active and inactive members of the State Bar have, for many years, been exempt
from any bar dues for economic and health reasons. If you have taken this hope
away from those members then the term “reduction” appears to be
deceptive and over-reaching. Do the past exemptions no longer apply? If not
then I see nothing that is “thoughtful” or
“practical” in such compassionless over-reaching.
Put new lawyers to work
It is time to question law schools on acceptance rates. With
the knowledge that graduates are drowning in debt and unemployed, should law
schools continue to accept increasing numbers of students? Allowing this type
of practice to continue allows the creation of thousands of unemployable graduates.
Many are finding themselves pushed into going out on their
own so they can use the skills they worked hard to obtain to support themselves
and their families. While it could be risky there is also a positive side to
this trend. Graduates opening their doors to clients, offering lower rates and
providing fantastic service could be a great upward thrust for the
I think it is time for the older generation of seasoned
attorneys to step forward and take part in helping the new generation of
attorneys be great lawyers and provide excellent service. I propose that if you
are an experienced attorney in an area of law, offer to help mentor a friend,
or a friend’s child or a friend’s sister who has graduated law
school and is looking for work. Help another attorney build a foundation for a
real future in law and don’t allow our bright educated youth to go into a
downward spiral of document review.
Law schools, the ABA and the legal community need to sit
down and discuss ways to get young attorneys back to work. Let us help our
economy by putting our younger generations that have worked hard to gain a
higher education to work.
Bala Cynwyd, Penn.
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