I once saw a centuries old adage etched in marble, which read “a lawyer heals the ills of society.” Such a powerful statement, but what lawyer has time for that?
We are overwhelmed with demands, burdened with running a business and wearied by the juggernaut adversarial battles inflicted upon us by opposing counsel. And let’s not forget about those unreasonable client expectations. We are so consumed by the daily ravages of the practice, it’s a wonder, who actually has the time to change the world.
Charles Hamilton Houston once said that a lawyer is either a social engineer or a parasite on society. We can either improve society, or we will just suck the very life from it for our own individual gain.
The truth is that we can serve our clients AND heal the system, too. And I can’t wait to tell you how.
Toussaint Romain is the reform candidate for District Attorney in Mecklenburg County. Prior to running for District Attorney, Toussaint served as Assistant Public Defender for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Defender’s Office. He also is an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte.
As public defender, Toussaint frequently represented indigent clients charged as Habitual Felons, often handling cases that range from murder to drugs. An advocate for equitable and efficient justice for all, he is the Chair of the Young Lawyer’s Division for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and a member of the National Association for Public Defense – Racial Justice Committee.
Toussaint remains active in his local community by hosting “Know Your Rights” seminars and monthly leadership training programs at a local youth detention center in North Carolina. In 2016, Toussaint was named Charlottean of the Year. Most recently he was honored with the Making Black History Award and the Leadership Charlotte’s Legacy Award in 2017.