Third Week of September-New Beginning

I recently attended a trial lawyer’s seminar where we explored who we are as people. We discussed how we need to know ourself before we can know our client.

We discussed how we need to know our client at a deeper level. Until we understand the emotions of our client in the context of her traumatic injury we do not have the ability to tell her story.

These realities are hard to implement into my life as a lawyer. I must look into the inner me to get to know what I am all about. Once I do this I need to identify what about me is moved by my client’s case. I can then reach the emotional depth of my client’s case, and ¬†effectively argue her case.

At this point in my career I have been a lawyer for 30 years. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But getting to know myself is not a new trick. Getting to a deeper understanding of my client is not a new trick. These steps are steps to be taken for a new beginning. A new trip into a deeper understanding of me, a deeper understand of my family, and a deeper understanding of my clients.

The Photograph used in this post is a photograph by artist Ron Smid of The Canada Gallery-beautiful work form a talented artist.

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