My colleagues inspire me on a daily basis. For this post, I’m taking my cue from one of them. Interestingly enough, this particular colleague tends to write about the people in our profession who inspire her. She chooses to amplify the strides that members of our profession make, perhaps because she recognizes that if one of us moves the profession forward, then we all have the potential to do so.
Lauren practices family and child protection law. She knows the law in theory and in practice and could put her skills up against the best of them, obtain the best possible results for her clients, and make it look effortless. At the same time, she regularly makes herself available to her colleagues who look to her for guidance when it comes to navigating the court system. She gives her time selflessly, perhaps because she believes that if one of us can succeed, then we all have the potential to do so.
Lauren represents the marginalized members of our community, the ones that are at the most risk of being denied access to justice. Her clients present with issues that are both legally and emotionally challenging. Lawyers do not get trained in managing challenging emotions, whether they are our clients’ or our own. I observe her sometimes (not in a creepy way) and wonder how she does it. I’ve come up with an answer: it’s natural talent honed by dedicated service to her clients and to her colleagues, propelled forward by enduring compassion.
With each client she represents, Lauren works in service of the interests of justice in the grandest sense of the word, perhaps because she recognizes that if any of us are worthy of support and protection, then we all must be.
Maybe this is a universal law. If so, I know what we can call it.