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12th-Mar-2008 09:40 pm
GL - Nia - I want to see the world anew
Dear World,

Though it's hard sometimes, I love my job. I love that I can do what I can do, and I love that I'm learning more so I can do more. I love that sometimes in the middle of what I'm doing I think, Yes, this is where I'm supposed to be, and there are those priceless moments in which I think,
I am here in this world for a reason, and this is my reason.

And hey, I get that not everybody loves this job, and I sure get that a whole lot of people don't love the people who do this job. I get that from my own family often enough, from the relatives who tell me, Go corporate, that's where the money is, from my brother, whom I love dearly, but who thinks lawyers are scum and won't hold back that opinion even from me, from my uncle, who backed away when he heard that I'd be qualifying soon - and even though some of it is in jest, I can't say I'm completely unaffected.

But it's not going to stop me.

I get that most people's experience with lawyers haven't generally been the sort that leave favourable impressions. Hey, I get that most people's experience with lawyers are pretty darn godawful never-to-be-repeated I'll-never-touch-a-lawyer-with-a-ten-foot-pole experiences.

My first experience with the legal profession was an experience like that, after all.

It left such a deep impression on me that it was the biggest unspoken reason I became a lawyer. It's the one I rarely ever talk about. But I know how awful it is to be on the other end of a nasty situation (and I'm not even going to say nasty lawyer, because the situation is sometimes bad enough that whether the lawyer's good or bad makes no difference).

And I'll never forget what it feels like. There's so much fear, anger, and frustration when you or someone you know is on the recieving end of the law or a nasty lawyer. But it doesn't take away the good that lawyers can do, and are doing, in the world. We're not perfect. Nobody is. There sure are a lot of lawyers out there who could be doing a lot better. There sure are a lot of lawyers out there who shouldn't be lawyers at all. But there are lawyers out there who are making life easier for their clients and for the people who can't afford lawyers, by volunteering and just doing their best. And I think that that shouldn't be forgotten.

I've always thought that the problem with the world was that you never heard enough about the lawyers who were doing good in the world. Most of what everybody hears and remembers are, Guess which lawyer ran off with what spectacular sum of money? Guess what they're suing for? Guess who's helping them sue for it?

You want jokes about why hell's got all the lawyers? I've heard all of them.

And I know I'm going to develop a much more robust attitude towards this, but I'm still new to this, and every time I hear of someone who's had a bad experience with a lawyer, however near or far away to my life it is, I can't help but think I'm sorry. I'm so sorry that that happened to you. And I wish you'd met someone else who could've showed you that lawyers aren't all like that, and that it doesn't have to be that way. Just like the way I'm disgusted for hours and outraged on some indefinable level for longer than I should be whenever I read about a misbehaving lawyer in the papers, as I think, This is why people hate us!

But, you know what? There are good people in this profession, too. People who don't forget that it isn't all about the money. There are so many ways in this profession to make a good difference in this world. Sure, we have our share of total bastards. But so does every profession. We have people who make lawyers ashamed to be lawyers.

But we're not all like that.

You can be a lawyer and a good person. I've met people like that: lawyers who are kind, gentle, and completely wonderful people, people who made me think, I want to grow up to be like you. Lawyers who are kind to those whom they work with and to those who they're up against. Lawyers who have shown me that even in the most heated legal battles that there is room for courtesy, and there is room to respect everyone you're dealing with.

And God help me, I'm going to grow up to be like that.
And I'm going to do everything I can to not become the sort of lawyer I'd be ashamed of sharing a profession with.
12th-Mar-2008 02:31 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I guess it's the bad things that people remember. Sad.
It's great that I got to know you, or I don't know what you guys feel doing your job and all. (Great that you do what you love and love what you do, BTW. :) )

Not too sure about the lawyers in hell jokes. Never heard of them. :|

Somehow I find it hard to imagine a person still being able to be courteous to people you have been fighting against all day.
Or maybe it's like chess when you "fight" against you opponent for an hour or so. :/

It's cool to have a job where you can do some good in the world.
12th-Mar-2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
A whole bunch of lawyers-in-hell jokes. Here's (a variation on) the most recent one I heard:

It seems that there's a fence between Heaven and Hell, which is cared for in alternate aeons by the two sides. It has fallen into disrepair.

St. Peter seeks out Lucifer. "Hey Lou, it's your turn to fix the fence. The Boss says it looks awful. Get it done."

"I don't care how it looks," says Lucifer. "I'm not doing anything."

"You have to," says St. Peter. "It's your official obligation. We have a contract to that effect. You're committed."

"I don't give a fig for any contract," says Lucifer, "as you should know by now, I don't care what it says -- I'm not going to do anything."

"You have to," insists St. Peter. The law is the law. If you force us to, we'll have to sue you."

"Sue me?" cries Lucifer, breaking into that famous nasty laugh, "Where are YOU gonna get a lawyer?"
12th-Mar-2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
*luvs you* just do what you think is right, and what you've stood for thus far. I'm sure you will be helping a lot of people out there, and they're bound to be thankful for that! x)
12th-Mar-2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
*loves you too* Thank you so much, sweetheart. Sometimes doing the right thing can be really hard, especially when you're tired or upset or frustrated, but I hope that I'll be able to do it when I have to. I hope to do more with my time, especially on the helping bit: sometimes, it's when I do something like criminal work that I most feel like I'm doing something good and useful in the world.
12th-Mar-2008 02:39 pm (UTC) - I love my job
Wow, I actually know someone in the 10% population of the world who can honestly say that!
If it helps, not everyone thinks that all lawyers are bad. Heck, lawyers are actually pretty cool (and some, like the very talented manic_intent, are heaps crazy/awesomecakes with awesome fics)

And despite the general public being deprived of a spectacular amount of information which they only get through being misinformed by an exploiting media, I believe the principles of lawyers are primarily similar to RoboCop's (serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law).

"Sure, we have our share of total bastards. But so does every profession."
Again, generalized media view gets a gold medal for this. Seriously, the nuns in our school are the most vile, evil creatures to ever exist.

Hope you feel better about your job, honey. Knowing that there's a lot of good in the justice system is kinda changing my opinion of it as a whole now.
12th-Mar-2008 03:14 pm (UTC) - LOVES YOU
Catch it while it lasts! *grin* This occasion probably falls into the 10% of the time that I will say I love my job. The rest of the time it's exhaustion, or screaming in my head. XDXDXDXD I TRY. ♥

*giggles helplessly!* It's funny you should mention manic_intent! We went to school together. It was a lovely reminder. Heh.

There are actually several lawyers/lawyers-in-training in fandom, and it makes me grin from ear to ear every time I find one. Even if we never talk and I just know they exist.

I believe the principles of lawyers are primarily similar to RoboCop's (serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law).
I wish there were more people like you. ♥ And I wish there were more lawyers like that, too. Maybe it's because I'm still so young in this profession that I feel so strongly about these things still, but I really do believe that a lawyer's first duty is to the law. And I feel very strongly about protecting the innocent (especially because innocence is such a rare thing).

Generalised media's a funny thing. Few people ever find out the real story unless they know someone who's personally involved.

ALSO, SO MUCH HUGS FOR YOUR SCHOOL. May the years you have left there pass fast and bring you a better future!

*grin* I feel happy about my job when it's just between me and my job. It's when the rest of the world comes in that things get slightly more complicated.

I'm so happy to hear that ♥ And this sounds so horrifically arrogant, but I aim to be part of the good that's in there. I may not succeed, but I'll be real sure to try as hard as I can.
12th-Mar-2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
You go change the world, Aedoll.

Hey, both my parents were lawyers, and they're two of the most moral people I know. My dad quit the profession because of his frustration with the other people in it - namely, that the better lawyers were often paid much less and made to give in to ones that deserved the position less. But the profession needs good people. Don't let what people say hurt you. Just know that you're going to do your best to help people, and the ones that take advantage of people are not your fault.

I usually hear people say that they're going to be lawyers for the money. It's nice to hear someone doing it for another reason.
12th-Mar-2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Because you're special, and ilu. ♥

12th-Mar-2008 02:55 pm (UTC)

*cough* and the serious reply- that was a lovely post, and I'm rooting for you all the way :)
12th-Mar-2008 03:26 pm (UTC)

Or rather, it's the closest thing I have to an OBJECTION icon! ;)

XDDDDDDD YOU KNOW THAT'S THE FUNNY THING! People have actually mentioned PW when I talk about why I wanted to become a lawyer, *laughs*. And as much as I have deep conflicted angsty feelings about Phoenix Wright as a series, um, I identify completely with Phoenix and Edgeworth's motives for becoming lawyers.

ohgod the childhood defense lawyer in classroom thing was SO CUTE

*smiles!* Thank you so much: you saying this means a lot to me. ♥
12th-Mar-2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
NII-SAN! ^__^

I think you'd make one awesome lawyer.
As long as you love what you do, I'm sure you'd do just fine! ^^
I've really respected lawyers since I was a kid, Ii
12th-Mar-2008 03:29 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for believing in me. ♥ Even when I don't believe in myself.
12th-Mar-2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thank for this, honey. It's been going round in my head a lot, lately. Not in the same words, but something similar.

But more than that - lawyers aren't just good people who happen to be lawyers, but also people who are contributing and giving back to society in a way that not many other jobs can claim to do. Will probably not spam your comments with ramble here, since there's a post pending a time when I can actually stay awake long enough to write a coherent entry, but ♥ anyway.
12th-Mar-2008 03:34 pm (UTC) - *loves you!*
Thank you, sweetheart: I needed to hear it from you. And it really helps more than you can imagine to hear that I'm not the only one who feels like this. ♥

lawyers aren't just good people who happen to be lawyers
Oh God, I know what you mean. Sometimes I can't help but think that lawyers, by the nature of their profession, are people with some measure of power over other people, and sometimes that power is abused, just as it can be used for good, too. Just being a lawyer at the most basic level means, for me, that you aren't afraid of the law, and that you can help take away that fear from people who have to deal with it and are intimidated by all the formality and unfamiliar words. And every lawyer can do this, that potential is there, in the nature of the job, to make the confusing legal world of regulations and rules understandable to those who find it alien and confusing.

You know you can spam my comments anyday ♥ EVEN WITH, YOU KNOW, Palmer/Heidegger and all that good stuff. ♥

*LOVES YOU so much*
12th-Mar-2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
NII-SAN! ^__^

I think you'd make one awesome lawyer.
As long as you love what you do, I'm sure you'd do just fine! ^^

I've really respected lawyers since I was a kid, I actually thought of it as a career once, but bahh, I'm too lazy. not good with words and afraid of expressing myself infront of people I'm not close with. heehee.

So I really respecct people who actually do that. I mean they look so confident!

I totally know what you mean. I mean sometimes people think 'God, why are you wasting your time in front of your computer drawing.' Or 'Lol, all you do is draw and colour on the computer, what's so hard/interesting about that?'

It's kinda what you mean but with your profession instead ya? Heehee. (I hope it is, if not I'm reading thing wrong again *gets bricked*)

Ahhh.. To hell with these people.
We enjoy what we do. It's all worth it right?
12th-Mar-2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
12th-Mar-2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I mentioned I had something for you. Now seems a good time to post it.

12th-Mar-2008 03:48 pm (UTC) - THAT'S THE REAL MEANING OF YGO





12th-Mar-2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
As a fellow member of the profession,
Amen to that.
12th-Mar-2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
♥ Thank you so much. I hope I don't completely disgrace it (gods, I may have done just that by this post).

Your icon is so cute. I KEEP THINKING I WANT TO EAT IT.

... complete reversal on tone of post, yes.
12th-Mar-2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
That was.. really nice to read through. I'm not very good with words, i'm not sure how to express my feelings by readign this but this is really really nice to read :D
12th-Mar-2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
*loves you so much* ♥ Thank you so much, sweetheart. ♥ Thank you for putting up with all my nonsense!trainee!lawyer!babble and being so sweet about it. ♥
12th-Mar-2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
I need to hug you now. *squishes*
12th-Mar-2008 04:14 pm (UTC) - I TOTALLY NEED TO HUG YOU FOR REAL.

12th-Mar-2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
While I'd admit I've seen both scum lawyers and savior-type lawyers, it is a very challenging career to take up =w= You are either someone's savior or the devil's advocate no matter what. And well, where there's money, there's greed, where there's greed, there's bribery and corruption, it happens everywhere

*HUGGLE* I think I might be more understanding because little sister has sudden ambitions of becoming one in future, and lord forbid, since I know her warped sense of justice all too well |D I believe in you, and I believe you will carve out your career the way you want it and not the way the world you live in carve you out to be *HUGGLE*

And also, I'm not supposed to be on the net *COUGH*
12th-Mar-2008 04:19 pm (UTC) - 10TH 10TH 10TH :D
That's true. Sometimes it's easy to forget that there are two sides to every story, and every lawyer is only one side to the story. And lawyers aren't meant to go and say, "I've listened to both sides, this is what I think", because that's the judge's job.

I am - so pathetically happy - that you've seen a saviour-type lawyer. THE WORLD NEEDS MORE OF THAT, we see enough scum as it is, lawyers or not!

I think I might be more understanding because little sister has sudden ambitions of becoming one in future
*INTENSE SPARKLING BEGINS* omg if she ever has any questions she can always talk to me? ♥ omg my apologies. I always gets HORRIBLY sparkly whenever anyone mentions wanting to be a lawyer anywhere in my vinicity. It's the !!!! COME JOIN US!!! HAPPY GLOW OF HAPPINESS. "I'LL TELL YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW AND SHARE THE LOVE WITH YOU!"

... oh my God it's like my attitude to fandom, only with law XDDDDDDDD

*HUGS YOU SO TIGHTLY* Thank you so much. What you said means a lot to me, and I want so badly to believe that this

I believe you will carve out your career the way you want it and not the way the world you live in carve you out to be *HUGGLE*

will be true. It's the best wish ever. ♥ Thank you so much. ♥


12th-Mar-2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
I only recall knowing two other people in the world who were lawyers to-be and they both used to get a little bit on my nerves. The one lawyer TV show that i remember best is Judging Amy. It may be a TV drama but i believe in good lawyers (even though Amy is a judge) partially because of that show. The other part of my belief comes from knowing you.
12th-Mar-2008 04:20 pm (UTC)

I'm going to do my best to live up to your faith. *hugs tight* Thank you so much, dear one.

I'm going to DO MY BEST not to get on your nerves, too! ♥

12th-Mar-2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
♥ It's great that you can put so much heart into your job. No matter what the jokes say, the world needs more committed, passionate, absolutely badass lawyers.
22nd-Mar-2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
I'll do my best! ♥ Thank you so much ♥ I'll use my BEST ENDEAVOURS to be badass but kind, and to always be gentle when the situation calls for it.

I hope my love for what I do doesn't fade with time. I can imagine that it will be all too easy for the inconvenience to trump the intrigue, but I do so hope the fascination never goes away.
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