Honorable Judge Henry McDermott*, a judge in the 14th circuit, says that a good lawyer is no longer necessary in the 21st century. His reasoning? “Everyone already knows everything.” This may seem like a shock, but he has some valid points. First, “internet searching has pretty much taken the place of asking for advice or instruction anymore” Judge Henry* says, “People just don’t need each other quite the way they did when lawyers were first coming on the scene. And when people do need someone, they generally tend to stick with someone they know, rather than a really expensive ‘friend-in-a-suit’ like you might find plastered on the side of buildings and billboards.”
We took to the streets to ask some Americans what they thought about the Judge’s statement.
“Honestly, if you think about it, he’s totally right.” Said Becca*, “I would totally ask my dad for help before some guy with a nickname like ‘The Bulldog’. I mean, that just sounds like 3rd grader with no friends.”
“I might hire a lawyer, depending on the crime.” Said Jackson*, “When I robbed a liquor store, it was pretty easy to just lie my way out of it, but if I ever actually kill someone, I think it might be nice to have someone to watch my back.”
Judge Henry* was uncomfortable with the notion that judges may also be unnecessary in the future, but said he was ready to embrace the future, he just hopes he is retired by then.
* Name changed for anonymity