On April 23, 1910, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt gave an important speech at the Sorbonne in Paris. He spoke that day about the spirit of America, using powerful words which I reproduce here:
I reproduce this here as my philosophy towards the practice of law. I am truly humbled by the trust you have placed in me by becoming my client. I am not afraid of or intimated by hard work. I am the man in the arena fighting for you. I will strive to see that you are represented to the best of my ability. I cannot guarantee I will always win, but I will guarantee this: You will always get my best effort. You have put your trust in me to advocate for you and represent you. I WORK FOR YOU. I will do everything within the rule of the law and ethics to see that you are truly represented.