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13 November 2005

And This Is Supposed to be Bad News?

The Washington Post reports that dozens of veteran lawyers have left the Justice Department's Civil Rights division in frustration over a 40% decline in racial and gender discrimination prosecutions. I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep well tonight knowing that in America today businesses may now feel they can, with impunity, just go out and hire the best person available for a job.


Anonymous Harlem said...

How on earth are you expecting to hire the "best" lawyers to work for the government when the public/private pay scale is so unbalanced?
I'm not necessarily suggesting that the public attorneys are underpaid but we may want to look at the private attorney pay scale wherein we have lawyers (some of whom we know) making more money than the crookred white collar/political clients they represent. I don't expect to see David Bose working for the government or Chuck....

November 13, 2005 1:42 AM  
Blogger Russell Wardlow said...

Big firms (the $500 per hour ones) are, from what young associates have told me, at least part scam.

They make associates work 100 hours a week, but a lot of that ends up being drudgery that a paralegal with a couple years experience could do. It's make-work at its worst.

Now, why aren't market forces taking care of this? That I don't know.

November 13, 2005 1:59 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

I have no idea what the pay scale is for Justice Department lawyers, but they certainly haven't lacked for talent in the past. The lure is apparently glory - and if the Bush admin is removing some of that glory from working in the Civil Rights Division, then good for them. The last thing this country needs are attorneys looking for glory prosecuting civil rights cases.

November 13, 2005 8:28 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

Russell, not sure there needs to be a "market correction" - there are an awful lot of lawyers out there, so the testimony you're hearing may be describing the market forces at work. Of course, things are only likely to get worse.

November 13, 2005 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, maybe there actually IS some good coming out of this administration! We all know they bungled Irag and the energy situation, but if we wind up with fewer lawsuits and the bar in general raised higher (not in the legal sense), they just might have actually accomplished something.

November 13, 2005 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I left out "more conservative SC".

November 13, 2005 9:47 AM  

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