Editor’s Note: The ABA’s Spirit of Excellence Awards celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of lawyers who work to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. Awards are presented to lawyers who excel in their professional settings; who personify excellence on the national, state, or local level; and who have demonstrated a commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession. In February 2017, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami, four 2017 Spirit of Excellence Award honorees were named, including Stephen N. Zack, partner, Bois, Schiller & Flexner LLP, Miami, and a former president of the ABA. Zack’s remarks in accepting the award shared great insight into his family’s experience in immigrating to the United States. We are delighted to publish these remarks, edited slightly, in The Judges’ Journal.
Standing here, I can actually feel the spirit that exists in this room that comes from each of your efforts over the years—the spirit that lifts us all to strive for excellence.
You cannot turn on the television, read the newspaper or a website, or have a conversation without talking about what is going on in the United States and around the world and how it is affecting millions and millions of people.