Quick! Into The Phone Booth!


Quick! Into The Phone Booth!

January 4, 2011 2:44 PM | Posted by Borden, Lisa | Print this page

Ever stop to really think for a minute about one of the common plot devices in all the great super hero stories? You know the one I mean - the seemingly ordinary man or woman with a secret identity, whose amazing powers are somehow enabled by dressing in a special suit. Putting aside for now a discussion of why someone who could fly or bend steel bars or whatever would choose to dress up in blue tights or a cap with bat ears - a question for another day - isn't it funny how the mundane, every day act of changing clothes transforms the person from Average Joe (or Jane) to Super Hero? Once the transformation is accomplished, Superman or Bat Girl or whoever performs amazing feats, fights for justice and the American way, and helps those in need.

Lawyers may not realize it, but we have something like that - maybe we just need to recognize it. Our license to practice law may not transform us into superhumans wearing silly outfits, but it gives us a power for good that others don’t possess. It allows us to open the doors of justice for those who aren’t able to help themselves. We just need to embrace the transformation, to accept it and decide to act upon it. Hey, if the Green Lantern can be a better person, fight for justice and the American way, and help those in need in that get up, imagine what we can do when we wield the power of the law. So, quick! Into the phone booth! Better yet, pick up the phone and call your local pro bono service provider today to volunteer.