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What to tell people who think the world would be better without a legal profession

What to tell people who think the world would be better without a legal profession

By Katie Miller

Human Rights 


Happy Law Week everyone! Together with the Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne and the Chair of the Victorian Law Foundation, I spoke at the opening of Law Week. Afterwards, I was asked – why have a week celebrating lawyers at all? After all, the public prefers to joke about lawyers at the bottom of the ocean rather than celebrating the contributions of the legal profession. Of course, there are plenty of good reasons for Law Week – educating and informing the public, reducing the mystique about courts and the legal system and, of course, showing off your workplace to your family and friends! But I also think it’s a good opportunity to reflect on why we have a legal profession and, in the words of Lionel Hutz, imagine a world without lawyers.

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