Ive always wanted my own lawyer. Even though Ive come this far without one, I still envy people who, with obvious satisfaction, can say, "Ill see what my lawyer thinks about that." Having a lawyer elevates ones status in life and suggests a higher level of security than you get with, say, your own plumber, which I do have.
But its not the same. Granted, no one would argue that a plumber is, in almost every way, far more useful than a lawyer. But invoking his name after a minor car accident doesnt quite carry the authority desired. "You think this was MY fault?! Well, youll be hearing from my plumber about this!"
Coincidentally, Sojourners doesnt have a plumber, but it does have a lawyer. Nice guy, Im told, although Ive never seen him around the office. And if I did see him, presumably he would not be wearing a heavy tool belt that made his workpants ride low on his hips, exposing more information than necessary while bending down to repair a leaky legal brief, or whatever it is that lawyers do.
Lately our lawyer has been giving us a lot of advice about what nonprofit organizations can and cannot publish during an election year. Sojourners is a 501(c)(3), a federal nonprofit designation which, as I recall, was also the name of that robot in Star Wars. But then Star Wars is a copyright-protected motion picture that our lawyer advises we shouldnt even mention. (In that movie the robot also had an intimate friendship with a little robot called R2D2. Not that theres anything wrong with that. And we imply nothing about their relationship, which, according to our lawyer, is also none of our business.)