To Start, You Should Know Lawyers All Go To School

I was 34 when I started law school in January of 1997. It marked the beginning of the end of my educational journey and I was excited about future prospects. The charming quiet Stetson law campus welcomed me from the moment I set foot on the grounds and I will never forget the thrill I experienced whenever I found myself in one of its impressive courtrooms. Law school for me was expensive, challenging, and not at all fun. But it was something I had to get through to achieve my goal of becoming a lawyer. So I worked hard and did the best I could everyday to establish myself and earn my seat at counsels’ table. In May of 1999, my dream was realized when I graduated law school and shortly thereafter passed the Florida bar exam.

Along the way I received a lot of valuable advice. One piece of advice that I would like to share came from a lawyer guest who I assisted while working as a Club Concierge at the Ritz Carlton, Naples. This guest told me that I would not likely enjoy law school because law school is not intended to be enjoyable. He said that if I disliked it I shouldn't worry as law school is nothing like the practice of law. I recalled our conversation many times over the years and was always grateful for the reassurance it provided me.</>

The next bit of advice that I cherish came from a professor who said that we, as lawyers, should not promote or endorse anything that reflects negatively on us, either as individuals or as a profession. This includes, but is not limited to, the telling or sharing of jokes that demean attorneys. Since some of the best people I know are attorneys, I really take this advice to heart.