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Alternative Oath


I write in response to Samuel Fields’ letter titled “Oath of Admission” in the January/February 2021 Florida Bar Journal. Mr. Fields objects to the oath’s final line: “So help me God.” Upon first reading, I thought his point trivial, an objection he anticipates in his letter. But upon reflection, I agree that it should be changed. Forsaking Blackstone, I sought guidance from Puzo speaking through Don Corleone.

Delete the last line and change the first line to this:  “I swear, on the souls of my grandchildren.” If the oath-taker has no grandchildren, not to worry. Mr. Fields has no God, and yet he swore “So help me God” with the rest of us.

Edward (Bart) Greene, Ponte Vedra Beach