Learning from Thomas Merton-The Humble Trial Lawyer

As a humble trial  lawyer I have a better chance of trying my case at the highest level. According to Thomas Merton “[t]rue humility excludes self-consciousness… .” Thomas Merton, Seeds of Contemplation at 112 (New Directions 1949).

When I am humble I am beyond thinking of myself. I am only concerned with my client, with the pursuit of justice and with accomplishing this at trial. In this state I have no illusions to defend. My movements are free.

As a humble lawyer I “can do great things with an uncommon perfection because I am no longer concerned about incidentals, like my interests and my reputation, and therefore I no longer need to waste my efforts in defending them.” Id. at 113. As a humble lawyer I am not afraid of failure. In fact I am not afraid of anything, even myself, since perfect humility implies perfect confidence in the power of … [believing in myself and my client’s case] … and there is no such thing as an obstacle.”Id.

 

 

 

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