Posts Tagged ‘success’

And You Thought Shakespeare was the Only Artist Who Despised Lawyers

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I will not say that only harm or bad derives from established law or practicing attorneys. Law has produced much good such as the protection of rights. But let us be honest, just on personality and office demeanor, think of what you have thought of lawyers. Although many tout the law as a noble profession many stereotypes are true about many attorneys: money-hungry, do anything to get to the top, back-stabbers, foul-mouth, uncouthe, racists, sexist. Of course this is a reflection of the human condition but when many of these types revel in the power through the courts, politics, et cetera to promote an unhealthy agenda well, let’s take a quote from the Devil’s Advocate starring Al Pacino.  This movie premiered over 10 years ago but I don’t remember seeing it until years later. Wish I saw this before law school.

Why lawyers?

Why the law?

Because the law, my boy,

puts us into everything.

It's the ultimate backstage pass.

It's the new priesthood, baby.

Did you know there are more students in law school..
than lawyers walking the Earth?

We're coming out...guns blazing!   

The two of you...all of us,
acquittal after acquittal after acquittal...

...until the stench of it reaches

so high and far into Heaven...

And scene.

On a Lighter Note…: Television Images We See of Black Attorneys

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I was thinking about the images of the 1980s-present of black lawyers I saw on television. Of course we remember Clair Huxtable, the very witty-social host-mother-wife-attorney whom could be seen polishing the family silverware in the kitchen. I think for me that was the first time I saw an image of a black woman as a successful lawyer married to a doctor who both had deep respect for their cultural roots and family values.

Of course I remember Maxine Shaw from ‘Living Single’, Freddie when she was accepted to the prestigious yet fictious HBCU Hillman Law School, the prosecutor-District Attorney Carter (Courtney Vance) from Law & Order, Joan and William, the corporate associates on ‘Girlfriends’.

Unfortunately, these shows didn’t show the reality of many Black American attorneys who didn’t attend elite schools, weren’t a part of the black upper class (yes they do exist in America, read: Our Kind of People by Lawrence Otis Graham), nor part of the black or white connected clubs which I see is somewhat intertwined with the previous ideal.

As a matter of fact, the spin-off of ‘Girlfriends’ was based on Joan’s younger sister struggling through medical school while seeing a famous rookie football player, as well as in ‘A Different World’ the character Kim’s father is a policeman and she struggles working two jobs through undergrad and struggles through medical school. Why is law school so glamorized while television continues to show medical residents and doctors struggle to balance their lives with their hoped for career. Maybe because so many attorneys in reality are that stereotype: conniving, deceptive, trained to have a tough exterior where weakness is frowned upon. I guess in a way there aren’t enough strong attorneys with the courage to expose the inherent pitfalls in attending law school, because that would be weak, that would be an “admission” that you didn’t make it, well that’s just not being a lawyer!

With these pictorial depictions flashed in front of millions, who would be a poor or middle class prospective law student’s mentor to steer them to the right school or even guide them as to whether law is an appropriate field? How do these potential mentors access them? One way is through these blogs.