Daniel Mol takes his job seriously. The 28-year-old lawyer, in his second year of practice with Fielding & Company in Camrose, pulls no punches in describing the responsibilities facing his profession. “Lawyers are tasked with perpetuating the rule of law. It’s no accident that when one of Shakespeare’s characters calls for someone to ‘kill all the lawyers,’ it’s in support of a coup. Lawyers are charged with protecting our legal system, and that puts them in the way of any would-be despot.”
Laughing, he then adds, “it’s a bit high minded, perhaps. But I really do see it as a life of service to the community we live in. I think all professions can be viewed that way.
“As a lawyer, people look to you for help with some of the worst problems of their lives. Sometimes we just dispense advice, but if it’s a serious matter, our role is to make the full remedies of the law available.”
“It isn’t all sunshine, for sure. Like other traditional professions, law has a certain status, but it also carries a personal cost, with long hours and a fair bit of stress at times.” Still, for Daniel, the hard work is worth it. “There’s a tremendous payoff in being able to help people solve these really difficult problems they’re facing.”
In part, he attributes his civic attitude to his experiences while completing a degree in political studies at Augustana. “I think my time there helped me to see my work in a broader context. On a small campus, it becomes clear how everyone has a duty to one another, how we all play a role in the maintenance of the communities that we live in.
“The intellectual stimulus on campus was first rate as well. In my second year, one of my politics professors had us argue a constitutional case in a moot court at the Camrose Courthouse. It was a remarkable experience, probably more thorough than anything I did in my first year at law school. And as it turns out, the real life lawyer and judges presiding over that moot court are all alumni of my current law firm.”
Though his education took him halfway round the world to complete a Master’s degree in International Politics at Aberystwyth, Wales, Daniel’s current job is putting him back in touch with his small-town Alberta roots. “When I finished articling, I wanted to get a more hands-on experience, to begin working with clients and court right away. I thought I’d have a better chance of doing that with a small-town law firm. I didn’t expect to find myself back in Camrose, but I’m certainly pleased with how things have turned out so far.”
Working in Camrose means being back near Augustana, and that has opened additional possibilities. “The Sociology department asked me to lecture on the theory of law. I really enjoyed doing it. In fact, the experience made me think I might like to get into academics at some point.
“It’d be another way to serve the community I live in.”