Simply put, I tell people that I am a lawyer who takes care of other lawyers. In fact, I tell them, this is what makes our profession so great. We all take care of each other. Sure, we may be adversaries in the courtroom or across the boardroom table. We may advocate for different clients and we may interpret the law in different ways. But we are all part of a profession that requires us to see ourselves not simply as lawyers, but as caretakers of the profession and caretakers of each other.
By participating in programs like CAMP, you too are a lawyer who takes care of other lawyers. You recognize that the sustainability of our profession requires us all to take an interest in cultivating competence in young lawyers and developing resilience throughout practice. You believe in the importance of producing legal professionals who are of the highest character, integrity, and aptitude.
This is something the public should know and understand. Our profession takes so many hits in the court of public opinion. Whether through fictional characters on television and film who portray lawyers as liars, cheaters, and egomaniacs or through the stories of the few and far between bad apples in our profession, public perception of lawyers is at an all time low. But each of us has the power to change this perception one conversation at a time.
Of course your practice is important and your expertise in your area of law is worthy of mention. Take the opportunity to sell yourself, but don't forget to sell the profession as well. Incorporate into your professional identity the ways in which you work to support the profession and the people within it. Leave the other person with a more positive view of what it means to be a lawyer.