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by Andrew B. Delaney, Esq. Dealing with a Bad Rap And I don’t give a damn about my bad reputation —Joan Jett 1 That’s all fine and good for Joan Jett, but we lawyers probably should give a damn about our bad reputation. As of 2013, we ranked at the bottom of the professions for public esteem. 2 On the honesty scale, we do a little better than car salespeople and politicians, which is nothing to brag about. 3 We rank lower than bankers—after the crash. 4 I think we get a little lost along the way. I started law school doe-eyed with dreams of helping save the world. I graduated with bone-crushing debt, a shiny new law de- gree, and no practical skills to speak of. I scrambled to make a career and didn’t have time to worry about community in- volvement—or so I thought. I suspect this might be a familiar tune. When you work sixty hours a week, helping at the commu- nity garden, volunteering at the food shelf, or doing pro bono work during those pre- cious moments of down time seems like a crushing burden. But there’s a big benefit to doing good deeds. In fact, being generous and help- ing others lessens stress, promotes physi- cal health, enhances one’s sense of pur- pose, helps fight depression, and can even increase one’s lifespan. 5 All the benefits as- sociated with being “selfless” can make being selfless a selfish act. Focusing on service to others has oth- er cognitive benefits. For example, a com- mon thread qɅѡѕϊt́Ʌ)͍͕%ͥѕɵ̰ͥ)͕٥Ѽѡ́܁́Ѽٕȴ)ȁ͕͕хѥ̸؁=)䁍ɔ́́ѡЁ$ݔх)ЁѼͽQЁѡЁ'eɅѕհѼ)ݔ'eٔչє%$)܀ɔ̰ͥ䁱ݽձ)ՍɕиM$хЁ)ѡЁչЁ䁑ͽѡ́)䁍չ䰁ѡӊéхи%$)ͽ͔ѡɥ)ѠٕȁѡɽѠѡѕȸ)=ѡ́ѡЁ䁱)Mٕ!́!ѥٔA)Mѕ ٕ一܁Q́Ё݅)ѼɕЁȁѥ٥ѥ́ѼՅɅ̸)%ѡЁՅɅЁɔѥ٥ѥ́ѡЁɔ)ЁхЁЁɝӊQ) ͠ȁ)QЁՅɅЁ́ЁхЁЁȴ)иQ́Ց́ѡ́ͽ̰)̰ͽɕ̸9Ёɔ)хЁɝЁѡ́()ɥٕݽɬɝ̰ɕ̴)ɽ̸䰁ѡɔɔѡЁȴ)ЁЁхЁѥ٥ѥϊQɕѥ͡)ե͕ɽٕа)ȁѡɔ́ԁЁٔՍ)ɕ䰁ѡѡ䁥́ѡЁѡɔѥݔ)ѡеɝееѡ̴)хЁՅɅаѡѕȁȁՅ)䁽%٥ܰѡȁ)́ѡ͔Յ䵽ɽ٥)ѥ٥ѥ̸)'eЁѼɕѕ'eٔЁЁ)ɕи$eи%а$$ٕȃq)ɔЁӊt͔ѡЁݥ'eٔ)ѽɹ Ёѡ$)ȁɔ́ѡЁ́)!٥ѡѼ)%ӊéѡЁ́䁩) ЁЁɽͥݽɬ́)ѡ̸͍%ӊéѕѥA)ȁѡЁ'eȁѡ䁵̴)յѥ́ЁݡЁͽ$)=ѕѡ͔յѥ́ɔѥٔ)QЁ́и$eЁ䁵͕Ѽ)ͱٕȁаЁӊéЁͅЁѼ)ɽͥѡЁݸ)$܁䁽́ѡЁɔݽəհ)ݽəհѡ́Ёѕ)ѡӊé͔'eɽչѡ՝Ѽ)ܸ]ͥЁȁ)хЁѡѡ́ݔȁͼ)䁅܁ݔɑȰЁ)ͥȁɍ́Ёаӊé)ѼՉɍѥд)ѱиQЁѡȁ́)ѡɔ)MݡЁݔѼѡЁȴ)ѥ]Չɕѥ́)5剔AH́%Ё́Ё)ͅЁѡɔ ЁAHݽeЁɕє)ɕɍѥݥѡЁɗP)ݽɑ́ٔѼ䁅ѥѼ)ɕ]Ёݥɕєհ)́ѥЁѡɔȁԴ)ѥ́Յ䁑ѡ̸%ݔ)ɽȁͱٕ́ЁѼݽɬݔ)͡܁ѡЁѡѕɕ́)́ɔɽQݔ͡܁ݔ)ɗQѡѡՉɍѥ)́ݥхЁѼ)]ѡѡYɵЁͽѥȁ)̴)ѥݔɕѕՉ͕٥д)ѕ]eٔѕѼɽ)́ѡЁѡչ䁄ѱ)ͅȰѡȰȸ=ѡ)ѡ́ݔɕͱ䁑Ё́ɽ)ѡЁݽձѼȁ̸͕ͥ)QѡݡЁݽձиQ)䰁ȁ̰́Ѽ͕́ݽɭ̸)]eЁ͡܁ЁЁЁݔ)ͼѕݡݔɔݡЁݗeɔ)Q!YI5=9P H)=UI9010)ɱȁѡ́啅Ȱݔٔ݅䁉)́Ѽ́ѡչ丁]Ѽ)ѡЁչѥ́ݔ͕]eɔ)ɕѱݽɭѕݥѠѡ)I ɽ́ѼɔѡЁٔ)͵ѕѽ́хѡȁ̸)Qɔɔͼ䁽չѥ́Ѽٽ)չѕȁѼѡչ丁ٕ)ӊéЁ٥ѡͽԁ)ЁѡɽѽɔݥѠд)ѥѡȁɽɥ́ѡаӊéͽ)ѡ՝͔́Ѽ)ЁȁɕхѥQݥѠ́)ݽɑϊQݡѡȁݔЁȁ́)Ʉɽͥɽѡͽ)䰃q=׊eɔtݥ)ݥѠ͵ѕ͍$)݅ɐѼѡЁ)}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}|)䁥́٥ɕͥЁ)ѹȁݥѠ5ѥͽѕ́ ɔ)ȁѡYɵЁͽѥ))ѥéAՉM٥ ѕ!)͕́́Ʌѥɥɥ䁽ͽ)䁅ɥ͔!́ѕѼ)ѡȁYɵа9܁eɬѡ̴)ɥЁ յ)}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}|)((ЁmLPѱt Iхѥɐ)Hɑ̀Ĥ($)MAՉѕȁ5хMѥ!)@܁H͕ɍ ѕȀ)ձİ̤م)輽ܹݙմɜ̼ܼĽՉ)ѕȵхѥ($)M ɕ́Iх́1܁!Iѥ)̰ȤمЁ輽ܸ)Խɕ̵ɕх̵ܴ)Ʌѥ($)%($)M1̈́ɕѽ]́M)͠@卡P䀸輽ܹ)ѽ乍ͥд)ѕ̼ؽݡ䵑̵͕͠()չ(̰Ф($)M 1ѡQ ѥٔQɥѡ)єѡѕ́U͔ѼٔM%ͤ)̰DՅ耸輽蹍ȼ)ѡѥٔɥѡеєѡѕ̵͔Ѽ)͕ٔ䵥̼ͥ)ձȰ(ܤ($)LѕH ٕ䀰P܁ ́ )ѥٔ@@ݕəհ0ͽ́@ͽ (ɕAɕ̀Ф($)eЁЁɽ$ٔȁ̸ )չɹѠѡյȰѡɔɔͽѕɕ)́ѡЁݔձхѼ͔($)݅)ܹщȹ