President's Message

Publication year2023
CitationVol. 36 No. 3 Pg. 11
President's Message
Vol. 36 No. 3 Pg. 11
Utah Bar Journal
June, 2023

May, 2023

Engineering a Better Future

by Kristin K. Woods

Notable civil rights attorney Charles Hamilton Houston once stated: "A lawyer is either a social engineer or a parasite on society." Well, for most of us, I'm sure it depends on who you ask. I, for one, think that we as lawyers have the most powerful job because we have the privilege of having both a license to practice law and a platform from which to speak our minds. What other job allows us to perceive a wrong and take immediate action to correct it? After all, because of our education we speak the language that is required to go to the courts for justice of any sort. We possess the map and the legend of the winding roads of the court system. We have an immense advantage over the typical citizen. Just like traveling to a foreign country, the person who can speak the language and navigate the streets has the most ability to succeed in any task there. The same is true in the law.

We've all had the experience of speaking with a pro se party who, although well-intentioned and extremely passionate, has created a document or filed a case that doesn't make any sense in the context of our judicial system. We have the immense ability to immediately, from day one of licensure, jump into the world and either help or hurt the people who hire us. This is why we as attorneys can do a great amount of service for our communities by way of the pro bono opportunities with which we are presented. Even myself, a family law practitioner, can be supremely helpful in a non-family law case, even if I've never handled one before. I can at least speak the language of the court and competently communicate with the other lawyers involved in the case. That's more than most non-lawyers can do.

You deserve to have a career full of meaning, and the world needs to have you there with all your passions, ideas, and solutions.”

Aside from our pro bono endeavors, we have the ultimate ability to craft a career that fulfills our personal...

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