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Tragedy

Jay Urban, WAJ President and 
a partner with Urban & Taylor S.C.

Sadly, that is the only thing that brings us together as an organization, or to be honest as a people. This loss. We, as trial lawyers, toil everyday in the avenging and rectifying of it. No matter what the scale. We all, as humans, avoid it, and avoid it at all costs. But there it is, every day in every way in our practice and in our lives. Unavoidable.

But tragedy binds us together. Because if we are not doing what is right, in tragedy it is exposed. As unavoidable as tragedy can seem to be, the justice or the accounting for tragedy can be the avenging of such harm. To try to make it right is the really only mantra of any trial lawyer, ever. And as an organization, we stand - often alone - against any limitations on exposing a tragedy at the preventable fault of a bad actor.

If we are doing wrong, it is exposed then, too. Because equal justice means justice for every one.

In most respects, we are all going through tragedy both separately and together in this pandemic. No one is untouched. We all have lost. We, some could say, know it better because of what we do. We deal in tragedy. It is unavoidable. But yet we are never immune to its effects.

As most of you know, I am not a born into anything, much less a lawyer. I was an orphan kid in Milwaukee in the racial chaos of 1967 and some kind Tomah folks got me to my home. This is all first run for me. Governor Tony Evers was my grade school principal and to get me out of his office one day suggested that I should be a lawyer. This is all coincidence, but not so different from all the personal stories that we all share, and for sure all the personal stories that we represent.

Represent means a lot of things too. It means first, standing up. It means before that, understanding. It means then, doing our best to right that wrong. We are, and always will be, the voice of the voiceless.

In these times, in all times, it is mostly important to look inside and out and evaluate.

For me, there are often many sources. One that stands out has been a favorite song of mine for a long time, first as a rock anthem, and then stripped down acoustic, and then recently on Saturday Night Live performed real time as both - and I offer it’s lyrics to you all as hope and justice will always be our goal and every goal in this human experience:

Times Like These
Song by Foo Fighters

Link to Video  

I, I'm a one way motorway
I'm the one that drives away
Then follows you back home
I, I'm a street light shining
I'm a wild light blinding bright
Burning off and on
Ah-ah-ahh

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again

I, I'm a new day rising
I'm a brand new sky
To hang the stars upon tonight
I am a little divided
Do I stay or run away
And leave it all behind?
Ah-ah-ahh

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again
It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again
It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again


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