Oath to Others: Remembering Who and Why We Serve

Allison Daley

. . . I will use my knowledge of the law for the betterment of society and the improvement of the legal system; I will never reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the defenseless or oppressed . . .

These are the words that began my practice of law in Colorado. Many other states’ oaths of admission to practice law contain similar sentiments. Many of us dreamed of going to law school to ensure equal access and opportunity for others. However, amidst the deadlines and the busyness, we can easily forget the people behind the paperwork. Following are four examples of how attorneys or legal organizations serve people with disabilities, veterans, transgendered people, and immigrant communities.

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