Jamie L. Yarbrough 2014-12-23 14:40:30
THANK YOU, CHIEF JUSTICE HECHT, WELCOME TO ALL THE ASSEMBLED FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE NEW ATTORNEYS; WE PASSED. I want to first recognize all the people that helped each of us get here today. For me personally, I want to thank my wife, Katie, my parents, and all of my family and friends who have supported me throughout the long journey to this podium. You all have your own set of people to thank; please take the time to show them your appreciation today. I would love to impart some sage advice about the practice of law, but I don’t feel like I have much to offer on that front since I’m still trying to figure out how to forward a phone call without calling my secretary. But I can share with you what I have noticed in my first few months of legal work. Mainly, that the things tested on the bar exam are not the keys to being a successful attorney. Sure you have to know substantive law; who wants an attorney who doesn’t? But the examiners haven’t figured out a way to test your dedication to your clients or your ability to work with others. They don’t test your creativity in solving client problems, your ability to run a law practice, or your willingness to give back to the community through pro bono service. There is no section about which tie goes with this shirt. As newly licensed Texas attorneys, we will leave today and head off to a diverse array of practices, from multibillion-dollar mergers to child custody cases to cutting-edge constitutional issues. We have all demonstrated the substantive knowledge to enter this profession. After all, we passed. But now it is up to us to exhibit those untested traits, the ones that will enable us to thrive as attorneys. After today, nobody cares what score any of us made on the bar exam, but they will always care what kind of attorneys we are. So let’s go out there and thrive. Thank you.
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