Having returned from the funeral of a dear friend in Richmond, I am reminded by the time I spent with her in her last months of life of the importance (and scarcity) of courage in today’s society. As pointed out by Reverend Brown of the Fifth Baptist Church in Richmond, this woman had courage up to the very end of her life. Courage is a characteristic a trial lawyer must have. Attorneys who are afraid to go to court are doing their clients a disservice. If they are afraid to ask tough questions or to tell the hard truth, they should not hold themselves out as “personal injury trial lawyers” and mislead the public.