Enter Time Billing-Exit Professionalism
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|Title:||Enter Time Billing-Exit Professionalism|
|Source:||Robert E. Hicks|
Hicks speaks of the changes in law and professionalism through personal experience. The re-focus of a lawyer's work from courthouse oriented to business oriented; the shift away from the common law approach to the statutory approach, mergers and acquisitions resulting in the disappearance of long-time clients, mergers of law firms themselves, multi-city and multi-country, full-service law firms with Chinese walls, marketing and advertising for business, overt and shameless client wooing and partner-stealing. Judicial paranoia has grown to such an extent that fine judges are afraid to be seen swapping jokes with friends of a lifetime lest they be thought to be engaged in a prohibited ex-parte contact; law clerks insulating the bench from the attorneys and litigants; searches and shake-downs of attorneys and citizens entering the courthouses; fork-lifts and wheelbarrowns to haul pleadings and exhibits; and the disappearance of oral arguments except when specially authorized.