Q: I read an interview of a lawyer who was asked to name her most “un-lawyer like characteristic” and she said “creativity.” Aren’t lawyers supposed to be creative??
A: I saw that too and it really bothered me. What she said was: I’m instinctively creative and able to see the creative side of things, or see the world from the creative person’s perspective. I think that’s generally not common to a legal professional.”
To me, that’s “old-think.” How can we be problem solvers who add value for our clients if we’re not looking at a problem from a number of perspectives and trying to find new solutions? If we just stick to the black letter of the law or fail to distinguish negative precedents because we shun creativity, we’re not worth the fees we’re paid.
Be creative while also being the reasonable person we all focused on endlessly in law school classes. That way, you’ll be a professional worth hiring.