Upstate City Struggles with Shortage of Legal Advice
February 5, 2014 (Amsterdam, NY) — While lawyers across the country see declining revenues and opportunities, the local Common Council in this small upstate community finds itself with a troubling lack of legal counsel.
As a result of a recent legislative dispute, each of the five Common Council members has retained at least one attorney, or in the case of one member, eight attorneys working in various capacities across the country on local issues. The newly appointed Council terms their initiative “The No Attorney Left Behind Act”.
Local residents were enthused at the prospect of more lawyers joining the fray of local politics even if it meant fewer lawyers for the public. Local resident Julia Fauxres expressed the popular view of the Council’s actions, “Everyone knows that if you want to get something done and done quickly, the more lawyers you have, the better. It’s just common sense that if you want a quick decision without a lot of back-and-forth, the more lawyers you can get in a room, the quicker the decision will be. What we need are more lawyers , not less. And most importantly, you can gauge the quality of legal counsel not by citing specific legal arguments but by simply saying you have a lawyer who disagrees with your opponent. Let’s be real: lawyers don’t disagree just for the sake of disagreement. That’s ridiculous.”
While a spokesperson for the American Bar Association could not be reached for comment on this story, the ABA Web site did contain a recent report co-authored with the Association of Legislative Councils titled “What Every Economically Depressed Community Needs to Progress– More Litigation! (And Lawyers!)”.