"YOU CAN LEAD A CLIENT TO THE COURTHOUSE, BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE HIM THINK"
"How many times have you heard a lawyer mutter that this would be a great profession but for the clients?" asks Norm Pattis. He continues:
"Truth be told, we lawyers are society's first line of defense against the ravages of those ravaged by mental illness. I have been begging for years for more training on how to recognize, cope with and respond to the mental-health issues that arise in so many cases. Still nothing. We are trained as lawyers to counsel the rational actor. Yet every lawyer has an intuitive grasp of the following aphorism: You can lead a client to the courthouse, but you can't make him think."
Pattis' post immediately called to mind professor Eugene Volokh's post from Thursday (see "Yet Another Ridiculous Lawsuit").
What do you think when you interact with clients like this -- that there oughta be a CLE course? Psychology class? Time to take up marathoning? Wham-O toys? Pattis is open to your ideas here.
Posted by Laurel Newby on February 18, 2005 at 12:00 PM | Permalink
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