How Lawyers Think

On thinking like a lawyer….

"Law school taught me one thing:  how to take two situations that are exactly the same and show how they are different."  – Hart Pomerantz, American Lawyer

"Good law schools teach you to think like lawyers.  But the top law schools teach young people to think; just to think.  And that makes a potentially great lawyer."  – Norm Sherman, American Lawyer

Now ponder these two quotes….

"One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws.  Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws."  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American Clergyman and Civil Rights Leader

"Anyone who takes it upon himself, on his private authority, to break a bad law, thereby authorizes everyone else to break the good ones."  – Dennis Diderot, 18th Century French Encyclopedist.

A good lawyer could argue that either of these two inconsistent quotes are true, a great lawyer could probably argue that they were both true at the same time.  I'm pretty sure I could come up with good arguments for both theory and I might even be able to argue both are true, but given the choice I'd take MLK's side.

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