May 1st is a day that should be celebrated with the same vigor as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yes, I said it. At the very least, it should be an international holiday. Why? Simple: if the legal profession did not exist, how different would the world be? Lawyers are taught to advocate. They fight for the rights of the people they represent. Throughout history, lawyers have challenged the status quo on behalf of their clients to change almost everything and help to shape the world as it is today.
Some lawyers are really good, some take advocacy way to far, some are very unprofessional, some are rude, and some get deceived by the people they represent. True lawyers know and appreciate their role in society. They know that without them things tend to not change. They know that, if they do their jobs well, they can change every aspect of society – sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. It really depends on the position the lawyer’s client represents.
The bottom line is that laws exist in the world to hold people to some level of morality. People find themselves in situations and lawyers are there to help them to overcome their situation in the most favorable manner possible.
True lawyers are not the bad apples that you read about in the news or the liars, schemers, and dealers. True lawyers are lawyers who advocate on behalf of their client in an honest way by using the law itself as a guide. It doesn’t matter if the lawyer is for the defense or the prosecutor, all good lawyers should be celebrated.
Remember to thank the lawyer you know on May 1st of each and every year.