Not the Devil's Advocate
by Attorney Joy Ragan

Q: What do you have when there is an attorney buried up to his head in sand? 

A: Not enough sand. 

How many attorney jokes, like this one, have you heard?   I suspect many.  We have become one of the most despised of all professions.  Honestly, in many cases, we have earned it.  Attorneys were once one of the most revered of all trades.  Think of all the leaders who dramatically changed the landscape of our lives.  Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer.  Gandhi was a lawyer.  Neither fit the stereotypical devil’s advocate.  They were very spiritual men.  Clarence Darrow, Thurgood Marshall – there are many, many historical examples of attorneys following a purpose and making the world a better place -- spiritual leaders effecting real and lasting change through a noble profession.

How, then, have we earned the distinction of one of the world’s most hated professions?  Certainly, many of us have veered off purpose.  We have come to measure success by our bank accounts, the number of billboards on the interstate and how prestigious our office locations.  The world expects of us to be rich in worldly possessions, to drive fancy cars and wear expensive suits.  As a result, attorneys are especially prone to fall into the trap of trying to fill that void that we all have within us with “stuff”  -- to fill that void with goods not God.  Understand this is a modern trend.  Our forefathers were God-centered.  They sought to do justice and measured their success by the state of the world they left behind them.  Is it any coincidence that they were respected and not the brunt of our jokes?

We, as attorneys, have a great and powerful opportunity to be vessels of great work.  History proves this to be true.  We have a responsibility to correct injustice.  We cannot all perpetuate positive change on a big stage in the way of our forefathers.  Nevertheless, we can each encourage change on our stage, in the theater of our lives.  “Stop doing evil.  Learn to do what is good. Seek justice. Correct the oppressor.  Defend the rights of the fatherless.  Plead the widow’s cause.” – Isaiah 1:16-17.  Who can follow this directive better than a lawyer?  When we choose to set aside false idols – money, fame, notoriety - we are no longer advocates for the Devil.  We, then, are advocates for good work and can begin to live inside our purpose as leaders of Faith.


Happy Easter!

Easter is Sunday, April 20th. Here are some family-fun events around town to celebrate Easter with your family:
Painted Oaks Easter Egg Hunt
Free Event
Easter egg hunts for children, the Easter bunny will make an appearance, children's crafts & activities, vendors etc.
When: Sunday, April 13th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 15100 Lake Pickett Rd. 

Food For Families at Ocoee High School
Publix provides two tractor trailers full of food and pastry boxes to be delivered to 1,000 local needing families Easter Morning.  Volunteers needed to help unpack, sort and package meals. Let us know if you are interested!
When: Saturday, April 19th from 5 p.m.-12 a.m.
Where: Ocoee High School

Eggstavaganza at Epcot
Guests will be able to search for special hidden "eggs" themed to Disney characters at Epcot.
When: April 10th-20th 

5th Annual Egg-cellent Easter Celebration
Hosted by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. The Weekend will be filled with festive, family activities for all ages including photos with May Clayton, benefiting Give Kids the World.
When: April 18th-20th 
Where: Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek


The Marks Law Firm will be running/walking the Corporate 5K Race with the Campus Crusade for Christ team again this year! The race will be on Thursday, April 17th. To find out more information about the race, click on the picture to the right. 

Stay tuned for more details about The Marks Law Firm's Participation at the Nathaniel's Hope Make 'm Smile event on June 7th!  Check out the event page here:

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