U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. encouraged law students to listen to their feelings and beliefs in their execution of the law, explaining that their mission is not just about "enforcing statutes," in the 2012 Cecil Sims Lecture, "DOJ Priorities, Successes and Recent Efforts to Protect Americans Against Crime and Fraud."
During his visit to the law school March 16, Holder also met with members of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and attended a reception with alumni, faculty and BLSA members.
Asked what advice he had for individuals soon to enter the field of law, Holder said, "Pursue any kind of law you like. But always think of yourself as a public interest lawyer. Dedicate a portion of your time to giving back. Make America better."
Established in 1972, the Cecil Sims Lecture Series honors Cecil Sims, a 1914 first-honor graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and a founding member of the Nashville-based firm of Bass Berry & Sims.
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