Old Lawyer Perception of New Lawyer

So this morning I was going through my Twitter feed - basically my newspaper these days - and I came across a blog about how lawyering should be more like hockey (see my FB page for full content), which led me to this graphic by Bitter Lawyer. Being a new lawyer is tough, especially when you decide to open a solo practice in a town where you know less than a dozen people. But the difference between new lawyers and old lawyers is like trying to find a statute in hardbound U.S.C.A. book versus googling 26 U.S.C. 11. Admittedly, I am an old soul so I would prefer a mahogany desk and leather bound books and stacks of yellow notepads (I don't have a clue what a "Skyrim Disc" is). And though I appreciate being able to access LexisNexis on my iPad (who wouldn't love instant access to every case ever published plus all related treatises, practice guides, and law review articles?! No wonder there has been an uptick in the number of diagnosed cases of ADHD...) I do think it is something of a tragedy that I get my news from Twitter and read CEB on my iPad at 3:00am during one of my bouts with insomnia (possibly part of my problem). I miss newspaper ink on my fingers and the scent of past worn binding glue in old case reporters. I still don't know how to properly use a hashtag - I've just gotten past calling in "twittering" instead of "tweeting." The long tradition behind my profession is what drew me to it to begin with (I really thought I was going to get to learn Latin in law school). So, though my generation of lawyers is lightyears away from the lawyers who argued Gideon v. Wainright (1963) and even Texas v. Johnson (1989) some of us are less thrilled about it than others.

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