WBA statement on the passing of United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
The Washington Bar Association sends our condolences to the family of United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia was a creative scholar and wordsmith who made sure that his voice was always heard. The Washington Bar Association provides a platform by which we give voice to those whose voices are unheard. It is the mission of the Washington Bar Association to advance the science of jurisprudence and the administration of justice so, we applaud President Barack Obama's pledge to "fulfill [his] constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time". We hope the Senate will heed its responsibility to timely confirm a nominee because as President Obama has conscientiously stated, "These are responsibilities that I take seriously, as should everyone. They’re bigger than any one party — they’re about a democracy.”
Karen E. Evans, President
Washington Bar Association
The Washington Bar Association was founded in 1925 by legal luminaries: Ulysses Simpson Games, George E.C. Hayes, Charles Hamilton Houston, Isaiah Lisemby, Louis Rothschild Mehlinger, Charles E. Robinson, and J. Franklin Wilson. The objectives and purposes of the Washington Bar Association are: to improve, benefit and protect the well-being of the legal profession and its members; to enhance the professional skills of its members; to encourage professional and citizenship responsibilities among the Membership; to encourage spiritual and moral values; to advance the science of jurisprudence and the administration of justice; to improve the standards of legal education; and, to encourage legal research and excellence consistent with the philosophy of Houstonian Jurisprudence.