Friday, October 17, 2014

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

Sometimes, it seems to me as though I'm the only person who didn't have to read To Kill A Mockingbird for a high school english class. I only just read it this summer—the summer before my 1L year. I really couldn't have asked for a better timing. I don't think that I would have fully appreciated everything about the novel had I read it my freshman year of high school, when I really didn't have the slightest clue that I'd one day up in Law School.

Atticus Finch is something of a hero in the legal world. His name has already been referenced in a number of articles I've had to read. He is the embodiment of what every good lawyer aspires to be: a symbol of courage, and a defender of truth in even the darkest of circumstances. 

This week I read a quote in one of the articles for a class that kind of just stuck with me, "Law is a profession that self-selects conscientious achievers." That statement in my mind resounds with the idea of Atticus Finch, a man who was dutiful, vigilant, and deeply driven by this inner sense to do what is right. As cliché as it sounds, it is what I aspire to become as a lawyer—it is what I am motivated to stand for.

& for that reason, I couldn't ask for a better time for this novel to come into my life.

thank you, Harper Lee.
& thank you, Atticus Finch.

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