EnjoyBeing (enjoybeing) wrote,

Quotations from PR casebook

Found my Professional Responsibility casebook tonight.

A few quotes from it:

"About half of the practice of a decent lawyer is telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop."
- Elihu Root, U.S. Secretary of State (1905-1909)

"There can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has."
- Justice Hugo Black, in Griffin v. Illinois, 351 US 12 (1956)

"A factory owner manufactured a product, any product, which required the use of a particular machine. The machine broke down and no one could fix it. Repairperson after repairperson tried and failed. The owner was frantic. Circumstances were reaching crisis proportions. Employers were threatening to quit because there was no payroll money; creditors were threatening to take their business to competitors because no product was forthcoming.
"The owner was on the brink of disaster. Just as all was about to be lost, a person walked into the factory and offered to fix the machine. "Please," cried the owner, "everything I have worked for my whole life is in jeopardy." The repairperson walked around the machine for just a few minutes and, then, with a nail clipper that one can buy off a cardboard display at most checkout counters, bent down and turned a screw. Lo and behold the machine started to work! All was saved. The employees were paid and did not quit; the creditors were paid and there was no bankruptcy; and the customers received their product and stayed with the company.
"Now, the moment of truth. The repairperson sent the bill and it read: "Fixed the machine - $25,000." The owner called the repairperson and said, "Do not get me wrong. I am eternally grateful, but would you please itemize your statement?" "Sure, "was the response, "I will bring one right over." A short while later, the repairperson appeared before the owner and presented the itemized statement, which read, "Turned the screw in the machine, $50; knowing which screw to turn, $24,950.""
- James Fox Miller, The Curse of the Legal Profession, Florida Bar Journal, Feb. 1991, at 6*
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