As I think about my journey from law school to now, I realize that it took me some time to find a way to lawyer that also made me feel like I was flourishing in my broader life. Early in my career, I was not always aware of when I was picking up habits of mind about lawyering. I took for granted that the lawyer brain I was developing was the best version of lawyer brain out there. In order to realize the flaws in my lawyer brain, I had to fail to flourish. Then, I had to learn that flourishing is not a static feature— just because you have achieved it in one setting or in one moment of time does not mean you will always achieve it. I learned that for me, part of how I flourish in my work is to know that I am part of a large, vibrant, dynamic, pluralistic collective. Sharing my lawyering story is part of my effort to participate in that wonderful collective.
Deborah J. Cantrell,
Love, Anger, and Lawyering,
Rich. J. L. & Pub. Int.
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