An appreciation storm is taking over the legal blogosphere thanks to the efforts of Stephanie West Allen of Idealawg and Julie Fleming Brown of Life at the Bar. I got swept away by the idea. Here’s my contribution.
Lawyers appreciate mentorship, especially young lawyers. Practice of law is challenging. The mental, physical and emotional demands of the legal career can be high. Much has been written recently about the fact that law schools don’t prepare students enough for the reality of legal practice. That’s why lawyers appreciate the guidance, care and wisdom of their mentors. Counsels need good counsel. They appreciate the time that mentors take from their busy schedules to teach, lead, encourage, inspire, and pass on the highest standards of work and ethics to the younger generation of attorneys. This season, we take time to give thanks to people who touch our lives in a meaningful way. So much of the law practice is about finding meaning in words, actions, events, relationships. Our mentors help us to find meaning in our work and lives, so let’s not forget to show our gratitude to our mentors, and let’s take this spirit of appreciation into the upcoming year.