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Monday Morning Message 6.24.19 It's Not About the Fire

“Even though I know the river is wide

I walk down every evening and I stand on the shore

And try to cross to the opposite side.” -Billy Joel, The River of Dreams

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In 2015, Elizabeth Bonham received the Dean’s Learn Law. Live Justice. Award for not only being academically successful in learning law, but for also living justice by being committed to making clients’ lives better and our communities stronger.

Four years after graduation, she continues to embody the motto “Learn Law. Live Justice.”

“Justice is like the north star, which is fixed, and all the rest revolve about it.”Confucius

“The law provides necessary continuity amidst our constantly shifting political landscape. It is an assurance that the rules of the game apply equally to everybody, whether they are in today’s or yesterday’s majority.” – Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

"I vividly recall a family friend asking me ‘What do you want to do when you grow up little girl?’ ‘I want to be a lawyer,’ I responded. He smiled at me and then in a low voice said to my father –‘She’ll never be a lawyer.’…

“Years ago I got two gifts from my sister: a money jar, which stated on the side "Legal Funds" and a mug, which stated on the side "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough." Well, my dream of becoming a licensed attorney in America, when in 2005 I didn't even speak English was scary, and of course my "Legal Fund" jar, even when filled, could not cover the law school tuition.

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Know that, regardless of who your clients are…. your job will never be to win at all costs. Your job is to zealously and competently represent those clients’ interests within the confines of the law.” – 2019 Cleveland-Marshall Commencement Speaker, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart ‘88

After graduating from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Jeffery Carr spent three years working for a Fortune 500 company as a procurement specialist. During that time, he realized he wanted to do more with his life than a desk job and sought to pursue a career where he could affect people’s lives every day.