DO LAWYERS CATCH FEELINGS? WHAT A QUESTION!
16 September 2021, Allan Lesesa
An aspirant jurist recently asked me if I do "cry" with my clients. Essentially, do lawyers get emotionally involved with cases that they deal with when they assist clients.
My answers was: I personally don't cry, I tried. I cannot cry. This has got nothing to do with my emotional expression towards clients sensitive matters or otherwise. I couldn't even cry when I lost my loving father when I was just 7 years old, even though I had this woeful grieve. There was just no tears.
But yes, Lawyers do cry! Oopsie, there goes the lawyer in me, I'm talking for other people now. To rephrase: I and other legal practitioners do get emotionally attached to matters that we deal with.
Lawyers are emotional creatures like every other human being and professionals. I strongly believe that it is virtually impossible to live in isolation from ones own biases and emotions.
A number of attorneys when asked why the chose to become lawyers, they will tell you that they "wanted to help people and serve justice". Justice is perceived position of individuals, and emotions are reactions to internal stimuli or environmental and social circumstances. You cannot really serve justice and use the law to help clients if you don't feel for people or at least acknowledge their day to day circumstances and justiciable challenges that they are faced with. In fact, I cannot fully comprehend how any individual can adequately use the law to help someone if they don't acknowledge their position (justice) and feel for them.
It Is when you acknowledge the position of others, that you can adequately and fully serve their interest. At least, good lawyers do feel for those in need of justice. Try engaging the services of someone who doesn't care about you and your interest and tell me about it!
We care about justice, we care about our clients, we feel for our clients. It is this attitude that propels us to go Faster, Higher and Stronger. We keep getting better. All for the benefit and serving the interests of our clients.
We do our best, and do our best well. We however never become pompous for: 'When we have done all the things assigned to us, we say: We are good-for-nothing slaves. What we have done is what we ought to have done.'
It's the life we chose, all because we care.