We all know the struggle of getting established in the profession — the billable hours, the ceaseless new questions and, of course, the mistakes. It’s a difficult time, even with our newly-institutionalized emphasis on lawyer wellness.
That’s why a close look at the returns paid by these up and coming lawyers, and the assistance they gratefully receive from unsung heroes, is so rewarding. They are involved in nonprofit and/or bar association efforts to assist parents, children, tenants, veterans, immigrants, students and the environment — actually any person or group whose rights need protection.
Our honorees also reflect the profession’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Several are on or even heading their firm’s diversity committees. Others are spending their pro bono time with clients seeking asylum or in other ways through the Advocates for Human Rights, the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota and LGBTQ organizations, to name a few.
Our unsung heroes have got their backs – and everyone else’s. Case management and trial technology is their forte´, along with client communication, business development, legal research and attention to a zillion other details. We couldn’t do it without them.
—Barbara L. Jones, editor