Rick Cofer’s Drive To Helping People

Rick Cofer has always had the drive to succeed in his career; after almost a decade working as a prosecutor, he founded his practice defending those charged with crimes. The Austin-based practice has been growing steadily ever since and Mr. Cofer is always there for people who need legal advice. But his passion for and willingness to help people extends well beyond his practice; he’s been involved with some Austin-based charities and non-profits for the past few decades.

At one point Rick Gofer was the chair o the City of Austin Zero Waste Commission, which helped to get a ban on plastic bags throughout Austin. Now, he’s the Vice Chair of the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Board. He’s also worked with homelessness non-profits and more, and that’s before we even mention his political work. But where did Rick Gofer find the energy and passion for helping so many people across such diverse causes? A lot of it can be brought back to when he worked at the Travis County Attorney’s Office as the mental health attorney.

Through this, he was able to learn the inner workings of the mental health system and help people through some of the most challenging times in their lives. This is where Mr. Gofer realized that he should be helping people as much as possible, especially when they’re going through difficult circumstances. This eventually led him to his work with the homeless, which also sent him on a path to try to improve the Austin area. For example, he recently helped pass a Parks Board resolution to help tackle recycling and waste diversion in the city.

Because of that, Austin will be a lot cleaner and a lot more green from the next few months onward. Rick Cofer’s outlook on life isn’t very surprising once you’ve seen that kind of resume. As he has put it, the most valuable lesson you can learn in life is to treat people well. In Rick Gofer’s word, people may forget what you did for them and what you said to them.

However, they’ll never forget how you made them feel; with that in mind, some professional decency and positive goodwill can go far. Being kind to people not only makes their day better but can make the world of difference to both them and you. This includes the likes of any support staff that may be around; treat them with kindness and respect.

 

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