Upright Lawyering – Above the LawAbove the Legislation

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Whats up, everybody! Time for a fast check-in.

This winter continues to current laborious occasions in my enterprise, confidence, and dedication to point out up and be constant.

Rumors of battle, back-to-back pandemics, pure disasters, and excessive polarization are exhausting (particularly if you’re watching the information or Twitter). I’ve struggled with discovering pleasure and never eager to pile on and complain about all the pieces improper, and that’s an limitless quest as a result of so many issues are improper!

Our world looks like a literal dumpster hearth at occasions. Or like witnessing a type of sandwich board-wearing crusaders declaring, “Repent! For the Finish Is Nigh!” (I needed to incorporate a hyperlink to YouTube within the earlier sentence, nevertheless it gave me extreme anxiousness to see what’s on the web — Google at your individual danger.)

However Judgment Day is just not but upon us in case you learn this, and we persist. We politely undergo the automobile line, purchase groceries on the grocery store, and present up for our neighbors and family members as a result of it’s the proper factor to do.

I deal with all that’s improper by exhibiting up and surrounding myself with folks. I lately joined a gaggle of intergenerational (aged 20 to 70) ladies associates worldwide (Egypt, U.Ok., New Zealand, U.S., Philippines, South Africa, Netherlands) the place we discuss life struggles and hopes.

Lately, a lady who lived in Burkina Faso informed us the nation’s identify means “the land of the upright folks” as a result of it evokes its revolutionary spirit and grassroots legacy. This description captures spirit, power, and resilience. I like it.

How can we legal professionals uphold a spirit of uprightness in these attempting occasions? It’s simple to observe the instance of many corrupt leaders who’re additionally members of our occupation. It’s possible you’ll be tempted to maintain a misaligned shopper and maintain on to the engagement since you want the cash somewhat than ethically withdrawing from the case. Uprightness typically presents alternatives all the time, like how we deal with our authorized intern or whether or not we defend somebody who’s mistreated by the authorized system.

I dream of a day the place we are able to transfer via life with extra joie de vivre and prioritize frequent decency and civility. Possibly I’m naive and idealistic in hoping so. I’d like to know if there’s a approach to preserve this state? If solely Marie Kondo would write a guide with 5 steps about sparking pleasure in our world? I’d observe it like a professional!

Do you have got ideas on this text? Please e mail me at iffywrites@ibekwelaw.com.


Iffy Ibekwe is the principal lawyer of Ibekwe Legislation, PLLC. She believes that girls need to make choices that have an effect on them with wills, trusts, and different property planning paperwork. Activating ladies is Iffy’s calling, and he or she additionally loves talking internationally about entrepreneurship, property planning, motherhood, and supporting different ladies legal professionals. Presently, Iffy is writing her first guide on culturally competent property planning, out there in 2023 (prayers up!). A double-Longhorn, Iffy graduated from The College of Texas (undergrad and legislation) and has practiced legislation for over 15 years. Iffy may be reached by e mail at iffywrites@ibekwelaw.com, her web siteLinkedIn, and Instagram @iffyibekweesq.



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