Legal Profession

I’ll be the first to admit that there are some problems with the legal system in America. I’ll allow that some of those problems are inherent to any common law system. But it gets really tiring when people claim that the common law system is inherently “unethical,” or suggest that our system isn’t concerned with “finding the truth.”

Obviously, the American system is concerned with the truth. It’s just that our system acknowledges and understands that sometimes “truth” is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes there are two truths. Sometimes people lie or allow their personal agendas to cloud the truth. And thus the American system focuses on a process, instead of flapping about like Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men arguing about what its entitled to.

Essentially, the American system is for adults, not children like award-winning Australian journalist Evan Whitton who wrote a silly piece on The Atlantic, supposedly about the history and the weakness of the common law system of jurisprudence….

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Sandusky realizes he's been sacked.

* “The most valuable assets of a law firm go home every night.” If only Biglaw firms realized that prior to dissolution, we’d probably have a lot more happy partners and associates. [WSJ Law Blog]

* If we can’t deregulate the legal profession, then what can we do to improve it? One law professor suggests reforming law schools. Gee, I think I’ve heard that somewhere before. [Washington Post]

* Penn State totally fumbled the Sandusky sexual assault allegations. In other news, the purported child abuser’s autobiography is called Touched. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry. [Bloomberg]

* Kitty Genovese’s killer has been denied parole for the fifteenth time. And he should keep getting denied for as long as bystander effect is taught in Psych 101 classes. [New York Law Journal]

* Justin Bieber plans to prove that he’s still a virgin not the baby daddy of Mariah Yeater’s child. If he’s right, he’s going to sue and hope for one less lonely girl in his life. [New York Daily News]