Thursday, September 30, 2010

More on Mandatory Public Service ("pro bono")

The more I think about the Missisissippi Supreme Court's desire to force attorneys to do mandatory pro bono, the angrier it makes me. I'm not affected at all by this, other than the way it affects all of us; the mindset of those in government to control every aspect of a person's life. It's not your time, it's the government's time. It's not your money, it's the government's money. These people have a philosophy that everything belongs to the government and you only get to have what they allow you to have, be it time, money or whatever.

While some lawyers have been charitable in their views on this, I will not relent on my opposition by this type of activity against any profession. There is no free lunch. Who does this court think will bear the cost of this increased burden on attorneys? The reality is that the cost will be paid by the lawyers' other clients. In other words, it is an indirect tax on consumers of legal services.

If the government wants to give away more goodies, then it should at least have the stones to step up and call it what it is - a tax. Why not tax consumers of legal services directly instead of stealing time from attorneys?



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