I have always enjoyed practicing law, but I have not always been fond of the way law firms operate. Greater Good inspires me because it is a modern and affordable practice representing what I view as some of the best and most important members of our society: non-profits, small businesses and entrepreneurs. This is the kind of law I enjoy practicing, the way it should be practiced today, with the opportunity to provide legal services at lower costs for clients.
I come from a long line of lawyers with a social conscience stretching back five generations. When my father retired a few years ago and I asked him what he would miss the most about practicing law, he replied, “I’m going to miss my clients; I’m going to miss helping people.” Helping people is the essence of lawyering. Most students enter law school thinking the same thing.
However, once you begin practicing in the typical law firm business model, sometimes this essential element gets lost in billable hours, rainmaking and file churning. At my prior firm, I was lucky enough to represent a number of wonderful non-profits and small businesses. It was a firm where I could focus on and help my clients rather than worry about my billable hours. When my family moved here, I couldn’t find anything like that – until now.
My affinity for small businesses and non-profits didn’t happen in a vacuum either. I remember evenings around the dinner table discussing how changes in Medicare and Medicaid affected my mother’s home health agency’s bottom line, how difficult and stressful it was dealing with employee issues, and how she was managing a merger or a move. These all affected her ability to bring necessary health services to her clients. In my world view, non-profits, small businesses and entrepreneurs are the foundations of our communities. That is why I love to represent them.
My mother taught me another important lesson, too. She was a nurse, then a stay at home mother, then a graduate student, then the executive director of a non-profit home health agency, and later a state legislator in New Hampshire. She taught me that second acts and reinvention are not only possible, they can be the best thing you have ever done.
With the advent of powerful legal resources online, novel business models, and changes in the economy, the traditional law firm model has become antiquated, often off-putting, and expensive. This has made legal services daunting and unaffordable for many individuals, small businesses and non-profits.
Greater Good, by harnessing these new resources and models, is ahead of the curve. We can represent business clients who most need affordable services and operate in a way beneficial to our clients’ bottom line. I am so pleased and excited to be a part of this venture which is so perfectly aligned with who I am, where I came from and where I want to go.