Tom Hanks in the film "Philadelphia." (Photo: TriStar Pictures) Tom Hanks in the 1993 film “Philadelphia.” (Photo: TriStar Pictures)

A recent conversation with a lawyer turned into a discussion of movie quotations, in particular those about the law. I noted that one of my favorite moments in a movie about lawyers comes when Tom Hanks’ character in “Philadelphia”—a lawyer suing a firm that fired him—is asked what he loves about the law.

His response: “It’s that every now and again—not often, but occasionally—you get to be a part of justice being done. That really is quite a thrill when that happens.”

Next month, scores of law school graduates will learn they passed the Georgia bar exam and come off the assembly line ready to join the practice of law. For the fourth year, I humbly ask our members of the Georgia legal community to provide some thoughts for these rookies.

We’re open to any topic related to advice for new lawyers, but to help spur an idea, this year I ask, “What do you love about the law?”

Please limit your answers to 500 words and send them by 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, to me at Feel free to contact me at that email or by phone, 404-419-2839, if you have any questions.