Is courage needed to practice your profession?
Without a doubt. Sometimes it is to put unpopular positions- because it is int he interests of your client. I have been threatened in my job, including death threats. The easiest thing would have been to walk away- but I would have failed in my duty to my client. That duty, subject to ethical constraints, is paramount. It can take courage to follow through for a client.
Yes, but we're not firefighters, so let's not go overboard here.
I believe courage is needed to practice almost any profession. Professions require that important decisions be made, and no one can make these decisions perfectly.
Much of my work is immediate in that I must make many decisions "in the moment" without much time to reflect, based on limited and sometimes sketchy information. Moreover, what I do is a mixture of a social science and an art, and so requires acceptance of making many wrong decisions even acting in the best way on the best information possible. Said differently, I know that I will always make incorrect decisions in my work, and that these decisions have immediate consequences for peoples' lives and finances. For me, that is a serious responsibility.
I consciously reflect on the decisions I make and seek to know my errors, so that I can become a better jury consultant. This is one reason why I so enjoy interviewing jurors after a trial has ended -- I get feedback on my decisions.
yup. definitely .
100 % courage.
Sometimes. When the justice in a case is strong, but the evidence is not.
I don't know if courage is the right word. Determination is needed.
Perhaps. But organizational skills and attention to detail are paramount.
These days the deck is usually stacked in favor of the insurance industry and large corporations, so it definitely takes some degree of courage and fortitude to represent ordinary citizens and small businesses against those powerful interests.
No, courage is the wrong word, self-belief and a sense of justice are better description
I suppose it would be if you were a criminal expert but I do not think this is essential for employment law though you do need to be thick skinned.
I don't know if courage is the right word...maybe confidence is a better descriptor. The more important characteristic is integrity, though.
I do think you need to have courage to practice as a lawyer now. There is a great deal going on and no one has a crystal ball to see how things are going to pan out.
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