The definition of “Ode” in literature is described as “A type of lyrical poem enthusiastically marking a period or event.”
I have taken the liberty of expanding it into an acknowledgement of the valuable assistance given to the public at the courthouse and other government agencies that is often overlooked.
The position of a deputy clerk is often repetitive and not very glamorous but traditionally provides a form of steady employment sustained by a guaranteed government salary
Ninety nine percent of the employees that serve the public are helpful, courteous, and ready to assist citizens in getting a copy of a public record, register an automobile, respond to questions about a subpoena, jury summons, etc.
Occasionally there will be a political appointee who fails to realize that they owe their steady job in both good and bad times to the taxpayers as well as their elected boss who they may have supported in their campaign for election.
This article is dedicated to those who have given their valuable time and assistance to the public and particularly the lawyers who are always asking for help on a particular case but who do not always take the time to always say, “Thank you!”
A word of advice is also given to young lawyers, “You may know the law” but an experienced deputy clerk may be able to efficiently help you apply it to the facts of your individual case (and to also minimize legal exposure to a missed ruling deadline, statutory requirement, or court rule).
Thank you clerks from the undersigned and the thousands of colleagues and their clients who have benefited from your expertise.
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