Lately, my posts at MyShingle have been sparse. Since mid-June, I’ve been buried in a couple of new matters plus I’ve been writing for Small Firm Innovation and The Xemplar and preparing for my summer travels to bar conferences near and far to meet and teach and learn from my fellow practicing solos. But truth be told, I’ve also wondered now and again about the viability of my eight and a half year old blog for a constituency that already has an embarrassment of riches on starting a law firm.
Except then I realize that none of those blogs are mine. Because none of them focus on what matters to me and many of my readers too: how to be better lawyers to our clients and expand meaningful access to law. In short, how to make the world a better place.
In the crush of the day to day, I often lose sight of my mission – until I’m reminded by an article or a poignant obituary for a solo or small firm lawyer like this one for Neal Heeren, Heeren, a Massachusetts solo specialized in juvenile law and opened his home to several foster children, and represented the poor and underprivileged. Heeren’s former opponent for State Senate, who defeated him said eloquently of Heeren that “Honestly, without a doubt, he wanted to make the world a better place, to make situations better for people.” Another colleague remarked “He lived his life helping and protecting others.”
We’ve all heard the saying that those on their death bed never wish that they’d spent more time at the office. By the same token, do you want your obituary to read that you had 10,000 followers on Twitter or wrote snappy advertising copy? Do you want your colleagues to sigh and say “Oh, she did a good enough job?”
Or do you want to be remembered as a lawyer who used your talents to change lives and make the world a better place?
My postings will be a bit erratic until my schedule abates in two weeks. In the meantime, if you have something you’ve written that’s really, really good or useful for my audience, I’m happy to consider it for publication. Just contact me and let me know.