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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.
Comments 
12th-Mar-2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Dear Christina,

*HUGS YOU TIGHTLY*
22nd-Mar-2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
omg shhh no names ~ ♥

*HUGS BACK* ♥
12th-Mar-2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
You, of all people, are the one whom little lawyer wannabes are gonna grow up to want to be. ♥ I LOVE YOU, and we need that Reborn drinking game like burning before you officially get sucked up into work. =333 [I'm watching the anime with the bf now and loling at the sheer amount of 'JYUUDAIME' and 'EXTREME'. XD]
12th-Mar-2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
And I suddenly remember that my sister is going to try to get into NUS law, so yeah. I hope she grows up like you. XD
12th-Mar-2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
♥♥♥♥♥♥

Just don't let them know what exactly your millennium item can do. ^_~ That gaudy gold thing is just there for appearances... that's all. Really.
22nd-Mar-2008 04:52 pm (UTC) - *sends you LOVE*
Thank you so much ~ ♥ *RADIATES LOVE AT YOU* ♥

This gaudy gold thing? It's just something my Dad gave me! I keep it around because I think it looks pretty ~

*grin!* ♥ Have fun with the Phoenix Wright games? ;) I know it's a while yet to go, but I'm already starting to wonder if you'll like Edgeworth and what you'll think of Apollo Justice.
12th-Mar-2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
*sheepish*

But I'm glad there are lawyers out there like you. Really. I think in my field the problem is that the interests are so competing that a common ground isn't really possible, so we're always tooth and nail against each other. But I hope I meet more attorneys who share your attitude, I truly do, because in my field we sorely need them. &hearts
22nd-Mar-2008 05:09 pm (UTC) - *radiates love at you*
*hugs tight!* I'm so sorry you have to deal with such ... frankly horrible people from the legal profession in your job. They shouldn't be there making a hard situation any more difficult than it has to be. Yours is a demanding job that doesn't need detractors or distractions, especially from lawyers (which I can't help but think should really know better and act accordingly).

I understand competing interests mean it's difficult to find common ground, and I wish that more lawyers would understand that this means they have to work twice as hard to be nice in such situations.

I'm going to do my best to be the kind of lawyer your field needs! *hugs tight* And I send my best wishes to you and everyone in your field, and hope that you get a good and caring attorney soon. ♥
12th-Mar-2008 06:14 pm (UTC) - this bunny loves you.
I'm late to the party, but I just wanted to say: I love you.

... and you know, when I call you a Big Bad Lawyer - I don't mean that kind! xD B-but, you've gotta kick some ass, right? *grin!*

I believe in you. ♥

I don't know if I've ever said this before, but I certainly don't think badly of lawyers. I'm not sure if it's always been that way... maybe you deserve some credit for that? *smiles!*
22nd-Mar-2008 05:11 pm (UTC) - EEEEE!!! Bunny Tsuna! *USES MY ICON FOR CUTE THINGS*
Ilu too, sweetheart! ♥ Even though I am not around as often as I want to be - *sends love from across continents?* ♥

Ass has to be kicked, for sure, but lawyers can do a lot to be kind and polite even when there needs to be an ass-kicking, however difficult it may be! ♥

♥ Thank you, sweetheart. For believing in me when I don't believe in myself. ♥

I BELIEVE IN THE YOU WHO BELIEVES IN ME ♥

I think you're a nice person who probably wouldn't think badly of lawyers *grin* But thank you so much ~ ♥ I'LL TRY MY BEST NOT TO BE A HORRIBLE LAWYER!
12th-Mar-2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
GO GO POWER CHRIS! :D

p. s. You're totally one of my legal beagle role models. ♥
22nd-Mar-2008 05:29 pm (UTC) - *LOVES YOU!*
YOU AND ME, BABY, WILL TAKE OVER THE WORLD. ♥ WITH THE COMBINED POWERS OF LAW AND FANDOM! ♥

Thank you so much, sweetheart. ♥ That's one of the sweetest compliments ever in the whole world, especially since sometimes I can still be so unsure of whether I can do what's expected of me. ♥ Thank you so much for your faith in me, and I will strive to prove that one can be GOOD AT ONE'S JOB and still be a GOOD KIND OF CRAZY PERSON. ♥
12th-Mar-2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
I always hate when people make generalizations like that: it'd be as if I was angry with every doctor in the whole damn world because one was a stupid idiot who didn't notice my mom's cancer.

I'm sure you'll be a great lawyer, as long as you keep on thinking like that. Best of lucks!
22nd-Mar-2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
*sends you love* I'm so sorry to hear about the mis-diagnosis - and I would completely understand if you were angry at every doctor in the world. I'm really impressed that you aren't, and I send you love and an awful lot of hugs. It takes a lot of strength (I think) to be able to hold back judgment after something like that happens. I don't know if I'd be able to do the same if I were you. *hugs* Thank you, for not hating all doctors.

And thank you so much for your kind words - I'll do my best to keep thinking that way and keep this frame of mind, no matter how long I do this for! All the very best to you, too!
12th-Mar-2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Fight on, aefallen!!!

It's like what you said, there are good and bad people in every professions, but sadly, the public is usually going to remember the bad ones and brush the good ones off as being the exceptions.

You like what you do, and what you are doing is making a difference! Best of luck to you!!!
12th-Mar-2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Good for you :) You're really brave to take up a job in the face of so much opposition. And actually, the fact that there are problems with the way some lawyers practice just makes it more important for someone idealistic to do the job right!

There's a law blog I visit every now and then (I follow Israeli news on the Internet, so I visit a lot of conservative news sites) and I saw this quote in the comments of one of the posts. I thought it was a moving argument for defence lawyers. ^^

It seems to me that it's a hard job to take up even if you just think about the work and the hours involved (my mom worked as a paralegal secretary for a while) but you have a lot of energy and an enthusiastic attitude, so I'm sure you'll go far. *hugs* Good luck!
13th-Mar-2008 06:45 am (UTC)
Dear, you have nothing to prove to anyone. I'm not a lawyer to know if it's a badly received profession, but whatever the profession is, it's about what you put in it - and it's easy to see the good (as in well-mannered and all that) ones from the rest of the lot. Don't be upset that someone has met a bad lawyer- it's not the profession that makes them bad in the first place- they just reek of awfulness.

Never told you this but you have such a beautiful personality that I'm sure you're growing right into the shoes you've always wanted.
13th-Mar-2008 07:43 am (UTC)
I have to admit...before I started reading your entries I considered lawyers to be scum.

But, really, after reading about how passionate you have been about this profession and actually LEARNING about it through your posts instead of taking the popular view on it- I realize that not all lawyers, or even most of them, are bad. I understand the mechanics a lot more now. And, really, they are no more different than any other profession out there...there are always going to be some people in each profession that shine a bad light on it as a whole. So I've realized all of that.

And I admire your perseverance and how you follow your heart despite all the negativity. It truly takes a strong person to do so. I think even if your choice of profession is different from others that almost anyone can look to you as a source of inspiration because you are doing something you feel driven to do and for all the right reasons.
13th-Mar-2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
<3

And I do believe Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice have proven your claim right?
13th-Mar-2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
Good heavens I must really be very ignorant.
Oh wow, really? /: I have heard a few bad things about lawyers but I thought that it's an awesome, respected profession. Everyone knows that you need to be real smart in order to pass off as one...

Smart people aren't all bad /:

I DON'T BELIEVE THOSE WHO WATCH ANIME CAN BE BAD

Hang in there.

I highly admire lawyers, I really do. I was all skhjdljkskafaghs when I found out that you were one.
19th-Mar-2008 01:31 pm (UTC) - the same dreams
Anonymous
identify completely with your post.. every word of it!

we may have barely begun (technically not even begun) but lets try to be the kinda lawyer we aspire to be, together! =)

-marina
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