Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809.
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this. Who can be more nearly a fiend than he who habitually overhauls the register of deeds in search of defects in titles, whereon to stir up strife, and put money in his pocket? A moral tone ought to be infused into the profession which should drive such men out of it.
There is a vague popular belief that lawyers are necessarily dishonest…. Let no young man choosing the law for a calling for a moment yield to the popular belief — resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation, rather than one in the choosing of which you do, in advance, consent to be a knave.
Abe’s wisdom stands the test of time. I’m one attorney who is resolved to accept his challenge. Happy birthday, Mr. President.
Submitted by Mike Haskell. Mike is a practicing family law attorney from Grand Rapids Michigan. He is a divorced father and shared parenting advocate. Posting of this article is not an endorsement for, or recommendation of, Haskell Law.
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