Embracing Civic Engagement 101

M. Cabell Clay
Being civically engaged takes doing. One little task contributes. Many small tasks combine into something greater.

Being civically engaged takes doing. One little task contributes. Many small tasks combine into something greater.

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Being a citizen lawyer is rarely about being a transcendent political leader who saves the galaxy. It is about the countless ways, most of them small and mundane, in which any lawyer can make a difference for the better.

W. Taylor Reveley III

Many are drawn to the legal profession by a desire to help people and better society. For some lawyers, civic engagement is a full-time calling answered by a public sector or nonprofit job. For others, civic engagement must fit into a new practice, which can seem daunting. Given the many demands on their time and energy, how do new attorneys find time to be civically engaged?

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