From the tender age of twelve I’ve known what I wanted to do when I grew up. I’ve wanted to be a lawyer.
It started with History Fair in the eighth grade. My two best friends and I did our project of the Scopes Trial. We did a play in which I played the famous defense attorney, Clarence Darrow. But it wasn’t the Scopes Trial that made me want to be a lawyer, it was a trial he had defended earlier that same year. He defended two young men, Leopold and Loeb, who murdered a young boy to see if they could get away with it. What stuck with me was Darrow’s closing argument. He thought that these boys shouldn’t be sentenced to death for what they’d done in stupidity and youth, but should have the chance to redeem themselves. He plead for kindness and compassion, for forgiveness and most of all love. He closed with the words of Omar Khayyam, words that have stuck with me ever since;
“So I be written in the Book of Love
I do not care about that Book above
Erase my name or write it as you will,
So I be written in the Book of Love.”
Though I do not wish to be a defense attorney, I do want to remind people that condemnation is not the way. With this class I want to be able to make a website for myself as an attorney. I also want to give the victims of sexual assault and rape a place to tell their stories, a place to find strength in knowing they are not alone and they will survive.
I want to use this class to show people that humor, sadness, hope, fashion, joy, pain, and, above all, love can live together.
- Clarence Darrow, criminality, and free will (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Attorney for the Damned: Clarence Darrow in the Courtroom (idzifome.wordpress.com)
- The Scopes Monkey Trial – new insights (for me) (skeptical-science.com)
- “Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast” (3quarksdaily.com)