Dear LCBA members:
Our ISBA leadership issued a statement yesterday regarding the death of George Floyd and the ensuing unrest situation in the June 3, 2020 Iowa Lawyer Weekly. Here is the link to that statement.
Reflecting on the ISBA statement, it is notable that very first paragraph under the Preamble for our Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct states:
“ A lawyer, as a member of the legal profession, is a representative of clients, an officer of the legal system, and a public citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice.”
It is my sincere belief that our special responsibility for the quality of justice calls me, personally, to find ways to foster greater understanding and promote positive relationships within our community and within our profession. Each of us hearing the call will have to decide how we respond and what actions we take.
However, the call is out and the challenge is in front of us as so eloquently set out by the Iowa State Bar Association:
“As lawyers we must hold ourselves accountable to the cause of righting injustices of the past and present. Now is the time to do all we can to help bring equality to our communities by serving as leaders as we work to rebuild trust and faith in our justice system and legal institutions.”
Silence is not an option.
May we be inspired to exemplify our special responsibility in positive ways!
Phillip D. Seidl
President, Linn County Bar Association