Here are some terms popular now in legal blogs, the legal press, and other purveyors of lawyers’ tools to understand the business of our profession better. (No judgment here – my greatest obsession is to achieve such wisdom.)
Pause!! Let August recharge your individuality with “real person” activities. Here are some to consider:
OK, these are not too exciting. That’s why I am starting a contest to share good and better ideas. What are your best “do-able” ways to see different ways of life. To spend time with people who are simply not thinking of topics that keep your attention. To replenish the human in you. To hear and consider how other people are thinking, what they are worrying about, what news headlines are important to them, what they think about these times and their troubles.
In short, how will you use August to deepen your humanity? To broaden your capacity to know how people think who are not at all like you.
In this, you also find your greatest capacity to excel as a trial lawyer. We lawyers need to be real. We need to know how the jury’s gut and heart inform their judgment. What they fear. How they reason. We need to be in their world. Happily, these qualities of a great trial lawyer are acquired by knowing and grooming your own humanity.
So, every week in August include a bit of reality training! Share with us what you are going to do. You might win!
Karen M. Lockwood, Esq.
President and Executive Director
National Institute for Trial Advocacy