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Criminal Justice News

Posted on: Jan 20, 2015

By James Snyder, Marion County Public Defender Agency

Yesterday, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. While he is best known for being an influential civil rights activist, he had an even broader purpose in life: service. Do you ever say to yourself: “There are just not enough hours in the day”? I found myself saying that at the beginning of my career. What I soon learned is that this was only an excuse for inaction.   

As attorneys, we lead busy lives, but we also lead fortunate lives that give us the opportunity to help and serve others. In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., vow to get more involved in your community this year by serving on boards and volunteering your expertise to help the city in which you live.

You just might find greatness. 

“Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame, but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

This post was written by James Snyder of the Marion County Public Defender Agency. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Criminal Justice Section page, please email Mary Kay Price at


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