What am I saying? It is this.
Very little of what I present here is not something that has not been observed in some form by some other colleague, mentor, professor or admired writer/thinker.
The Law is a seamless web! Hard cases make bad law. Criminal Law involves the violation of conformity to the minimum requirements of a civilized society. My favorite adage (and also the official mission logo of my law firm) holds that process affects result. I took that from my first year property professor at Boston College Law School, Mary Ann Glendon, who is one of the most frighteningly smart minds to which I have been exposed.
Children in New Guinea watch no television and have superior problem-solving skills than those of their American contemporaries.
I love nothing more than a case that crawls across my desk rife with bureaucratic incongruity and contradiction, hobbled by a seeming information void and very vexing to a troubled hardworking client who plays by the rules and has done everything expected but can't get that license reinstated, or can't get terminated from probation. That is where and why I go to work. Begin with the end in mind as author Stephen Covey advises. Comfort, advise, inform, and protect the client. Always.