Sometimes you have to start with the basics – why do lawyers suck?

WhyLawyersSuck_3D-72dpiThis blog was started with the idea of changing the legal profession by changing the way lawyers looked at their profession through thought provoking articles.  I think I may have been taking the wrong approach.  Lawyers need to take a good, hard look at how their clients perceive them, as painful and hard on our egos as that may be, and then either fix things, or help the public see how their perceptions are inaccurate.

So I started collecting input from friends, family, and strangers about what they thought about lawyers.  The research was remarkable.  People had very sound reasons for dislike of lawyers, many things that had never crossed my mind, but were legitimate concerns and critiques.  I had also been doing a lot of reading and hands-on research about life in general over the past few years and started putting the pieces together of why I, after 20 years as a trial lawyers, and my fellow colleagues, were the way we were.  I have been coming to some unexpected conclusions, and have even tried out some very unconventional methods of adapting how I interact with other lawyers with great success.

It is all too much to put in a series of blog articles, though, so instead I started writing and assembling a book – “Why Lawyers Suck and What You Can Do About It.”  It is scheduled for publication in February 2014 and I set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds to make this book a reality.  Contributors to the project can not only get an autographed copy of the book, but can contribute content for the book, in other words, say what they really think of lawyers and get a response.

The deadline to contribute to this project is October 4, 2013.

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