November 16, 2008

History Question

Via Best of the Web

What is "the noblest profession in America"? It may not surprise you to learn that lawyer Gerry Spence thinks it is the law. He argued his case in a rather overwrought manner at a conference of the Consumer Attorneys of California, reports
"We have to redefine who we are: We are the most important people in America," Spence said. "There is no other profession in America that fights for freedom, that fights for what America is about, that fights for justice for ordinary people."

Reading this three days after Veterans Day, our first thought was: What about the military? But Spence had a different comparison in mind:

To make his point, Spence--founder of the Trial Lawyers College, which trains lawyers to be more effective in the courtroom--said to imagine that all of the doctors and healers somehow vanished.

"I want to ask you which would be more important: If all of the doctors in the country somehow disappeared or all the trial lawyers in America somehow disappeared?" he asked. "We can live without medical care, but we cannot live without justice."

My question is how many countries have been liberated by lawyers? A bonus question would be which you choose? A world without Trial lawyers or a world without Doctors?

Posted by Pete at November 16, 2008 09:51 PM | TrackBack


I'm not a big fan of going to the hospital or the doctor; and it's true that going to either one doesn't always result in a positive outcome. But you have to admit, doctors/healthcare providers have a net positive effect on humanity that dwarfs whatever positive net impact lawyers might have.

Posted by: shank at November 17, 2008 11:52 AM