“…Tell your client’s story.”
“One piece of invaluable advice I received was from my late father, who practiced law for nearly 40 years. He told me to remember that a lawyer’s job is not to simply recite the facts as presented by your client; that is called dictation. A lawyer’s job is to listen to their client about his/her story, critically review the evidence, and then tell your client’s story in a compelling and effective way.
I try to follow this simple piece of advice in every aspect of my practice, starting with the drafting of pleadings to finalizing my written and oral arguments. I consider “story telling” to be at the heart of legal advocacy.”
– Lindsay Johnston, Life in Law Advisor and lawyer at Harper Grey LLP
The Life in Law team is made up of a group of women lawyers who bring a diverse amount of insight and perspective to their individual practices and role as Advisors. Our team of volunteers are single-handedly responsible for the support we are able to provide to our community by answering phone calls, monitoring the online chat offered on our website and responding to questions through the Dear LiL blog. Check out Lindsay’s recent contribution to our first LiL panel discussion discussing sexual harassment by clients here.