President, Alabama Court Reporters Association
In the early days of my career, I had the good fortune to work for a few years with a wonderful jurist. Kind, compassionate, and with seemingly endless patience, Judge Rene Goier personified judicial temperament. When an attorney made a particularly long-winded, meandering, and abstruse argument, Judge Goier would softly entreat, “Counsel, please have some sagacity for the significant.”
Sagacity, or being sagacious, refers to having keen insight, judgment, or understanding; discernment; wisdom. Wisdom can be described as possessing knowledge gained through experience and then, more importantly, learning from that experience.
I believe that sagacity, or wisdom, is the characteristic that may ultimately separate man from machine.