QUALITIES TO LOOK FOR IN AN ATTORNEY
Here I am sitting in court observing two of my colleagues arguing their custody case before the judge. Attorney 1 pretty much insinuates Attorney 2 is ignorant of the facts, while Attorney 2 argues why her client is the right choice as the primary parent. I contemplate to myself which of these lawyers would I hire if I went through a divorce. Then I asked myself, would I hire someone like me? To answer my first question, I would pick Attorney 2 who argued why her client should win because she emphasized qualities that made her client a better custodial parent. As for Attorney 1, although there is absolutely nothing wrong about pointing out errors, I heard more about Attorney 2's ignorance than I did about Attorney 1's client. Knowledge and experience are a must, but I believe it is also necessary for a lawyer to treat each other with courtesy and respect. I believe lawyers should present themselves honorably and behave with dignity with their clients, court staff, judges and everyone else involved in the litigation process. In a perfect world, offensive tactics should have no place in our legal system, but unfortunately we do not live in a perfect world. So to answer my second question, yes I believe I would hire someone like me.