I never imagined that I would find myself blogging but you never know what lies just around the bend. With this space I hope to provide a different angle on the legal profession and its relationship to the rest of the world.
I went to law school with the simple desire to “help people.” While I didn’t specifically know what that meant, I knew everywhere I turned there was a lawyer in a position of trust. Writing this feels corny, especially when many of us may be wondering whether law school was worth the investment. But I know I’m not alone.
I didn’t always want to be a lawyer — the idea came sometime after wanting to be a fireman or an astronaut as a kid. The seed may have come from knowing it was a legal aid lawyer who helped my mom decades ago. Or, it may have been planted by the giant example of Thurgood Marshall.
Either way, I find it interesting that each role model — the legal aid attorney and the Supreme Court justice — can be equally important in shaping the future of a kid like me whose family never had a college graduate.
But everyone looks up to lawyers, not just kids. As lawyers we can shape the lives of individuals and the world. Yet lawyers could do a better job of helping one another. I’ve found the organized bar to be a place where we do that well and I think this blog is another great way for lawyers to have a helpful dialogue with each other. Who knows, maybe even non-lawyers can get a picture of what makes us tick.
In my legal career thus far I hope I’ve made a little difference to someone (lawyer or non-lawyer). And, going forward, I hope not to stray too far from why I studied law in the first place. Maybe this blog is part of that path.