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Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.

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  1. L2 “Lawyers are not generally known for their politeness, but it takes some pretty bad behavior to cross the line into unacceptable.”

    I used to work for this guy:
    https://caselaw.findlaw.com/md-court-of-special-appeals/1691162.html

    Read between the lines and you will find that he was disbarred for being a jerk. He did stuff for years, including my time with him, that while not strictly kosher, had no repercussions. Until it did, because he pissed off another lawyer badly enough that the guy made it a Cause. At that point the guy had no problem finding any number of other lawyers who my former boss had pissed off over the years. and away they went merrily collecting evidence.Report

    • Avatar Em Carpenter in reply to Richard Hershberger says:

      It’s a fine line between being a “shark” of an attorney and being an unethical jerk. I’ve known both. The former manage to be a thorn in the sides of opposing counsel without violating the rules or ticking off the judge. I worked for one like that… I admired him greatly. I am personally can be a little “too nice” for litigation.Report

    • Avatar PD Shaw in reply to Richard Hershberger says:

      The L2 attorney comes across as mental. It’s one thing to be jerk with another attorney in private, but when the deposition disputes were brought to the judge, the attorney sniped at and argued with the judge. When the judge ruled that the deposition would continue in the presence of the Judge and the attorney continued in this behavior, it was analogous to speeding down the highway and seeing a cop car ahead and doing nothing to reduce your speed even though you know you are being watched.

      (As a procedural aside, I don’t know that Judges have this authority in my state. They generally refer bad behavior to the attorney disciplinary board, which has the power to either give a reprimand or suspend the license in increments of six months)Report

  2. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    L2: My experience is that many lawyers are pretty good for professional courtesy. I’ve had some experience with older lawyers who like to use their physical size as an asset though.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird says:

    L1: Our very own Burt Likko gave us a tour de force on Marbury v Madison back in 2015.Report

  4. Avatar FortyTwo says:

    I really miss Burt’s legal essays. I still owe him a hundred bucks.Report

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