Wednesday, January 30, 2008

We have our reading cut out for us!

Manitoba Lawyer has left a new comment on your post, "Law societies? You be the judge!"


I did some quick research to see if I might be able to locate Alvin Esau's (Law Professor, University of Manitoba) old Legal Profession and Professional Responsibility (LPPR) lecture outlines webbed online, and voila!

You will find these extremely interesting, and - as incredible as I know it sounds right now -you might even want to think about reproducing these on CyberSmokeBlog. Ordinarily, reading lecture outlines is about as exciting as watching paint dry, but somehow (as with his lectures) Esau has the talent of making potentially dull subject matter come alive.

It was by perusing one set of his outlines that I found the two books - both dealing with the implosion of the old American "megafirm" Finley Kumble - that I would strongly, strongly recommend to you as serious examples of malfeasance in the legal profession:

Kim Isaac Eisler, Shark Tank: Greed, Politics, And The Collapse Of Finley Kumble, One Of America's Largest Law Firms (Beard Books; New Ed edition, 2004).

Steven Kumble & Kevin J. Lahart, Conduct Unbecoming: The Rise and Ruin of Finley, Kumble (Carroll & Graf Publishers; 1 edition, 1990).

... and while you're at it, you should take a look at this absolutely stupefying story about life in a Wall Street firm:

I remember reading this piece some time ago, and it literally gave me the chills. Happy to say Winnipeg isn't nearly as bad as this, but I can tell you I've observed certain parallels in my own practice experience.

Dear Manitoba Lawyer:

Thank you so very much for taking the time to write with the results of the research you've done. We'll start going through the sources provided and post the best of what we find on this site. May even try to arrange a meeting with Professor Esau.

This is reminiscent of the book Executive Jungle written several years ago by David Levy who had worked as a presidential speechwriter, television producer and network programmer. The author witnessed firsthand the seediness at the top of the corporate ladder - the ruthless climbers who populated Madison Avenue ad agency Otis and Meade at the time.

In the introduction, he described giving a copy of the manuscript for comment to a business school graduate student only to be asked later if it were fiction. The reviewer couldn't believe many of the incidents documented.

Clare L. Pieuk


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a young man named Will * er * GoodWill. He was sent by his mother to go pick up a duck. He got the duck and on his way home he met this nice looking lady who said, "Hey there big * er * little boy, wanna f*ck?" GoodWill had no money, and said I only have this here duck will it do for payment. The lady said yea it will do. SO GoodWill had some fun. Then as he was about to go, the lady said, "You know, I don't need this duck, how about a duck for a f*ck?" GoodWill said, "Well OK lets do it." So he had some more fun, and then went on his way home. On the way home the duck got away from him and and a big shot (moist girth) CEO driving his big car paid for by taxpayers monies ran over the duck. The big shot (moist girth) CEO got out of the car and walked up to young GoodWill and said, "Er sorry about that, but I have some lawyer friends, I have lots of lawyer friends, who can take this duck and all it will cost is $300,000 or more for you to get rights to hunt your ducks when ever you want." So GoodWill agreed and with a smile went home to his momma who asked him where the duck was. GoodWill said, "Well a duck for a f*ck, a f*ck for a duck, $300,000 for a f*cked up duck.

The moral of the story, maybe the duck wasn't shot, maybe it was road kill.

7:34 AM  

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