Scheherazade Fowler often says insightful things. Yesterday, however, she – admittedly —
got “a little carried away” in a ranty piece called Legal Lies (May 21, 2005). It’s Sherry’s
passionate plea that lawyers “recognize that our young people look up to the lawyers
who have come before them, and we owe it to them to tell the truth whenever possible.”
Besides the basic wrongheadedness of many of her points, and the total failure to suggest
alternative solutions, I have two main problems with Sherry’s litany of complaints:
She assumes an infantile passivity and ignorance, along with a lack of both
curiosity and reponsibility, on behalf of college and law students; that’s insulting
to them and, if true, unacceptable in people who want to be attorneys for others;
(see prior post, “Homework for Law School Appplicants;” and
She (mis)characterizes the attitudes of a portion of the legal profession (sometimes just
one or two weblog writers) and then attributres them to the entire profession.
I would have ignored “Legal Lies” as just a little blowing off of steam by our charming
spinner of tales, but the enthusiastic response of her Commentors (e.g., here) seems to cry out for
rebuttal.. . . .
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