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Judge Wallace Reeve Hoggatt

Thursday, December 17, 2009  
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From the Cochise County (Arizona) government website (

"Cochise County Presiding Judge Wallace R. Hoggatt has won first place in the 2009 American Bar Association Judge Edward R. Finch Law Day Speech Award contest for his speech, 'Fated to be Free,' delivered as the keynote address at Cochise County’s Law Day ceremony. Superior Court Clerk Denise Lundin, the co-chair of the local Law Day committee, announced the award."

From the American Bar Association website (

2009 Judge Edward R. Finch Law Day Speech Award Winner Judge Hoggatt's speech, Fated to Be Free, was delivered to approximately 100 people during the Cochise County's 7th Annual Law Day Ceremony on April 30, 2009. The speech explored Abraham Lincoln's complexities and apparent contradictions. Hoggatt concluded his speech by saying, "If you're still wondering which Abraham Lincoln to honor this year, let me offer a suggestion: that we concentrate not on a single facet of the personality or history of a complex man, but that, rather, we take note of his outlook on life, as he himself once summarized it ... LET US HAVE FAITH THAT RIGHT MAKES MIGHT, AND IN THAT FAITH, LET US, TO THE END, DARE TO DO OUR DUTY AS WE UNDERSTAND IT."