Summer is in full swing – time to kick back and look at old favorites and what they can teach us! It seems like a big favorite for attorneys is MY COUSIN VINNY. Who doesn’t love Joe Pesci’s Vinny? Who doesn’t envision himself/herself kicking major ass big time in the endearing way that Vinny does in all those courtroom scenes at the end of the film?
Although I am crazy about the courtroom scenes, it is the journey of Vinny’s learning curve that always sucks me in. I think that is where the real lessons for attorneys lie. They include:
1. Know your case, dude.
2. Know the law, bro.
3. Dress like the lawyers do in the town in which you are trying the case, pal.
4. Don’t piss off the judge, especially if he once played Herman Munster.
5. Trust your trial team – particularly if she is smarter than you are.
6. Once points 1-5 are under your belt, you can fly.
How many lawyers love the feeling of point 6, but aren’t willing to do the work and take the journey that encompasses points 1-5? Watch Vinny. It may be your second time, it may be your millionth, but watch the first part and see if there aren’t some laughs of recognition this time.
TIP: You can’t soar like an eagle if you aren’t willing to take the journey to the top of the cliff.