From LegalNewsline, covering the remarks of famed attorney Gerry Spence at the Consumer Attorneys of California convention in San Francisco, “Spence: Trial lawyers more important than doctors“:
“We have to redefine who we are: We are the most important people in America,” Spence said. “There is no other profession in America that fights for freedom, that fights for what America is about, that fights for justice for ordinary people.”
To make his point, Spence — founder of the Trial Lawyers College, which trains lawyers to be more effective in the courtroom — said to imagine that all of the doctors and healers somehow vanished.
“I want to ask you which would be more important: If all of the doctors in the country somehow disappeared or all the trial lawyers in America somehow disappeared?” he asked. “We can live without medical care, but we cannot live without justice.”
Spence seems to be channeling William Jennings Bryan proclaiming his “Cross of Gold” speech:
Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic. But destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.
Sure, and burn them both down, what’s left? Trial lawyers!
(Hat tip: Ryan Zempel)
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