“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”
~ Oprah Winfrey
"Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy."
~ Mahatma Gandhi
"The estimate and valor of a man consists in the heart and in the will; there his true honor lies. Valor is stability, not of arms and legs, but of courage and the soul; it does not lie in the valor of our horse, nor of our arms, but in ourselves. He that falls obstinate in his courage, if his legs fail him, fights upon his knees."
~ Michel de Montaigne
Cambridge Law and Justice Program
The seal represents the history of our program. "MMXII" was the year we opened at Cambridge High School - 2012. "Parantes Futura Iustitiae" is Latin for "Preparing the Future of Justice." The eagle represents our patriotism and pride of being American. The swords represent the authority of the law. The olive branch represents the common peace promoted by authentic justice. The scales represent equality under the law through due process. Finally, the two stars represent the original founders of the Law and Justice Program model - Dr. Thomas Washburn and Dr. Shirley Collins. The stars were added to remember Dr. Collins when she lost her fight with cancer.
In Plato's Republic, Socrates discusses the idea of "Citizen-Guardians." He suggested that from a young age potential Citizen Guardians "should be raised up loving knowledge and truth." He advised that “those who are to become guardians should be released from all other [studies] in order to become experts in guarding the freedom of the [country] and should do nothing but what serves that freedom.”
The basis of our program philosophy originates with this discourse from Plato. Today's "Citizen-Guardians" are the judges, lawyers, forensic investigators, law enforcement officers, and correctional staffs, who protect the rights afforded our citizens from the constitution and other legal standards. In light of recent developments within society, the creation of an educational paradigm is needed where the future of our justice system is taught tolerance, character, and the value of the Constitution. At Cambridge, we are striving to create such a program. Every day we prepare the future of American Justice.