Though I may have alluded to it quite some time ago on these pages, it is worth devoting a separate post to an article by Professor Stephen Bainbridge here, in which he argues that being a corporate lawyer is a vehicle to helping make the world a better place, for example, by helping to reduce poverty in the world. What is the connection? By helping businesses grow, business lawyers help to make the world a better place when those businesses create jobs and provide goods and services that make people’s lives better. This, of course, is contrary to the image portrayed in the media, in such films as A Civil Action and Erin Brockavich.
The article was written in connection with the good professor receiving an award after 20 years of teaching law and is entitled, appropriately enough: Reflections on Twenty Years of Law Teaching, 56 UCLA Law Review Disc. 13 (2008).
Thanks to Wilmington lawyer Mark Gentile for reminding me about this article.