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Why I Love Being a Lawyer (Seriously)

Posted Jan 28, 2011 7:07 PM CDT

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We've all seen the downbeat headlines—surveys show as many as half of all lawyers wouldn't enter the profession if they had it to do over, wouldn't recommend their children become lawyers, would rather be digging ditches or breaking rocks. As the profession struggles to recover from the Great Recession, it's certainly not easy being an attorney.

But what about the other half of the profession—the half that doesn't grab the headlines, that finds satisfaction in their jobs? There's still much to recommend the practice of law, starting with serving clients and the public good. This story is a valentine to the profession, reminding us—in the words of ordinary lawyers from across the nation—why being a lawyer can be an extraordinary calling.

Click to continue reading "Why I Love Being a Lawyer" in February's ABA Journal.

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