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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 
22nd-Mar-2008 03:54 pm (UTC) - because I am slow and all that good stuff
I am! ♥ I am terribly pleased. ♥ I went and spoiled myself silly on court-records.net and I am so pleased. ♥

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA PHOENIX. ♥ I have no authority to say much about him because I don't know all that much, but that line about INSTRUCTIONAL PUNCHING, that's GREAT STUFF. MADE OF ADORABLE AND CUTE.

Klavier's thing about his band actually reminds me of my boss, who is in a band, and several other trainee lawyers who are likewise in bands. A lady lawyer used to perform regularly at one of the libraries in my country (until the library was closed down) - her tagline was, "Lawyer by Day, Rocker By Night". So the whole Klavier thing feels awfully real to me - I seem to have had contact with an awful lot of musically-inclined lawyers.

And he gets along well with Apollo (so well that sometimes they forget they shouldn't be sharing information with each other, oops).
HE'S SO CUTE! *is half in love already* ♥ Doesn't hurt that he's blond and Kristoph's brother, either, but omg, so cute. ♥

He's also a rock star and has a song called "My Boyfriend is the Prosecution's Witness."
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! ♥ I HOPE HE DOES THE VOCALS ON THAT ONE. OR IF NOT, HE SHOULD DO A COVER. ♥
23rd-Mar-2008 05:40 pm (UTC) - Re: because I am slow and all that good stuff
I love Hobo!Phoenix so much and he has a SEKRIT MISSION which is remaking Japan's flawed court system and he's AWESOME and I kind of fangirl him.

Let me give you some of my favorite Klavier quotes:

Klavier: I must say I'm used to being inspected by the ladies, but this is the first time I've felt this way with a man.

Klavier: Interpreter? I'm afraid you'll have to look elsewhere. I only speak a few phrases, such as, "I love you," and, "Where is the toilet?"

Judge: What!? More panties!?
Klavier: How many panties are you carrying in your pocket, Herr Forehead?
Apollo: These are the last!! Honest!!

Judge: You may give your opening statements to the court.
Klavier: Before that, I was thinking... Is the air in this courtroom not a bit...serious?
Judge: It IS a court of law.
Klavier: That's no way to get the crowd jumping, Herr Judge.
Judge: They're not supposed to jump! This is a courtroom!

Ema: Unless our famous prosecutor did it as a publicity stunt.
Klavier: Wh- What did you say!?
Judge: Prosecutor Gavin! You did this to promote your song!?
Jury: *ChatterChatterChatter*
Klavier: ......Of course not, I am quite dismayed by the ludicrous nature of her claim. Why would I need a promotion? Everybody already listens to my music.
Trucy: They're even in my textbook at school.
Apollo: (And I'd never heard of them. What does that say about me?)
Ema: I was kidding! Don't get all worked up, glimmer-boy.

Apollo: I.....I was listening to your concert. It was wonderful.
Lamroir:- Really, thank you.
Apollo: I...was hoping to get an autograph?
Judge: Cease this meaningless prattling at once, Mr. Justice! If anyone is getting an autograph I should!
Klavier:- Her Judge! *Throw autograph*
Judge: Huh?! What's this?
Klavier: It's my autograph. Now, let's continue.
Judge: Woohoo! My grandson is going to be so happy!!!!

Klavier: I remember setting off the metal detectors several times. I had to practically strip naked to walk through.
Apollo: (Here's a travel tip for you, Gavin: Leave the bling at home, you glimmerous fop.)

Kristoph: What was your name.. Apollo Justice?
Apollo: ... Yes?
Kristoph: I believe "Forgery" is a better suited name for you.
Trucy: Forgery Justice. That doesn't sound bad at all!
Judge: Might I suggest Penalty Justice? *penalty*
Klavier: Way to go, Herr Pen.
Apollo: Great.. another nickname already.



Edited at 2008-03-23 05:41 pm (UTC)
10th-Feb-2010 03:42 am (UTC) - Re: because I am slow and all that good stuff
Randomly dropping by to give you the song:
http://www.youtube.com/?v=8SLF4MKM7yo (My Boyfriend Is The Prosecution's Witness)
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