By Colin Jones
As I write this, I am honored to have the privilege of serving as your National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 President for 2020. I want to thank all of our dedicated and hardworking members, including our immediate Past President Dustin B. Herman, Esq., for giving me the opportunity to lead such an incredible organization.
We often talk about our role as attorneys in the legal system, but the law in and of itself isn’t about us lawyers – it’s about the people. Former Attorney General and United States Senator Robert Kennedy said as much in 1962:
“The glory of justice and the majesty of law are created not just by the Constitution – nor by the courts – nor by the officers of the law – nor by the lawyers – but by the men and women who constitute our society – who are the protectors of the law as they are themselves protected by the law.”
As long as people trust in the law, they will fight for the law. But that also means that we as attorneys must uphold our end of that bargain. How do we do that? By trying cases, focusing on the jury process, joining amazing organizations like NTL or the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and, ultimately, making the practice of law about our clients.
Sure, we should take cases to the courtroom and fight as hard for our clients as we possibly can, but being a lawyer is about more than that – it’s about being part of a community, a community that is just as important to the law as the law itself. To fully realize the justice that the law promises, we must infuse our passion for justice into the communities we live in and serve.
Accomplishing goals as broad as this requires a broad approach. Take advantage of all of The National Trial Lawyers’ educational and networking events this year, sharpen your courtroom skills at The NTL’s Top 40 under 40 Trial Academy Bootcamp, and commit to fostering not only a better community overall, but a better community of trial lawyers.
Quoting from Robert Kennedy again:
“Lawyers have their duties as citizens, but they also have special duties as lawyers. Their obligations go far deeper than earning a living as specialists in corporation or tax law. They have a continuing responsibility to uphold the fundamental principles of justice from which the law cannot depart.”
This year, continue to learn and grow as an attorney, become more involved in your community, and most importantly, never give up in the fight for justice.