A message from Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the courts.
This holiday season is a time for reflection and appreciation for our families, friends and career. As we go about our daily routines, it’s sometimes easy to forget how fortunate we are to work for an organization dedicated to the rule of law.
The challenges to doing our jobs well are many, but we must never lose sight of the wonderful privilege we have been afforded-to work for what I consider the best branch of government.
Those of us who work in the Judiciary believe government service is a noble calling, and we don’t take the public’s trust in us lightly.
For four years, National Public Radio and its local affiliates have broadcast a program called “This I Believe.” The program, which is based on a 1950s radio show of the same name that was hosted by legendary broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow, enables Americans from all walks of life to speak about the values and philosophy that guides their lives.
Frank Hoeber, one of the Judiciary’s senior managers, was selected as an essayist for one of the affiliates earlier this year. Frank’s essay and an audio link to the essay can be found here. In his essay, Frank talked about the fact that his family has been involved in public service for three generations, beginning with his grandmother, who was a doctor in a women’s health clinic in her native Germany. His affirmations on the importance and role of government are particularly relevant at this time of year.
“I believe in the good that government can do,” he said. “My whole life has taught me to believe in government. No one knows the flaws of government better than those of us who labor under its maddening limitations. But government is still the best institution that we have devised to address the panoply of problems that beset the human condition.”
The Judiciary of New Jersey, as Frank suggests, is a great institution dedicated to serving the needs of mankind because of the great work done by our staff. I am proud of the work that each employee performs in our system and recognizes their contributions to making our communities and society better.
This holiday season reminds us all of the opportunities and privileges we have been given. While challenges remain and tough economic times persist, I am confident that our Judiciary will continue to provide equal access to a fair and effective system of justice for all and that everyone is treated with courtesy, dignity, and respect.
On behalf of the Judiciary, I wish you and your family a happy holiday and a healthy new year.