Category: lawyers

  • What is the Code for Lawyer?

    I recently read Clotaire Rapaille’s The Culture Code. Rapaille is a marketing researcher who “is an internationally known expert in Archetype Discoveries,” which is a field of study that he invented. In The Culture Code Rapaille discusses some of the results of his research into “the unconscious meaning we apply to any given thing—a car, […]

  • Another Snitching Lawyer

    This weekend news came from Omaha of a lawyer, Terry L. Haddock, acting as a government informant. Haddock went into the jail to talk to Shannon Williams, who allegedly used Haddock’s cell phone to run a marijuana trafficking operation. Williams says he thought Haddock was his lawyer; the government says that it was clear to […]

  • In Favor of Lawyer Exceptionalism

    Avvo’s general counsel Josh King proposes this rule for the regulation of lawyer marketing: Ultimately, in the absence of consumer harm – and, indeed, a crystal-clear fit within the law’s prohibitions – states should never find that lawyer marketing practices violate their rules. Josh’s reasoning is Constitutional—I gather from his post that the First Amendment […]

  • Small-Town Client Myth

    Greeley, Colorado lawyer Todd Taylor asks, Are Money & Social Media Ruining the Legal Profession?, a bit of a paean to “small-town” practice:

  • Law and Justice Explained.

    I just stumbled upon this, in comments to a long-ago Ann Althouse post: One of the most annoying things about lawyers is the way they casually conflate “law” with “justice.” To clarify: justice is a concept in philosophy; also to some extent in psychology, sociology, economics, etc. Law is what a bunch of mostly long-dead […]

  • Ego

    A Harris County prosecutor today (perennially gruff but a marshmallow on the inside) took umbrage at my public statements that until very recently I hadn’t seen a Harris County prosecutor conduct a voir dire that was worth a damn. I invited him to tell me when he was picking a jury, and I’d come watch […]

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    John Wesley Hall brings to our attention a new article: Fred Zacharias, Fitting Lying to the Court into the Central Moral Tradition of Lawyering, 58 Case West. L. Rev. ___ (2008). Professor Zacharias focuses on what he calls Professor Monroe H. Freedman’s “most interesting illustration” of circumstances in which zealous representation might “require a lawyer […]

  • The Right Way to Give Up a Case

    One thing I can say for Ollie the Cabdrivertising Attorney: unlike this lawyer, he relinquishes representation of a client to a new criminal-defense lawyer with perfect equanimity; he’s got no problem at all being subbed out, and will even thank you for taking a case off his hands.

  • A Note for Longtime Readers

    Eight months down the road, this guy is still in jail. (Not the lawyer, though that would be appropriate, but the client he lied to in order to get the case.)

  • Asshat Lawyer of the Day

    With a hat tip to alert reader Brendan Kelly, the story (USA Today Blog) of an Indiana Republican congressional candidate, Tony Zirkle, speaking at a birthday party for Adolf Hitler. (For this post only, the Rule Against Calling People Nazis in Comments is suspended.) Brendan also helpfully directed me to Mr. Zirkle’s politician CV, from […]