EdUp Legal Podcast, Episode 64: Conversation with Michael H. Bassett
EdUp Legal Podcast with Host Patty Roberts
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In today’s episode, we welcome a 1987 St. Mary's University School of Law alumni, Mike Bassett, a civil litigation attorney who has practiced law for nearly four decades. He is the founder of the Bassett Firm, a Dallas-based boutique law firm that has tried over 300 cases to verdict in motor vehicle accident, criminal defense, food-borne illness, non-subscriber employer liability and subrogation cases. He is also host of a podcast, Legal Grounds—Conversations on Life, Leadership, and the Law, and a published author of a very personal book, The Man in the Ditch—A Redemption Story for Today. He tells us that being a lawyer is a vocation and shares with us what it is like to be a young lawyer in the Bassett Law firm, the essential doctrines in the profession, and the need to be a lifelong learner and to be comfortable with hard work. Mike shares his experience in law school and how he found his passion in the profession following graduation. His passion comes from helping and being there for his clients who end up in the ditch. He tells us that as lawyers, we need to understand that we cannot do this alone and must remember that we have a community all around us. We need to embrace the concept of forgiveness and compassion and be grounded in the idea of decency, particularly because we are blessed to have a legal education. Finally, he shares his thoughts about the evolution of legal education in the coming decade and the need to provide increased access to legal education, focusing on how to engage people remotely. He also shares the advice he would give to an incoming law school class, including the commitment to consistency and persistence needed to be successful.
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