Lawyers vs. non-lawyers

September 4, 2008
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The race for the next president of the United States is Democrats vs. Republicans, but it’s also lawyers vs. non-lawyers.

Both Democratic Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden have law degrees, whereas on the Republican side Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin never went to law school.

It seems nearly every party-nominated candidate for president has either a law degree or a military background (which, to me, makes Gov. Palin an even more interesting choice for veep because she has neither).

Looking back at the candidates running for both parties in the primaries, the overwhelming majority held law degrees. It’s kind of like the question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Do those who have political aspirations choose law school as a career boost, or do those who become lawyers later decide to enter politics?

When it comes to elections, does attending law school and practicing law give some candidates an edge over others? Are attorneys considered more qualified by the general public to go into politics than someone who has a business degree or communications degree but works his or her way up through the political ranks to become a governor, representative, or senator?
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  2. Don't believe me, listen to Pacino: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6bC9w9cH-M

  3. Law school is social control the goal to produce a social product. As such it began after the Revolution and has nearly ruined us to this day: "“Scarcely any political question arises in the United States which is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question. Hence all parties are obliged to borrow, in their daily controversies, the ideas, and even the language, peculiar to judicial proceedings. As most public men [i.e., politicians] are, or have been, legal practitioners, they introduce the customs and technicalities of their profession into the management of public affairs. The jury extends this habitude to all classes. The language of the law thus becomes, in some measure, a vulgar tongue; the spirit of the law, which is produced in the schools and courts of justice, gradually penetrates beyond their walls into the bosom of society, where it descends to the lowest classes, so that at last the whole people contract the habits and the tastes of the judicial magistrate.” ? Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

  4. Attorney? Really? Or is it former attorney? Status with the Ind St Ct? Status with federal court, with SCOTUS? This is a legal newspaper, or should I look elsewhere?

  5. Once again Indiana has not only shown what little respect it has for animals, but how little respect it has for the welfare of the citizens of the state. Dumping manure in a pond will most certainly pollute the environment and ground water. Who thought of this spiffy plan? No doubt the livestock industry. So all the citizens of Indiana have to suffer pollution for the gain of a few livestock producers who are only concerned about their own profits at the expense of everyone else who lives in this State. Shame on the Environmental Rules Board!

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