Lawyers are probably the most stereotyped persons in the entire world. Here in the Philippines, lawyers are always pictured as old, non-smiling, big-bellied individuals wearing crumpled barongs and holding large leather briefcases. Most believe that lawyers spend their days creating ways to manipulate the legal system so that they could screw the innocent and the hard working. Lawyers supposedly spend their nights in sleazy nightclubs with fourteen-year old “Guest Relations Officers”.
This is how the country, and perhaps, the whole world, envisions us lawyers. But that is not necessarily the case. Let me shamelessly use myself as an example.
My name is DON CARLO R. YBANEZ. At the time I wrote this post, I am thirty-seven years old. I have been a litigation lawyer for more than fourteen years. I am a Junior Partner in the Law Firm of Chavez Miranda Aseoche. I usually spend my mornings inside a courtroom, arguing a well-researched legal issue. I spend my lunch meeting with clients, discussing the nitty-gritty details of their legal controversies. I spend my afternoons writing Complaints, Answers, Motions, Memorandums and other legal documents. But despite this, I truly believe that I am far from the lawyer-stereotype described above.
After office hours, I take off my suit, and grab my Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray. Yes, I play the bass guitar for a local grunge rock band called “Lucille”. We play in different rock clubs around Metro Manila. As of date, we are recording an album to be released by late 2015. Aside from this, I am a photographer. I am one of the proprietors of Penthouse Photography Studio and Snapster Creative Snapshots. I am also an active member of the Ayala Alabang Camera Club. I was the 2014 President, and still an active member and adviser, of the Junior Chamber International of Makati City. As such, I organize socio-civic and humanitarian projects, individual development training workshops and other activities for young professionals. During weekends, I choose between playing football, firing a few rounds at the firing range, lifting some weights at the gym or doing boxing. I am also a video gamer, a comic book collector, a TV and movie buff, a creative writer and (obviously) a blogger. On top of it all, I am a husband and a father.
Am I simply selling myself or is there is a point to this brazen self promotion. Well, I simply want to prove that — contrary to popular (or unpopular) belief — lawyers can be fun, hip, fashionable, techy and trendy. And this is what this blog is all about. Here, we will be featuring unique lawyers who are known not only for their legal practice but also for other endeavors such as music, sports and the like. We will be talking about trendy lawyers’ fashion; legally relevant gadgets, software and apps; TV shows, movies and books involving cool lawyers.
But this blog is not just for the legal practitioner. This will be an informative site, which features laws, decrees and ordinances useful for the young, everyday person. Surely, most youngsters would want to know what laws are needed when travelling, partying or buying the latest gadgets?
This is Trial Trendy, where we show you the fun, hip, young and groovy side of the law.