Wednesday, November 25, 2015
On this Thanksgiving day, I would like to thank all those teachers, law professors, and and law firm colleagues who helped me become the legal professional I am today. In particular, I would like to single out one person who helped me most to develop my personal identity as a lawyer--Robert I. Cusick.
From the dedication to Developing Your Professional Identity: Creating Your Inner Lawyer (2015):
I dedicate this book to the memory of Robert I. Cusick, who was my mentor in legal ethics. Ric was a long-time partner at the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant, & Combs in Louisville, Ky. Ric “helped draft the Kentucky Bar Association’s procedural ethics rules and served as Chairman of a KBA committee that revised the substantive ethics rules. He also served as a Bar Examiner for the KBA for a number of years.” In 2006, President George W. Bush nominated Ric as Director of the Office of Government Ethics, and he served in this post for five years.
What others have said about Ric:
“Mr. Cusick led a life of service to others. ‘He was a man of character and honor whom treated everyone he met with dignity and respect.’ He was described by many as a ‘lawyer's lawyer.’"
“He was noted for having a special gift for investigating and piecing together ‘what really happened.’”
“He was a man of character and honor and treated everyone he met with dignity and respect. He was a terrific raconteur. He could be counted on. He will be missed.”
OGE's current Director, Walter M. Shaub, Jr., recalls that, "Ric Cusick was a strong advocate for the principle that public service is a public trust, a core principle to which OGE remains committed. He was an ardent believer in the non-partisan values underlying the government ethics program. I admired him for that and considered him a friend. I know that all of us at OGE who had the privilege of working closely with him are going to miss him."
I treasure the time I worked with Ric at Wyatt, Tarrant, & Combs, and I am indebted to him for what he taught me.