The Medl in News
traditions largely mirror your own. We get together with relatives and grill chicken and salmon while enjoying the warm evening air. And of course, we cap the night off with fireworks. More importantly, underlying these traditions is a celebration of the ideals set forth by the Declaration of Independence and the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. While watching the fireworks burst overhead, I can’t help but reflect on how lucky we are to live in this great country, with the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of our own happiness, great and small. As a defense attorney, I see the Constitution at work defending these rights every day. Being a lawyer truly gives me a sense of how fortunate we are to be in a nation founded on the rule of law. From civil to criminal cases, citizens are given a voice by the rights granted to them in our constitution. Indeed, one of these rights is what my firm is intimately involved in: the presumption of innocence, the right of citizens to a trial by jury, and the government having the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. We hold the government to that burden of proof, protecting the innocent from the presumptions and biases of those in power. Of course, none of what I’ve written about here today — from the freedom to enjoy watermelons to the right to a trial by jury—would be here without the sacrifice of generations of brave
ICE CREAM, FIREWORKS, AND FREEDOM
Well, summer has come and, with it, all the sweet tastes and memories of the season. So long as you can stand the Texas heat, there’s a lot to enjoy this time of year. Home to barbecues, road trips, and fireworks shows, July truly feels like America’s month — especially when each family brings their own unique experiences to the table. For me, there’s nothing better than sitting in the shade enjoying a fresh, cold, juicy watermelon and just watching the clouds pass by. Nothing, except maybe breaking out our ice-cream-making supplies and whipping up some homemade desserts with my wife and daughter. It’s a messy ordeal, but one filled with plenty of laughs; and nothing compares to the smooth taste and texture of hand-churned ice cream. Like I said, sweet memories. I can also get pretty nostalgic this time of year, seeing all the kids getting time off of school. When you’re the managing partner of a law firm, you can’t exactly afford a three-month-long summer break. I’d never want to be away from my cases that long, but I must confess a certain wistfulness for my own summer breaks. I remember when I was 9 years old, my family went on a three- week vacation to California. In that single whirlwind trip, we covered a lot of ground in the golden state. But what I remember most is visiting Disneyland and Yosemite National Park. While my younger self was ecstatic to be at the famous theme park, ultimately, the breathtaking sights of the Half Dome and Yosemite Falls are what shine most vividly in my mind. Maybe when my daughter is a little older, we’ll plan a family trip to that beautiful expanse of wilderness. But of course, any discussion of summer would be incomplete without mentioning the event that truly kicks off the season: the Fourth of July. Chances are our family’s Independence Day
Americans who stood up for our ideals. From the rolling fields of Gettysburg to the mountains of Afghanistan, the brave men and women of our nation deserve an immense debt of gratitude. To active and former members of our armed forces, at home or abroad, thank you for your service. – Gary L. Medlin, Esq.
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