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Posted by: Christopher Lam on Jan 1, 2020

Notwithstanding the headline, you are not required to read the rest of this column in the voice of Barbara Walters.  Likewise, if you do read the rest of the column, I hope you will not channel John Stossel and say, “Give me a break!”

Posted by: Christopher Lam on Nov 1, 2019

On the heels of my prescient reference to Cam Newton in last issue’s column, I can only hope Kyle Allen is still performing as well as he did in his first two games when this issue is published a few weeks from now. The MCB has been busy in the last couple of months.  On October 9, 64 new members were sworn in to our state and federal courts during our annual ceremony.  That event always makes me reflect on my own swearing-in over 17 years ago in Spirit Square and the years of practice since taking the oath.

Posted by: Christopher Lam on Sep 1, 2019

As you know, the MCB has reduced the number of annual newsletters from 12 to six. Although I am very much in favor of writing fewer columns, there is a challenge in timing the content with the ultimate publication date. In some ways, this process is analogous to a quarterback leading the wide receiver by throwing the ball to a spot farther downfield where the receiver should end up. [Note to Panthers fans: if you are unaccustomed to witnessing this fundamental aspect of football, please watch highlights from almost any other team.] Therefore, I am trying to write about things now (in late July) that should be relatively timely when you are reading this column.

Posted by: Christopher Lam on Jul 1, 2019

In April, Anne and I took our girls to Washington, DC for spring break.  We saw many of the usual monuments, memorials and museums.  We were also fortunate to have a private tour of the National Archives and as the four of us stood alone in the Rotunda with only our historian guide and our nation’s charter documents, I was struck by the courage and the foresight that these formative leaders had to shape our country.  Then, three days later, we all sat in the front row of the Supreme Court and thought of the cases that have been argued there that define our rights and freedoms, often harkening back to the principles laid out in the four pages of the Constitution.  I thought of the important and critical role that an independent judiciary has in our democracy. 

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