Listening to President Obama’s incredible eulogy of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, I was suddenly compelled to understand the meaning of grace. Amazing grace. And when a friend sent me a blog post by someone who studies and writes about the meaning of grace in our lives, one of her definitions resonated. In her Washington Post column, writer Sarah Kaufman pointed out that grace is a state of compassion. It includes the ability to empathize, to feel what other people feel without experiencing what they experience, to hurt for the mother who loses her child, to feel the pain of those in pain, to feel the anxiety of others. To feel it and incorporate it and explain it to others. And then it struck me — this is the essence of our work in the law — at least the way we practice it in our law firm.
It is this feeling of empathy, this grace, that made many of us choose the law as a profession. My decision to practice law was deeply rooted in my commitment to help those who have been hurt, who have lost loved ones, whose children have been taken from them, who have lost someone they love, who have been injured themselves and have lost their freedom from pain, from worry, from embarrassment. The legacy of this commitment runs deep in my family as well as our law firm, Hersh and Hersh, was founded on this commitment as an essential part of our law practice. And now, as a third generation comes to our law practice, this legacy is carried forward.