I know you should not use you blog to brag, but anyway. . .
I am deeply appreciative that I will be getting a lifetime achievement award from the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services — the Louis M. Brown Award.
A couple of sentences (bolded below by me) in the letter got me thinking that really it was addressed not so much to me, but the legions of forms designers, court staff, programmers, researchers, etc., who labor largely behind the scenes to make our justice system more accessible.
Your enthusiasm, dedication and commitment have been inspirational to Committee members and staff throughout the past two decades. Beyond that, through this Award, we recognize your tireless commitment to those who may otherwise be denied their day in court were it not for your efforts. It is perhaps ironic that those who are able to have a just result to their legal matters because of your work will never know that that outcome was because of your efforts. But we know that and we take this opportunity to thank you on their behalf.
The comment also make me realize that some of us who end up trying to focus on system change end up losing touch with the day to experience of barriers and overcoming them.
Personally, I would have like it if I could have found better ways of staying in touch with what happens in courtrooms and self-help centers — I am sure I would have done a better system reform job had I done so. I know that some of my colleagues have spent more time than I observing courts and listening to litigants. I commend them.
Thanks again to all.