My work as an advocate has bestowed many benefits. One significant perk is that I have represented some very interesting and colorful characters. These short commentaries are easily documented publicly in newspapers, magazines, books or the Internet. Their public nature makes them quite unlike the private information communicated to a lawyer for obtaining legal advice, and permits commentary on the public aspects of my interaction with these former clients. Each of these individuals enriched my life, by their love of life and by the unique way they approached their role in society. The nineteenth century poet and essayist Matthew Arnold once wrote: “Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know and you shall attain to higher knowledge.” In the end, if we are to be true to ourselves and to this noble profession, we need only strive to fulfill this dictum.