Richard Marc Katz grew up in simpler times. There was more of the feeling of “helping the other guy” and “care for those less fortunate.” As a child in the 1950s and 1960s I was surrounded by organizations that embodied that spirit and philosophy, from the Red Cross to the March of Dimes to Good Will to United Way. Organizations dedicated to help those less fortunate.
I watched television about trial lawyers, Perry Mason, The Defenders and other shows in which lawyers represented the downtrodden and underdogs.
Living in a lower middle class city environment and growing up in apartments, I quickly learned how difficult it was for regular people to “get justice.”
I learned at a young age that bad things happen to good people. I also learned that a lot of my friends and neighbors lives were changed dramatically and forever because of events. Most did not have resources or access to good legal advice.
I often thought why can’t they get a Perry Mason to help them. Ah the musing of a child. But these events, motivated me to envision a future in which I could help others in their time of need. In the coming decades I decide to go to college, the second in my family and attend law school.