Thou Shalt Not Be a Pompous Ass

In the next series of posts we turn from “Thoughts on Personal Injury Practice” to “How I Practice Law.” These posts discuss rules for myself in the practice of law. I hope you find them helpful in your profession even if it is not law.

The  first rule I came across several years ago reading C. S. Lewis. Lewis writing on sin discusses sins of the mind and sins of the flesh. To Lewis sins of the mind are worse than sins of the flesh. Lewis writes the greatest sin of the mind is to be judgmental as in thinking I am better than another.  

As an attorney I work on treating all  people with dignity and respect. The great Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius writes he always takes time for his subjects.  He knew every Roman citizen is important as all of the citizens make up the body of Rome.  

Whenever I think I am too busy to deal with a client, staff member, or anyone in my life, I step back and remember C. S. Lewis and Marcus Aurelius and make time for the person.

This rule recognizes we are all in this together, and no one is more important than another.

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24 Responses to “Thou Shalt Not Be a Pompous Ass”

  1. Roxanne says:


    I just laughed out loud when I read the title of your post.

    I certainly agree with your philosophy of how to treat my clients and also opposing counsel.

    I wish all lawyers would get on board so we can return some of the “professionalism” to the “profession” of being a lawyer.


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