Wasn’t sure whether to share my ‘Why I do LexBlog’ I wrote for an inquiring person for whom I have a lot of respect. Seemed too self serving, or at least a little mushy, to post here. But with it being New Year’s Eve and you guys reading my blog knowing as much about me as anyone (almost), what the heck.
I enjoy serving other people and trying to make the world a better place. That’s why I can became a lawyer. Throughout my professional career, I have always looked for that next opportunity to serve more people and to make a difference.
Whether as a young associate working my tail off, leading local political causes, starting my own law firm, starting Prairielaw.com, a virtual community of people helping people, or working on a non-profit Internet legal services project before I started LexBlog, the common thread was service to others.
Over the last 12 years I have been blessed with the opportunity to help more folks via the Internet than I ever before helped before. It’s like the Internet was made for me and now it’s time to take what I know, the growing powers of the Internet, and the base I’ve built at LexBlog to the next level – all to serve people. All to make a difference.
My goals are fourfold:
- To get people the legal help they need. There are far too many people, whether they be a consumer, a corporate executive, or a practicing lawyer, in need of sound legal information who are not getting it. The best place to get information is from practicing lawyers with niche expertise. Tens of thousands of law blogs providing down to earth practical legal information would start to fill this void.
- To connect people in need of a lawyer with the most appropriate lawyer. Too many people end up with a lawyer who is ill equipped to truly help them. At the same time, given the right information, people are smart enough to evaluate who would be a good lawyer for them. Blogs put a lawyer’s skill, passion, philosophy, and expertise on display for the world not only to see, but to discuss. In addition, geography is no longer a limit in finding the best lawyer – whether the driving force be expertise or a lower hourly rate.
- To help lawyers. A significant percentage of lawyers became a lawyer because of some principle they held – some burning light inside of them, some cause. Law school, student loans, and the practicalities of working long hours to make money and achieve what others have defined as success have just about drowned out that burning light. Blogging about something that you are passionate about, getting positive feedback from others about your blogging, and getting legal work in the area of law you are passionate about sparks that flame inside. Lawyers start to feel good about themselves.
- To improve the image of the legal profession, not to just benefit lawyers, but to benefit society as a whole. Law effects everyday life and society more than we can imagine. Law defines our rights and obligations. Lawyers obviously play an integral part in making the law work for people. We can not have a society distrusting the very professionals who are best equipped to help them. We cannot loose bright and passionate young people to other professions not held in such disrepute. An Internet filled with law blogs making lawyers and legal information freely accessible as well as breaking down the social barriers between lawyers and average folks will improve the image of our profession.
My goals are not totally altruistic. These goals and ideals are strong enough that those working to achieve them deserve a financial return. That’s American entrepreneurialism at work.
If a guy from public housing in Brooklyn whose goal was delivering an affordable luxury to average Americans through a better cup of coffee and comfortable place to drink it can create a multi billion dollar corporation, those who improve the delivery of law and justice to Americans deserve their small slice of the American dream.
As we close the book on ’07 and begin a new year, thanks to all who I’ve had the opportunity to serve in some capacity. It’s been a hoot. And thanks to my team members at LexBlog. It’s truly an honor to work with a such a dedicated and talented group. And most of all, thanks to my wife, Jill, and my family for putting up with me working all the time.
Onward and Upward for the New Year.