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The Lawyer’s Vices

January 25, 2008

There is a memorable quote attributed, perhaps incorrectly, to Martin Luther in the 16th century: “Who does not love wine, women and song / Remains a fool his whole life long.”  In the 1970s, the phrase “Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll” became the modern version.  Both variations have the same concept: the championing of certain things in life.  Heck, the more modern version is even “politically correct” by not limiting the adage to “women.” 

Young lawyers, of course, have their own vices.  Using the same tripartite motto structure, I would say that at least two of the vices would be “Drinking” and “Golf.” 

My colleague has already previously posted an item on lawyers and drinking.  Many lawyers drink for necessity as much as just enjoyment.  Maybe it’s because our occupation entails hard work and requires social interaction with fellow attorneys, clients and judges.  You’d be hard pressed to see a lawyer pass up a beverage during a social happy hour or dinner. 

Golf is another vice.  Not everybody plays, and many who play are not very good, but those who do play can attest to the importance of doing so.  Part of the allure may be that lawyers are supposed to be more sophisticated and should play a “gentleman’s game.”  Some would say that a lot of business gets done on the golf course.  Actually, I think the more tangible benefit is the ability to bond socially with others who play. 

So what’s the third vice?  Song?  I’m not too sure.  People have too divergent musical tastes to specify a particular genre.  I did check out the Philadelphia Orchestra on Thursday night, but only because it was playing a special engagement.  Food and fine restaurants?  Anyone have any other opinions?  Tell me in person over at happy hour Friday night. . .

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