Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The latest Minnesota State Bar Association magazine arrived, celebrating their commitment to diversity. You might have thought a trade association would be committed to helping its members be better at their jobs but no, they’re committed to bringing in more women, people of color and people of indeterminate gender orientation. It’s one of their core values.
So lemme ask you this: if the Plaintiff is represented by a White Male lawyer and the Defendant is represented by a Black Female Lesbian lawyer, who wins?
If the answer is “The race, gender and sexual orientation of the lawyer doesn’t matter, what matters is the law and the facts,” then the MSBA’s core value is misguided. Bringing in more people on the basis of things that don’t matter . . . doesn’t matter. That’s an idiotic thing to make a core value.
Unless the objective of being a lawyer is not what I thought it was? Perhaps they were serious in Diversity Class when they explained that diversity is important so that I can accept and understand the viewpoint of the client, a person who probably is not from the same background and class as I am. Because by understanding them and feeling their pain and being their pal, I will better relate to what they need and want. Actually winning the case for them is not an issue; being sensitive to their demands is what matters.
I wonder if I get a participation trophy for that?
Who says mental illness isn’t contagrius?