What is a lawyer? Ted Koskoff’s answers

I was looking up some information on the Koskoff website today and came across the firm’s credo, which appears below. With all the cynicism about lawyers and the legal process that one hears today and with all the changes afoot in the legal profession, it is interesting and inspirational to read Ted Koskoff’s answers to the question, What is a lawyer? I copied the followng from the KK&B website:

What Is a Lawyer?

Our Credo

“(Ted) Koskoff was an immigrant’s son with an immigrant’s faith in the Constitution; he revered the legal process.” — Barry Werth, Damages

A former President of the American Association for Justice, our founder, Theodore I. Koskoff, was widely known for the passion he brought to the practice of law. His inspiring personal view about the lawyer’s contributions to society has become the credo of our law firm.

What Is a Lawyer?

“If you are a lawyer, what are you?

“If you are a lawyer, you stand between the abuse of governmental power and the individual.

“If you are a lawyer, you stand between the abuse of corporate power and the individual.

“If you are a lawyer, you stand between the abuse of judicial power and the individual.

“If you are a lawyer, you are the hair shirt to the smugness and complacency of society, and

“If you are a lawyer, you are helping to mold the rights of individuals for generations to come.”

Theodore I. Koskoff (1913-1987)