Thursday, November 12, 2009

Trying to convince a judge he is wrong is an art, a science and not suitable for network television

Partner: We need to incorporate the public policy reasons for the doctrine.
Me: Look at the first couple paragraphs in the Jones case.
Partner: [Reads] Ah…yes…good.
Me: I was thinking about how we can get around the judge’s second argument…
Partner: [Cuts me off] We call him on his blatant mistakes.
Me: That’s subtle.
Partner: “With all due respect, the Court misunderstands the controlling Supreme Court precedent, the procedural underpinnings of this case and the basic practice of law. Because you’re a fucking idiot.”
Me: I like it.
Partner: Maybe leave out that last part.