February 3, 2010

Ten Easy Ways to be a Christian Lawyer

1) Stick a Bible on your desk

2) Put a fish in your ad

3) Keep some tracts in your conference room

4) Sponsor your church bulletin

5) Post a Scripture verse on your wall

6) Join the Christian Legal Society

7) Promise clients you'll pray for them

8) Buy a listing in the Shepherd's Guide

9) Make special visits to accident victims

10) Close your office on Good Friday

I could go on, but hopefully you get the idea. I'm not knocking these things, I've done most of them myself. But alone they are empty gestures or, worse, self-serving deceptive posturing.

Being a Christian lawyer is never that easy, never that simple. And it's probably going to cost you a lot more than the price of sponsoring the church bulletin.

What are some marks of a genuinely Christian lawyer?

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this top ten list.

    I am a 3rd year law student graduating in Dec 2010 and, once I pass the Bar, I intend to open a solo practice.

    I am also a Christian.

    I think that many would say that it is impossible to be both a lawyer and a Christian, but I heartily disagree.

    A large part of being a Christian is helping your fellow man. When I can help by representing my fellow man at their most vulnerable, that is certainly helping.

    I also see that as a Christian, my ethics and morals are dictated by the Bible. Comparing the Biblical principles to the expected ethics of lawyers, the two are in sync even though the Bible calls for an even higher standard.

    Plus, I believe that a firm foundation in Christianity will keep me grounded in my practice of law. A perfect guide to living life correctly is the Bible.

    Thanks again for the list,
    Pam Taylor