I’m off the fence. As of today, consider me committed. Committed to you, committed to us, committed to every disaffected lawyer, and to anyone else who can relate. This is not going to be a part-time gig. I can write this blog! I must write this blog! I will write this blog! And it’s going to have my total commitment.
I am a man on fire! I believe that lawyers have for too long been screwed by a system that has been set up specifically to screw us, and the only way out is for us to all throw in and help each other. I’m passionate about this topic, and my passion is such that I must devote myself to it full time.
Because we have a problem and the only way that we are going to solve that problem is if we unite to help each other, starting with me. So I am going to devote all of my time, all of my passion and all of my energy to creating the very best content I can on this site to help all lawyers to find direction, purpose and meaning in their lives, whether they continue practicing, change their practice, or take their lives in a different direction altogether.
This is a full time gig. This is my life’s work. This is my mission!
I Thank my Mom
If there is one person I have to thank for helping me come to this decision, it’s my mom. Not because she supports this decision. She doesn’t. She thinks that I should take a more conservative course, get a full time job, do this part-time, and then make this a full time gig if and when it becomes successful. That’s a perfectly valid opinion and she has a right to it. But I disagree, and I didn’t fully understand the extent to which I disagree until yesterday, when we had a vigorous conversation about it. Although I had been leaning in this direction for a long time, talking things out with her has given me a crystal clear understanding of my priorities, and I now know that my singular professional priority has to be building this blog. It can be no other way.
I disagree with my mom’s point of view for several reasons:
- It doesn’t fit with how I work. I personally am not able to do a 9 to 5 job, be a committed husband and dad, and give this blog the attention and commitment it deserves. I’ll become complacent in the job. I’ll get home and say to myself “I’ve had a long day, I’m tired, I’ll blog tomorrow.” This will deteriorate into a casual hobby, and ultimately wither down to nothing. I can’t let that happen. It would be letting myself down, and, more importantly, it would be letting you down.
- I want my time! I want my work to go 100 percent to the things I believe in. I don’t want to waste another minute of it on any other mission, or on anyone else’s dream. I’m no longer prepared to rent out my labor to people who will use it to their proprietary ends, dictate how I’m going to spend my time, and put me out the gate the moment they decide it suits their bottom line. It’s not just that I’ve been there and done that, or that I’m over it. To my mind, it’s the wrong way, both for people as individuals and for society. And I can’t fight for a new and better way if I continue to go in the wrong direction.
- This subject is too important to half ass. There are too many lawyers suffering from depression, alcoholism and drug abuse. There are too many people being abused by this profession. The need to fix the problems I’m trying to fix is too great.
So What Is This Blog Really About
I named this blog Love After Law for three reasons. First, because I felt like the love and joy that is the essence of living is being sucked out of too many lawyers lives, and I want to help them find their way back to it. Second, because this blog is what I’m doing after law, and it is a testament to my love for my fellow lawyers and my fellow human beings. Third, because I still love the law, even if I no longer love the legal profession. I revere the majesty of our justice system and the laws that underpin it, and I believe it deserves a professional commitment worthy of its stature and importance to our society.
So ultimately this blog is about exactly what it says: love after law. And I will direct its content toward helping my colleagues and former colleagues find a way forward that will enable them to live their best lives, today and tomorrow; and to proposing solutions to make the practice of law work better for both those who do it and the broader society that benefits from it. Whether I’m offering my opinions, reviewing products, proposing solutions or just going for a quick laugh, everything I write is directed in some way toward that end.
I don’t have all of the answers. I don’t even have most of the answers. Heck, I’m still figuring out a lot of this myself. In many, if not most cases my goal will be to inspire a vigorous discussion among my readers. I want to be the spark that lights the fire, but I realize I can’t do it without the help of an engaged readership. I need to cultivate that readership. That’s why I need to do this full time.
An Invitation to You
I’d like to invite you into a partnership with me. On my end, I will work to the best of my ability to develop content that will inform, enlighten and inspire you. I hope that you will join me by participating in a vigorous discussion through your comments, raising issues I may have overlooked, and holding me to account. I’m ready to keep up my end.