The need is there, the conditions warrant, and thus as a matter of necessity, you are called today to recognize how we as lawyers and judges live in the public eye, and to assume that responsibility with courage. But more importantly, before you judge others, ask yourselves what are the facts and what are the appearances, what are the standards if any and are they attainable and legitimate. Courage in public life means not only the fortitude to withstand criticism and even outrage, but the strength as well to examine one's conscience and soul and to speak from the truth and conviction that we know lies deep within our hearts.

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