The Good Lawyers

The Good Lawyers



The Good Lawyers
When you think of​ a​ lawyer,​ sometimes we​ get an​ image of​ high powered men in​ flashy suits charging $300 an​ hour to​ talk legal talk that nobody understands but other lawyers .​
And when we​ get those media images of​ lawyers in​ our heads,​ the​ idea of​ a​ lawyer who wants to​ use his or​ her specialized talent with the​ law and that extensive education they all have to​ have to​ practice law for community service work seems almost ridiculous.
It’s a​ good idea in​ all aspects of​ life not to​ let television or​ movie images of​ anyone affect reality very much .​
the​ truth is​ there are thousands of​ lawyers who went into law for other reasons than to​ make money and run for governor .​
In every city and town in​ the​ country,​ there are lawyers who work for very little to​ defend people who need help with the​ legal system try to​ get a​ fair shake in​ a​ system that seems to​ reward the​ wealthy and the​ influential.
Most of​ us know at​ least a​ few lawyers .​
To be sure,​ there seems to​ be a​ lot of​ them .​
But if​ you think about your friends who are lawyers,​ many have them have a​ strong sense of​ community service and a​ desire to​ use the​ privilege and education that has been given to​ them to​ benefit society .​
It is​ a​ tradition that goes back for centuries in​ the​ legal profession .​
a​ lawyer by definition is​ one who stands between the​ people and the​ government to​ try to​ help those who have been falsely accused or​ need an​ advocate to​ be treated fairly.
That attitude of​ responsibility to​ the​ community is​ reflected in​ the​ values of​ the​ Bar Association of​ America .​
the​ Bar Association holds its members to​ a​ high standard of​ public responsibility and accountability .​
And part of​ that sense of​ responsibility is​ using their talents and abilities as​ part of​ their community service .​
So part of​ a​ lawyer’s commitment includes dedicated a​ certain amount of​ hours to​ the​ community to​ be offered as​ free legal assistance to​ those who cannot afford a​ lawyer otherwise.
Now to​ be fair,​ this is​ required by the​ American Bar Association of​ all lawyers on​ a​ state by state basis .​
An average of​ 50 hours a​ year is​ required for a​ lawyer to​ continue to​ be a​ member of​ the​ Bar in​ good standing .​
This is​ called Pro Bono Publico work (usually shorted to​ Pro Bono) which is​ Latin for in​ the​ public good .​
But rather than see that as​ something negative,​ this reflects the​ values of​ the​ Bar Association and it​ sends a​ message to​ anyone who wants to​ hang out their shingle as​ a​ lawyer that being in​ service to​ the​ community is​ important and encouraged from the​ highest levels of​ the​ legal profession.
The attitudes of​ public responsibility don’t just end at​ the​ door of​ the​ Bar Association building .​
Many lawyers give far more than their minimum requirements in​ free legal service to​ the​ community .​
In every city and town in​ this country,​ you can find lawyers working side by side with doctors,​ dentists,​ construction people and professionals of​ every description to​ try and help out people who don’t have a​ lot to​ give back but just need that helping hand .​

So let’s lay aside our prejudices about lawyers that we​ pick up from too many movies and television shows that only show the​ bad ones .​
When we​ do that we​ will realize that lawyers are good neighbors,​ good family men and woman and really do care about giving back to​ the​ community just like you and I​ do .​
Those are truly the​ good lawyers.




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