In an effort to promote a positive image for lawyers, The American Lawyers Public Image Association (ALPIA) created National Love Your Lawyer Day. Although it’s been around for many years, this is the first year that the day has been officially recognized by the American Bar Association Law Practice Council.
Understanding that lawyers often get a bad rap in pop culture and are often the butt of tasteless jokes, the ALPIA’s mission is to acknowledge and celebrate legal professionals who play an important but often thankless role in our society.
Unfortunately lawyers are often stereotyped as ‘cold-hearted ambulance chasers’. The reality is they play an essential role in our society by helping us protect the very constitutional freedoms we fight for. Without lawyers our ability to assert our rights and defend ourselves would be limited to what we personally know about our nation’s laws. Furthermore without their educated knowledge we put our freedoms and livelihood in the hands of those with power. Lawyers are, in essence, our legal protectors that we cannot live without.
Let’s take a look at a few other ways lawyers benefit society.
Lawyers Defend Others
One of our clients, David A. Kulwicki, a trial lawyer at Mishkin Kulwicki Law Co. LPA, recently settled a case for a woman who was rendered paralyzed from the waist down due to hospital negligence. As a result of the injury, she was confined to a nursing home bed at a young age. The case was so complex as it involved neurosurgery, emergency medicine and infectious disease issues, that other lawyers had turned the case down. After obtaining a large confidential settlement on her behalf, he was able to assist the client in setting up a trust that will ensure that she can meet her costly care needs and living expenses for the remainder of her life. “She will be in her new disability-friendly home by early next year. I really felt like her knight in shining armor!” states Kulwicki.
Lawyers Volunteer Their Time
One of the biggest and most overlooked ways lawyers help our society is by performing pro bono legal work. This typically means they volunteer their legal services to meet the legal needs of the poor and indigent. According to a 2013 report from the American Bar Association (ABA), the average amount of hours provided was between 30 – 56 hours per year per attorney. About 73% of attorneys perform some sort of pro bono work every year. There are few other professions where volunteerism so prevalent.
Lawyers Find Fulfillment in Helping Others
When asked “Why do you love being a lawyer?” here is what I was told…
“Being a lawyer is varied and exciting. Everything we do is to help people. Every case is like a mystery that needs to be solved. Our clients need our training, education and experience to solve their mystery and their problems. The sooner we can solve their problems, the sooner our clients can get back to their normal lives. There is satisfaction in successfully closing an irritating matter for another person.”
Nicholas E. Phillips, Esq.
Phillips & Mille Co., LPA
“Being a lawyer is interesting work! As a medical malpractice attorney, I have to become an expert in different areas of medicine, which makes every day a school day. I also have the privilege of helping someone whose life has been upended by a catastrophic medical error, and I can guide their life to be back on track.”
David A. Kulwicki, Esq.
Mishkind Kulwicki Law Co., LPA
National Love Your Lawyer Day takes place on the first Friday of each November. To celebrate, we’ve created a few shareable pictures for your use. Simply click on the image and then right-click to save. Feel free to copy and share the images below and don’t forget to thank your lawyer!