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Alabama State Bar Addresses Ten Commandments Issue

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Montgomery, August 19, 2003 - Alabama State Bar President William N. Clark of Birmingham issued a statement on behalf of the state bar today, regarding the current status of the Ten Commandments monument in the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court. "The rule of law and the allegiance to the rule of law are essential to our democratic form of government," Clark said. "The Chief Justice, like any other litigant, certainly has the right to pursue whatever legal options are available, including seeking review by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Clark commented that our country is "based on a system of laws and that every citizen is expected to follow the rules of that system. Our judicial system is dependent upon the fundamental tenet of the rule of law and is governed by trust and respect for the law." He concluded, “It is our hope that however the impending legal issues may be ultimately decided, the rule of law will be followed."

The Alabama State Bar is the regulatory and licensing agency for over 14,000 attorneys licensed to practice law in the state.