|I, David Bridges, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of Justice of the Fifth Court of Appeals of the State of Texas and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution and laws of the United States and of the State of Texas so help me God.|
American System of Justice
Each new generation of Americans inherits as a birthright the legal protections secured, protected and expanded by the vigilance of preceding generations. These rights-freedom of speech, trial by jury, personal liberty, a representative and limited government, and equal protection of the laws, to name a few-give every citizen a vested interest in American justice.
President Ronald Reagan
Proclamation for Law Day USA, April 15, 1983