Submitted by cdc2001
A Day Off: "You are an attorney from the moment you step out of the door in the morning." The first time I heard this in law school, I was scared-did that now mean I couldn't sing along with the dirty words in a hip-hop song; wear a miniskirt to a party; or have an opinion about the latest celebrity reality show? In hindsight, I understand what being an attorney means (especially after taking a course in Professional Responsibility) but that does not mean I have given up every original aspect of myself just because I am an attorney. While I grapple with this fact, I find myself noticing the legal aspect of EVERYTHING in my Law and Order: SVU episodes to the assaults on "The Bad Girls Club" (I really love reality shows). The law affects every aspect of our lives and this column will focus on the every day things we love and enjoy from news and politics to music and fashion and how those things are merged in the law. Occasionally, this column will feature guest interviews with practicing attorneys on particular issues. Through this column, readers will be able to discuss the things they love outside of the law while still learning a little about the profession that will become/or is a part of their lives because (I've heard) as an attorney, you never get a day off.
After spending nearly four years of my life totally devoted to legal education and everything associated with it (taking the LSAT, completing and passing the Bar exam, etc.) you would think the last thing I want to see, hear, or read in any form of personal entertainment is the law. However, it seems there is no way of getting away from it. This spring two new legal-based television shows (NBC’s Harry’s Law and USA’s Fairly Legal) will join the bevy of wildly popular shows featuring aspects of the legal profession such as The Good Wife and the Law and Order franchise. Since attorneys, technically, never get a day off from being a member of the profession they have worked so hard to be a part of, I thought it only fitting my first article get to the root of our personal attraction to the law and the rest of the population’s fascination with the legal profession.