Lawyers should seize the opportunity to give back to their communities by volunteering to serve on a board, whether non-profit or profit. However, you really need to be alert before you do so, even though this is a historical role of lawyers. Just after the formation of our country, a French political writer, Alexis de Tocqueville, spent considerable time in the new United States in the early 1800’s making observations about the new democracy (On Democracy in America). He was struck by the involvement of lawyers in every portion of the American society and felt their involvement and influence acted as a natural function against any excesses in democracy. He said: “The American is the Englishman left to himself.”
Steve Crislip was the General Counsel and Loss Prevention Member to a 11 office and 7 jurisdiction law firm for 10 years and has been defending lawyers and firms for more than 25 years and litigating for 40 years.