T.V. legal analyst and attorney Kelly Hyman offers adept insight into abstract thinking in law.
Many false perceptions, says Kelly Hyman, exist surrounding lawyers, from the profession, being ‘boring’ and ‘rigid,’ to the belief that legal professionals exist solely within specific personality types, often met with disdain. Here, the attorney and legal analyst set the record straight as she explores abstract thinking in law.
“Most people think that lawyers are boring professionals who read books all the time,” suggests Hyman. This, however, she says, is a wholly false perception. “The life of a lawyer is the opposite of the word ‘boring,'” says the T.V. legal analyst and attorney.
In fact, according to Hyman, an attorney leads an exciting life filled with creativity. It is not, she explains, a special field meant for specific personality types, nor should lawyers be met with disdain. “A lawyer needs to read, do research, write, and analyze extensively,” adds Hyman, “much of which calls for a great level of creativity.”
Hyman believes that many people rule out the possibility of having a legal career because they assume that attorneys are rigid individuals. “Quite the opposite,” says Kelly Hyman. “Instead, an attorney must define thoughts into real-life situations, and must transfer abstract concepts to actual situations,” she adds.
“Also,” Hyman continues, “a lawyer must think about different ways to argue a client’s case before a judge and jury, often interpreting legal regulations in a way which stretches the imagination.”
Consequently, according to Hyman, an attorney is rarely a boring individual, devoid of any creative thoughts. “The reality is, in fact,” she suggests, “that an excellent lawyer is the equivalent of a creative genius.”
For example, Hyman highlights how a class action lawsuit is not simply about filing a negligence case based on a legal argument. Rather, an attorney studies the details of a client’s case before deciding whether to file a claim. After filing such a lawsuit, a lawyer then develops arguments offering a client the opportunity to receive compensation for injuries, pain, or other sufferings.
“Ultimately,” adds Hyman, wrapping up, “I believe that an excellent attorney should help clients by interpreting laws in new, philosophical ways, extending far beyond written words.”
A graduate of UCLA and the University of Florida College of Law, Kelly Hyman is an attorney at Franklin D. Azar & Associates in Denver, Colorado, focused on class action lawsuits and mass tort litigation. A staunch advocate for social justice and women’s rights whose other interests include current affairs, female empowerment, mindfulness, and the entertainment industry, Kelly Hyman, who previously enjoyed a successful career as an actress for more than two decades, is married to Judge Paul Hyman, Jr.