Upon reflection of past Mother’s Day celebrations, and my career as a personal injury attorney who represents injured victims, I realized that a parallel exists between motherhood and legal advocacy in my profession. A TV commentator recently said that you love someone so hard because you know instinctively that it is a limited time offer. That can mean that a mother will love, nurture and protect her child with the utmost ferocity during the course of their finite lives. Law is the same way. You get one day in court, and one shot at justice. There are no do-overs.
The joys and responsibilities of motherhood include doing the following:• Provide unconditional love, guidance, and support.
• Make friendship the basis of an open, caring and honest relationship.
• Raise a child to realize his potential, and be the best he can be.
• Listen carefully and face challenges together.
• Explain life lessons, and teach good values and skills.I see my role and responsibility as an attorney in a similar light – to nurture a client and claim as follows:
• Exhaust all possible efforts to build and establish a meritorious case.
• Provide competent, thorough and detailed analysis and representation.
• Create a partnership with the client, and communicate regularly.
• Fight for maximum settlements and jury verdicts.
• Remain tough and relentless against the adversary.
• Understand how a client life has been affected, and offer appropriate assistance.
Motherhood can be shown in many different ways. It means demonstrating a love and passion for someone or something. It involves strength and devotion to a worthy cause. It is the ultimate responsibility, as well as a blessing. It has lifelong effects on that which is being “mothered.”
I wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all of the loving, hardworking, compassionate, and doting moms out there, and to legal advocates. Make it a good one because there is only one May 13, 2018. This column is written in memory of my own mother who died 3 years ago. She was all of those things and more, and I hope that I have made her proud.