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May 22, 2005

the siren is whinin’

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 2:12 pm

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.

LureLawN 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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