November 4th 2013 at 3:00
One of my professors is a firm believe that there is no such thing as “the law.” The rationale is that there is no set law—it is ever-changing. What was once the law or majority opinion can be overruled and the minority opinion may become the new law.
The challenge for those of us entering the legal profession is to understand the notion that the law is ever changing. That it only takes a well-written brief and well-crafted oral argument to sway a judge or jury. Those of us entering the legal-profession should not be so concerned with getting the job done that we don’t do the job well. We must not be afraid to take risks for a position that has merit. Shaping what is to be considered “the law” of our day is up to us. We cannot be afraid to take on a challenging case or take a challenging case to trial. The history books and case books are not comprised of settlement offers or trial court orders– they are comprised of cases with tough issues that an attorney and her client decided to fight.
When I graduate and begin working as an attorney I hope to be a game-changer and a risk-taker. I encourage everyone reading this blog to think about how you can become a game-changer. No matter what area of the law we should all be open to taking risk and questioning the status quo. We cannot be afraid to take a stance on an issue in order to bring about change.