January 09, 2005

Heinlein on Legal Advice

I'm reading Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein. This little exchange between a ship's commanding officer (Brisby) and his paymaster/legal officer ("Pay") reminded me of some clients I've had:

Brisby scowled. "Pay, you aren't working for me to tell me I can't do things."

"Yes, sir."

"You're here to tell me how I can do what I'm going to do anyhow. So start digging through your books and find out how. Legally. And free."

"Aye aye, sir."

I'm sure most of my lawyer readers can relate.

Posted by JohnL at January 9, 2005 10:18 PM

Oh, the pain, the pain. Make it stop, John, please, for the love of God, make it stop.

Think I can relate? I related viscerally to this post. I could feel the tension creep up around my eyes.

And actually, I've heard this from senior partners, too, not just clients.

Posted by: RP at January 10, 2005 06:57 AM
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