The Authentic Lawyer Manifesto

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I have been told a few times that I am too idealistic.

I have always thought that maybe I should just keep my idealistic thinking to myself and do it my own way, however futile that may be…

…until I read The Authentic Lawyer Manifesto by Build Your Book.

It articulates a vision for the legal profession in words that speak to me.

Two lines in the manifesto that truly resonate with me:

“𝘞𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴.”

“𝘞𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘭𝘺, f𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘴𝘬 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘦.”

The manifesto resonates with me so much that I include it in my own vision.

Small steps to get better each day.

Deal with others with honesty, fairness and integrity. And ask others to do the same. Because it matters.

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This post was first posted on Linkedin on 21 January 2022.

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