Dont depend on just an ad
I and other Georgia lawyers have received calls and emails about the local advertisement that a Savannah-area lawyer ran during the Super Bowl. Although I cannot speak for all lawyers, I firmly believe most members of the State Bar of Georgia do not condone or approve of advertising that uses sensationalism and over-the-top graphics in an attempt to get business. Nonetheless, the right to free speech is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized that lawyer advertising is protected under the First Amendment. Therefore, the bars ability to control the content of ads is very limited.
Notwithstanding, I assure you that Georgia lawyers engage in a level of professionalism beyond the bare minimum. Most of us follow The Lawyers Creed, an aspirational statement endorsed by the Supreme Court of Georgia, which states in part:
As a lawyer, I will aspire:
(b) To consider the effect of my conduct on the image of our systems of justice including the social effect of advertising methods. As a professional, I should ensure that any advertisement of my services:
(1.) Is consistent with the dignity of the justice system and a learned profession;
The best lawyer advertising is designed to educate the public about the law or to help people in need find a lawyer. I encourage any member of the public to fully investigate the qualifications of a lawyer and not select a lawyer solely based upon the content of an advertisement.
-- Charles Ruffin
President State Bar of Georgia
How about an Oscar?
I recently saw the movie 12 Years a Slave, a true story based on African-American Solomon Northups autobiographical narrative, published in 1853. I hope it wins the Academy Awards Best Picture this year. If it does, more people are likely to go see the film because it won the best picture award. Could it be that many who refuse to see movies like this dont like to acknowledge or be reminded of our countrys history of sanctioning slavery, an evil institution that existed from our countrys beginning?
Slavery was rooted in racism. It is amazing Northup lived through, endured and survived 12 years of painful mental and physical brutality. Even though slavery ended officially by law in our country, racism did not end. Today, it is more subtle, secret, hidden and not expressed as openly, outwardly, overtly as it once was.
One of the good things about Februarys Black History Month is that it calls Americas attention to the tremendous contributions African-Americans have made over the centuries to our nations development and well-being. They, along with Northup, proved and continue to prove that no one race of people is superior to the others.
-- Paul L. Whiteley Sr.
What would he think?
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
-- Martin Luther King Jr.
In light of the ongoing squabbles over his legacy and property, I wonder what Dr. Kings opinion of the content of his childrens character would be today.
-- Ron Wheeler
Prohibition and supply
The tragic death by meth of David Oedels son cannot be undone. The prohibition of marijuana certainly did not prevent his son from obtaining the green plant easily. Indeed, the government studies show it was and is easier for a teen to buy pot than beer. My career as a police officer and detective proved nearly every day that the use of alcohol is what kills more teens than all the illegal drugs combined.
Would Oedel have us prohibit that deadly substance again? Know that marijuana prohibition generates a job option for every teen in Georgia to sell it. This year dozens of teens in our state will be shot and shot dead due to prohibition. Moreover, pedophiles are not caught as often as possible, since detectives and narcotics officers spends tens of thousands of hours searching and arresting for a green plant.
Oedels love and care for his son did not prevent a tragedy. Now he wants the government agents (police) to stop a future event? The police are powerless to stop personal stupidity.
-- Howard Cowboy Wooldridge, (Ret.)
Co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Does anyone care?
Is anyone in Central Georgia seeking justice for Monnie Joseph Brabham IV, or are we to simply chalk his murder up as another random act of senseless violence executed against another African-American male in the community? His late father, Monnie J. Brabham, a former Mercer University alum and basketball standout, served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era as a combat medic. Little did he know that he would have to utilize the skills that he learned in his field of expertise to save his own sons life. Nicholas Brabham was shot seven times with an AK-47 assault rifle in front of his familys neighborhood convenience store.
How much pain and suffering should one family have to endure? Does anyone care? Is anyone listening? We must care for the pain and suffering of everyone within our community without respect to the hue of their skin or their socioeconomic disposition. I pray in the matchless name of my God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to stop this madness.
-- Zachery S. Mitcham
Forget the facts
It seems Frank Cooks response (Feb. 5) to my letter indicates he either has no sense of humor or it is personal in nature. He starts with: If you cant say something good, say nothing, then immediately begins a personal attack. Not nice. I think the response has less to do with my jest at the pace of construction at Ga. 247 and more to do with Cook being unable to control his emotions and his desire to express them while blaming others for the ramifications.
Since Cook is fond of sayings, here is one for him: When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. If the construction were moving forward, I think there would have been no need for my letter. But dont let facts get in the way of a good personal attack.
-- Eldon Brown
Prayer for Today
O Jesus, Lord of my life, it is unto you that I owe my love, my faith and my hope, for you have given meaning to all of these three. No one else can compare to your forgiveness for those who mocked you and nailed you to the cross. Out of this forgiveness and grace was born a new hope for the world. I will forever be your faithful servant who will share this story of your saving love. You are amazing Lord Jesus, and this I pray. Amen.
-- Sheila Bennett
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