Put those lawyer jokes aside (but not all of them and not forever): Most of the lawyers I know, serve, and witness in action practice random acts of kindness every day. Here are two recent stories that have hit the news about Oregon lawyers:
Lawyer Jeff Bradford
This article is from the Oregonian:
Oregon State Bar (OSB) recently updated their Economic Survey, which includes current (2012) hourly rates for attorneys in Oregon (in addition to many other measures, compensation, job satisfaction, etc.)
You can also find and download surveys and other publications at the OSB Surveys, Reports & Research webpages.
Check Your “Attorney’s” Bona Fides! (Don’t be an April Fool.)
“I thought he was a licensed attorney.”
“I thought a paralegal could advise and represent me.”
“He said he knew Oregon law.”
If you hire someone who claims to be an attorney, or who hedges when asked, trust your instincts, because when your instinct detects hedging, your instinct is often a whole lot sharper than you are at the moment. It doesn’t mean it is right, just that it isn’t bothered with “being nice” or any other need to please. Be the adult and stay in charge of the situation.
“Are you a licensed attorney in this state” is a yes or no question.
The answer should not be “uh, huh, or uhhhhhhh,” or, “ummm, uh uh, how are you today?” or “sort of,” or any variation on that theme.
The answer should either be “NO” or “YES” and “here is my bar card so you can check with the Oregon State Bar.” And then CHECK with the Oregon State Bar! Call them or check their website, for heaven’s sake.
The very funny title leads into a very, very interesting blog post from BlawgIT. I love it also because it ties in with what law librarians say all the time:
Don’t Treat Your Law Librarian Like a Lawyer! Law librarians know and teach legal research. If you have a legal problem, ask a law librarian how to research it. If you want a solution to your legal problem, hire a lawyer!
But hear it from a lawyer: