Apr 5, 2021 | The Practical Lawyer

A few years ago I wrote about the law business. I recognized the positive. The law business can offer socially useful work, the opportunity to succeed on merit, and upward mobility”

New Perspectives on the Stratified Law Business - by Stuart M. Israel

A bright, diligent, industrious C-student from humble circumstances and a law school barely noticed by U.S. News & World Report can become the respected champion of the discriminated-against or the medically-malpracticed-upon, for example, and be handsomely rewarded.

I also recognized the negative. The law business is stratified—“not as stratified as, say, pre-revolutionary France or the Jim Crow south”—but often “snobbishly cruel to those without the right pedigree.” I wrote: “To paraphrase Orwell, all lawyers are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

It seems I was insufficiently pessimistic. I was not fully aware of the struggles of many new lawyers looking for productive, useful, reasonably-compensated jobs or the struggles of many experienced lawyers who represent the discriminated-against, the medically-malpracticed-upon, the injured-at-work, the unfairly-traffic-ticketed, the objects of small business regulation, and other clients—many of modest means—whose vicissitudes require encounters with the law and the engines of dispute resolution.

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