I love the law because ...

February 12, 2014
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Why do you love the law? We posed this question to our readers a few weeks ago in anticipation of the Feb. 12 issue. We wanted to highlight lawyers’ love affair with the law. If you chose to pursue a legal career, you must love the law, right?

We received great responses from a variety of lawyers and even heard from a law student and court interpreter. It’s clear that people and the relationships you build with colleagues, mentees, and even clients are a major reason why you love the law.

Here’s your chance to tell us why you love the law. You can write a vignette like what we published, tell a story that highlights your love, or even compose a poem to explain your feelings.

To borrow on language from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous sonnet: How do you love the law? Let us count the ways …
 

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  • love?
    I don't love the law. I love my wife. I love my kids. I love my mom. I loved my dad. they have my love. Not the law. In fact, when one considers all aspects of Law in my life, there is a lot about the law that I hate. But, I believe in the law. Specifically our law, here in the USA. Top to bottom. The constitutions, statutes, legislatures, juries, judges, witnesses, wins, losses, good results, bad results, the whole enchilada. Even all the stuff about it I hate. our legal system, is a huge part of what makes this country different; a big part of what makes us who we are as Americans. I believe in it as a profession enough to have spent most of my life doing it. but not love.
  • Love it
    I love the law in states where the law allows the elite to be questioned. The freedom to criticize judges and other public officials is necessary to a vibrant democracy. Sandra Day O'Connor Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter mush. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order. Robert Jackson
    • thoughtcrime
      Just go self-report yesself right now mister under 8.3 for implying anything bad about judges which is verboten! under 8.2, or, if not we can easily glom it under the vague and ambiguous 8.4. Got your hemlock ready, smart-aleck!
      • nicht mehr
        Oh dear meletus! I am with a well connected Indy firm now, so my days of drinking hemlock are well behind me. That is for sole practioners, plebes. We guardians can even arse shoot our wives paramores or brandish weapons at former clients and skate. Only the sole practioners go to gallows for speaking truth to power in this Utopia. St. Valentine, dance for us.
        • sarc alert
          Not really Socrates. All just plain ole sarcasm to make a point. We can all love the law when it is just. When it is proportional. When it is blind. That is loving justice and basic fairness. But when the law becomes merely social control to advance the interests of a ruling elite, an elite that has oh so many ways to get around the law, to escape the law upon which they crucify the. underclass .. . Well that law can be loved only by the corrupt and those being corrupted.
        • Law love and MLK
          Socrates again .... same poster, all Socrates above .... think about this ... Hitler loved the law: "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal. Martin Luther King, Jr."

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        1. "Am I bugging you? I don't mean to bug ya." If what I wrote below is too much social philosophy for Indiana attorneys, just take ten this vacay to watch The Lego Movie with kiddies and sing along where appropriate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etzMjoH0rJw

        2. I've got some free speech to share here about who is at work via the cat's paw of the ACLU stamping out Christian observances.... 2 Thessalonians chap 2: "And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last."

        3. Did someone not tell people who have access to the Chevy Volts that it has a gas engine and will run just like a normal car? The batteries give the Volt approximately a 40 mile range, but after that the gas engine will propel the vehicle either directly through the transmission like any other car, or gas engine recharges the batteries depending on the conditions.

        4. Catholic, Lutheran, even the Baptists nuzzling the wolf! http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-documents-reveal-obama-hhs-paid-baptist-children-family-services-182129786-four-months-housing-illegal-alien-children/ YET where is the Progressivist outcry? Silent. I wonder why?

        5. Thank you, Honorable Ladies, and thank you, TIL, for this interesting interview. The most interesting question was the last one, which drew the least response. Could it be that NFP stamps are a threat to the very foundation of our common law American legal tradition, a throwback to the continental system that facilitated differing standards of justice? A throwback to Star Chamber’s protection of the landed gentry? If TIL ever again interviews this same panel, I would recommend inviting one known for voicing socio-legal dissent for the masses, maybe Welch, maybe Ogden, maybe our own John Smith? As demographics shift and our social cohesion precipitously drops, a consistent judicial core will become more and more important so that Justice and Equal Protection and Due Process are yet guiding stars. If those stars fall from our collective social horizon (and can they be seen even now through the haze of NFP opinions?) then what glue other than more NFP decisions and TRO’s and executive orders -- all backed by more and more lethally armed praetorians – will prop up our government institutions? And if and when we do arrive at such an end … will any then dare call that tyranny? Or will the cost of such dissent be too high to justify?

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