When olde lawyers start blaming Marketing for destroying the venerated, Atticus Finch image of the legal profession, starting around 1977 with the Bates case, I like to point them toward evidence like this 1906 card:
"HERE'S to the LAWYER"
Virtue in the Middle
Said the Devil as
He Seated Himself Between
It's not that Law isn't a terrific profession, but the weak are always looking to take the strong down a peg. For all the good work lawyers do, we have long been fortunate to hold a powerful position in society.
I think it's understandable for some people to be a tiny bit jealous.
So let's not blame newsletters and firm brochures for any perceived decline -- maybe The Good Old Days weren't quite as bright as our grandpas might have us believe.
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