Lawyering, once a respected profession, has evolved into just another business, one involving self-promotion, boredom, greed, and billable hours.
“I call it the Twilight Zone factor,” said a lawyer interviewed by Philadelphia magazine. “Nothing we do as lawyers is rooted in reality. The fees we charge have no economic basis in the work actually done. It’s whatever the market will bear. The issues we dispute are increasingly not real world issues, but artificial conflicts that we created and that we prolong. And the worst part is that the expectations we have of ourselves all call for Superman in a three-piece suit. What I hate about being a lawyer is always reaching out to touch something—but it’s never there.”
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