Medlin Law Firm - May 2020

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MAY 2020

sole person sent outside to clean up the papery mess. I guess I learned to keep the actions of my classmates confidential, too.

UNSUNG HEROES

In college, I had the chance to meet some real characters. My undergraduate chemistry professor was like someone out of a cartoon: Bernie Sanders hair, prone to wild gesticulation, and downright eccentric in his lectures. Sure, I didn’t become a chemist, but there was never a dull moment in his lab. And of course, in law school, I had a civil procedure professor who made a huge difference in my life. Beyond being a great teacher of a very dense, dry subject, he cared deeply for his students. After I was injured in my second year, he offered to teach me flying lessons for free. That he would take the time to do something like that for me during a very tumultuous time in my life was deeply moving. As I was adjusting to the new normal of living with chronic pain, he took it upon himself to get me off the ground and away from my troubles. That was going above and beyond the call of duty.

Thanking Teachers Everywhere

While recent events may have disrupted the school schedule, we shouldn’t let that overshadow a very important date on the calendar. In fact, Teachers’ Day, which takes place on May 5, is more important now than ever. In the face of a growing pandemic, countless educators put their own health on the line to be there for students, and in the wake of school closures, they adapt to new technology to be there for kids from afar. Even outside times of crisis, teachers provide an invaluable service that reaches far beyond just making sure we all know our times tables. Come to think of it, I still use many of the lessons my teachers and professors taught me over the years. These lessons may not have always been on the syllabus, but they’ve proven invaluable nonetheless. My fourth grade teacher, for example, showed me the lasting value of entertainment. She had a knack for making learning fun, especially with her ability to weave enthralling narratives out of history lessons. To this day, I love the study of history and cultures, and I credit that to the way she brought those early classes to life. Of course, she was also the teacher who introduced me to real homework, but I don’t hold it against her. If anything, that showed me how to buckle down and get work done. In a similar vein, my high school history teacher, who was also the football coach, taught me a valuable lesson in civics. You see, he came into the classroom just as I launched a paper airplane sailing out the window. I was far from the only student participating in the activity, but I was the one who got caught. And so, I was the

To this day, acts of teaching like this inspire me. I may not be an educator myself, but in the conferences I’ve spoken at and

in my day-to-day client education, I’ve tried to embody the same spirit of upbeat, informative communication. If anything, the experience has deepened my appreciation for the tireless, often thankless, work educators put into raising future generations. So the next chance you get, thank a teacher.

– Gary L. Medlin, Esq.

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