Making the Case for Love in the Law
Anyone who has spent any time practicing law, anyone who went to law school, anyone who’s ever had to deal with a lawyer, or even those who’ve only encountered lawyers on TV can tell that this profession is rife with conflict. It’s inherent in the nature of the job as advocate. Unfortunately, conflict is also pervasive throughout most law firm cultures, even among those who are supposedly on the same team. It takes a lot of awareness to be able to turn the adversarial attitude on and off on demand. On when you’re facing opposing counsel. Off when dealing with your office-mate. On when representing a client in court. Off when you’re communicating with that client.
The benefits of cultivating a more caring and congenial relationship with those in your own office can extend from personal health and satisfaction to happier clients,, both of which benefit the legal employer. Check out Christy’s two part article on the topic of Love in the Law from AttorneyatWork.com. Part 1 describes what this kind of culture is called and highlights the research supporting the benefits of it, and Part 2 provides 10 strategies that we as individuals can begin to implement now.