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Editor’s note: Billable hours. Demanding bosses and clients. Student loans. A lack of civility. We all know the cons of being a lawyer, but what are the pros? Texas Lawyer asked lawyers across the state to tell us the top five reasons they like being lawyers. Texas Lawyer will run the “I Like Being a Lawyer” column periodically in the newspaper’s “Out of Order” section. Contributors e-mailed their lists, which have been edited for length and style. Pablo Javier Almaguer, branch manager, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Edinburg Top 5 Reasons I Like Being a Texas Lawyer: 1. I like applying the abstract notion of the rule of law to the everyday problems our clients present to us. Or more eloquently put by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., “The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.” 2.I work in an office where a discussion about significant litigation issues, such as the border wall, can be followed by a meeting with someone who wants to know how to file a pro se divorce. I am not sure there are many other professions that can afford one the ability to provide individual case service while at the same time impacting the community as a whole. 3.While it can be quite a burden to bear, I get a great sense of accomplishment from knowing that I was the only option for many of the people I assist. It is not many lawyers who can say that for the majority of their clients — if not all — they were their only recourse. 4.I am a member of the State Bar of Texas, which supports legal services for the poor through the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation, Texas Access to Justice Commission and Texas Bar Foundation. 5.Based on the reaction I usually receive when I add the words “public interest” to the word “attorney,” I enjoy being part of a group that improves the image of the profession.

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