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What are the first words that come to mind when I say “lawyer”? Many people probably will not say fun or outgoing or nice or caring. Why? Unfortunately, the society we live in today has ingrained this false idea of what lawyers are . In an article by AttorneyAtWork, Ruth Carter, urges the profession to do damage control on its image.
Ruth painted a picture of a world where lawyers were split into two categories: “good guys” and “bad guys”, like in comic books. The “good guy” lawyers would possess qualities such as intelligent, strong research skills, genuine desire to help others etc.
In her world, she says that she hopes “good-guy lawyers would adopt the practice of hanging a cape behind their office door, alongside their backup blazers. That way, prospective clients and others could see exactly who they were dealing with.”
Leaving her imaginary world, she proposed the following alternative: lawyers perform damage control on its’ image.
Ruth explained it the following way:
“We should be highlighting what’s progressive in the field of law and the good that lawyers do for their communities — in and out of the courtroom. We should also do more to reward lawyers whose hearts are in the right place, and to discourage arrogance and disrespectful behavior throughout the industry.”
What do you think? Do you think Ruth has a point? How do you think the legal profession should handle this image issue?