So today is Love Your Lawyer Day, which you can read about here.
Y’all, this is not a joke. Now, we are not a hyper-sensitive bunch here, and we can laugh at a good lawyer joke now and again, but the constant vilification of the members of the legal profession can get a little tiresome.
Especially if you know MY lawyer.
My lawyer works hard for his clients every day. Even though he is appointed to represent many of them by the State of Tennessee, which means they are not the ones paying him. Even though the aforementioned State of Tennessee has not seen fit to give appointed attorneys a raise in 20 years. Even though attorneys who represent the poor in Tennessee are among the lowest paid in the entire United States.
But if you are a poor person being represented by MY lawyer, you would never know that. Even when he has reached the cap for your case, or the cap for the calendar year, and is working for FREE. He will keep working, and he will keep looking out for your interests, and he will give your case the same attention he gives to that of his paying clients.
My lawyer treats his clients with respect and dignity. Most seasoned attorneys do very little indigent defense work because it is not profitable. My lawyer is proud to be able to provide his indigent clients with the benefit of his over twenty years of experience. He stands up for them against a system that is often unfair to them just because they are poor.
My lawyer cares deeply about the neglected kids he represents as Guardian ad Litem. He visits their homes and takes the time to form a relationship with them. He talks to teachers and counselors if necessary. He takes very seriously his job of determining what is in their best interests.
My lawyer worries about the fate of his juvenile clients. He knows that they are just kids, and that kids do stupid things. He knows that many of them have had the deck stacked against them from the start.
My lawyer always sends out his bills late because he is too busy taking care of his clients to take the time to review and initial them. He is not in this for the money (though luckily for our family I am the administrator of this office and I am not as altruistic as he is). He is always lowering his rates, giving people deals, cutting their bills, offering payment plans, forgetting to record all his time, doing things for free.
My lawyer answers his phone at night and on weekends, even if he is trying to rest, unless I turn the ringer off.
My lawyer doesn’t have a fancy office downtown. He works at home so that he can spend more time with his family. Even though he ALWAYS has work to do, he makes time to come to every school function, meeting, or conference.
My lawyer looks like a lawyer. Seriously, he gets stopped on the street and asked if he is a lawyer! He wears suits every day, which he likes to accessorize with seasonal ties and socks.
My lawyer is a good lawyer, even though he doesn’t always think so. His hard work pays off and he gets good results for his clients. People who have legal troubles are not happy, and they aren’t legal professionals, so often they are not as appreciative as they should be. They don’t always pay their bills, even when they are very satisfied. But he keeps right on doing his best for them.
My lawyer is my husband and my best friend. He is a good lawyer and a good man, and he deserves a day like this.
If you have your own lawyer, show him or her a little love today. And if you don’t, I can recommend a great one.