Yesterday while I was in the office, a 45 yr old criminal lawyer came by to visit my boss. While I was close by in the hallway I heard this conversation:
45yr old: "Any criminal case you hear about, please refer to me, please. Im really low on cash"
Boss: "Ill do what I can"
45 yr old: "Any lead can help. Im desperate. I really need some work. Ive been dead dry for the last 6 months"
Boss: "Ok, whatever I hear ill help you out"
45 yr old: (Long, deep sigh) "Thanks alot, things are just so fucked up"
This criminal lawyer has been practicing for over 20 years. Amazing that after all this time he finds himself in a situation that he has to beg for leads from a lawyer that is 10 yrs younger than him. I could only imagine how many other older attorneys are out there suffering right now. I personally know the sorrows of new grads but to hear this type of woe from a legal veteran is just downright frightening. It just comes to show you that in 2010, no profession is safe.
This is what happens when the ABA allows 45,000 JDs to get pumped into the market year after year. This is what happens when the ABA allows outsourcing of legal work to India. Imagine how many new criminal lawyers there WOULDNT be if outsourcing and mass JD's were being pumped out every year. Every year, new JD's are starting their own little shops, doing Personal Injury, Family law, criminal, small business defense, and other small law. These motherfuckers at the ABA continue to debase the value of the JD. I could only imagine how bad things will get by the time 2015 is here, as there will be another 450,000 more JD's running around like chickens with their heads cutoff, owing more money that us current JD's already owe.