He who represents himself has a fool for a client

As a teenager (youngins, my parents called us), I looked up to lawyers. I didn't know any, but I remember my classes on U.S. government, the Constitution and, of course, lawyer television shows. In high school I knew I wanted to be one, and it seemed that these were people capable of solving any problem of a non-physical nature. By that, I mean that lawyers aren't car mechanics. But I expected that a law degree conveyed on its recipient the ability to argue concisely and to persuade others. Fundamentally, it was about being right. With logic on your side, and an education behind you, the world's problems must be easily solvable. And, certainly, a law degree could be used for personal gain, as well. By personal gain, I don't mean nefarious villains holed up in dank castles looking to extort millions from the world. I mean those small, daily injustices that we all face. Mom would tell me things like, "When you're a lawyer, you won't have to worry about this." Her assumption, and mine, was that those injustices would not happen to someone with a law degree. Oh, how wrong we both were.

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