Octavio Duran, personal injury attorney at Willens Law Offices, recently moderated a Chicago Bar Association (CBA) event featuring Judge William Bauer.
Duran did this as part of his responsibility as a Special Project Coordinator for the Young Lawyers Section of the CBA.
Bauer is a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. He was nominated for this position by President Gerald Ford back in 1974. Prior to his position as an Appellate Court Judge, he was a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. He was nominated for that position by President Richard Nixon.
Bauer is well known for his colorful ways of wording things when writing court opinions. At his speech in front of Duran and other young Chicago lawyers, he used humor to get strong points across. He reminded the young lawyers, some of who are struggling to find legal work, that they should be proud that they are lawyers. He reminded his audience that despite all the lawyer jokes out there, being a lawyer is an honor and a privilege. He reinforced the idea that, though there are some bad apples out there practicing law, the legal profession is still a very honorable one. Duran agrees.
Duran stated, “In my time as a personal injury attorney, I’ve witnessed some less than honorable behavior, mostly from those who represent corporate America and the insurance companies’ interests. Regardless, I will continue to practice with honor and dignity. I believe in the nobility of law as a profession.”