Dateline November 6 – November 13, 2015
Employment Law Marketing
It’s been a busy week of off-site meetings: Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. I met with a retired judge and 4 other attorneys for a breakfast to discuss the passion of one of the attorneys for a water drilling pump ministry to Uganda. He convinced me of the leverage of one well to vastly improve the lives of people who otherwise must carry their water by hand over miles, and to save the lives of children who die of dysentery from contaminated ground water.
On Wednesday I met with about 100 fellow attorneys and member judges at an “Inn of Court” to hear an ex-felon share his experience of 26 years of incarceration, and how he used his personal vision and steadfast plan to keep hope alive. Now out, he is very successfully employed as a trainer for a major real estate firm. He has published books, and been hired as a college professor to teach subjects on Criminal Justice. His goal is to persuade decision makers to reform the criminal incarceration system from one of “doing the time” hopelessly as an non-entity, to using the time to become the most successful person possible with a possibility of prospering when released from prison.
On Thursday, I attended the OCBA (Orange County Bar Association Mixer) and had interesting conversations with past and future presidents of the Bar Association, in addition to meeting some really dynamic personalities in so many other areas of practice. I also had the chance to chat with the Executive Director of the Association. She is a great leader who has been a steadfast overseer for 7 years.
On Thursday night I opened my home as I do each two weeks to a group of about 6 friends who gather to read and discuss the bible. It was a bit rushed to leave the mixer, and set up the house for the arrivals. Fortunately, one of my friends arrived early to help.
Today, Friday, 11-13-15, I had lunch with the CEO of a Court Reporting Service. He is a bright entrepreneur building his business with his wife as partner. I met him first about six years ago when I was Chair of the OCBA Labor and Employment Law Section. I invited him then to sponsor some of our activities, and we have kept in touch. It was inspiring to hear his ideas and approaches to building his business.
Employment Law as Profession and Business
As a business owner I am both an employment attorney and businessman, and remind myself that it is not enough to be the best lawyer, but it also critical to be the best visible lawyer. Only then can consumers of legal expertise make the best choices. There are many excellent employment lawyers. I just want my prospective clients to have access to information to identify me as among them.