As Time Goes By – An Off-Key Keynote of Note

March 1, 2012 Published Work
NYIPLA Bulletin, February/March 2012

Imagine this: You are seated in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria at the Judges' Dinner. After the usual pre-prandial drinks and multi-course meal, you settle in for dessert and what you may have come to expect will be a light-hearted and entertaining speech from the keynote speaker.

On this occasion, however, you are destined to get more than you bargained for.

The speech opens on a sober note, to wit: "I do not have the slightest interest in providing entertainment for dinner parties or for anyone else. . . . My sole reason for coming here is to impress upon you the need for the legal profes­sion to start playing a truly responsible role in our society."