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Oil and Water: The Legal Profession and Its Critics June 11, 2010

Posted by legalethicsemporium in Law, Ethics & Society.

I have not yet heard it referred to as a “lawyers’ relief act,” but there has been a comment that depicts lawyers as “circling vultures” and a sentiment that hopes that the “vultures” get “soaked in oil.” It seems an unfortunate dilemma that the profession that is designated by our society to assist victims who have been legally wronged is automatically attacked when it aggressively educates itself and makes itself available to assist.  It is unfortunate that both the mystic and reality of Atticus Finch lawyering is virtually gone from our popular culture—-Let’s not condemn the entire profession and lose sight of the fact that were it not for the BP disaster, the lawyers would not have a role to play in this “greasy” situation.



1. Ruth - June 11, 2010

I agree with you. People so often forget that lawyers must go where individuals and occurances have driven them, have requested them and require their assistance.

2. Jeff - June 11, 2010

Law and Order is pretty kind to lawyers and it is mainstream. Stereotypes exist for a reason.

3. Ruth - June 12, 2010

Yes and no. I agree with you only in part. It’s a television show and many of the cases, I know, are taken from the newspaper accounts of real crimes. Nonetheless, I think stereotyping is wrong, particularly in the case of lawyers. All the ones I know do good work for the individuals who need them.

4. Jeff - June 12, 2010

Stereotypes aren’t wrong – they are the way the human brain works. It’s only when we turn them into judgements that they become harmful.

Most of the lawyers I know do good work for their own self-interest, and sometimes that helps individuals who need them as a bi-product.

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