Oregon State Bar Bulletin NOVEMBER 2015
The word "vocation" comes from the Latin verb vocare, "to call." Before the word was diluted to mean "one's ordinary occupation," it signified one's divine calling to fulfill a special role. After some etymological gymnastics, we now understand a vocation as a calling to perform certain work, and an avocation as a calling away from that work. Lawyer and writer Jennie Bricker explores how the two words and their meanings interact with the legal profession.