Learned in Their Trade


In tribal times, there were the medicine men. In the Middle Ages, there were the priests. Today, there are the lawyers. For every age, a group of bright boys, learned in their trades and jealous of their learning, who blend technical competence with plain and fancy hocus-pocus to make themselves masters of their fellow men. For every age, a pseudo-intellectual autocracy, guarding the tricks of the trade from the uninitiated, and running, after its own pattern, the civilization of its day.


~ Fred Rodell


I have a theory that the reason lawyers are not very popular stems from the historical orgins of the profession. Western legal systems have their origins in the British legal system of old. In England, it was the aristocracy who gained appointment as lawyers, without reference to apptitude or learning. Status of birth was all that was important. Times have changed, but sense of entitlement somehow remains within the profession, often leaving the impression that lawyers are inherently arrogant.



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