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Law Day Letters explore themes of leadership, values

In proclaiming Law Day in 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower said the world “no longer has a choice between force and law. If civilization is to survive, it must choose the rule of law,” notes Mary Smith, the Chicago attorney who is president of the American Bar Association this year.

The ABA set the theme “Voices of Democracy” for Law Day 2024, which is Wednesday, noting that it is a presidential election year.

“Today, our democracy is under threat, and as lawyers, we have a special duty to raise our voices to uphold the pillars of our democracy, including the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law,” Smith said in a statement. “We lawyers lift our voices today with our fellow Americans to preserve our constitution's promises of freedom and justice.”

For the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s annual “Law Day Letters,” we invited bar association and law school leaders to examine the theme of the leadership voice in their roles, reflecting on how they advance their organizations’ missions and lift the voices of others. Inclusiveness, courage and values were common themes.

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Law Day Letters

Steve Flores

Seek to listen, serve community

I am privileged to serve as chair of the board of directors of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms (the “Chicago Committee”). Founded in 1987, the Chicago Committee seeks racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession by collaborating with its member law firms and corporate partners.
Ray J. Koenig III

Speaking up for democracy

Voices from the legal world are essential to the American discourse now more than ever. Legal professionals are, in many ways, the guardians of our democracy. Our democracy is under attack now more than any time in my life. Every one of us, regardless of political beliefs, must stand up and use our privilege to fight for the survival of our democracy.
Nicola “Nicky” Boothe

Hear others to challenge assumptions

Effective communication is the cornerstone of successful leadership. Leaders who are clear, cohesive, complete, concise and concrete (the “5Cs”) in their communication articulate a vision that motivates their team and navigates challenges.
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