Tear Gas and the Profession

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5 Responses

  1. Frank says:

    I agree. It certainly gives a new and darker meaning to the often joking invocation of Shakespeare’s “First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

  2. Jane says:

    Yes, isn’t it inspiring? I’d like to see our members of the bar show such passion!

  3. I’m not a believer in being proud over the exploits of others, when I’ve had no part to play in their deeds. Rather than American lawyers patting ourselves on the back, trying to bask in the glow of the courageous Pakistani lawyers, I believe we need to ask just what we are doing, individually and as a profession, to ensure Constitutional rights for even unpopular persons and causes — especially now, e.g., in the face of arguments that fighting terrorism trumps Constitutional protections. And, we need to frankly assess what we’d be willing to do in the streets to avert tyranny. See my post today, “first, compare all the lawyers at f/k/a.

  4. Nate Oman says:

    David: You misunderstand the claim. I am not suggesting that American lawyers are somehow virtuous because of the actions of Pakistani lawyers. Rather, I am suggesting that there is something about being lawyers — e.g. a respect for law and the independence of courts — that caused the Pakistani’s to take to the streets. Hence, your outrage at this post and your little homily, while uplifting, are somewhat misplaced.

  5. nedu says:


    The sight of Pakistani lawyers gasping and wretching in the streets under noxious clouds of tear gas inspires feelings of pure nobility. Don’t denigrate that. Show some cultural sensitivity, man.