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What do lawyers appreciate? Bloggers Stephanie West Allen of Idealawg and Julie Fleming Brown of Life at the Bar are determined to find out, with the help of other law bloggers. Each day from Dec, 22 until the end of the year, they'll be linking to posts from other bloggers, like Jamie Spencer at Austin Defense LawyerGerry Riskin at Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices, Tom Collins at morepartnerincome and more, who give their opinion on what lawyers appreciate.

Though I've not been asked for my input, I'll happily volunteer my response, which is pretty obvious. Quite simply, lawyers appreciate our clients, the folks who pay our bills, who feign interest at our explanations of dull concepts, who patiently accept (though they never understand) that the court will need nine months to decide their case (though they could close a multimillion-dollar deal in nine days) and who take time off to show up at depositions, in court and in our offices to do what we need to resolve their cases. And in most instances, they put up with the resolution that we get, even if they don't always win. 

We lawyers choose our path, we're paid to show up in court and we've grown so jaded we don't get upset by protracted litigation or 700-page contracts or even when the right side doesn't prevail. Our clients don't make these same choices, and that's why we lawyers appreciate (or ought to appreciate) our clients, the raison d'etre of our practice.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on December 27, 2006 at 05:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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