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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Smarter Lawyers?

Do practitioners of criminal law need not to be as erudite as, say, lawyers who practice Article 9 law, or corporate or bankruptcy law? No doubt there are some sharp criminal defenders, but it seems to me that business organizations or commercial law is more scholarly than criminal law is. Criminal defenders use the Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure, while Article 9 lawyers use the Business & Commerce Code, and business organizations specialists use the Business Corporation Act or the Business Organizations Code. There seem to be more sole practitioners specializing in criminal law than there are sole practitioners representing corporations. Perhaps it is because an office of one or two lawyers could not handle the workload of a Fortune 500 company. Perhaps the reason for my impression is not so much the material as it is the clientele.

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