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Spare Office Sessions What is your favorite area of practice? “I’m a social worker at heart,” he says. “I enjoy the work I do now,” comparing it to his time spent as a counselor. On his personal road to recovery, Squire left the practice of law and worked for nine years as an alcohol and drug rehabilitation counselor, after which he returned to the practice of law in Birmingham. In addition to his law practice, he continues to serve the Alabama Lawyers Assistance Program, and has served on the board of several non-profits working in addiction, including the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, St. Anne’s Home, and the Fellowship House of Birmingham. What is your best piece of advice for young attorneys? “If you don’t know, ask…When I returned to the practice of law, I was a 48 year-old newbie.” Squire remembers taking lots of CLEs to brush up on his knowledge and to explore new areas of interest. He notes that the legal profession is often plagued by a sort of “false pride” which keeps attorneys from reaching out to each other for help. It is a challenge he has faced time and again in his fight against addiction in the profession. The greatest lesson he has learned, he says, is that “I am still teachable.” What is the biggest challenge facing those in the legal profession? “We’re taught from law school on to be obsessive-compulsive. There’s just one exam at the end of law school, one exam for the bar. Out of law school you’re an assistant at the beck and command of a law partner and your weekend may go to hell in a hand basket if they need a brief written for Monday at 4pm on a Friday. Sometimes that is required by the profession, but it’s not always healthy.” Squire advises to “focus on balance in your life,” in all areas. He refers to it as “S.P.E.F.: spiritual, physical, emotional, and financial health.” He equates the legal career to financial health, and cautions attorneys to make the time to relax with family and friends, go to your kids’ soccer games, or enjoy a cup of afternoon tea. G Over 25 YEARS of Securities LawPractice Specializing in representing claimants in securities, 401 K, trusts and other investment losses. Alyssa Prater, Contributor Call: 205.995.0068 • Visit:www.victimlaw.com No representation is made that the legal services to be performed are greater than the legal services performed by other lawyers. A8515871-01 Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Spring 2018 23


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