Massachusetts Attorney’s Oath of Office
January 17, 1977, was a bitter cold winter day in Boston. I had come here on that day to be sworn in as a brand new member of the Massachusetts bar. As I entered the “New Courthouse” that housed the Supreme Judicial Court, I wasn’t thinking about all the many outstanding lawyers who so skillfully practiced their craft in the courts of this commonwealth. That list is far too long to fit in this limited space, but includes greats, such as John Adams, who wrote the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights, which was the model for the United States Constitution; Daniel Webster; Rufus Choate; Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., the United States Supreme Court Justice who famously defended First Amendment rights against criminal prosecution; and, of course, Louis D. Brandeis, the “People’s Lawyer” who helped develop the concept of the right to privacy before he, too, became a Supreme Court Justice. Brandeis and Holmes were critically important founding fathers who helped create the Massachusetts Bar Association. As Massachusetts lawyers we should take pride in the history of our profession in the commonwealth.