Lawyers often ask themselves what their legal legacy will be.
After all, not every lawyer will set new precedent with a novel case; heck, some won't ever even argue a case in court. But that doesn't mean that you or your firm can't leave behind a lasting legacy and make history.
Below are a few tips on how to make sure your firm is remembered, in a good way.
Give your time and your money, whenever possible, to causes you believe in. And as you probably know, giving money is easier than giving time, and it's often less important when it comes to making real change.
2. Foster Giving
In addition to giving your own time to charitable and righteous causes, encourage your employees to do the same by helping to foster an interest in them for giving back. This may be through paid volunteer time, or other incentive based methods of inspiring your workers.
3. Take Cases You Believe In
While you may not be a consumer protection, or civil rights, or catastrophic injury, lawyer, when that compelling case that you believe in walks through your door, take it, and work it harder than you've ever worked any other case before in your life. Protip: History makers can have mentors, and if you catch a big case, leaning on a mentor, even a new one, for help is a good idea.
4. Don't Shy Away From the Media
Be on your best behavior and don't do anything stupid, but don't be afraid of talking to the press if that compelling case that walked through your door leads has the press following right behind.
5. Be You
While it most certainly has that cheesy inspirational poster feeling, the big way to make sure that you leave a lasting legacy is to be as genuine as you can be. Create goals that are meaningful to you, and figure out how you want to make the world a better place and do it.
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