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The Professional Lawyerby admin

The Professional Lawyer          

by Leonard W. Foy III, Esquire

One of my pastimes is listening to sports talk radio – although I fear that someday as I lie upon my deathbed surrounded by family members my twin regrets may be that there was too much time at the office and too much sports talk radio. But I digress . . .

Anyway, this morning, as I was listening to the hosts on this particular station, they were doing what sports talk radio hosts do best: they were arguing. And the argument, obscure though it was, concerned the label “professional hitter” (in baseball) and whether this label when applied to a player was true praise or faint praise (which as we all know, the latter is damning).

I’ll leave that argument where it is, but the subject brought me right back to my own profession, the practice of law, and what it means to be “professional.” And I asked myself, what does the “professional lawyer” look, act and sound like?

I’ve been hanging around courthouses and law firms and conference rooms since first entering law school in 1991, and I was wearing suits to class and began handling cases as a law student. My whole life is in this business and I know it better than anyone. And I know what it means to be a professional lawyer, because I am one.

The look should be, in my view, professional attire. I wear a suit to the office every day, even if I have no client appointments or real estate closings. Usually someone important pops in and I’m glad that I took the time to dress up.

How should a lawyer “act?” That’s a loaded question, because I think we can all agree that the golden rule is “to thine own self be true” – or simply stated, “be yourself.” Beyond maintaining one’s authenticity – a lawyer should act in a dignified, responsible, even-tempered and mature fashion.

As for the sounds – a lawyer should avoid vulgar or profane language, he or she shouldn’t so much as raise their voice, much less yell and scream. I always speak as though I’m being secretly recorded – if my words could be played back for me or for a broader audience, would I be proud or would I be ashamed?

I’ve given this subject a lot of thought. Your lawyer is a reflection of you, and if your lawyer is a slob people might assume that you’re one too. There are so many good lawyers to pick from, pick one with some class to make a million-dollar impression for you. Remember, to most people, appearance and reality are one and the same. Don’t just get a lawyer, get a professional lawyer. That’s my golden rule.

Len Foy Real Esate Attorney Salem New Hampshire

Leonard W. Foy III, Esquire        October 30, 2014

Real estate developer and his wife—both nonlawyers—give $55M to Chapman’s law schoolby admin

Chapman University’s law school is getting a new name after a real estate developer and his wife made a $55 million donation to the school.

The donation from Dale Fowler and his wife of 52 years, Sarah Ann, is believed to be the second largest single gift to an American law school, according to a press release. The California law school will officially announce the new name—The Dale E. Fowler School of Law—during a ribbon cutting on Sept. 10.

Dale Fowler is an alumnus of Chapman University, but not the law school, which was founded after his graduation. Two of the couple’s three children also graduated from the university. He began his real estate career while in college, building a successful business in industrial property development. His wife also worked in the business.

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NEW: Mass. Home Sales Up 20.7% In RE/MAX July Housing Reportby admin

According to the RE/MAX of New England July Monthly Housing Report, Massachusetts experienced an uptick of 20.7% in total home sales and transactions year-over-year. The median price increased 6.5%, the second highest increase in the region behind New Hampshire. Pending sales were up 16.3% over July of 2012.

Overall, The RE/MAX of New England July Monthly Housing Report shows an uptick of 22.7% in home sales year-over-year, and a 3.2% increase month-over-month across the region. In addition, pending home sales are up on average 28.9% over July 2012.

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