BIOGRAPHY OF ÖZER KIRCA
The text below is not a chronological biography, but rather the milestones of a life story full of hopes, dreams and well-deserved success.
Özer Kırcas story begins in his homeland Akşehir, a small town by a lake in central Anatolia. Akşehir also happens to be the hometown of the famous Turkish folk philosopher Nasreddin Hodja who is known for his satiric but sensible approach to elements of life.
His most famous story goes like this; The hodja was seen at the lakeside by his fellow villagers. He was trying to add yeast to the water in the hope that the whole lake would turn into yogurt. While everyone was laughing and saying it will never happen. He turned around and told them but say it did?
It was this underlying philosophy that kept Özer Kırca to pursue all the cases he took on with relentless hope to win. Nasreddin Hodjas positive and constructive thinking influenced Özer Kırcas life and gave him success throughout his career as a lawyer even when all odds seemed to be against him.
Inspired by Nasreddin Hodjas doctrine of empathy, Özer Kırcas moral principle is based on the inevitable fact that the only road to success lies within recognising and understanding the opponent. This way of thinking became Özer Kırcas career philosophy and strategy for success.
Living in an Anatolian village gives the chance to live together in harmony with a wide variety of ethnic cultures including Turks, Kurds, Armenians, Greeks, Alevites, Sunnites and even Russians and Kazakhs. Growing up in a unique society like this allowed Özer Kırca to internalise the principles of tolerance and justice among all people and to be objective and distant to ethno-centricism as a lawyer.
Naturally, Anatolia provides a multi cultural environment, but only the ones who can recognise it can turn this into a personal philosophy of life. Özer Kırca is one of the successors. He has always reached the finishing line first throughout his life. Literally, when he was at primary school he came in first place in the spring marathon competing against elders. His second medal came by way of an interview skills contest organised by one of Turkeys best selling newspaper, Milliyet leaving actual professional journalists behind and thus giving early promise for his future success.
His priorities changed significantly after experiencing the blunt injustice to his beloved ones and this became the main reason for him to become a lawyer, as justice had to win.
Active participation at student unions, acting in a well-known theatre company at law school, are expressions of a character full of life. Throughout 36 years of being a warrior of law he strongly believed and behaved according to the lawyers oath based on justice, correctness and honesty, avoiding being neither the slave nor the master of anybody.
Besides to being a committed lawyer, he has worked as a manager and president for international service companies, as a journalist, as a chairman of a lawyers bar and as a chairman of a sports club. He has also participated at professional seminars sharing his knowledge and experience and has trained law students and young lawyers. All this and being a devoted family man gives a glimpse to Özer Kırcas life.
In the profession of Law, described as the search for justified and concrete truth, Özer Kırca has taken a humanistic approach with a belief that each criminal is a person in essence. Özer Kırcas success is guided by the desire felt within the words of the famous Sufi philosopher Mevlana;
How I yearn to become the sun and its golden rays,