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At the end of the day, lawyers are all about inflicting class differences..

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Someone’s been reading too much Marx. Yes. Some lawyers enable the rich and powerful. But the original poster also forgets that the rich and powerful barons of far off England served as a counter weight to the crown and helped us to have the freedoms we have today. You can view Jeff Bezos as a modern day robber baron. But he also owns the Washington Post which was staunchly anti-Trump. Of course, some lawyers serve the poor and needy directly. And many of them do so because rich donors give to the organizations the lawyers work for.

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The “freedoms we have today”. Wow imagine living in the UK without our “freedoms”. What a stupid and ahistorical post that comes out strong by completely misunderstanding Marx on top of everything else.

Human beings are born with equal value and natural rights, but we all have different skills and issues. People don’t have equal talents at an individual level, and with that simple fact multiplied over generations and societies, homogeneity is contrary to reality, and saying we should aim for everyone to have all the same materials denies that basic natural fact. In the animal kingdom, “inequality” is a basic fact of life too. As dumb as it sounds, each squirrel doesn’t have the same number of nuts. Real injustice is penalizing those with more today who made good decisions, even if such decisions over generations resulted in one person today having an easier set of decisions that another. In the end, the only just course is personal responsibility.

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By “positive impact” do you just mean never saying anything negative?

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Participating in pro bono and doing service in my local community—and donating to causes I think contribute to important issues—-these are things I can do personally to combat class differences and being a lawyer helps me be able to do that—it’s a platform;

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Agree. I do the same thing. I am also saving to start my non-profit as my second career. But, if I wasn’t an attorney, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to do these things.

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Click bait

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I don’t even understand this post. What?

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This is the type of person that believes all laws are made to create class conflict and not to make possible a cohesive society.

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? that’s literally the main purpose of the law lmao. create class conflict/maintain the current UNEQUAL status quo

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Hot take

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Enough with the whining. Each of you should take a good hard look at yourself. Your existence is as follows: PPP, billing rates, status in comparison to other firms, protecting rich people. And your “pro Bono” work is just pink washing to disguise what you are really all about !

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You do realize not everyone here works in biglaw?

Personally, I’m a labor lawyer. I spend all day negotiating against unions. I live this post.

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yes - the area of law we practice is called “traditional labor” law, so we’re all labor lawyers

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Cool story.

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OP - I see a lot of complaints but I see zero solutions. Care to elaborate on what you would have the legal profession turn into in your utopian society? Or what you think yourself and fellow lawyers should do?

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OP, cap your own billing rates.

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Only if that’s what they choose to do

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Please elaborate

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Damn the man, save the empire

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Stop it lol if this is your view about the law either you're not making an effort see how you can change lives in a real way or your just around the wrong lawyers and instead of again making an effort to look for better just rather sit here and have a vague moral limiting view

I haven’t even touched on the sad reality that a lawyer is unaffordable for any average person. Domestic relations anybody ?

I don’t think that was the notion, Lawyer 1

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