So what drives me as an advocate? I strive very hard to get the law right. While an advocate is not a law professor or a judge, a great advocate is grounded in the law as well as the art of persuasion. A good part of persuasion is credibility. It shows when a lawyer tries to follow the law as best he or she can. I have no respect for lawyers who try to mislead a judge or a jury. If your case has problems, it is better to acknowledge the problems - advocacy is making the best arguments with the facts and law available.
Compassion and respect are important to advocacy. During law school and for a short time thereafter, I clerked for several trial court judges. Several of the judges had a great influence on my approach to the law and ultimately my career. One judge in particular had the greatest influence to compassion.
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