Gary Smith of Apperson Crump on the Importance of Justice in Democracy
This is the tenth entry in our new weekly blog, "Beyond the Bio," where we ask MBQ Power Players to write a post of their choosing about their industry. This post starts the entries from our March/April Power Player category of Personal Injury Lawyers. We had the last entry from our January/February Power Players category,Chief Operations Officers, in which Dawn Rapoport COO of Waddell & Associates discussed what makes COOs a "unique bunch." The week before, Chuck Woeppel, COO of UT Medical Group, addressed the future of health care. Previously, Mary Sharp, COO of CB Richard Ellis, discussed why business plans are so crucial to have to fall back on in a time of crises. Lee Rone, COO of Youth Villages, shared why youth are so important to the family unity and the community. Richard McDuffie, COO of Dunavant Logistics, discussed the impact of technology on business. Check this space weekly for future installments of "Beyond the Bio."
The idea to become a lawyer was visited on me by the idealism of Camelot in the Kennedy administration. That was a pretty aggressive dream for a little country boy from Kentucky but somehow I made it through and 40 years ago began practicing law in Memphis. Law was a good career decision for me and Memphis was a good home decision for me. After approximately 500 jury trials, I think I have learned a few things about the law and my home city. We have many good lawyers in this city. We have a citizenry that respects the rule of law. That synergy creates a place where justice is well served. Most of us as lawyers come to realize that we are really serving a larger goal than simply representing our clients. In service to the system of justice we are advancing and indeed preserving the ultimate aspiration of democracy. It was once said that mankind’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible but mankind’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. So long as the courts are as removed from politics as possible and access to the courts is unfettered, America will have justice. Lose either of those and you lose justice. And when America loses justice, it will cease to be a democracy.
Gary Smith's Power Player Bio:
Member, Apperson Crump, PLLC. B.A., University of Kentucky, Southern Illinois University; J.D., University of Memphis. Board Member and 2012 President, Memphis Bar Association; Tennessee Bar Association; The National Trial Lawyers (Top 100 Trial Lawyers); Tennessee Association for Justice; American Association for Justice; American Board of Trial Advocates; and Lawyers Journal Club. Hearing Panel, 1991-97, Tennessee Supreme Court Disciplinary Board; Leo Bearman Sr. American Inns of Court Executive Committee, Master of the Bench, and President, 2000-2001. Fellow, and Board Member, International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Board of Directors, 2006-Present); Memphis Bar Foundation. Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America.