Sunday, November 9, 2008
How dare they!
I found this to be highly amusing. Public defenders in several states are suing to limit the number of cases they take on because of ethical concerns that quality of legal representation rendered is compromised by the current overwhelming workload. Can you believe it? How dare they. Here we have a highly educated professional class that provides a necessary and free service to the community and they expect to be able to deliver said service on their terms? It's just ghastly. Unimaginable. It reminds me of another professional class in a similar situation. I can't recall which one exactly. Not malpractice attorneys; they would never turn down a case with merit. Investment bankers? Plumbers? Country club golf pros? Hmmm. It's on the tip of my tongue. Some profession that provides an essential service to its community but is forced to see three times as many patients, I mean clients, in a day just to make ends meet, thereby spending less time than they would prefer with each individual and therefore relying more on specialists and proceduralists to "figure out" what the client's problem is which drives up the costs accrued....I wonder if the solution is to simply hire more foreign medical, I mean law school, graduates to compensate for the shortages. Surely we wouldn't entertain the unfathomable notion that if public defenders and primary care docs were better remunerated, the quality of work provided by each respective professional class might be better and, in the long run, cheaper.