Matthew Prosen 2015-06-27 12:58:35
THANK YOU CHIEF JUSTICE HECHT, PRESIDING JUDGE KELLER, JUSTICES AND JUDGES, MEMBERS OF THE BAR, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS. I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to address you today. To my fellow inductees: congratulations! It is not easy to get to this point, but our years of hard work and determination were well worth it. And today we honor that determination and take our oath of office as we become members of the Texas Bar. Importantly, I would like to thank the loved ones who supported us and in many cases sacrificed for us to get to this point. I want to thank my family and in particular my wife, Felisa, for her unwavering support during this journey. She put much of her busy life on hold to take care of us while I studied for the bar, and I would not be here without her devotion. In addition, I would be remiss if I did not thank my firm for the obviously generous amount of time off they gave me to study for the bar exam. But seriously, I cannot thank them enough for providing me the opportunity to come home to Texas. Up until this past fall I was practicing outside the state, and they took a chance on me and offered me a position. I have been an attorney for only a few years, and I am by no means an expert, but I would like to share with you what little perspective I can offer. First, for many of you, today is a turning point. Behind you are school, tests, and the bar exam. Ahead of you are your careers and the rest of your lives. Your futures will be less structured than your pasts. The direction of your careers and your lives is now your own. So own it. Don’t just follow a path because it is in front of you. Figure out what kind of practice you want and work toward it. You may not know what that is yet, or you may think you do and later change your mind. What is important is to not keep your head down, focusing only on the path you are currently following. Instead, look up and make a conscious choice of where to head next. Second, take on pro bono work. Not only is it rewarding to help those in need but also there are few better ways to practice forging strong client relationships, especially early in your career. Finally, being an attorney is a commitment, both to our clients and to the wider society. This commitment requires and deserves much of our time and energy; however, we must not forget to nurture our relationships with family and friends. They enrich our lives in ways that no profession can, and they make us happier and stronger people. Once again, congratulations to you all. I am honored to be among you today as we join the bar together. Thank you.
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