Thursday, September 01, 2005

This past Sunday's Dodgers game was "Turn Back The Clock" day, where the players wore uniforms from 1955, and the telecast was in black and white. It made me think we should do a Turn Back The Clock day here, and practice law the way they did fifty years ago. It would finally give us an excuse to cut that dinner budget down to $5/person, and get everyone back to the old dress code. Ever since we went business casual, it's been hard to evoke the same kind of respect from the people we pass in the street when we head in every morning. It's much easier to feel like you're in a different class when you're wearing a designer suit than when you're wearing Dockers and a pair of boat shoes. We could also reinstitute the corporal punishment policies that were phased out in the 1960s. Partners used to be able to beat associates in the back room when their work wasn't up to code. It still goes on in silence, but to get that back out in the open would be a refreshing change, and would mean I could actually keep the blinds open during meetings.

The other advantage of Turn Back The Clock day would be 50 years worth of billable hours, recovered and available for charge once more.

(Incidentally, I removed the post from 8/29 once the extent of the devastation in New Orleans became clear. Of course, I quickly sent our local counsel there new Blackberries and cell phones, and allowed them to take a half-day of vacation to find new office space and resume work on the case. I've also donated a day's worth of binder clips and post-it flags to the Red Cross and would encourage others to do the same. Absent from the news media's reports has been talk of the hundreds of thousands of dollars of office supplies that have been destroyed by the storm and will go to waste. No, in all seriousness, it's hard to fathom the amount of damage the area has suffered, and that something like this can happen in America in 2005. I didn't mean to trivialize it with my post.)

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