Cod or haddock?
It may be as simple as the type of fish you order at the the Fish and Chips counter. In so many jurisdictions, the difference between these two professional designations is being blurred or merged.
In Ontario, Canada, lawyers obtained both barrister and solicitor degrees because there were once too few of us to support the two divisions in our profession. These days, civil litigation lawyers are seeing the inside of a courtroom less and less. Criminal lawyers have become Charter lawyers. Business lawyers are competing with consultants for business advice and project management. Does the divide between barristers and solicitors still hold any relevance to the practice of law?
Let 2012 be the year the modern Canadian lawyer started the soul-searching required to lead the country. Talk to a colleague about the law, start a blog, or get involved with a law association. It’s not about your “inner lawyer.” It’s all about going public. The lawyer of the 21st Century manages public expectations and controls messages. “No comment” is a phrase best confined to a by-gone era. So leave a comment about your future. Send me a guest blog posting. As they say in Vegas, what you say on this blog, stays on this blog.
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