June 30, 2011
The legal profession is a community that you joined on the first day of orientation, and it is a community that is continuously concerned about reputation. Until the day you retire (and beyond if you continue to engage in your community through voluntarism, social events, etc), your reputation as a lawyer is continuously being developed, evolving, and being challenged. Based on your behavior in class and even in the hall, your classmates and the faculty and staff have begun to assess your professionalism. Their opinions matter when it comes time to seek out research assistants, make client referrals, send interesting job leads your way, or even just provide notes for the class you missed.