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My Favorite Line by Shakespeare

Posted on | February 10, 2011 | 24 Comments

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”
— Dick the Butcher, Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2

OK, maybe not all the lawyers. My son-in-law will be attending law school this fall and hasn’t done anything to deserve killing. Yet.

Also, my son-in-law is a Christian, and thus remembers my favorite words of Jesus:

“Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.”
Luke 11:46 (KJV)

Yes, we have a rich cultural tradition of lawyer-hating to draw upon, but it’s rather surprising to find that a man who makes his living teaching future lawyers can admit that he is thereby unloosing a plague upon mankind:

When laws are complex, there’s almost always a way to lawyer around them, but to do that you have to pay a lawyer to figure it out, and then you have to structure your business in a way that’s driven by the need to get around dumb and complex legal restrictions, rather than in a way that makes for an efficient business. But the demand for lawyers is a symptom of the problem, not the cause.

That’s from Professor Glenn Reynolds’s most recent column at The Washington Examiner, and you should read the whole thing or he might sue you.


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