If you are interested in law and lawyers: (1) Check out this Wall Street Journal article this week which pretty much says the vast majority of new law school graduates can't expect to ever make much money in the profession. (And the comments are pretty good.) Even in Texas, I'd hate to be a new lawyer right now. The creation of Texas Wesleyan law school in Fort Worth has greatly changed the dynamics of the practice around here. Every time there is a docket call in Wise County, I'm seeing more and more new faces. Ten years ago it was a surprise if I saw any lawyer I didn't know. (2) There's a random Fort Worth lawyer blog written by a guy who gets upset about the strangest things. I don't know him. Don't really want to. (3) I finished The Sweet Hereafter about a plaintiff's lawyer that goes to a small town to sign up clients after a bus accident. It was great. Every plaintiff's lawyer I've ever met who was very successful had two unique qualities: (a) they were a little crazy, and (2) they absolutely believed in what they were doing. Case in point, the lawyer portrayed in the film looked at a potential client and, with all the passion he could muster, uttered, "There are no accidents!" Meaning, "someone is always at fault." That philosophy drives me nuts, but the movie was great.
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