I gave a seminar last week to newly admitted attorneys on practicing in the field of real estate. My portion was an hour-long presentation within a two day course, designed to acquaint recent graduates with an overview of different fields of law. I’ve participated in this program for many years, as had the moderator.
Since I had a bunch of “war stories” to tell to drive home my points on how careful practitioners must be to protect their clients’ interests (as well as cover our butts), I thought I’d end by quoting a very complimentary e-mail from a former client who “thanked her lucky stars” that I had represented her. This way, I’d let the audience know that as thorny as I made real estate law seem, it was a practice area that made a real difference in people’s lives.
The moderator and I were chatting while the preceding speakers covered ethics. “You always tell such interesting stories,” he said, “not like some of our colleagues, who make themselves out to be the heroes in every situation.”
By Dashu Pagla
Without hesitation, I eliminated my concluding anecdote. If you were an attendee at that seminar, e-mail me for the heartwarming and cheery tale you missed.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I don’t drink, I can’t stand the thought of eating a green bagel, a Shamrock Shake is decidedly unvegan, and a trip to Ireland is out of the question, so I’ll celebrate with you in spirit today!