I firmly believe that the legal profession is an honorable profession. It’s not just a job you know it’s a career it’s an honorable profession. There are still people out there every day that need help and every day lawyers are helping them and their supporting staff they’re paralegals are legal assistants are helping people every single day. We hear a lot in the media that America is just too litigious, we sued at the drop of a hat. We sue everybody over everything. Frivolous lawsuits. People rushing to the courtrooms etc. Let me ask you though, what’s the alternative to that? If the big guy is taking advantage of the little guy and I don’t have a court room what’s the alternative? Even if it’s a big guy against another big guy, corporation against corporation and they can’t resolve their differences, what’s the alternative to it?

We see it in the media everyday; Egypt, Syria, the protests, the violence. Every 4 to 8 years we completely change our government. We in bring in a whole new set and we do it peacefully. For over 200 years we’ve been doing it like that. Other nations do it through violence and some of them don’t get to change at all.

When we had a problem how do we resolve our problem? We don’t march in the streets we don’t kill people we don’t have a coup of the military to take over Washington. Lawyers handled it. The Supreme Court of the United States handled it. And too litigious? Fine, I think that’s great because that’s kept us a peaceful and prosperous nation for a long time to come. So paralegals looking to go into this field you know you go into a very honorable field even though attorneys have all kinds of bad reputations part of it’s our fault I mean there are bad attorneys out there and greedy people out there just like in any field. But for paralegals coming into the field no matter which way you go into every day you’re helping people and very important help.

What about the family that simply wants to adopt? Paralegals help get that done. What about the guy who’s going to jail or whatever losing property, money, his life, his time? Paralegals help in criminal law. You name the area of law what about the family who’s having a discussion about what to do about grandma? You know she’s not thinking or not taking care of herself. Eldercare law, social security, disability, workers’ compensation, you know getting hurt on the job and as America is so mobile try to find an area where we don’t have motor vehicle accidents and we need tort attorneys, personal injury attorneys, so if you are coming into this field if you have a passion for helping people for knowing that you’ve done everything you can for somebody this is a an area to be in and I think you’re going to find it fascinating.

I love it because every day it’s something new. I don’t care that the law is black and white you take it and apply the facts, which can get different results every time and I learn something every time because I’m always dealing with a different fact pattern. I do personally workers compensation law representing injured employees. It’s just fascinating, you’re always pretty much doing something different. You’re always dealing with different people and again I think you’re always helping people and so I think you know being a paralegal is a great profession.

When I’m a lawyer and I’m looking for a paralegal and I’ve got several candidates from different programs I don’t have the time or the desire to look at each program to figure out who really was taught something and has just a “fly by night” certificate. I don’t have time for that so when I look at a candidate and they’ve graduated from an ABA approved program well I’m happy with that because you know I understand the American Bar Association. I understand what their standards are. I’m a member of the American Bar Association. So just shooting blind I would take the person with the ABA because we’re not teaching what we want here we’re teaching the way organizations since the 1800s have told us to teach.

It’s always best to learn from licensed practicing attorneys. You’re going to get real world experience. I’m going to tell you things that I’ve seen happen. We talk about depositions, we talk about going to court, real world examples of it not just the textbook reading and memorizing. You’re going to get real world networking with attorneys. I know lawyers like to make contacts and you will make contacts. I really do think that you’re going to enjoy it and I think you’ll find it’s a wonderful career and a rewarding career.

Hello everybody my name is Carl and I’m going to talk to you today about the qualities of a good lawyer. What do you think when you think about the law? The law to me is that everyone has this set of responsibilities towards one another. You know you can’t just go around doing things that you’re not supposed to do. You have to have ethics. To be able to understand what is the difference between right and wrong. So there’s a lot of legal things that people are charged with when they go into the courtroom. Not everybody understands what exactly they did wrong.

This happens especially in other countries where they speak different languages. There’s lots of barriers and so there’s a lot of legal implications. So when lawyers take on these clients out there that committing felonies or just minor misdemeanors they need the assistance of a lawyer to help fight these cases in court. It’s really important to be a good role model when you are a lawyer and you have a set of responsibilities to your community and so on and so forth. You need to put biases aside.

So I have three things that I think are good qualities of lawyers. The first one is their willingness to learn new things. I feel like lawyers should be willing to learn new things to get ahead. Being a role model and stuff like that. They also need to keep an open mind to new concepts and ideologies and to enhance productivity and just overall setting the tone and being a mature person which leads me to the next quality: the maturity to learn from failure. The maturity to learn from failure so think first and foremost everyone should be thinking not that all my gosh it failed! Yes use that as a benchmark, but also to prepare yourself moving forward. Momentum to continue to achieve because that’s what we all need. We all need to fail in order to succeed. You just need to know how to fail. It’s kind of funny how it works like that but, third one is have compassion and understanding for others. We’re all human. Let’s do our business. We understand there’s laws in places, but we also need to have compassion for other people and that no matter where you are and and how hard it may seem to be able to see what it’s like to be in another person’s shoes. I feel like we should always have compassion and understanding a least once per day. That’s so we’re all getting along and things are working out and everyone’s getting what they want. We’re all experiencing life and we all want to live life to the fullest.

Those are the three qualities, but then there’s a couple other things I want to briefly talk about. I wanted to say that just some other notes for lawyers. I feel that lawyers should be on time and should dress professionally. They should be focused and they should be humble. They should think internationally and not just inside their culture. The last one is the importance of law so not everybody understands law or why they’re showing up in the courtroom. I’ve seen a lot of people waiting to go to court or just got done with court, whatever the case may be. They didn’t like being inside of court. There’s nothing like it. They felt like no one was there for them and they felt hopeless. I’m happy to be writing about this now but when you’re doing your case and you’re a lawyer and you do good in your case in front of people I would argue that it’s important to reiterate to people to remind them that it is important to have law in a society to prevent complete.

Thank you guys so much for letting me write this. I just wanted to let you know that you are capable of doing amazing things so just keep working away. For generations to come thank you so much for reading and have a great day.