Last week, and in honor of Constitution Day, I offered to sing Schoolhouse Rock’s “The Premble” at the upcoming VBA meeting if a lawyer or firm pledged at least $1,000 to kickstart the Vermont Bar Foundation’s Access to Justice Campaign. Here’s what I wrote:
“As I’ve mentioned at a few seminars, my initial exposure to the U.S. Constitution was during the Saturday morning cartoons I watched as a kid. Courtesy of the folks at Schoolhouse Rock!, that’s when, where, and how I first learned about the origins of the Constitution and the words to The Preamble.
Of course, if people are not able to access the legal services that they need to protect their rights, the Constitution might mean little to them. So, in honor of Constitution Day, if an attorney or firm donates $1,000 to the Vermont Bar Foundation’s Access to Justice Campaign by Friday, September 29, I’ll karaoke the Schoolhouse Rock! version of The Preamble at the VBA’s upcoming annual meeting.”
Well, what do you know?
Earlier today, a former member of the Vermont Bar Association’s Board of Managers who prefers to remain anonymous stepped up to the plate and made a pledge that met the threshhold! Other former Bar Managers have joined in, making the threshhold but a speck in the rear-view.
It is an honor to have followed in their individual and collective footsteps.
I don’t remember much about contract law other than it met at 3PM during my 1L year at GW Law. Anyhow, it doesn’t matter much what I remember because, as far as I’m concerned, we have ourselves a deal! I’ll be singing at the annual meeting.
Now, as some have already suggested, we’d raise a hell of lot more money by taking donations to have me stop singing. I take no umbrage at the suggestion. My mom and her entire family have carried congregations with their voices for years. My dad and my brother have those silky smooth Irish voices. Me? Umm, my singing voice has been called many things, with “silky & smooth” not one of them.
(For someone who blogs so often about Rule 1.1 and the duty of competence, I’m fairly certain the prosecutors at the Department of Music Ethics will have me up on their equivalent of 1.1 in a heartbeat.)
So what does this mean? It means you’ll have to help ease the audible assault (and throw the music ethics investigators off my scent) by singing along! And the only way to do so is to learn the tune & the words yourself. The video is here. Practice makes perfect!
And, again, to those who made this happen, you’re awesome. You already were, but this just proves it yet again. Thank you.
P.S. – if you can’t make it, I’m sure Jennifer will have it on Facebook Live and we’ll find someone with Periscope.