Shaming the Professionals:  Lawyers

By | March 3, 2023

[March 3, 2023]   Scott Johnson of writes today about lawyer shaming (access his article here).  By trade, Scott is a lawyer with plenty of legal experience and understands the quirks of the legal profession.

Scott takes up a progressive problem in America and elsewhere in the West that I noticed but could not untangle.  He does an excellent job of articulating what I was thinking.  Scott was invited to discuss Minnesota’s “elimination-of-bias” continuing legal education requirement.  His article “Bias in the Air” is a damning explanation of what happens when politics overtakes professionalism (link here).

What happens when the courts and the bar undertake politics and public policy in the guise of professional responsibility?  Minnesota’s continuing legal education elimination-of-bias requirement offers something of a case study.  I think it’s a case study in political correctness and the ideology of “diversity.”

 The Federalist Society takes another look at this phenomenon and has a preliminary treat for us to consider.

American lawyers have a proud tradition of representing unpopular clients, but they are increasingly shamed, harassed, and retaliated against for such representation.  Lawyer shaming is a growing problem, both within and outside the legal profession.

“Lawyer shaming” has been creeping into the professional ranks for some time now, and the results are not pretty.  Theoretically, the rule of law is to be applied to everyone equally.  Looking at how the FBI and DOJ have recently treated the Hunter Biden laptop affair and the legal treatment of certain politicians, I think we can conclude that equal application of the law no longer exists within the United States.

The rule of law promises equal justice for all.  Fulfilling that promise in our adversarial system requires equal access to effective legal representation for all parties—no matter how unpopular.  Indeed, it is usually the unpopular and marginalized that most need zealous advocacy to vindicate their legal rights.  Such individuals and groups will remain underserved by the legal profession, however, if lawyers are criticized or targeted for their clients and the arguments made on their behalf.  Pressuring lawyers to drop or decline controversial clients reduces the availability of effective counsel, making it harder for courts to get the law and facts right….

Shameful?  Yes, of course.

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18 thoughts on “Shaming the Professionals:  Lawyers

  1. Randolph Saversen

    One thing not discussed is that todays lawyers are mostly woke and are inveterbrate cowards.

  2. The Observer

    “The rule of law promises equal justice for all. Fulfilling that promise in our adversarial system requires equal access to effective legal representation for all parties—no matter how unpopular.” This is what the political radical leftists are after.

    1. Boy Sue

      No surprisess here The Observer. This is the heart of those that Gen. Satterfield is highlighting today. 👍

    1. Frontier Man

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      Someone mistakenly left the cages open in the Reptile House at the zoo, and snakes were slithering all over the place. Frantically, the keeper tried everything but couldn’t get the slippery animals back into their cages. Finally, he yelled, “Quick, call a lawyer!” “A lawyer? Why?” “We need someone who speaks their language.”

      1. Rev. Michael Cain

        Thanks Fronteir Man for a quick laugh. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  3. Janna Faulkner

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  4. Emma Archambeau

    ““Lawyer shaming” has been creeping into the professional ranks for some time now, and the results are not pretty. Theoretically, the rule of law is to be applied to everyone equally. ” – Gen. Satterfield. I think this is the argument many of our leaders are making about the gross incompetence of the FBI.

      1. Shawn C. Stolarz

        I no longer listen to what people say, I just watch what they do. Behavior never lies. – Winston Churchill

      2. Paul

        An excellent article by Gen. Satterfield, no surprise there. ❤️

  5. Joe Omerrod

    Not suprised here at all. This has been going on a long time now and lawyers are not the only ones.

    1. Nick Lighthouse

      I think Gen. Satterfield should discuss how this is happening or not with military soldiers.

    2. Guns are Us

      But some lawyers are so bad …. ambulance chasers …. that maybe they should be shamed.

      1. Max Foster

        Gen. Satterfield has a different concept here, Guns. Scott Johnson makes it clear that the ‘lawyer shaming’ is killing the idea of equal legal representation of the accused. This is the bedrock of our legal system in the West. Just because a client has done something bad, does not mean the lawyer is at fault. Besides, that is often why blacks were given such long jail sentences long ago because lawyers did not want to represent them. Today’s political shaming is a serious problem.

        1. Linux Man

          Very well put, Max. That is a real issue we should be dealing with in the open so all can see what is going on.


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