Explain Atticus's role as a lawyer within To Kill a Mockingbird's Maycomb, with a supporting quote.
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Atticus personifies the conscience of Maycomb. In addition to his role as a defense attorney, he serves as the town representative to the Alabama state legislature, running unopposed in each election. He is both an honest and capable lawyer, sought after for representation by the townspeople as well as the rural residents of Old Sarum. He takes trade goods for his services when necessary, and becoming wealthy from his profession never seems to be a consideration. Judge Taylor knows that Atticus is the only man for the job of defending Tom Robinson, and everyone knows he will do his best to gain Tom's acquittal--even those who hope to see Tom convicted.
"Yeah, but Atticus aims to defend him. That's what I don't like about it." (Chapter 16)
But Atticus is more than just an attorney. He is the man that the people of Maycomb turn to when the chips are down. According to Miss Maudie,
"... there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father's one of them." (Chapter 22)
Additionally, she tells Jem,
"We're so rarely called on to be Christians, but when we are, we;ve got men like Atticus to go for us." (Chapter 22)
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