It had been a long time, but I re-watched the movie The Rainmaker recently. If you haven’t seen it, it was originally a book by John Grisham that was made into a movie starring Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, and Jon Voight. It’s about a young guy who just graduated from law school and is trying to find his career niche in a saturated legal market in Memphis, TN. It’s a good watch.
Anyways, there’s a scene where Matt Damon’s character is sworn into the Tennessee Bar right before he begins a trial. The judge in the case is crooked as a question mark and the attorney that vouches for him is the archetypal smarmy lawyer. In describing the experience, Damon’s character says, “Sworn in by a fool and vouched for by a scoundrel. I’m a lawyer at last.” Just a great line. And in a lot of ways, the perfect way to introduce this blog. Let’s face it – lawyers don’t have the best reputation, as illustrated by a myriad of derogatory jokes at their expense. I want to do my best to show that we’re not all fools and scoundrels. For the most part, we got into the law for noble purposes, and when we’re not in suits or courtrooms, we’re probably the guy or girl on the barstool next to you watching the Skins-Cowboys game.
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