Many people see lawyers as arrogant, thoughtless, and haughty….I’m sure there are hundreds of other, less than favorable terms, used by people when speaking about us lawyers.
Believe it or not, some of us work hard to show that we, as lawyers, aren’t just arrogant jerks. Sometimes, this work is undermined by the actions of other attorneys.
I went to Court to handle a simple traffic matter today and ran in to two people who would support the equation lawyer = (insert your favorite derogative here – with or without expletives.)
First, I walk into the Traffic Counter area where one of the Traffic machines that prints out tickets for attorneys/runners/etc was not working. An attorney walks in and tries to show me how to use the machine with a very demeaning attitude. When she realizes I was right when I said the machine was not working (as a result of being out of paper to print on), does she allow me to use the other machine??? NO – she jumps right in ahead of me. No apology, no excuse me, no “you were right”, nothing. Just the right to go first on the other machine which she does without batting an eye. I’m sure she didn’t realize I was an attorney since I was not in a suit today. I’m not so sure it would have mattered.
So, after that experience, ‘m annoyed that I’ve run into one arrogant attorney. A bad enough experience once, but not enough for me this day – or so it appears.
I leave the Courthouse and down the steps outside the South Entrance. There – parked in the middle of the crosswalk – was a BIG RED TRUCK with “QUALITY BUDGET LEGAL” written all over it while the driver and some guy in a suit (who one would assume was another lawyer) were talking and blocking the crosswalk. I mean, really??? Come on! These guys don’t think this makes attorneys look like major (insert your favorite plural derogative here – with or without expletive.) I wonder if anyone who saw this rude act would want to retain this person as Counsel?
People: it’s our image and for us to protect. Obviously these two (or three) don’t care enough about our image to bother with the slightest regard for others.
I tried to get a picture, but the driver moved a bit out of the crosswalk. He probably heard my comment about it not being a parking spot.