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Friday, June 4, 2010

Do Lawyers Have Souls?

Barrister using gavel, studio shot

Does being a lawyer mean you have to sell your soul to the Devil?  Is it possible to successfully practice law today and keep a relationship with God at the center of your being?  Or, do lawyers have to completely divorce all notions of spirituality from their daily work?

Let’s face it, society doesn’t exactly put lawyers and faith together.  Yet some of my colleagues are out to break the stereotypes.  They’re volunteering in prisons, giving away legal services to the poor, and even partnering with physicians to start free medical clinics with their time and resources.  One of my (unnamed) lawyer friends is even donating the proceeds every time he wins a big case.

I thought I had seen it all, then some of my colleagues started a Bible study at lunch.  A lawyer Bible study?  Who would have thought.  We meet on Fridays, and we’re studying the book of Mark.  Sure, our schedules are pretty hectic and I’m known to have the worst attendance of the group (like today, when I’m traveling), but I relish the Fridays when I can be there for lunch – when I don’t even look at my Blackberry for a full hour!

So, before you think lawyers don’t have souls, think again.  If God can use lawyers, he can use anyone!


Dave said...

So I don't get a soul removal during my 3L year? I was counting on it!

Susan DiMickele said...

Only the lawyers can appreciate this post! Wish you could join us for our bible study.

Heidiopia said...

As a "non-lawyer" but a Christian, I love this! Your profession is often villified, unjustifiably so. Keep the faith!

Joanne@ Blessed... said...


I discovered you over at Rachelle Gardner's blog. LOVED this post on lawyers. My husband is a Christian-attorney, an oxymoron, isn't it?

Congrats on your book! I'm in the midst of the same journey, a newbie writer with my first contract. My husband wasn't much of a help with that one. Rachelle is my she yours too?

Nice to meet you Susan!

Penny said...

ha, love it, just discovered your blog, I was a tax lawyer which wasn't often easy for people I met to reconcile..... my daughter asked what I was, I said lawyer....liar? she replied...well some would say yes I thought.....