The Champion

September/October 2007 , Page 51 

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By Bobby Lee Cook

Igniting the Spark in The True Advocate

I thank you for the illustrious and exaggerated introduction that was far better than I deserve. I thank all of you for the honor bestowed on me by this great organization. It is truly the highlight of my career.

I thank all of you for the great contributions that this association and its members have made for the cause and preservation of liberty, justice, and human rights in this troubling and difficult time in the history of this republic. The brilliant, courageous, and robust talent in this room speaks eloquently to this achievement.

It is not possible for me to come here on this occasion without thinking about my dear friend, Bob Ritchie, who now rests in peace in East Tennessee. He loved NACDL and its members and stood at its helm all of his professional life. Bob was a lawyer of immense ability, both natural and learned. He was the high priest of the law. His charm and wit were legendary, and his oratory was more t

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