Thursday, Jun. 12, 2008
From top to bottom:
Left to right: Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall and Marilyn J. Wellington, MBA executive director.
From left to right: Richard M. Page Jr., BBA executive director and Michael S. Greco, World Justice project planning committee co-chair and ABA and MBA past president.
World Justice Project Conference provides opportunity for public dialogue on rule of law
Conference attendees focus on commitment and advocacy to create equal justice under law
The June 11 World Justice Project Conference, held at the historic John Adams Courthouse in Boston, brought together community leaders to discuss the meaning of rule of law. As part of the American Bar Association’s World Justice Project, the conference, which was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Social Law Library, was part of an international dialogue on rule of law that will convene at the World Justice Forum in Vienna in July.
“There is a misconception in society that ‘rule of law’ is only for lawyers and judges,” said Michael S. Greco, World Justice Project Conference planning committee co-chair, past president of both the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association, and partner at the Boston law firm K&L Gates. “Rule of law is constantly at risk.”
Gov. Deval Patrick’s Chief Legal Counsel Ben Clements welcomed attendees on behalf of the governor. He said that when communities work together, the rule of law achieves great things, such as women’s suffrage and “One Person, One Vote” initiatives. “It is a fundamental principle that people come before their government as equals,” said Clements.
Conference attendees participated in several interactive breakout groups, which included one session moderated by Hon. Robert J. Cordy on the challenges to the rule of law in Massachusetts. Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall offered closing remarks.