Letter of the Law
Fighting for the Downtrodden Helping People Find Solutions to the Problems They Face
A huge part of why I got into the legal field was to help people. One of the great joys of my life is having the opportunity to serve the people in my community, and I’ve been doing that for as long as I can remember. I was in the Eagle Scouts as a kid. I’ve always been an active member in the church. And when I became an attorney, helping people became my full- time occupation. I feel like I’m in a unique position as a lawyer. I can help people in ways that others can’t. I want to be someone who can solve problems and be supportive of peoples’ needs — someone who is in their corner and never backs down. That’s why I became an attorney and why I take so much joy in doing what I do. Last month, I worked through two cases where I used my skill set and knowledge to bring about the best possible outcome. Both cases featured parents, a father in one and a mother in the other, who hadn’t seen their kids for more than two years. When they came to me, I was able to work through the difficult problems in front of them and help them see their kids again. It took time and work, but it was an amazing week to have those two cases work out that way on back-to-back days. Every day, I have people come through my doors or call my office seeking solutions to these life-altering circumstances that they don’t know how to solve. For me, it’s absolutely soul satisfying to help people solve problems they may have been struggling through for years before contacting me. Seeing that profound relief and gratitude in every person makes everything I do worthwhile. Everything I do is to benefit and advocate for my clients’ lives. “To be an effective criminal defense counsel, an attorney must be prepared to be demanding, outrageous, irreverent, blasphemous, a rouge, a renegade, and a hated, isolated and lonely person… few love a spokesman for the despised and the damned.” —Clarence Darrow
As I think about this drive that pushes me forward through life with purpose, I also can’t help but think about the people who have supported me in my life, especially now. In the last few months, two of my mentors have passed away: my college football coach and one of my favorite college professors. My coach had a profound impact on my life. I’ve written about him before and how he helped me direct my competitiveness in all aspects of my life, learn honor and respect for other people, and know what true teamwork meant. My professor helped me think outside the box. His lessons let me see things from another point of view, and he helped hone my ability to understand what people were thinking or feeling. Both mentors were instrumental in getting me into law school, and while they may be gone, the gifts and lessons they gave me will stay with me. It was their combined efforts and my drive to help people that led me to choose the area in law that I practice today. It’s unfortunate that society tends to vilify the people who have been wronged and those who fight for them, but I refuse to back down. I’ve dedicated my life to advocating for other people, fighting for the downtrodden, and giving a voice to those who need to be heard.
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