Today I had the pleasure of moderating a talk by Rabbi Romi Cohn, a survivor of the Nazi occupation of Slovakia and Hungary and partisan who fought the Nazis at the age of 14.
He described life in a society with a powerless government and no Rule of Law. A society that crumbled once the Nazis destroyed the most basic human rights of Jews living in these countries for generations.
He taught us that we should uphold basic human rights and not succumb to a group that seek to marginalize or destroy a segment of our society. Lawyers have the power to fight for people who are disenfranchised and we should use our power to uphold the truth and support basic human rights.
Our Summer Interns were enthralled with the talk and certainly will not forget the powerful imagery that Romi gave us when he described life under the Nazi regime. He is a living testament to perseverance and strength in the face of adversity.
As a lawyer who represents those persons who are injured in accidents and unable to be compensated without my help, I am thankful that we live in a country where people believe in the Courts and our system of government.