Living The Unthinkable: Change Comes To The Bar


There is word that a move is afoot, in some quarters, to change the rules to allow accountants to become partners in law firms.

The foundations of legal elitism are shaking. The idea may be rational in view of today’s economic landscape, but it threatens generations of believing that the only way the legal profession can sustain its exalted position of integrity, probity, and yes, superiority is to keep the profession as pure as Caesar’s wife. Those walls that separate lawyers from the rest of the world have long ago crumbled. Except, of course, in the halls of many Bar Associations, in which old men -- at least in mind if not in grey hairs – serve as gargoyles guarding the gates of the castle. On the escutcheon is self-deception rampant on a field of anachronism.

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