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JUSTICE IS ...


The Justice is ... project is completed. Thanks to all who participated.

You may email me if you are interested in displaying this project.

Jerry Alonzo
Geneseo, NY


Livingston County News Article, July 6, 2017
Defining 'Justice' Courtroom career inspires work of Geneseo artist-judge ... click to read the full article

 

 

Below the photos is my call for words.

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The Justice Is ... Project

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Justice Is ... In God We Trust

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Justice Is ... God's Plumb Line

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Justice Is ... Church and State

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Justice Is ... Level

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Justice Is ... Equal Opportunity

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Justice Is ... Hard To Access

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Justice Is ... Proportional

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Justice Is ... Voice

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Justice Is ... Like A Mighty Stream

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Justice Is ... Rarely Perfect

 

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Justice Is ... Or At Least Should Be,
Balanced

 

 

 

 

I am working on a project called "Justice is..." with the help of the NYSBA. I'm a retired practitioner, judge, current JHO and NYSBA member. With your help, I hope to gather ideas from the community on justice, and incorporate your ideas into a sculpture with the working title "Justice is...". I plan to share your words by taking the piece to law related gatherings around the state. The words will be available for all to see on this website. All proceeds from the sale of this work will be given to legal services for the poor.

Specifically I'm hoping you will take a few minutes to jot down, in about 25 words or less, your thought on justice. It could be what you think justice is or an act you saw or one you performed. You will not be identified on the work, only your words will appear.

We are a community who share a heightened interest in justice. Our combined thoughts will enable us to learn from one another.

Submissions received:   

  • Justice is being truly heard.
  • Law is the voice of the people, Justice makes it heard.
  • Justice is often hard, sometimes unpopular, but always right.
  • Justice is avenging
  • Justice is essential
  • Justice is fairness and respect.
  • Justice is when people get what they deserve.
  • Justice binds us together.
  • Justice maintains a civil society.
  • Justice is victory, heroism and bravery.
  • Justice is peace.
  • Justice is a fair hearing before an impartial decision-maker.
  • Justice is a collaborative effort to achieve fairness and equality when confronted with inequity.
  • Justice is fairness.
  • Justice is many things. It isn't just the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. It is whatever you make it out to be.
  • Justice is the desired outcome of a principled application of law to facts under the rule of law.
  • Justice is impossible, justice will never be right to everyone but it should be carried out.Go with what you think.
  • Justice is equality and fairness.
  • Justice is freedom of speech.
  • Justice is the right to your own thoughts.
  • Justice is equal justice under law.
  • Justice is the firmest pillar of good government.
  • Justice is not just for me, but for everyone to be free. Stand tall and be loud because Justice is to be proud.
  • Justice is people who do good or bad things getting the right amount of reward or punishment.
  • Justice is protecting families through legal advocacy.
  • Justice is being able to be served in a restaurant without anyone caring who you sit across from or caring about the features of your body.
  • Justice is unfair.
  • Justice is the truth applied with wisdom and compassion.
  • Justice is giving punishment to the guilty, not the innocent.
  • Justice is equal disbursement of punishment, regardless of one's stature or station in society.
  • Justice is the opinion of the people. Some people may think Justice is served when others do not.
  • Justice is wrought with a blunt instrument.
  • Justice isn't black and white, it is remembering every situation has circumstances and having faith we apply the law remembering the log in our own eyes but holding people accountable for the safety of others.
  • Justice is one thing that every community should have. It's one thing that should be important to everyone.
  • Justice is subjective.
  • Justice is freedom from fear.
  • Justice is for God alone to dispense.
  • Justice is the knowledge and wisdom one must obtain to create a peaceful and untrammeled society.
  • Justice is a reflection in the eye of the beholder.
  • Justice is an ideal and permanent balance.
  • Justice is a non bumpy road. 
  • Justice is variable.
  • Justice is in us but the key is missing.
  • Justice is the path we're meant to follow.
  • Justice is a moving target.
  • Justice is like perfection; isn't it?
  • Justice is equal access to the system and a fair application of the rules to everyone.
  • Justice is being heard and getting a fair shake.
  • Justice is truth in action.
  • Justice is uniform constructive accountability.
  • Justice is the concept of impartial treatment regarding the perception of right and wrong for everyone equally.
  • Justice is not our world. You can talk about it but it will never happen. Justice is where people don't commit suicide or put children in war. Justice will never happen in our world
  • Justice is plumb and square.
  • Justice is doing the right thing
  • Justice is being yourself no matter what.
  • Justice is in the eye of the beholder.
  • Justice is denied if the court decides a case based on a desired result and not on the law.
  • Justice is to be accepted for you and not someone people want you to be.
  • Justice is for sharing. No one can take that away from you.
  • Justice is never having to say you're sorry: first appearances, motions, hearings, trial by judge or jury, decision rendered. No apologies.
  • Justice for me is when all parties are considered equal
  • Emanating
    From God's heart,
    Caught with our hands,
    We distribute
    With wisdom and integrity,
    To our brothers,
    As bread of freedom,
    Order and peace.
  • Justice is freedom of the press.
  • Justice is God's Idea and Man's Ideal
  • Justice is delayed until the last person has to die for what they believe in.
  • Justice is like the ocean. It can be calm and in control. It can be wild and ruthless. Justice can be reasonable yet ruthless, fair yet foul.
 
  • Justice is being treated fairly and with dignity as a person regardless of my race, color, sex, religion, age, physical abilities, language, education or family status.
  • Justice is the right to trial by a jury of your peers.
  • Justice is the right to counsel
  • Justice means that the law is applied equally to everyone and that no one is privileged to act outside the law or be immune from consequences of such action.
  • Justice is context; more than the evidence, more than the law.
  • If you know yourself and try to understand your opponent's position, be patient and justice can be achieved.
  • Justice is difficult to achieve without an experienced advocate.
  • Justice for me is when all parties are considered equal.
  • Justice is wisdom and compassion in a society that allows such things to prevail.
  • Justice is like a mountain - everyone sees a side, but no one sees it entirely.
  • Justice is, at times, an elusive ideal that when justly served relieves wrongs that should never have been.
  • Justice is rarely, if ever, a perfect result.
  • Justice is but truth in action.
  • Justice is not justice until it is available to us all.
  • Justice is not just for us.
  • Justice is when proper reward is given for deserving actions and behaviors.
  • Justice is a fair and impartial outcome to a conflict, most probably having to be determined by a judge or other third party.
  • Justice doesn't discriminate.
  • Justice is not bowing to public pressure and doing what is legally right for everyone.
  • Justice is not blaming victims.
  • Justice is holding people accountable for behavior that is hurtful and/or illegal.
  • Justice is the outcome when a person is forced to take responsibility and accept the consequences for actions.
  • Justice is not revenge.
  • Justice is one advocate facing a mighty adversary in a tribunal which does not exalt the power and might of the adversary over the advocate.
  • Justice is due process.
  • Justice is freedom of speech.
  • Justice is the separation of church and state.
  • Justice is our collective intuition that even the powerless and unlucky deserve an equal opportunity to thrive.
  • Justice is, in far too many places, minimally available to the poor.
  • Justice is the equal protection of the laws.
  • Justice is the prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures, excessive bail, excessive fines, double jeopardy, self incrimination and cruel and unusual punishment.
  • Justice is the right to indictment by a grand jury, the confrontation of witnesses and a speedy and public trial.
  • Justice is the right to property.
  • A person's a person, no matter how small.
  • Justice is, when meted out by humans, always imperfect.
  • Justice is to be seen, heard and valued.
  • Justice is like a glacier, an awe-inspiring force that cuts through the toughest of rocks and creates landscape valleys of profound beauty. Yet, even the glorious glacier is spotted with deep crevasses which are easy to fall into, and just like that a life is lost. Still, the glacier keeps on moving...
  • Responding to conflict and injustice nonviolently is one step. Securing justice is another.
  • Justice is the absence of injustice.
  • Justice is the human attempt to put into practice intrinsic feelings of right and wrong.
  • A work in progress.
  • "Fairness is what justice really is."  Potter Stewart
  • A delicate balance between emotions, logic and fairness.
  • Justice is subjective.
  • Justice is recognizing when the legal institutions and practices we are members to serve and establish and perpetuate widespread social marginalization and exploitation.  Justice demands refusing to participate.
  • Action for a purpose.
  • Justice is seeking truth, helping others and living genuinely.
  • Justice is impartial and equitable.
  • Justice is equality for all in the eyes of the law.
  • Honest, frank and realistic analysis.
  • Receiving a fair shot, regardless of outcome.
  • Providing redemption to those who could otherwise not obtain such a result.
  • A goal in American society. It is not guaranteed.
  • Utilitarianism
  • Fairness
  • Equality before the law.
  • Giving people what they deserve.
  • Divine command.
  • Mutual agreement.
  • Poverty is the opposite of Justice
  • Justice is treating people in a way that takes into account their individual circumstances.
  • Justice=Fairness
  • Justice is fair and proportional.
  • Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.