Just a mere 12 hours before Thanksgiving, positive feelings swirled through the conference room as the MSBA Senior Lawyers Section praised Dudley for attending and Judge Schneider for his presentation (he was also promptly asked for his dues when he let it slip he had just turned 60, a requirement for joining the Section). Following the thanks, one member stood to address a serious topic that has appeared in many headlines over the last few weeks.
“Have you all heard of the lawyers in Pakistan?” asked the member, referring to the 1,500+ Pakistani lawyers arrested after they protested President Musharraf’s suspension of the country’s national constitution and rule of law. “It should make us all proud to be lawyers.”
The room of men and women cheered and applauded accordingly. These members have been practicing law for many years and there is little they have not experienced in the legal arena; after years of weathering the storm, these bimonthly meetings offer an opportunity for the members to interact with their legal colleagues. Guest speakers and a lunch buffet are provided at every meeting, as well as a jovial atmosphere that offers an escape to simpler times – one member’s college tuition only cost $400/year. The group’s stories are rarely doubted, afterall, as one member exclaimed, “It’s not ‘senile’ - it’s seniors!”