Do lawyers need a "mission statement"?

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  1. Dennis Nicholls

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    I got this year's CA bar card in the mail. Emblazoned on it (and in the accompanying literature) is a new item:

    Mission Statement Preserve and protect our justice system in order to assure a free and just society under law.

    I thought mission statements were for start-up tech companies trying to get coverage in Dilbert. Have any of you seen mission statements cropping up in more traditional lines of work or in the professions?
     
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    That sounds like an ill-conceived, if not idiotic mission statement.

    It's like saying an auto shop's mission statement should be, "Preserve and protect our auto repair profession to assure smooth-running cars."

    To me, it sounds more like an attempt to justify and continue the sorry state of our existing legal system. It should have stated something like, "To preserve and protect the rights of citizens in order to have a free society..."
     
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    Have any of you seen mission statements cropping up in more traditional lines of work or in the professions?

    Sports agents? [​IMG]
     
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    A mission statement is just a clarification of purpose, and could (should?) be used in all sorts of ways. You could have a personal mission statement that helps you to clarify your principles and goals in life, your family could have a mission statement, and different levels of your organization could have one.

    For more information, pick up any of Steven R. Covey's books.

    But to answer your question, it is entirely appropriate for the CA Bar Association to have a mission statement. The thing is, a misson statement is for the people it applies to; it should be easy to understand, and motivate them in the direction you wish to go. It isn't to impress others. For a Bar association, I think the goals stated are entirely appropriate.
     
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    Lawyers with Missions statements was covered in the excellent documentry "The Firm"

    BILLABLE HOURS!!!!!![​IMG]
     
  6. Mark Zimmer

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    Yeah, the State Bar of Wisconsin just came up with an utterly asinine mission statement (more or less, I don't have it in front of me): "Expert advisors. Serving You." Not only is it stupid, it implies that attorneys cannot construct proper sentences. [​IMG] Thanks a lot.
     
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    Thankfully, neither Virginia's nor DC's bar cards have a mission statement on them. Lawyers and doctors are the last two really self-governing professions, and I find offensive the idea of having a mission statement attached to my practice.
    -Erik
     
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