Medlin Law Firm - September 2019

The Medl in News

SEPTEMBER 2019

In both law and football, preparation is everything. It’s not enough to be a good debater or a fast cornerback. You need to study your opponents, learn their strategies, and come up with a plan of attack. Being able to anticipate the opposition’s arguments and defend your own is as important in a court of law as being able to read a defensive line is on the gridiron. Most importantly, this painstaking preparation is what makes the big plays possible. For instance, my team and I recently went through over an hour and a half of police video footage. The vast majority of it was completely unremarkable: just the officer and our client waiting for a tow truck. But, had we not gone over everyminute of footage, we would have missed a critical detail. Buried within the recording was a clear moment when the officer mocked our client — not because of something they said or the situation they were in but simply because they are Hispanic. After playing that segment of video to the courtroom, I asked the officer, “What do you call someone who makes fun of people’s ethnicities?” Touchdown. One segment of video, one key question, or one long pass can be the difference between victory and defeat. In law, as in football, putting in the time to make these moments happen takes hard work and preparation. I’m grateful to have an amazing team that makes the most of every play.

A LAWYER’S GUIDE TO FOOTBALL

It’s been a long wait, but football season is finally kicking off. Naturally, I’ve been a Cowboys fan for as long as I can remember. Growing up near the old Norbuck field, I used to be able to walk from my house to watch them practice. Late one summer, I actually grabbed a pen and paper and headed out to see if I could get an autograph. Being 9 years old, I can’t remember which player ended up giving me his signature. At that age, I was more aware of the general star power of the Cowboys than the stats or exploits of any given team member. This brief brush with NFL stardom aside, I have to admit that I’ve become more of a college football fan. Having gotten both my bachelor’s and law degrees from Texas Tech, I don’t need to split my loyalty between schools. With Matt Wells coming on board as head coach, this is shaping up to be a rebuilding year for the Red Raiders. I’m looking forward to seeing how the team shapes up by the end of the season. I think the reason I find myself more fixated on college games is because I love big plays. As a sport, football seems prone to bombastic, game-defining moments. They don’t happen every game, but when they do, the excitement is unparalleled. I vividly remember Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard touchdown run against the Vikings from all the way back in 1983. Because defenses tend to be a little more relaxed in college football at the moment, these sorts of long bombs, miracle runs, and Cinderella comebacks are a little more common than they are in the NFL, so I go where the action is. I also appreciate what it takes to make these winning plays happen. I may be pretty far from being a football player, but the underlying skills they use actually have a lot in common with being a lawyer. Hear me out.

Go Red Raiders,

– Gary L. Medlin, Esq.

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