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A Successful Woman Who Says She Never Succeeded
'The most profound virtue about being a lawyer is that by helping others, you grow as a person'
Back Hee-youn (internews)     Print Article 
Published 2008-02-27 09:33 (KST)   
The following is an edited article from the second OhmyNews English News Camp, held at our Ganghwa Island school, Feb. 23-24. Thirteen students aged 14-18 took part in learning the ABCs of news writing and interviewing international lawyer Mira Sun. More articles will be published on OhmyNews International after our third camp in March.  <Editor's Note>
On a windy but clear Feb. 23, students participating in the OhmyNews Citizen Journalism School for youth met a special woman, Mi-Ra Sun.

The students' eyes sparkled with interest and joy when they were listening to the voice of Ms. Sun.

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Ms. Sun was Secretary for Overseas Communication to President Roh Moo-hyun, and is now a foreign legal consultant for the Hankyul Law Firm in Seoul, Korea.

She has lived a dynamic life. Never satisfied with just any job, she has always been on the lookout for a job she can fall in love with.

She finally realized the job of her dreams when she was almost forty years old.

Ms. Sun started her interview with students by saying that she was very nervous, as this was her first interview.

Her first story to students was about the time when she was spokesperson for President Roh.

The most difficult thing about this job was that the responsibilities were tremendous, she said.

She found the two years of being a secretary for President Roh to be difficult and demanding.

It was also the most challenging and rewarding time of her life.

She talked to the students with a lot of frankness.

"When I was working as a secretary for President Roh, I wasn't absolutely sure whether I was doing a good job. To this day, I'm still not sure whether or not I was doing an okay job at the time."

From her two years of experience in dealing with the press, she thinks the most important skills for the job are to have common sense, truth, sincerity and, in particular, integrity.

Ms. Sun told students her life's motto.

"I never thought of myself as a person of success. But one thing I do believe in life is that if I'm doing something that I'm not happy about, I won't be good enough at it, and that means it's time to move on."

Some of the students nodded along with these words of wisdom.

When she started talking about her life as a lawyer, her eyes glittered.
She began with her own definition of the law.

"Law is about life and how people live. Eventually, it's all about the common sense."

As well, having an understanding of complex issues and knowing about cross cultural backgrounds can help lawyers a lot, because it makes it easier to communicate with people, she said.

Her own philosophy of law is that practicing the law is not just about winning; sometimes it's about helping people to communicate.

From her discussion, it was clear that although being a lawyer can be difficult, it is a very worthy challenge.

After one hour of lecture, the students started their interview. When one of the students asked her about the virtue of being a lawyer, a big, kind smile broke out on her face. She answered,

"The most profound virtue about being a lawyer is that by helping others, you grow as a person yourself."

Ninety minutes passed quickly. At the end, many students took photos with her, wrote down her email address and said "goodbye" and "thank you" to her.

Although the weather was cold and windy, the students' and Ms. Sun's hearts turned very warm.

Back Hee-youn is a high school student from Seoul.
©2008 OhmyNews

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