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The Lawyer's Role in Society

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Hour 1:           How has the practice of law influenced our society and advanced the greater good? We’ll spend this hour with Talmage Boston, trial lawyer, shareholder at Winstead PC, and author of the new book “Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society” (State Bar of Texas, 2012).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4TW7K7TL2VVBWMLHQ4ZPUGYUOM Andrew

    I would argue that lawyers disproportionately help the rich.  If I want to sue Walmart, for example, they would hire 20 lawyers and with their money, they could stonewall any legitimate case I might have.  I could never win a fair case against defendants with access to huge amounts of money. Money affects who wins cases, not facts. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4TW7K7TL2VVBWMLHQ4ZPUGYUOM Andrew

    I would argue that lawyers disproportionately help the rich.  If I want to sue Walmart, for example, they would hire 20 lawyers and with their money, they could stonewall any legitimate case I might have.  I could never win a fair case against defendants with access to huge amounts of money. Money affects who wins cases, not facts. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4TW7K7TL2VVBWMLHQ4ZPUGYUOM Andrew

    I would argue that lawyers disproportionately help the rich.  If I want to sue Walmart, for example, they would hire 20 lawyers and with their money, they could stonewall any legitimate case I might have.  I could never win a fair case against defendants with access to huge amounts of money. Money affects who wins cases, not facts. 

  • Adam

    I was the guy quoting how in the US we have 5% of the population but 25% of the people incarcerated in the world. At $60,000 per yer something is really wrong here. That money needs to be going to better therapies rather than our cynical world view. Of course I can never understand some of the pathological things people do because understanding it would be being in their mind body and life’s context. This is not to mention the very nebulous nature of diagnosis of mental conditions and large differential diagnosises. I don’t agree that we have the best judicial system, maybe the most masachistic.

  • Adam

    I was the guy quoting how in the US we have 5% of the population but 25% of the people incarcerated in the world. At $60,000 per yer something is really wrong here. That money needs to be going to better therapies rather than our cynical world view. Of course I can never understand some of the pathological things people do because understanding it would be being in their mind body and life’s context. This is not to mention the very nebulous nature of diagnosis of mental conditions and large differential diagnosises. I don’t agree that we have the best judicial system, maybe the most masachistic.

  • Adam

    Sorry, that was $60,000 per inmate per year. I’m a big fan of Les Miserables, and think its ironic that the country which thinks itself the home of the free is per capita actually the least free. How miserable.

  • Adam

    Sorry, that was $60,000 per inmate per year. I’m a big fan of Les Miserables, and think its ironic that the country which thinks itself the home of the free is per capita actually the least free. How miserable.

  • Shoelady

    For Andrew — part of Boston’s argument in “Raising the Bar” is that lawyers on both sides should work for the truth, not just their client.  Yes, when lawyers and their clients hide data, it becomes a money race . . ..

  • Shoelady

    For Andrew — part of Boston’s argument in “Raising the Bar” is that lawyers on both sides should work for the truth, not just their client.  Yes, when lawyers and their clients hide data, it becomes a money race . . ..

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