Monday, September 10, 2007

you know what I hate the most about being a lawyer?

Other lawyers.

Seriously. Some of you people just ruin it for the rest of us.

Case in point: One of our cases is currently scheduled to go to trial next month. The attorney who has handled the case, almost exclusively, is a pleasant (albeit slightly high-strung) woman approaching middle-age.

Several days ago, she passed out, was rushed to the emergency room, admitted to the hospital, and told that she would need open heart surgery immediately. She had the surgery, got herself a shiny new pacemaker, and spent several days in the hospital. She recently returned home, and is unable to do anything physically taxing or potentially stressful. And if you've never had to prepare for a trial, let me assure you that it is slightly less stressful than dismantling armed explosive devices.

So in the midst of all this, we call up opposing counsel to ask him if he will agree to push back the trial date so that the attorney will have time to rest and recuperate before the trial. His response?


No? I'm sorry, I think you left your soul in your other suit pants. No? She had open heart surgery and you're going to oppose our motion to push back the trial?

I know this blog has a lot of readers who are either lawyers, law students, or bar examinees. Please, don't be this guy. Don't be a callous, obstructionist misanthrope. Don't be the guy that will have to go in front of a judge and explain why emergency open heart surgery is not grounds for an extension. Because according to California Rule of Court 3.1332(c)(3), it is.

Even if you don't have morals or principles, at least do your research.