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October 22, 2012


Making your Profession Personal

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Photo courtesy of Jamila Johnson.

A couple of weeks ago, I was perusing Facebook for the 74th time that day, and I came upon a newly-posted picture from Jamila Johnson, a regular writer for Bar News, the KCBA Bar Bulletin, and De Novo. The picture, reposted here, is of Jamila’s new tattoo of the citation to Loving v. Virginia (388 U.S. 1).

Loving, of course, is the landmark case that ended all race-based legal restriction on marriage. It’s an inspiring case if ever there was one, which I’m sure contributed to Jamila’s decision to have the citation indelibly inscribed on her ankle.

Most of us can tell a story of how we were inspired to become a lawyer: a desire to uphold justice, to help people, or to transform society. Symbols of the profession, like a mini Themis on your desk, the scales of justice embossed on your business card, or Jamila’s tattoo, help remind us of that inspiration.

Staying inspired — in any way you can — is key to thriving in what can be a demanding and stressful profession.

Have you incorporated a symbol of your profession into your personal life? Have a puppy named Posner? A kid named Atticus (you’re not alone!)? Share how you’ve made your profession personal in the comments.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oct 22 2012

    I have a recollection of a car a classmate had in law school that had the Gonzaga School of Law sticker on the back window and a vanity license plate that read “Lwyer2B”.

    One morning he work up tp find his windows all smashed in.

    Turned me off to personalization.

  2. Oct 22 2012

    I got a Pomeranian in law school and named him ‘Lex’ – Latin for ‘law’.

    • Oct 22 2012

      Are you sure it isnt for Superman’s nemisis, Lex Luther?

      • Oct 22 2012

        Nope. But that’s what everyone thinks. 🙂

    • Oct 22 2012

      Quinn – not for LexisNexis? Though maybe that would have earned you some student Lexis reward points? 🙂

      • Oct 22 2012

        I should have thought of that! I could have used some more reward points!

  3. Jamila Johnson
    Oct 23 2012

    My tattoo feels famous.


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