First Monday in October

The honorable, the chief justice
and the associate justices

of the Supreme Court
of the United States.

Oyez, oyez, oyez.
All persons having business
before the honorable,

the Supreme Court
of the United States,

are admonished to draw near
and give their attention,

for the court is now sitting.
God save the United States
and this honorable court.

Today's orders of the court have
been certified by the chief justice,

filed with the clerk and
will not be announced orally.

Probably the peak of
every lawyer's career

is that moment when he
is presented and accredited

to plead before the
highest court in the land.

Only lawyers ever plead
in that hallowed chamber.

But today, all eyes are focused
on the court's newest newcomer,

who has just received confirmation
from the Senate of the United States.

Court watchers will be fascinated
in the weeks and months ahead

by the figure in the leather chair
farthest to the left of the chief justice.

How will this feminine presence

what, for two centuries, has
been an all-male preserve?

Because so many states have
accepted pornography as a way of life

does not mean that we are willing
to compromise our values

in the sovereign state of Nebraska.
Ergo, I beseech
this distinguished body,

in its infinite and scholarly wisdom,
to uphold the exalted
standards of morality

which this lofty court
so fervently advocates.

And how rare it is to find
judicial minds

so attuned to the higher
reaches of the spirit,

so understanding of the basic
values we so dearly cherish,