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Last week your writer was privileged to have been part of a ceremony that affected not only my business, if you will, but our way of life here. The ceremony, sponsored by the Lincoln Parish Bar Association, took less than an hour, but it was reflective of the honor, capabilities and integrity of our profession here as well as the people we represent.

I thought I would share some of the joy with you my favorite readers. In the event that one is reading this for the first time, let me make a short reference to my job, or at least my “daytime” job: I am a lawyer. I am proud of that. Now from time to time in this column, I have poked a little fun at my profession; this has caused me to be criticized by some of my colleagues. I have also written some complimentary remarks about some of the courageous achievements and positions of other attorneys and judges, and for this, I have been criticized by some in the public. But all of this goes along with freedom of speech and freedom of the press. If one writes a word in public, he should be prepared to have a comment hurled back, and I can handle that. So, if this week’s views are too “nice” toward the legal profession and one takes umbrage at that, well, so be it.

Every court in this state, as do we here, has a “fall opening” of court. This traditionally takes place at the beginning of September during a regular court session. Here in Lincoln Parish, we have observed the opening of court at the time of the impaneling of the Grand Jury. Historically, this time of year has as part of its roots the fact that court used to be closed for the entirety of the summer. Kind of like the schools, the courtrooms did not have air conditioning, so business shut down.

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