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May 06, 2024

Statement of ABA President Mary Smith Re: Public Service Recognition Week

CHICAGO, May 5, 2024 -- The American Bar Association joins the nation in thanking and honoring the people who serve our nation as federal, state, county, local and tribal government employees during this Public Service Recognition Week.

Across the country, there are more than 20 million public servants who dedicate themselves to serving our communities. From delivering our mail, teaching our children, ensuring the integrity of our elections, and keeping us safe, these public servants work tirelessly and without fanfare to keep our nation working.  

More than 400,000 people provide public service in the judicial and legal fields. These include prosecutors, public defenders, legal aid lawyers, federal, state, tribal and local government attorneys, military lawyers, professors and judges. These government lawyers and judges frequently speak truth to power, stand up for vulnerable individuals and represent our justice system.

Public servants are the lifeblood of our democracy. Public service is a calling in which these individuals help to build a better future for our nation and our world.

As we honor these individuals who serve us each and every day, it is imperative that they remain free from threats and violence for simply doing their jobs. Threats against these individuals are not only wrong, they also threaten the rule of law and very fabric of our democracy.  

We extend our gratitude to public servants this week and every week, recognizing their contributions in making our communities safer, our economies stronger and our futures brighter.  

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