Does graduating from law school really make you evil?

Does graduating from law school really make you evil?
By Robert L. Jaskulski
September 2007

From kindergarten to college, kids across Wisconsin are heading back to school.  Some are learning their ABC's, some are taking history, and some are going to law school. 

There's nothing scary about any of that, right?

At the end of the school year, some will graduate grade school, some will graduate high school, and some will graduate law school.

Again, there's nothing scary about that, right?

And yet that rumble you hear isn't a stampede of kids heading back to class, it's a rush to blame those law school grads (yes that means attorneys) for everything from summer road construction to the Bears making the Super Bowl. 

In an effort to stop us attorneys and our supposedly pro-Bear ways, one misguided state legislator even proposed cutting all funding for the UW Law School based on his own "bad" experiences with the court system.  Apparently this upstanding legislator was held in contempt of court for walking out on a judge during a court hearing in his divorce proceeding, claiming he didn't recognize the legitimacy of the court.  Just proves that unreasonable legislation usually arises from unreasonable legislators.

One thing is for sure he didn't have the best interests of Wisconsin consumers and our communities in mind when he made his proposal.  Attorneys across the state are helping make our lives better in many ways at work and in their free time.

For example, if you are the maker of kids' pajamas that easily catch fire because you didn't want to spend a few extra cents to treat the fabric (true story), you probably aren't a big fan of trial attorneys.  Trial attorneys were responsible for taking these pajamas off the market.  If you are a car manufacturer that makes vehicles with gas tanks that explode in low speed impacts (another true story), you also are probably not a fan of trial attorneys.  Trial attorneys were responsible for removing these vehicles from our roads.  The list goes on.

Trial attorneys serve the public not only in the courtroom, but also out in our communities.  Every year attorneys across Wisconsin donate countless hours and resources to build libraries, help send underprivileged kids on field trips, maintain fire departments and serve on school boards and as judges.

Attorneys work side-y-ide with hundreds of thousands of other Wisconsinites to create better, stronger, safer communities in which our families and loved ones can enjoy happy lives.

Are you a Kiwanis Club member? You probably know fellow member and attorney David Weber in Green Bay.

Do you volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation?  You might know volunteer and attorney Mike Siddall in Appleton.

Do any of your kids play sports?  Maybe you know coach and attorney Jeff Zirgibel, who calls the plays for YMCA baseball, tee-ball, basketball and soccer.

Have any Cub Scouts in your family?  Maybe you know Paul Hoefle, an Assistant Scoutmaster in Southeastern Wisconsin.

You get the picture.

So you'll understand if I (an attorney myself) don't check my head for horns.  And in the interest of full disclosure, I do not own a pitchfork, I don't wear a red cape to work, and I certainly don't root for the Bears.

Maybe it's not that surprising after all.

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