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Sonia Sotomayor On Being A Lawyer

Jamison Koehler Law Practice

Q:  Would you describe yourself as being tough on the bench?

A:  Demanding.

Q:  You’re demanding.

A:  Tough, yes, in the sense that I want lawyers to be prepared.  I think that being a lawyer is one of the best jobs in the whole wide world.

Q:  Really?

A:  You want to know why?  Because every lawyer, no matter whom they represent, is trying to help someone, whether it’s a person, corporation, a government entity, or a small or big business.  To me, lawyering is the height of service — and being involved in this profession is a gift.  Any lawyer who is unhappy should go back to square one and start again.

Source:  The Oprah Magazine, February 2013