An Interview With Cher Estrin
Charisma: It is equally important to have a compelling presence, which includes positive energy, an influential personality, and the ability to communicate effectively. As a lawyer, I have learned that effective presence is an equal companion to competence, character, compassion and courage. Presentation creates perception, and perception is reality.
Norman Harris – Champions for Justice Law
The legal field is known to be extremely competitive. Lawyers are often smart, ambitious, and highly educated. That being said, what does it take to stand out and become a “Top Lawyer” in your specific field of law? In this interview series called “5 Things You Need To Become A Top Lawyer In Your Specific Field of Law”, we are talking to top lawyers who share what it takes to excel and stand out in your industry.
As a part of this interview series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Norman Harris.
Norman is the owner of Champions for Justice Law, LLC, based in Tampa. He also serves as Assistant General Counsel for the Southwestern Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ, General Counsel on the Executive Board of the George Edgecomb Bar Association, Executive Board Member of Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan, member of the Hillsborough County State Attorney Office Racial Justice Work Group, and Secretary on the Executive Board of the Arts Conservatory for Teens. Norman received his Juris Doctorate in Law from Mercer University School of Law and Masters in Divinity from Emory Candler School of Theology. – Chere Estrin
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series. Before we dig in, our readers would love to get to know you a bit more. What is the “backstory” that brought you to this particular career path in Law? Did you want to be an attorney “when you grew up”?
I am one out of eight children born from the union of our parents, James and Carolyn Harris. My siblings and I were born and raised in rural Georgia in a small town named Manchester. There were limited opportunities, but our parents emphasized the importance of education, daring to be ambitious, and setting goals. I dreamed big in a small place and challenged myself to set my mind to become a lawyer, even though there were no other lawyers in my family and no African American lawyers in the small town of Manchester, Georgia. After graduating from LaGrange College, I completed my Masters in Divinity at Emory University Candler School of Theology. Successfully matriculating through college and graduate school provided me the necessary self-assurance to embrace law school as my next challenge, and I did it!
Can you tell us a bit about the nature of your practice and what you focus on?
I have a small community-based firm. My primary areas of focus are Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, and Music Entertainment Contract Law. I also have a developing practice, partnering with another lawyer, in Civil Rights Law.
You are a successful attorney. Which three character traits do you think were most instrumental to your success? What unique qualities do you have that others may not? Can you please share a story or example for each?
The following three character traits were most instrumental to my success: Persistence, Integrity, and Social Intelligence.....
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