The disparity in legal practice: Where are our heroes?

It has been the mantra out of the 60’s about overwhelming government power to control the individual. The response to this is described in Gitmo Lawyers Are the Latest in Radical Chic.

Within the ranks of our leading law schools, law firms and legal centers, it would be hard to find a cause more popular than the detainees of Guantanamo Bay. Every lawyer wants his own detainee or detainee group. The result is that dozens of the world’s most dangerous men now have their own legal Dream Teams.

In this context, wouldn’t it be refreshing to hear the dean of some Ivy League law school, or a partner in a white-shoe law firm, stand up and say these words: “As part of our pro bono commitments, we hereby offer our services to the overworked men and women trying to keep our nation safe from terrorist attack.”

You can imagine the reaction.

Like the response to the reporter throwing his shoes at the President, we have a significant part of the society that needs to think about the ethical and moral implications of their angels.

The a priori presumption twists the ‘innocent until proven guilty’ ethic to an unhealthy level. The guilty are assumed to be the victims of government repression when they are caught and prosecuted.

Sides have been chosen. Heroes have been selected. These actions have meanings and will have impact.

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