Monday, March 9, 2009

Kill the Lawyers! No, Wait, Even Better; Make Them Rationalize Their Business Model

The Washington Post has an article today pointing out that the legal profession is, to put it mildly, not recession-proof: law firms are firing high-priced, but inexperienced, attorneys, switching from billable hours to fixed-price arrangements, and outsourcing document review to India. It’s a win-win: fewer lawyers and (potentially) lower prices. I await the day when we can all walk into the Law Mart and be directed immediately to the appropriate location for reasonably-priced assistance (“Special on Bankruptcies, Aisle Six!”)

6 comments:

JeffS said...

Too bad people didn't take Shakespear seriously in "Henry VI".

Paco said...

Jeff: Unfortunately, being the contrary species we are, we'd have just found something equally obnoxious to replace them with.

JeffS said...

Yeah, that's true enough, Paco.

But at least we wouldn't have any lawyers!!!!!!

RebeccaH said...

We already do have something more obnoxious: professional politicians.

mojo said...

If there's a profession with too damn many professionals in the US, it's the law. There's a ton of the goddamn Gucci-loafered layabouts here in Sacratomato, I'll tell ya that. Seems like every time I turn around I'm backin' into one of the oily bastards, who usually offers to sue for shoe-shine costs.

Paco said...

Mojo: Even worse in D.C. and environs; you can't throw a brick without hitting one.