Did you hear the one about the Lawyer…

Ron Phillips, Esq.
Partner, Murray, Phillips & Gay

As a lawyer, I often get to hear jokes about lawyers and have received many backhanded compliments about my chosen profession. Lawyers are often viewed in a negative light and sometimes rightly so. However, I do find it ironic that lawyers are the first to be called upon when people need help with a legal problem. Lawyers can only represent people who are seeking representation…without clients, there would be no need for lawyers. Lawyers are at the forefront of protecting individual rights and societal injustices so I thought for a change I would post some quotes that present lawyers in a positive light. In the future, I will share with you some of my favorite lawyer jokes.

 

Anyone who believes a better day dawns when lawyers are eliminated has the burden of explaining who will take their place. Who will protect the poor, the injured, the victims of negligence, the victims of racial discrimination, and the victims of racial violence?… Lawyers are the simple yet essential means by which people seek to vindicate their rights and we must not foreclose that means.

JOHN CURTIN, remarks at American Bar Association annual meeting, Aug. 13, 1991. Read more at Quotes by John Curtin.

At the most pragmatic level, lawyers are society’s professional problem solvers. Lawyers are called upon to make distinctions, to explain how and why cases or experiences are alike or different. Lawyers are expected to restore equilibrium, to be balancers. Every discipline, every profession, every job, and every call has a cutting edge. At that cutting edge, lines are drawn. Lawyers and judges are society’s ultimate line drawers. On one side of the line, the conduct, action, or inaction is proper; on the other side of the line, it is not.

RENNARD STRICKLAND & FRANK T. READ, The Lawyer Myth Read more at Quotes by Rennard Strickland

Lawyers are seldom loved but often needed.

ROBERT B. MCKAY, introduction, What Lawyers Really Do Read more at Quotes by Robert McKay

No group has a greater responsibility today in helping maintain our free institutions of society than the lawyer. In fact, being a man of the law, he is uniquely equipped through training, outlook and experience to be a leader of his fellow citizens. American history confirms his tremendous contribution–helping draw up the basic documentation of our freedom, serving as a leader in local, state and national government, participating in the affairs of community life. At this hour, America especially needs the leadership of the lawyer. The moral fabric of our Nation is badly torn. Disrespect for law and order is widespread. The very principles of free government are being scorned and perverted. Flouting the law has almost become a hobby for some individuals.

J. EDGAR HOOVER, Texas Bar Journal, Feb. 22, 1964. Read more at Quotes by J. Edgar Hoover

Information on Ronald D. Phillips, Jr.

As a lifelong resident of Delaware, former high school and college athlete, and a veteran lifeguard, Ron’s personal interest center around saltwater activities and sports. He loves surfing, boating, the beach, football, and spending time with family, and friends, usually culminating with a cold beverage. When not in Court representing his clients, you can be sure to find him engaged in one of those activities. Learn more about Ron’s commitment to Team Surfgimp

If you want an attorney who is a down to earth, understanding and passionate advocate, contact Ronald D. Phillips.

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