Affirming Human Dignity


Robert P. Casey

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“As tomorrow’s leaders, I ask you to reaffirm the human dignity of every individual with the belief that by helping those around us, we build a better world,” said 1988 alumnus and U.S. Senator-elect candidate Bob Casey. Invited to deliver the 38th Pope John XXIII Lecture, Casey used the occasion to reinforce with his own message the law school’s emphasis this year on pro bono service. He spoke movingly of the lawyer’s responsibility and obligation to provide pro bono service to others over the course of their careers. Casey recalled his own year of service in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in the rough neighborhoods of North Philadelphia. “My short year as a Jesuit volunteer had a profound impact on my life, and the struggles of those I met in the inner city continue to inspire me,” he said.