Supreme Court Justice to Graduates: All You Need to Know You Learned in Kindergarten
This year’s graduation ceremony was highlighted by a visit from Utah Supreme Court Justice Jill N. Parrish, Friday’s convocation keynote speaker. The 1985 Yale law graduate, experienced litigator and highly decorated judge suggested we learn the most important lessons in life as little children.
Borrowing from the title of Robert Fulghum’s book, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,”Justice Parrish reminded the law graduates of five life lessons they were taught in grade school that will be vital for their professional careers: share; play fair, or in other words, have integrity; don’t hit people and say sorry when you hurt someone; clean up your own mess, work hard and take responsibility for your actions; and finally, learn some and think some and sing and dance and work every day and play some.
Gleaning from her years of experience as an attorney and in the judiciary, Justice Parrish provided several profound examples to illustrate each of the five points. Graduates left with greater insight into the behaviors and attitudes that will help them find success in thier careers and in their life.
“The significance of your contributions in life will not be attributed to simply what you have learned [in law school], but what you do
with what you have learned here,” she said.
Posted:May 01, 2013