Sometimes it is not enough to be a lawyer. Just the other day, I met with a woman who had lost her daughter and four grandchildren in a fiery crash only a few days previous.
What can you say? What can you convey that could possibly make any sense to this grieving person? They don’t teach you any of this in law school. But sometimes, being a lawyer comes second and being a friend comes first. All you can do is be with the person and try to share a little bit of the pain and hope that you can carry just a little bit of the load for them. Compassion is important because compassion becomes conviction.
When the time comes to be a lawyer, I hope that this compassion and conviction can carry our team through what I know will be a difficult case.