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October 14, 2005 12:04 AM

Broken: Legal convention sign

AtlasmjpgEvan Schaeffer saw this at a legal convention in Toronto. ("Ethical conduct committee: this meeting has been cancelled.")

Evan writes, "If I were in charge of sign-making, I think I would have used the word 'postponed'."



ethics shmethics. they should change there name to Trial Lawyers of America Association to save an 'of'.

Posted by: gmangw at October 14, 2005 12:20 AM

it alllllllll sarts to become clear

Posted by: weesnaw at October 14, 2005 08:03 AM

I'll bet canceling ethics meetings is routine operation to them by now. "ethics shmethics"- how true.

Posted by: Bob at October 14, 2005 10:49 AM

"Time to haul out the 'Cancelled' sign again..."

Posted by: =David at October 14, 2005 12:13 PM

If the meeting were actually canceled, it would indeed be unethical to raise the false hopes of holding the meeting later by posting a sign that said it was postponed. Because that would be a lie.

The sign does have a certain cheap irony to it, but I'd hardly consider it broken. If the meeting's canceled, the meeting's canceled. It's better than just having people sitting in the room waiting for it to start when it's not going to.

Posted by: Steve at October 14, 2005 02:31 PM

unethically funny, but not absolutely broken

Posted by: john russell at October 14, 2005 06:13 PM

Lawyers do not lack ethics or morals; they do not go around looking for legal loopholes, preying on doctors; they do not look for trouble. Rather, people hire them to take care of percieved screw ups or to defend their name and bank account.

Lawyers are not evil, conniving or otherwise out to attack the innocent. It is easier to blame problems with society on people percieved as different from yourself. No suits would be filed against anyone if no body had any disagreements that they could not settle on their own.

People are eager to blame insurance compaines and lawyers for high malpractice premiums; in fact the problem lies with ordinary people trying to extract as much cash as they can from "pain and suffering" damages, in the hopes that they will have more money to leave to the kids or spend on whatever.

Also, feelings of animosity towards all lawyers is completely ridiculous: after all, defense attorneys have nothing to gain by jacking up damages (not that most plaintiff's attorneys do), and cannot possibly be the ones who turned the disagreement in to a trial.

If you aren't convinced, think of every thing that non- trial lawyers do. They make major transactions (buying/ selling a car or a home) legitimate, approve wills and birth certificates, and allow disagreements resulting form these services to be dealt with professionally.

In conclusion: lawyers are not necessarily bad people. They are no more greedy than anyone else, and stand up for the accused and the wronged.

So There!

Posted by: Sido at October 15, 2005 01:08 AM

coolieness!! tis funny!

Posted by: j9 at October 15, 2005 01:10 AM

I bet it was a joke by somebody else.

If you notice the font is different and there's no timestamp or anything.

Posted by: I did it at October 15, 2005 03:48 AM

Lawyers are also bound by ethics to argue positions they disagree with; advocate for slimy, litigious morons; and keep secrets they know are better served by the light of day.

That being said, EVERY profession has it's share of scumbags.

Granted, lawyers and car dealers semm to have the market cornered, but still...

Posted by: nyackjazz at October 15, 2005 01:13 PM

If its the Association of Trial Lawyers of AMERICA, why is it in CANADA?

Posted by: Betty at October 15, 2005 01:25 PM

Where do vampires learn to suck blood?

Law school.

Posted by: Sean at October 17, 2005 09:01 PM

Sido- you say "defense attorneys have nothing to gain by jacking up damages". They get a percent, no? On the contrary, they have their new Lamborghinis on the line. Lawyers aren't saints, they *are* greedy. To prove my point, how often do you see ads saying 'INJURED? YOU'VE GOT MONEY COMING TO YOU. See the law offices of Bobwater, Bobwater, and Bobwater today!'

Now this is not to lay the blame solely at the feet of lawyers; indeed i heavily blame the greed of the plaintiffs and the elementary-school-dropouts who compose our juries. But you must admit that lawyers deserve at least part of their rep; I could go on for hours about OJ, but y'all already know the travesty that was *that* trial. Again, lawyers.

C'mon, Sido. Though you are likely correct in saying that lawyers aren't all bad, there will be ambulance chaser lawyers, expensive celebrity lawyers, and greedy lawyers.

Posted by: Bob at October 17, 2005 09:17 PM

"If its the Association of Trial Lawyers of AMERICA, why is it in CANADA?"

My guess would be that it refers to the continent rather that the slang name for the U.S.A., after all Canada does share the continent of North America with the U.S.A.

Posted by: Sean P at October 17, 2005 09:28 PM

Ahh. Defence attorneys work for a set fee or by the hour, usually. they do not recieve a sort of comission.

I didn't say that all lawyers are saints. If I implied that, let me say this now (yes, the caps are necessary): NO PROFESSION HAS ONLY SAINTS.


There are doctors who make mistakes. Car salesmen who want to screw their customers. Repairmen who don't fix all the problems with your car and make you come back and pay them more. I could go on forever.

Point is, not all lawyers are saints. But who are we to judge them? Would you allow a lawyer with no experience in your feild (except what htey show on TV) judge how you do things? C'mon people.

Posted by: Sido at October 17, 2005 09:39 PM

At least it doesn't add, "...due to lack of interest."

Posted by: Reshin at October 18, 2005 11:11 AM

See the law offices of Bobwater, Bobwater, and Bobwater today!'

Is your last name Water? :)

Posted by: JAC at October 18, 2005 12:16 PM

No, in fact my pseudo-identity's name is Robert Bobwater. He is the senior senator from Idaho, having formerly owned the aforementioned law firm there. He is eighty-three years old and lives in Boise.

Posted by: Bob at October 18, 2005 03:30 PM

ok. that's nice to know. anything else to know?

and BTW, financial firms have water in them. Law firms have a -bert, -son or something englishy in them.

Posted by: Sido at October 19, 2005 10:29 PM

Oh, anbd before I forget.

The ADC (American Defence Council) regularly meets outside of the US. I don't know why, but they do.

Posted by: Sido at October 19, 2005 10:30 PM

Probably legal issues.

Posted by: Bob at October 21, 2005 11:21 PM

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