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ADVOCACY . . . FROM THE EYES OF A YOUNG LAWYER

Being a lawyer is much bigger than going to court, drafting pleadings and discovery, taking depositions, and the like. Being a lawyer means that you have committed yourself to the art and idea of ADVOCACY.

Advocacy is defined by Webster 's dictionary as "the act or process of advocating or supporting a cause or proposal." Yes, this is true, but advocacy begins before a pleading is ever filed or before one enters their appearance in a matter. Advocacy begins when you first meet a client. It is that first moment, those first few seconds, that your client fills triumphant, hopeful, and safe, knowing that "you" will be their lawyer. Those first moments of that first meeting when a wife squeezes the hand of her child or husband sitting next to her, or when a grandmother pats her grandchild on the head or glares into their eyes while sitting in your office - all to say that, now, everything is going to be o.k. THAT'S ADVOCACY! Communicating a message early on to your clients that you are worthy of their trust and that you will do everything you can to achieve the best result possible, is one of the most fundamental aspects of advocacy to this young lawyer.

This early communication not only engenders trust, but energizes a lawyer to be optimal in their performance so that the glimmer of hope they saw in their client's eyes during that first meeting will never fade.

by Ebony M. Robinson, Esq.