Day 72 of theÂ 90 Days of AwesomeÂ is in the bank! What made today awesome?Â I think I found the answers to some of my clients’ problems.
One of the things I like about being a lawyer is I get to solve problems. I get to fix things. I get to be an intellectual engineer that combines statutes, with case law, and my client’s situation to find a viable solution. In several aspects of my practice areas â€“ like social media law and internet-based businesses, the law isn’t black-and-white. There are a lot of gray areas, and even then, there are times where there are no definitive answers. At best, we can hedge and predict until the laws are changed or an applicable court decides a case on the issue.
Today I felt like a legal engineer â€“ looking case law, examining it when my color-coded highlighter system, looking at similar situations, talking to other attorneys who work in the area, and coming up with recommendations for my clients. Sometimes that’s the best anyone can do â€“ critically analyze the situation and try to draw conclusions based on the available data.
(Please say â€œdataâ€ correctly. In my world, it’s pronounced DAY-ta â€“ like the Star Trek character, not Dah-Ta.)