Working to enforce the law and to see justice done, whether as a police officer, a judge or a lawyer means that the people doing those jobs need to abide by a certain code of conduct. A couple of slip-ups, and losing your job is possible. In order to work closely with law and justice, one must lead by example. Even though there are corrupt lawyers and police officers, every other profession also has someone doing things considered illegal.
Becoming a lawyer means that one should have some core values, which are treasured above all. Many do not speak of those values explicitly, but most of them are expected or implied.
Honesty – Being Dishonest is a Crime in the Courtroom
No matter which type of lawyer you choose to be, honesty should be your primary trait. Telling the truth is important, as otherwise, you might end up being sentenced, not to mention your client. Some lawyers get away with fines while others end up being disbarred.
Honesty does mean having to tell the truth, but honesty does not mean that you have to tell the truth at the first possible chance you are given. Honesty can win your trials, but you need to pick the right time to be honest and the right time to hold your information.
Dignity – An Angry Lawyer Will not Get Far
If you have to go to a courtroom and defend your client, you will have to be dignified. You will also have to show that same dignity to your client, outside of the courtroom. Word spreads around of a lawyer who is sweet in the courtroom but bitter outside of it.
Addressing the judge with proper respect, maintaining a civil tone, having the manners and attitude is expected of any lawyer. There are some who bend the expectations a bit, but not too many or too far.
For a lawyer, being dignified outside of their professional life is also important. Remember the story of Arelia Margarita Taveras, a very successful lawyer who became a gambler and lost all her money, her properties and was disbarred.
Discretion – A Lawyer Has Obligations to Their Clients
Lawyers often hear more than priests, often, the things they hear would quite literally scare a priest. Lawyers, however, have obligations to their clients, to keep their secrets and everything they were told by their clients. Only a judge can ask for such sensitive information to be disclosed.
Being a lawyer does mean being tactical. Not all cards need to be shown in the courtroom and some are better off not being. A lawyer needs to be able to judge every situation and decide what to do with their knowledge.
Duty – A Lawyer has a Duty to Their Client
Lawyers need to act in the best interest of their clients. This means that every aspect of their client’s life which are to be possibly changed in the courtroom is in the hands of the lawyer. This is why lawyers must be able to take care of their clients’ interests, whether those might be financial or anything else.
These are the core values that a lawyer should have in order to be one. Plenty more values could be named, as add-ons to these essentials.