Thursday, June 09, 2005

So, Who is the client?

~Some thoughts after reading Seetoo's stories as a summer intern at the public defenders office in Michigan (see my link to Seetoo's blog)

I am damn lucky to get this summer job--Working as a temporary summer law clerk at a DC law firm, which is located next to the White House and neighboring tons of other law firms. Having approximately 120 attorneys (not including their staff), the firm is considered a medium-sized DC firm.

The office is beautiful and spacious. There are lots of artworks, big conference rooms, and free Starbucks coffee. The service is great too--If the attorneys need to copy something, there are professional copying staff to do the job. If the attorneys work overtime, the food department will deliver dinner to their room.

Basically, the attorneys only worry about their billable hours, so the firm can charge its clients.

So, who are the clients?

While Seetoo's clients are poor delinquent juveniles, our clients are mostly rich corporations. A lot of them have famous company names that everybody has heard of.

Far from feeling sentimental, it is hard for me to get emotionally involved while dealing with our clients' matters. After all, they are not even real humans.

At the end of the day, our clients, being very rich and powerful to begin with, become even richer and more powerful with the help of our legal services. But what happens to those poor delinquent juveniles? I have no idea...


Blogger Spike said...

In fact, I am not all that "sentimental"... I always tried to maintain my coolness, just like the referee in the story.

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Blogger akanie said...

u know i am trying to like lawyers more. but somehow this articles doesn't help me :'(

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Blogger 陶樂絲鄧 said...

I personally think this problem comes from our social structure,namely Capitalism, not the lawyers. Our law can protect discrimination against race, gender, religion, nationality...but not people's economic status. Things are very hard to change when the rich has access to all kinds of resources and the poor can't turn rich.

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