A plea to Auburn lawyers

Dear Auburn Alumni who are lawyers, judges, and other public servants/figures,

Please, don't make an ass out of the Auburn family by trying to shirk your responsibilities to get out to Arizona for the National Championship game.  Already there are reports of motions to delay court dates so that alumni can attend the game in person.  Please remember that all of these motions are available for review by the public (or at least are leaked to the public at a steady enough pace; except in sensitive cases) and are thus another avenue for others to heap ridicule upon the South, the state of Alabama, and our beloved Auburn University (and we have enough avenues open now as it is).


Whether or not it's true, people believe the system is broken.  Courts are massively backlogged; corruption cases stain the headlines every other week; among many groups, there is a general mistrust of the police and court system.  The section of the country most singled out and associated with this ineptitude (again, whether warranted or not) is the South.  Please, don't add to the madness.  We hear stories of people waiting years just to have their day in court; then we hear of lawyers filing to postpone these precious court dates over something as frivolous as a football game.  But please, don't take this as an indictment of southern lawyers.  I'm sure the same thing is happening in Oregon with their alumni, but the cold, hard, unfair truth of the matter is that the same thing done by a lawyer or judge in the south is going to be magnified ten-fold.  Blame it on the 24 hour news cycle; blame it on "east coast bias"; blame it on stereotyping; blame it on your forerunners who necessitated the stereotype.  Whoever you blame, realize: you are held to a lower ethics standard, and whenever selfish motions such as those cited above are filed, it reinforces some of the negative views of the south we should be working hard to erase.


Also, for alumni in other fields reading this, don't take this as an indictment of you if you have the means and wish to take off of work to attend the game.  Though I agree it's not fair; no one will care if a teacher takes a day off to go to the game (though they probably should, this is a discussion for another time). No one will mind if an engineer takes a day off to go to the game.  The lawyers and judges among the Auburn family have a unique opportunity to represent their school, state, region, and profession in the coming weeks.  This is simply a plea for good representation.


Last year, Alumni of Alabama in a similar position behaved the same way.  At the very least, don't be like them.  The University, for its part, has distinguishing itself.  Last year, Alabama delayed the start of classes due to the Championship game.  Classes at Auburn will begin, on schedule, Monday, January 10.


If you need a place to watch the game, you are more than welcome at my place.  There will be plenty of food and drink to go around.  We can even put out some sand and cacti if it would make it feel more like Arizona.  You'll have to leave after the game, though; I have to go to work the next day.





P.S.  If you are going to file a motion, I beg you: please don't do it in really bad verse.

We're all just trying to have a good time here. Don't be a jerk, and we won't have a problem with you. War Eagle!