Somewhere a little past the midpoint in our career, we find ourselves planning for the future and beginning to think of our succession plan, but also glancing into the past and at what we have accomplished. When brainstorming for that topic, I came up with more questions than answers:
- Why did you become an attorney?
- What motivated you to pursue this career?
- Who mentored you?
- What attributes did your mentor(s) have that inspired you to emulate their attitude and professionalism?
- What have you learned in all these years of practicing law that you wished you had known or embraced from the beginning?
These questions, and more importantly your reflective responses to them, may help to re-harness that energy and enthusiasm you began your law practice with and reinvigorate passion that will propel you through the next stage of your career.
I am reminded on a regular basis that I embraced this career, and my particular discipline, so that I might lend a helping hand to someone who needs it and be a beacon of light for those who find themselves in the darkness of grief due to the loss of a loved one. The area in which I now practice is directly linked to the reason I became a lawyer many years ago—to bring added value to my community. My mentors along the way paved a clear and welcoming path for me to follow and learn all that I could to accomplish that goal.
As you read this month’s edition, I hope you are inspired to contemplate how your practice area dovetails into others, and that you consider the opportunities presented to you in your practice where you can facilitate a more integrated and organic approach to a client’s legal needs, and how you can improve the services you offer. Looking at those areas may also lead you to consider how you may add value to those entering into our profession, how you can pass on the knowledge you have gained and inspire another, and how you can renew your enthusiasm for practicing law.
Deborah Moritz-Farr is a partner at the Martinez law firm of Turner, Huguet, Adams & Farr. Her law practice is centered on Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Trust Termination and Probate. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997, and in 1990, received her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.
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