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5.13.2009

"The First Thing Lets Do . . . . ."

I can't tell you how much the legal profession has changed over the last 15 years. And if this goes through, it'll change even more. The more competent lawyers the better, but there are many out there now that
  • Have no idea what they are doing
  • Have never had a trial yet hold themselves out as a "trial lawyer."
  • Think a suit and tie/dress suit is a burden
  • Don't care to learn about changes or developments in the law
  • Will fire off a legal opinion simply because they hold a law license because they believe that fact, and that fact alone, makes them qualified to do so.
Now I feel grumpy. Should have posted an afternoon Pick Me Up instead.

17 comments:

william said...

I'm hoping you're directing this at incompetent seasoned lawyers. Nobody, right out of law school, will be able to practice to your standards. You yourself I am sure did not practice to your standards initially.

Anonymous said...

preach on bruther !!!

Goober said...

While I am no attny., that is why schools like Baylor, who TEACH trial law, have a higher percentage of students pass the bar on the first try.

Michael in LH said...

Wear a suit to work? I'm out.

Xanthippas said...

I defer to your greater experience as an attorney, but I don't see any reason why a UNT law school couldn't turn out grads who meet higher standards. I agree that there's a bunch of incompetents running around, but I'd say a lot of attorneys agree that there are incompetents around. Some of those attorneys think THEY are incompetent because of things they never learned in law school. Maybe the guys who decide what the curriculum at UNT law will look like (when the school gets funded someday) will have that fact in mind.

And anyway if you're going to turn out people who aren't actually capable of practicing the law on their own (or getting a good job at a law firm) they at least shouldn't have to rack up $100,000 in debt for the privilege of being so ignorant and unemployed.

Anonymous said...

Just what we need: more lawyers.

Anonymous said...

When carpenters quit wearing overalls to work houses didn't quit getting built

Anonymous said...

803 but they did quit getting built better..jes sayin..

Anonymous said...

competent or not, they will extort money from the public just like the rest of them.


by the way, it is strange to think of lawyers as competent or incompetent....... is there such a thing as an incompetent prostitute?

Anonymous said...

I'm not a Lawyer but I do like to talk to chicks about Penal code stuff or somethin.

Anonymous said...

0849, I like the way you think...

msmaureen said...

Man, not sure how to feel on this issue. I have a Bachelors degree as a paralegal with aspirations to go to law school and specialize in family law, maybe someday. I've always told myself that a "team" is only as strong as their weakest link. Anyone can sit around and pass judgment on another person's lawyering abilities but, my opinion is, if you don't like what you see, do something about it. Help a brother/sister out, who better than someone that does know what to do? The easy way out is to sit on your ass, pass judgment on your fellow man, and do nothing about it. The true expert says, "I don't like what I see, I need to do something about it." I believe it was JFK that said, "ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man." I tell my 15 year old son all the time, I can't fix it, if I don't know it's broke. I personally don't see a problem with another law school, state or private, whatever. This America and we are all free to decide our own fate and I personally respect anyone that can survive law school. That takes an emense personal investment and I've never been to law school. I know what I want to do with my life, I'm just not sure how to get there. Maybe since there's so many expert lawyers in the world I should pick something else, but then who would I be pleasing, the saturated law profession, or giving up on my personal dream of helping abused kids by not pursuing my dreams due to saturation?

Just Saying!!

Anonymous said...

i think we need more judges that are competent, wait...aren't judges former lawyers? i could be wrong.maybe i need to consult an attorney on this.

Anonymous said...

Is this a "Damn you kids, get off my lawn!!" post?

On the suit and tie comment, I'm sure the British thought the same thing when we stopped wearing powdered wigs in the courtroom. Its 2009, the monkey suit is a bygone relic. Just because its a "time-honored" tradition doesn't make it good.

Anonymous said...

Is that the Colleyville University of Noth Texas where Mzchief and Turdpyle gradgeeated?

Anonymous said...

Not sure why wearing a suit affects competence? Dressing up does NOT make one competent, just as dressing up for church does NOT impress God. Nothing wrong with dressing for comfort, in any profession.

CAN YOU PROVE IT IN A COURT OF LAW? said...

Once sat on a jury for a CPS case. Defendant's attorney wore a Larry, Curly, and Moe tie for closing arguements. I know it shouldnt have mattered...but to the jury, it did. Guilty...