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62 Drake L. Rev. Discourse 1 (2013)

handle is hein.journals/dralours3 and id is 1 raw text is: YOU BETTER REPRESENT: LESSONS ABOUT
Brent Pattison*
I. Introduction                        .............1..................................
II. Lessons From Adolescents About Lawyering ......................3
A. Lesson One: Overcoming the Caulfield Presumption       .............3
B. Lesson Two: It s a Matter of Time..............6.........6
C. Lesson Three: Make It a Fair Fight              .............8........8
III. Conclusion: Your Clients Can Make You a Better Lawyer ...........10
Lawyers are all right, I guess - but it doesn't appeal to me,  I said. I mean
they're all right if they go around saving innocent guys' lives all the time, and like
that, but you don't do that kind of stuff if you're a lawyer. All you do is make a lot of
dough and play golf and play bridge and buy cars and drink Martinis and look like a
hot-shot. And besides. Even if you did go around saving guys' lives and all, how
would you know if you did it because you really wanted to save guys' lives, or
because you did it because what you really wanted to do was be a terrific lawyer,
with everybody slapping you on the back and congratulating you in court when the
goddam trial was over, the reporters and everybody, the way it is in the dirty
movies? How would you know you weren't being a phony? The trouble is, you
When I was in college, I worked part-time at a youth shelter. Young people
aged eleven to seventeen lived there temporarily while they awaited more
permanent placements, or maybe a return home. When I was not being taken to
*      Brent Pattison is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the
Middleton Children's Rights Center at Drake University Law School. Brent wishes to thank
the youth of the Ingersoll Youth Shelter, as well as his current and former clients who have
helped him become a better lawyer. He also wishes to thank Beth Colgan for her comments on
an early draft of this Essay.
1.     J. D. SALINGER, THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, 223 24 (1951).


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