Respected retired U.S. Judge J. Michael Luttig sounded the alarm that “American democracy and the rule of law are in peril” during the plenary session of the 2023 National Conference of Bar Presidents Annual Meeting. Luttig said that lawyers are “uniquely responsible” to support the pillars of the nation: democracy, the constitution, and the rule of law.
In a subsequent panel discussion led by Carl Smallwood, a past president of the NCBP, past president of the Columbus Bar Association, and director of the Divided Community Project at the Moritz College of Law, bar leaders discussed how lawyers can lead in restoring trust in democracy. The panelists shared ideas, strategies, and concerns on how bars can address this pivotal topic.
Panelists included Mary Amos Augsburger, CEO of the Ohio State Bar Association; Rew R. Goodenow, past president of the NCBP and the State Bar of Nevada; and William Hubbard, past president of the ABA and board chair of the World Justice Project.
Here are five takeaways from the presentation that bar leaders can use: