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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.
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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 05:09 pm (UTC)
Nah~ That was well put! Got my sense of social justice roaring ^^

My icon is a snow bunny ^^;;;; I guess good for the summer XD

Coincidentally, my snow bunny has been named Chi-chan by rady due to my fangirl love for Suzuki Chihiro. (I translated most of Chi-chan's character songs on my LJ and endlessly rant about how muh I love him XD) My Nintendog, my stuffed animal dog, my pillow and my PS2 are also named Chi-chan ^^;;;;
22nd-Mar-2008 04:00 pm (UTC) - happy! Chi-chan character icon for you!
Thank you *smiles* Sometimes I try to keep a rein on talking about these things, because I think I feel very strongly about them, and I worry that it's personal bias, feeling this strongly about the way people think about lawyers and how they're perceived in society and popular culture. ... I will try to not sound pretentious! *grin*

Snow is always good for the summer! *smiles* And it's pretty in the winter, too (when it's not slush that goes grey all too easily and makes people trip all over sidewalks).

*beams!* That is such a lovely name for a snow bunny! If I had a snow bunny I'd name it Chi-chan, too! Speaking of which, Chi-chan is his name on the Chinese forums, I believe? (What an adorable nickname)

! THAT IS AMAZING! Thank you so much for translating his character songs, I simply must investigate your LJ in greater detail for Suzuki love soon! ♥ And your dedication to all things Suzuki is SIMPLY AMAZING. ♥
23rd-Mar-2008 05:13 pm (UTC) - Re: happy! Chi-chan character icon for you!
Well, I guess snow/slush/ice generates more work for the ambulance-chaser group of the bar XD Where else can they find cases filled with negligence and occupier's liability if not for snow/ice/slush in the winter?

Sadly, having to shovel snow every day in the winter makes me hate snow very much.....but pure white happy snow bunnies are cute ^^

Chi-chan is actually Suzuki Chihiro's nick name. He is usually called that by those who work with him lots (like Toriumi Kousuke) You can usually hear that in free talks XD

I have most of his recent songs translated and some of the PKO ones. I avoid his Prince of Tennis solos because...well....um....they hurt my ears ^^;;;
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