The majority of individual lawyers are no doubt good ethical, honest and moral people.
They have, however, as much chance of convincing me to believe the same about their profession, as the remainder would have in successfully pushing a single pellet of sheep shit up Mount Kosciusko with the tips of their money-sniffing snouts.
Just to be on the safe side, let me say that the following background scenario is entirely hypothetical.
Imagine that the Australian court system has to deal with the accusation that the boss of a chain of up-market retail stores made some “unwelcome sexual advances and comments” to his female secretary.
Lawyers have lodged a claim on behalf of the woman seeking
$37 million in punitive damages.
THIRTY SEVEN FREAKING MILLION DOLLARS!!!
That’s enough money to cure all the impoverished people in Ethiopia who are presently suffering from cataract blindness, fund the young girl’s fistula hospital in Addis Ababa for a few years, and still leave some cash left over to supply clean water to all the rural dwellers who still have to drink out of muddy waterholes full of goat crap.
This is no longer a discussion about sexual harassment, which we all agree needs to be stamped out.
This is totally about lawyer’s obscene greed and lack of moral conscience in only targetting respondents with the capacity to pay.
How long will they be permitted to get away with this absurdity.
Other transgressions of the law and the criminal code do not attract penalties based upon “ability to pay”.
Medical doctors do not charge patients for treatment on some sliding scale according to client’s wealth, although they probably would if they thought they could get away with it.
This ludicrous litigious adventurism flies directly in the face of justice being done and being seen to be done.
Does the legal profession give a rat’s arse about the 17 year old check-out chick working in the corner store who gets touched-up by her 21 year old supervisor?
Of course not.
There’s no money in it for them.
The spotty faced dude with roaming hands has no capacity to pay.
So, all you good lawyers with a conscience, if you would like to restore a modicum of public faith in your profession you need to firstly weed out all the money-grubbing unethical and unprincipled high fliers within your ranks.
No doubt most of you entered this profession with the finest of intentions. You have the capacity to make this entire world a much better and equitable place if you choose to do so.
Just occasionally, look beyond the outrageous fees for service that you will receive, vacate your lofty thrones of superiority and privilege, and mingle once again with the common man.
Re-learn the simple stuff your parents taught you, before Law School and the wearing of wigs and gowns apparently clouded your common sense and morality.
When you were young and you mowed your neighbours lawn for pocket money, were you paid according to the area of lawn, or did you receive a percentage of his bank account?
When did your youthful symbiotic relationship with all of society turn into the stupifyingly voracious parasitism I see today?
It is not right.
It is not just, and
It is not Australian.
It is time for your profession to rediscover some social conscience.