND MEN -

ARE TRULY TRULY THUS ALREADY GOOD AND GREAT








FELLOWS OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRIAL

LAWYERS. I KNOW THAT FOR EACH OF YOU BUT I ALSO

FEEL THAT IT DOES NOT HURT TO RAISE WITH YOU AGAIN

- AND AGAIN THE PROBLEMS AND DIFFICULTIES OF

BEING A VERY GOOD INDEED THE BEST TRIAL LAWYER

IN A LEGAL SYSTEM THAT EVERY SINGLE DAY CHANGES

AND CHANGES ITS PRECEPTS AND NEEDS OF CLIENT

REPRESENTATION. I IN CLOSING WARMLY DECLARE: I

PERSONALLY KNOW OF NO GROUP OF TRIAL LAWYERS

THAT I ADMIRE RESPECT PRAISE ENJOY AND HONOR

AS MUCH AS I DO THOSE WHO ARE FELLOWS OF THE

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRIAL LAWYERS.

GOOD NIGHT AND GOODBYE?

MIA1 #1037137 v4







SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH



SPEECH 423











REMARKS OF:






BEFORE:




PLACE:


DATE:


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
SENIOR PARTNER HOLLAND & KNIGHT
MIAMI, FLORIDA




H & K 2001 LAW CLERKS -
TAMPA, LAKELAND, ST. PETERSBURG
AND ORLANDO


H&K 24TH FLOOR BOARDROOM

TAMPA, FLORIDA


TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2001


15 MINUTES


TIME:








BECAUSE ALL OF


SOON TO


BECOME


LAWYERS


THAT


AUTOMATICALLY


BE SOMEBODY


BECAUSE


NEXT YEAR


IN


EACH


AN


YOU


THE


OF


YOU


ATTORNEY


HOLLAND


THAT


& KNIGHT


YOU


WITH


DOES


CERTAINTY


SOMEBODY


PROCLAIM


EACH


POSSIBILITY


POTENTIALLY


A GREAT


OPPORTUNITY


TO


SOMEBODY


DOES


NOT


MEAN


WILL


JUST


BE


EACH


LAW.


MAY


AT


NOT


MEAN


WILL


THE


DO


BE


LAW.


BUT


DOES


EACH


MEAN


HAVE


THAT


YOU


JUST


YOU ARE


BECOME


IN


THE


LAW








OTHER THAN JUST


LAWYER


BUT


A VERY


SUCCESSFUL


WORKING


AND


ACHIEVING


LAWYER


TRULY


WILL


THROUGHOUT


SOMEBODY


ONE


THE


UNIQUE


BE


OUR


IN


RECOGNIZED


COMMUNITY


THE


THING


HALLMARK


LAW.


CLEAR


OF


PROFESSION


AND ALWAYS


-ALWAYS


WILL


PUBLIC


BE


- ITS


SERVICE.


COMMITMENT


NO


OTHER


PROFESSION


NOW


HAS


SO


EXTENSIVE


COMMITMENT.


WHO


AS


TO


THE


ME


LEGAL


HAS


TO


BEEN


SOMEBODY


ANOTHER


PUBLIC


LAWYERS








- LEGITIMATELY


- DO OF COURSE


ALSO SEEK FROM THE


PRACTICE


OF LAW


WEALTH


AND


PERSONAL


POWER


- THE


GOOD


LIFE


PROBABLY


WITH


GOOD


THOSE


FAMILY


TIMES


WHO


SEEK


- HEALTH


WITH


ONLY


- HAPPINESS


FRIENDS


THOSE


- BUT


PERSONAL


REWARDS


WILL MISS MUCH.


WHEN FIFTY


PLUS


YEARS


AGO


I WAS


A YOUNG


BEGINNING


LAWYER


- MOST


LAWYERS


THAT


I KNEW


WELL


ROUTINELY


FOCUSED


ALWAYS


ON


THE


TRADITIONAL


OF THE ADVOCATE:


EVERYWHERE


AND PROPERLY


OBLIGATIONS








- THE OBLIGATION


- THE OBLIGATION

THE LEGAL PR(


THE OBLIGATION


OF PUBLIC


OF SERVICE


SERVICE;


TO


3FESSION;


OF IMPROVING


OUR


SYSTEM


NOW


OF JUSTICE.


OFTEN


SEEMS


PRIMARY


DESIRE


OF


MOST


LAWYERS


PERSONALLY


SUCCESSFUL


FINANCIALLY


A


CHANGE


UNDERSTAND


- BUT FOR


ME


- A CHANGE


PERSONALLY


TO ENDORSE.


OF COURSE


- I FULLY RECOGNIZE


LEGITIMATE


INDIVIDUAL


- AND PROPER


LAWYERS


IN


- INTEREST


DOING


THE


TO


ME


THAT


TO


BE


EASY


VERY


TO


HARD


THE


OF


WELL








- BUT I OFFER


JUST ARE ENTERING


THE LEGAL


PROFESSION


THOUGHTS


EVEN BETTER


ABOUT


REWARDS


OTHER


EQUAL


- MULTIPLE


OR


OTHER


BENEFITS


ASSOCIATED WITH BEING A LAWYER


WITH BECOMING


SOMEBODY


IN THE LAW.


I BELIEVE


FIRST


TO


BE


A GOOD


LAWYER


A PERSON


UTILIZING


IMAGINATION


AND


CREATIVE


CHALLENGING


SHOULD


ENJOY


ABILITIES


THE SOLUTION OF


G INTELLECTUAL


AND


DIFFICULT


PROBLEMS.


THE


GREATEST


PROFESSIONAL


MY


AS


SEE


FINANCIALLY


TO YOU WHO


PLEASURE


THAT


CAN


COME








LAWYER IS TO


THINKING


TRANSLATED


INTO


FAVORABLE


RESULTS


FOR THE CLIENT.


SECOND


LAWYER


HERSELF


- I ALSO


SHOULD


OR


HIMSELF


BELIEVE


MUST


ALWAYS


THAT


PICTURE


AS


RESPECTED


AND INDEPENDENT


PROFESSIONAL


- A PERSON


OF INTEGRITY


ESTABLISHED


DECIDING V


PROFESSIONAL


VHAT SHE OR H


STANDARDS


[E WILL DO


AND WILL NOT DO


- AS A LAWYER.


LAWYER


NEVER


COMPROMISES


- AND PERSONAL


WHO


HAS


FOR


GOOD


TO A GOOD


SEE HARD


PROFESSIONAL


QUALITY








EACH LAWYER


ALWAYS


MUST BE


READY


TO


BE


JUDGED


PROFESSION


PUBLIC


- AND BY HER


- FOR THOSE


PROFESSIONAL


DECISIONS


AND FOR WORK QUALITY.


I HABITUALLY


CONTEND


THAT A LAWYER


CONTINUOUSLY


SHOULD


FOREFRONT


CHANGES


LEGAL


OF


OR


THOSE


SEEKING


REFORMS


PROCESSES


LAWS


THE


NEEDED


- IN


LEGAL


PROFESSION


AND


THE


SOCIETY.


PROFESSIONAL


BY


THE


LEGAL


BY


THE


OR


HIS


PEERS


BE


THE


SATISFACTION.


INDEED


INDEED A


COMMITTED


SHOULD








WORK AT THE


SPORTS


POLITICS


CURRENT


AFFAIRS


EVENTS -


- CHURCH


COMMUNITY


- BOOKS


AND CIVIC


- FIGHTING


ALWAYS


AGAINST


THE


DISEASE


COMPARTMENTALIZATION.


THAT


MANY


LAWYERS


THROUGHOUT


FLORIDA


- HAVE


ALREADY


PLAYED


SIGNIFICANT


ROLES


HUMAN


RIGHTS


ISSUES.


BUT I REITERATE -


THE LEGAL PROFESSION AS IT BECOMES AS


SEE IT EVER MORE ORIENTED TO THE BOTTOM


IS UNDERGOING


ARTS


OF


KNOW


CIVIL


AND


TOTAL AFFAIRS


OF LIVING


LINE


- TRULY


FUNDAMENTAL








AS LAW PRACTICES GET LARGER


AND LARGER AS THE COMPETITION FOR LEGAL


BUSINESS


GETS FIERCER


- AND AS PRESSURES


INCREASE TO FIND ALTERNATIVES TO LITIGATION


FOR RESOLVING


LAWYERS


DISPUTES


MUST CONTINUE


- I BELIEVE


THAT


TO TAKE THE LEAD


"PRO BONO PUBLIC" IN THE AREAS OF CIVIL AND


HUMAN RIGHTS AND THAT A GREAT NUMBER OF


LAWYERS SIMPLY ARE NOT DOING THAT.


WE MUST CONTINUE THAT TRADITION.


A GOOD


LAWYER


QUICKLY


LEARNS


THAT VERY SPECIAL


SATISFACTION THAT WILL COME WHEN SHE OR HE


RESPONSIBILITY


MODIFICATION.


DISCHARGES


THE


UNIQUE


OF








PROVIDING LEGAL HELP TO PEOPLE MOST IN NEED


FOR COMPETENT LEGAL SERVICES AT THE TIME OF


THEIR GREATEST VULNERABILITY.


ADMITTEDLY WE AS LAWYERS ARE AND


FOR SOMETIME HAVE BEEN CONCERNED THAT ALL


- OR SOME OF THE BEST THE BRIGHTEST -


THE MOST IDEALISTIC OF THOSE WHO TYPICALLY


IN THE


PAST


HAVE ENTERED


THE LEGAL


PROFESSION -


MIGHT HENCEFORTH CHOOSE OTHER


WAYS TO MAKE A LIVING.


THAT LEGAL


PERHAPS IT IS TIME


CODES OF ETHICS AND


RULES


LAWYER


CONDUCT MOVE


SOMEWHAT


CLOSER


REALITY BY FREELY AND FRANKLY REQUIRING AN


OF


TO








ACKNOWLEDGMENT


DUTIES OF LAWYERS ARE OBLIGATORY.


PERSONALLY


THAT


BEST LAWYERS ALWAYS


THEY


ARE.


I BELIEVE


WHILE THE


HAVE RECOGNIZED THAT


EARNING A LIVING OF NECESSITY HAS TO BE A


PREOCCUPATION PERHAPS IT NOW MAY ATTRACT


IDEALISTIC


YOUNG


PEOPLE AGAINST


THE LEGAL


PROFESSION


THE


ORGANIZED


AFFIRMATIVELY


FINDS MORE


ENSURES


AND


THAT EACH LAWYER


MORE TIME


FOR OTHER


SOURCES OF SELF-FULFILLMENT AND ENJOYMENT


WHILE STILL EARNING THAT EVER BETTER GOOD


- I REITERATE


BAR


THAT THOSE


TRADITIONAL


LIVING.


HOWEVER


MY PRIME








- LAWYERS MUST CONTINUE AS THEY


TRADITIONALLY


HAVE


- TO AFFIRM


THAT A


PERSON CAN BE RECOGNIZED AS A


VERY GOOD


LAWYER ONLY IF THAT PERSON IS ALSO A


RESPONSIBLE GOOD


REGRETTABLY


CITIZEN.


THE


QUESTION


ANSWERED FOR CLIENTS BY INDIVIDUAL


LAWYERS


TODAY IS:


IS IT LEGAL? NOT:


IS IT RIGHT? AS


CURRENT EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD SHOW


- A LEGALISTIC


SOCIETY


WHICH


IGNORES


VALUES OTHER THAN LAW IS A SOCIETY WHICH


ULTIMATELY WILL WITHER AWAY AND DISAPPEAR.


CAN LONG


VERY


MOST


ALL


BELIEF


NO STATE


SURVIVE


IF ITS


PEOPLE








ASSUME THAT CONDUCT NOT FORBIDDEN BY LAW


IS ACCEPTABLE CONDUCT AND A GOOD


LAWYER


MUST NEVER MAKE THAT ASSUMPTION.


WHAT DID I MEAN EARLIER WHEN I SAID TO


YOU THAT YOU EACH MAY BECOME SOMEBODY


IN THE LAW? YOU INDIVIDUALLY MAY ALREADY


BELIEVE THAT AS A LAW STUDENT YOU


SOMEBODY AND YOU WELL MAY BE AT


OWN LAW SCHOOL.


RECOGNITION OF


ARE


YOUR


I PERSONALLY HOPE THAT


YOU AS SOMEBODY IN THE


LEGAL PROFESSION IS ALWAYS WELL KNOWN IN


YOUR FUTURE COMMUNITY OF


CHOICE.








I BELIEVE THAT AT A MINIMUM TO BE


SOMEBODY IN THE LAW YOU MUST POSSESS


FOUR ESSENTIAL QUALITIES.


I BELIEVE THAT TO BE A GREAT LAWYER TO


BE SOMEBODY IN THE LAW A LAWYER MUST


HAVE AN EXTENSIVE BACKGROUND IN USING HER


OR HIS LAWYERLY SKILLS IN COMMUNITY AND


PROFESSIONAL SERVICES THAT IS BE


SOMEBODY IN THE COMMUNITY BE SOMEBODY IN


GOVERNMENT BE SOMEBODY IN THE


NEIGHBORHOOD BE SOMEBODY IN THE CHURCH -


BE SOMEBODY IN POLITICS BE SOMEBODY IN


EDUCATION BE SOMEBODY IN FAMILY BE








SOMEBODY IN SCHOOL AND DEFINITELY BE


SOMEBODY IN THE LOCAL STATE AND


NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATIONS OR OTHER LEGAL


ORGANIZATIONS.


A LAWYER WHO CONTRIBUTES


TIME EFFORT AND PERHAPS MONEY TOO IN


FURTHERANCE OF HER OR HIS COMMUNITY GAINS


A DIVERSE BACKGROUND AND A TREMENDOUS


AMOUNT OF EXPERIENCE AND SEASONING IN


DEALING WITH OTHERS IN VARIOUS AREAS.


LAWYERS WITH SUCH BACKGROUND SEASONING -


AND EXPERIENCE WHEN COMBINED WITH THEIR


PROFESSIONAL TRAINING ARE UNIQUELY


QUALIFIED AND HELPFUL IN COMMUNITIES AND








MAY ALSO SERVE AS ROLE MODELS FOR OTHERS


WHO WANT TOO TO BE GREAT WHO WANT -


TOO TO BE SOMEBODY


- TO BE SOMEBODY IN


THE LAW.


A LAWYER MUST BE BROADLY AND


THOROUGHLY EDUCATED.


I AM NOT TALKING


ABOUT EDUCATION ONLY IN THE PRACTICAL SENSE


- SUCH


AS YOU


NOW HAVE BUT EDUCATION


IN TERMS OF LOYALTY VALUES -


PEOPLE


ENHANCEMENT AND PROBLEM SOLVING.


CERTAINLY AM NOT TALKING JUST ABOUT LEGAL


EDUCATION IN THE NARROW SENSE OF PARTICULAR


AREAS OF LAW BUT GENERAL EDUCATION IN A








WORLDLY SENSE A GOOD LAWYER MUST BE


COMFORTABLE WITH BOTH ART AND SCIENCE A


LAWYER MUST KNOW HISTORY HISTORY OF THE


UNITED STATES -


AND HISTORY OF THE WORLD -


A LAWYER MUST BE A FRIEND OF GREAT


LITERATURE A LAWYER MUST APPRECIATE ALL


VARIETIES OF PEOPLE AND BE ACUTELY AWARE


OF BOTH HUMAN FRAILTIES AND HUMAN


STRENGTHS.


SUCH A LAWYER THEN WILL


UNDERSTAND THAT THE LAW MIRRORS THE WORLD


- AND LIKE THE WORLD THE LAW ALWAYS IS


AND WILL BE -


AFFECTED BY PEOPLE AND


PLACES AND HISTORY AND OTHER THINGS.








THE LAW AS IT SHOULD BE PRACTICED ONE


HEARS AND SEES AND SMELLS AND TASTES


- AND TOUCHES AND FEELS THE WORLD AS AN


ENTITY WHICH CAN ALWAYS BE BETTERED.


LAWYER WITH A WORLDLY EDUCATION WILL ALSO


UNDERSTAND THAT SHE OR HE MUST INVOLVE


HERSELF OR HIMSELF CONTINUOUSLY IN SEEKING


THE NEEDED CHANGES OR REFORMS OR


ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS IN THE LAW.


LAWYER WITH A WORLDLY EDUCATION WILL KNOW


THAT ALMOST EVERY MAJOR SOCIETAL OR PUBLIC


ISSUE INVOLVES THE LAW AND THUS SHE OR


HE CANNOT PROCEED THROUGH LIFE OR THE








PRACTICE OF LAW WITH BLINDERS FOCUSING ON


THE MINUTIA BUT THAT A MUCH GREATER CALL


CERTAINLY DOES EXIST A DEMANDING CALL TO


DISPENSE JUSTICE EVERYWHERE AN


UNYIELDING


CALL TO ENHANCE JUDICIAL AND


LAWYER EFFICIENCY AND COMPETENCY -


EVERYWHERE EVERY TIME.


TO BE A GREAT LAWYER-TO BE SOMEBODY IN


THE LAW A LAWYER MUST BE A HELPER.


SHE


OR HE MUST ALWAYS BE WILLING TO LEND A


HAND ALWAYS READY TO DO GOOD FOR THOSE


LESS FORTUNATE AND EVEN THOSE MORE


FORTUNATE FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED.








UNLIKE OTHER PROFESSIONS PROFESSIONAL


LAWYERS HAVE A SPECIAL OBLIGATION TO HELP


THOSE IN NEED. HISTORICALLY LAWYERS EARNED


- AND RIGHTLY SO A REPUTATION FOR


DEFENDING THOSE


ENMESHED IN FRIGHTENING


LEGAL BATTLES A REPUTATION FOR DEFENDING


THOSE UNREPRESENTED OR UNDERREPRESENTED.


LAWYERS EARNED A REPUTATION FOR TACKLING


VOLUNTARILY CASES OF GREAT SOCIETAL


IMPORTANCE AND MAGNITUDE IN THE TRUE


PURSUIT OF JUSTICE.


LAWYERS OF


COURSE WHO


ARE SOMEBODY


IN THE LAW MUST CONTINUE TO TAKE THE LEAD








IN THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS -


LAWYERS MUST CONTINUE TO WEAR HONESTLY


AND PROUDLY OUR BADGE OF VOLUNTEERISM IN


THE LAW SO THAT PRO BONO WILL BECOME A


HOUSEHOLD NAME NOT JUST IN THE LEGAL


PROFESSION BUT HOPEFULLY IN ALL OTHER


PROFESSIONS.


BEING A GREAT LAWYER INCLUDES


UNDERSTANDING REALIZING AND


ACKNOWLEDGING THAT WE ARE LEADERS NOT


JUST FOR OTHER LAWYERS BUT FOR PEOPLE


EVERYWHERE AND IN ALL BUSINESSES AND


ALL


PROFESSIONS.








LAWYERS WHO DO GOOD CONSISTENTLY -


COMPETENTLY AND COMPASSIONATELY BECOME


GREAT LAWYERS WHO QUICKLY LEARN THAT A


VERY SPECIAL PERSONAL SATISFACTION COMES


WHEN SHE OR HE DISCHARGES THE UNIQUE


RESPONSIBILITY OF PROVIDING COMPETENT LEGAL


SERVICES TO THOSE IN N


- MY YOUNG POTENTIAL


A GREAT LAWYER -


LAW PARTNERS IS --


WITHOUT QUESTION ALWAYS A RESPONSIBLE


CITIZEN


- AND ALWAYS


MUST BE.


THERE WILL SIMPLY BE NO GREAT LAWYER -


THERE


SIMPLY CAN BE NO GREAT LAWYER -


UNLESS THAT LAWYER HAS A GREAT COMMUNITY








AND PUBLIC REPUTATION UNLESS THAT LAWYER


IS RECOGNIZED BY ALL OTHERS WHO KNOW IN


THE AREA WHERE HE


PRACTICES AS


TRULY SOMEBODY IN THE LAW.





MIA1 #1052527 vl


BEING







SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH



SPEECH 424







REMARKS OF:






BEFORE:





DATE:





PLACE:







TIME:


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
MIAMI, FLORIDA





NATIONAL LEGAL AID AND
DEFENDER ASSOCIATION




WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7,
2001, 5:00 P.M.




WYNDHAM MIAMI-BISCAYNE
BAY HOTEL
MIAMI, FLORIDA





15 MINUTES


MIA1 #1086022 vl


Lgy








HELLO! I AM AS SAID CHESTERFIELD


SMITH


- AND I AM HONORED AS A


PRACTICING LAWYER FOR 53 YEARS TO BE


CHOSEN


AGAIN TO BE THE KEYNOTE


SPEAKER FOR THE NATIONAL LEGAL AID


AND DEFENDER ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL


CONFERENCE.


THIS ORGANIZATION IS A


PARTICULARLY DEAR ONE TO ME THE


LAST TIME I ADDRESSED YOUR


ORGANIZATION WAS ON OCTOBER


25, 1973 -


AT YOUR ANNUAL CONFERENCE HELD AT







CORONADO BEACH, CALIFORNIA.


SECOND TIME IS MORE THAN TWENTY-EIGHT


YEARS LATER.


OUR COUNTRY IN 1973 WAS


OF THE WATERGATE SCANDAL.


PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN


IN THE MIDST


AS


BAR


ASSOCIATION MY REMARKS TO THIS


ORGANIZATION IN OCTOBER 1973 CENTERED


ALMOST SOLELY AROUND THE PRESIDENT'S


ACTIONS CONCERNING THE SPECIAL


PROSECUTOR IN THE WATERGATE AFFAIR -


TODAY THE







AN ACTION TAKEN BY PRESIDENT RICHARD


NIXON QUICKLY KNOWN TO THE GENERAL


AMERICAN PUBLIC AS: "THE SATURDAY NIGHT


MASSACRE."


QUITE OBVIOUSLY WE IN AMERICA IN 1973


WERE THEN IN A VERY SPECIAL TIME AND


WE IN AMERICA IN 2001 ARE EVEN MORE


OBVIOUSLY IN A VERY SPECIAL TIME.


AT


EACH OF THOSE POINTS IN HISTORY WE


HAVE BEEN MOST CONCERNED ABOUT OUR


PERSONAL CIVIL LIBERTIES THE VERY







EXCLUSIVE FOUNDATION OF THE "GOOD LIFE"


IN AMERICA.


IN 1973 I SPOKE TO YOUR


ORGANIZATION ABOUT WHAT I BELIEVED WAS


OUR THEN-PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL


ENCROACHMENT UPON OUR SYSTEM OF


JUSTICE JUST FOUR DAYS BEFORE WHEN


PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON FIRED


ARCHIBALD COX THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR -


ASSIGNED TO INVESTIGATE AMONG OTHER


THINGS THE PRESIDENT'S PART IN THE







WATERGATE AFFAIR.


PERSONALLY


- AT THAT TIME THAT


AMERICA WAS THEN IN A SEVERE


GOVERNMENTAL CRISIS UNPARALLELED IN


OUR NATION'S HISTORY.


I PERSONALLY WAS


CONVINCED THAT THE BASIC LIBERTIES OF


OUR CITIZENS WERE AT RISK THAT THE


BASIC PRINCIPLES WHICH GIVE STRENGTH


AND VITALITY TO OUR SOCIETY WERE AT


STAKE.


I BELIEVED -







I CALLED THEN IN MY SPEECH FOR THE


NATIONAL LEGAL AID AND DEFENDER


ASSOCIATION TO CONSIDER WHETHER IT TOO


WOULD JOIN THE AMERICAN BAR


ASSOCIATION AND MULTIPLE OTHER LEGAL


ORGANIZATIONS IN RESTORING LIBERTY TO


OUR COUNTRY WHETHER THE NATIONAL


LEGAL AID AND DEFENDER ASSOCIATION TOO


WOULD JOIN THE OTHERS IN CONDEMNING


THE FRONTAL ATTACK ON THE JUSTICE


SYSTEM BY THEN-PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON.







NLADA DID AND AS YOU KNOW IN TIME -


JUSTICE WAS SERVED OUR SOCIETY WAS


PRESERVED OUR LIBERTIES WERE


SAFEGUARDED


- WE SHOWED THE AMERICAN


PEOPLE THAT "NO MAN IS ABOVE THE LAW."


PRESIDENT NIXON LATER RESIGNED JUST


BEFORE HE CLEARLY WAS TO BE REMOVED


FROM


OFFICE BY IMPEACHMENT.


TODAY 28 YEARS LATER OUR


COUNTRY IS CONFRONTED YET AGAIN WITH


ANOTHER GOVERNMENTAL CRISIS WHICH IN







MY JUDGMENT IF LEFT UNWATCHED -


UNMONITORED UNGUARDED MAY WELL


RESULT IN A SIMILAR DENIGRATION OF


CIVIL LIBERTIES IN AMERICA.


ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 OUR COUNTRY


OF COURSE WAS SEVERELY ATTACKED BY


FOREIGN TERRORISTS.


THOUGH SEPTEMBER


11 HAS LONG SINCE PASSED THE EFFECTS


OF THAT TERRORIST INVASION UPON OUR


PROPERTY OUR FAMILIES OUR HOMES -


OUR PERSONAL FREEDOMS OUR COUNTRY