Mar 01, 2008
As good as cash! (?)
One of the unexpected perks of this new law practice (can you believe it's almost a year old now?), is that people actually appreciate what we do. Since we began, we lost one case that we believe we should have won but, most of the time, we've been able to accomplish our clients' goals.
We've drafted agreements (co-parenting, artificial insemination, domestic partnership, etc.), we've defended gay parents' rights to overnight visitation with their kids, we've helped them better protect their families in this hostile state (Wills, Powers of Attorney, guardianship, etc.), and we've represented clients in actions against discriminatory employers.
To our delight, we've received many thank you notes and cards. The following is an email we recently received and is representative of what people have said.
We would like to personally thank you and Mary for doing the work that you do. For over a year, [my partner] and I have tried to find a lawyer who understood our needs. Our search was fruitless and we were left feeling very confused and rather defeated by the legal world. I just can't explain how great we felt leaving your office. Protecting our family [is] more important to us than anything else. Your work is helping us find piece [sic] of mind. Thank you for that.
We like to get paid, don't get me wrong. But this type of payment is almost as important to me. This is the type of psychic reward that motivates us to go the extra mile.
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Wow, that is so fantastic. One of the reasons why I wanted to do civil rights law was for exactly that kind of deep down, warm-'cuz-you-know-you-made-a-difference-in-someone's-life feeling.
I'm not there yet with my legal practice, but I'm working towards that. How totally awesome for you two!
I'm so proud and slightly envious!
Posted by: She says | Mar 2, 2008 3:41:42 PM
Aww, thanks, SS! We still have a ways to go yet to fully realize the dream, but we're making steady progress toward it. It does feel nice. You're young. Keep focused on what you want out of life and I'm confident you'll have it all!
Posted by: Denise | Mar 3, 2008 7:22:12 AM
And you two focused your practice on these sorts of issues, why? Obviously for the nice emails! OK - I KNOW why and am SO happy that you're not only doing it but also doing well, but wise-ass that I am, I couldn't resist the comment.
Posted by: Jami | Mar 3, 2008 12:03:22 PM
Thanks, Jami. :)
Posted by: Denise | Mar 5, 2008 7:07:38 AM
When you were in law school, I often commented that you would be in position to make changes in the lives of the people and clients that you are dedicated to serving. See--- It's true. Wonderful!!!!
Have a nice trip- be careful, driving is lots more dangerous than living next to a nuclear reactor or flying.
I'm sorry you are not able to drive thru my neck of the woods here in East Tennessee
Posted by: Robin | Mar 8, 2008 12:14:21 AM
Thanks, Robin. You've always been a dear friend and supporter.
Posted by: Denise | Mar 9, 2008 9:51:50 AM