I spoke recently with a good civil trial lawyer who tries a lot of cases to juries. This lawyer has been trying cases for 25 years. Things began to wax metaphysical. He spoke about how a trial practice can steal your soul. By that he meant after decades of trial work trial lawyers may no longer see their clients, their partners, their employees, the jurors, the judges, the opposing lawyers, the witnesses, court workers, and perhaps even their families, as human beings. At that time, mental abuse or manipulation of other people, seen only as objects, becomes the operating system of the trial lawyer. When that happens, the soul leaves.
This conversation chilled me ’cause I thought there was much truth to it. Particularly for those of you who really try cases, I would be fascinated to know what you think and particularly whether there is an antidote.