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Can "nice" and "lawyer" coexist?

Can "nice" and "lawyer" coexist?
« on: May 17, 2006, 05:46:26 AM »
I'm a nice guy.  I'm not a pushover, but I tend to take things easy and not hold grudges.  Do I have to be nasty to be a successful lawyer?

mecarr

Re: Can "nice" and "lawyer" coexist?
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2006, 06:39:09 AM »
yes. you must be nasty. sorry. you're whole personality will have to change. you won'tbe able to be yourself. just kidding!

Re: Can "nice" and "lawyer" coexist?
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2006, 11:08:03 AM »
It's called Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Re: Can "nice" and "lawyer" coexist?
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2006, 09:29:23 PM »
Joey_JD2b, hun, do yo want me to let the forum know who you are? :)

Re: Can "nice" and "lawyer" coexist?
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2006, 04:24:49 AM »
I think that "nice" and "lawyer" can coexist. The best lawyering styles that I have seen are "politely aggressive."

Re: Can "nice" and "lawyer" coexist?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2006, 06:08:01 AM »
I think you'll be more successful as a litigator if you can stay nice. Stick to your guns, but do it politely.

Re: Can "nice" and "lawyer" coexist?
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2006, 10:25:25 AM »
Working in business being nice and agressive without showing that much emotions to the other side will guarantee you success in most negotiations, not to mention building a more efective cooperation to achieve a common goal... most of the times being emotionless is the key, but when emotion is required "nice" is a much more constructive approach.

Now, if we are talking about real non-faking life... I'm a lawyer, and I think I'm nice... I'm a God actually, so I'm nice... I just tend to be upfront and honest about stuff and people most of the times dont like for other people to tell them the truth in the face...

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Re: Can "nice" and "lawyer" coexist?
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2006, 02:01:04 PM »
I'm reminded of a phrase my mother uses from time to time..."Don't mistake kindness for weakness."  This is how I've tried to live my life as a law enforcement officer, both civilian and military.  Its also the attitude that I plan on taking with me into the practice of law.  I try to be polite and respectful of others and their circumstances, but do not try to take advantage of my desire not to be a complete jerk.  Just remember to be yourself and not let yourself get taken advantage of.  You should be fine.  Just remember that NO is not a dirty word.

Re: Can "nice" and "lawyer" coexist?
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2006, 02:19:20 PM »
Joey_JD2b, hun, do yo want me to let the forum know who you are? :)


I'm not sure I follow...no, no, I'm quite sure I don't follow at all.  Let the board know who I am?  Indeed!

Re: Can "nice" and "lawyer" coexist?
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2006, 02:54:35 PM »
never take advise from someone who takes it in the ass.