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Do We Really Need Lawyers? – Part 2

Last week I started a three-part blog series to address Justice Alito’s recent statement that “Our country needs lawyers.” In Part 1, I explained that because lawyers spend their time resolving ambiguity, they allow everyone else to operate as though things were clear. The world can look black-and-white only because there’s been a lawyer to worry about the unavoidable grey-ness. And there’s a lot of value in that.

Today I’m going to look at another reason that our country needs lawyers. It’s related to the first reason, but I think it’s distinctive enough to deserve its own treatment: Lawyers as a group serve our country as a ready whipping-boy for many of our most difficult decisions.


Lawyers carry many burdens so non-lawyers don’t have to. Just like this guy.

And so, like Part 1 where lawyers serve others by shouldering life’s ambiguity, lawyers also serve by giving everyone a clear conscience on tricky things like free speech, rights of the accused, the meaning of life, personal injury verdicts, etc. If you don’t like a result or don’t like a policy, you’ve got the easiest people in the world to blame: lawyers.


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Brandon Haubert Arkansas Lawyer

Brandon M. Haubert


Brandon grew up in Clarksville, Arkansas, where he learned the most important parts about lawyering: How to work hard, how to to work smart, and how to work out problems with other people. The rest he picked up in law school and his first few years of practice, but he firmly believes that most of what makes him a good advocate is what he…

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