Posted by Carol on August 3, 2007, 3:24 pm, in reply to "Re: (no subject)"
Daniel - Thanks for the response. I felt good that you took the time to consider my comments. I hope Raul has the opportunity to do the same in Spanish and apologize for my deficiencies in that area. One observation: I have noticed that when young lawyers are appropriately mentored, they are more likely to become sensitive problem solvers advocating legal outcomes of the win/win variety (rather than, as an example of an unfortunate, seemingly all-to-common alternative, politically connected threatening bullies who are willing to use any means to accomplish an end.) |
Here is an example of what I mean: Raul could become the sort of attorney who recommends that a client's (adult) child (who may have committed crimes) gets the treatment he needs to reduce or avoid jail time...AND, then, use his client's political clout to make sure all stolen items are returned to their owners with an apology...AND recommend that his client provide some form of compensation, perhaps even counseling,** to the young (MX) victims of threats and exhibitionism...AND then provide some reassurance to the community from the family that the son will no longer be permitted in town until all can be assured that he will no longer offend. The family might even cooperate in seeing that the other perpetrators are put in jail.
These are examples of taking a bad situation and at least taking some responsibility for meeting the needs of everyone involved. Raul is, as you describe him, young and somewhat inexperienced. So, he may not be able to accomplish these recommendations in his early cases. Wouldn't it be wonderful to know that he had tried to accomplish at least more than the first, though -- that he was thinking and also advocating for the victims?
Given the potential for multi-cultural (legal) misunderstandings, I am certainly in favor of working with Raul to assist him to become a positive force in the community, though given his comments to Helga, my guess is the mentoring would best come from men. Good luck in working with Raul. It would be super if it turns out well for all. Carol
**This area has excellent family therapy. Last month one of my MX friends who lives in Melaque had a 16 year old son expelled from school (in Jaluco) for fighting. He is required to have therapy as a condition of his return. After two sessions of both family and individual counseling, the family is seeing changes in the son's behavior.
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