There are many lawyers who have left the practice of law. Some to retire, many to forge new careers elsewhere…almost all to save what was left of their sanity. Many of these recovering lawyers have found a sense of community and created an internet presence, and most of their stories are nothing short of heroic.
But this website is for those who haven’t left…those who have chosen to remain.Those who day after day subject themselves to over-work, over-stressed lives in institutional firms, large corporations, in underfunded legal service agencies and under-staffed courts. Those who labor under brutal billable hour goals and unmanageable dockets.
I don’t have anything against those who leave the law. As a matter of fact, I find their integrity refreshing and their stories inspiring. But I have a special place in my heart for those who remain. They are my tribe. They have loved me when the world was giving way beneath my feet. Lawyers are, I believe, some of the most intelligent, thoughtful and best people I know. With all of the insanity that goes with the practice of law, lawyers themselves are a rather remarkable group.
Yet, our work can be soul killing and our profession is maligned. How can such a remarkable group be held in such low regard in our communities? How can this work that we love threaten so much of our life energy? And what’s to be done about it? Why do we seem to always confuse who we are as lawyers with who we are in the other parts of our lives? And, most importantly, what would happen if we began to engage in honest conversation around these questions?
I have no idea where such conversations will take us. But this site is intended to be a place where those of us who care about such things can find a safe place to talk. A place to consider how we infuse our lives with meaning while engaged in this practice that we love. And how we support each other in the process.
Welcome to a conversation about soul.