Ralph M. Nader


Law Day is always a good occasion to look over the role of the profession. Traditionally in many gatherings around the country, the profession has used Law Day to praise itself. This is an occupational trait of the legal profession which is not restricted to Bar Association banquets. I was asked to speak to a number of New York lawyers recently at one such event in New York. As I sat awaiting my turn, the lawyers first praised themselves and after they finished, they began praising judges and gave them awards, scrolls, and plaques. Finally I got up and I said, "Why don't you try something different next year? Why don't you clear the entire head table and replace it with victims, your victims, and honor the victims for once?"