Tradition, Duty Important to Judge Who Works at Homeless Shelter

, Texas Lawyer

Anyone who shows up in Rusty Ladd's courtroom as he takes the bench in the morning will be asked to participate in a ritual that Texas schoolchildren perform every day. But he hopes people will remember why he asks them to place their hands over their hearts. "We say the Pledge of Allegiance every day, whether it's two people or 20," says Ladd, judge of Lubbock County Court-at-Law No. 1.

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