Re: Structure vs Substance?

Subject: Re: Structure vs Substance?
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Techwrl-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 18:40:19 -0700 (PDT)

> << Lawyers become lawyers because they have a vast knowledge of the
> law and not because they adopt some time-honored procedure. >>
> WRONG!!!!!!

Tell me how you REALLY feel Jason.

> Andrew, along with all of my other experiences, I am a school trained
> paralegal. And I can tell you first hand that lawyers DO NOT have a vast
> knowledge of the law, at least not when they first start out. Do you
> honestly believe that every Bar certified attorney knows all (or even a
> majority) of their state's criminal code, civil and tort code, case law,
> civil rights law, labor law, UCC, probate,...... I think everyone gets
> the picture. No, what they have is extensive training in a process. It's
> called research, and legal research in a painstakingly detailed
> procedure. Even legal specialists only know the most important concepts
> by rote. They fill in the details with research. Yes, Andrew, procedure
> rules the day in the legal profession.

Oh, cool. So all I have to know to be a lawyer is how to use all those legal
CD-ROMS. Hot damn! I never knew it was so easy. All I have to do is ram a few
processes into my head and I can pass the bar!

For that matter - I am totally going to go be a doctor now. They make bank! Why
am I wasting time with this tech writing stuff. I can research stuff. I know
how to fill out forms and process lab stuff. Easy as that. I can be a doctor.
Its just processes, right?


I am not legal genius or medical savant - but something tells me that law and
medicine are a bit more than just knowing what book to look in and what process
to implement. (Thus tech writing is more than just knowing Process A or
methodology B).

Seems to me there is a heck of a lot of content to those eons of schooling -
but what the hell do I know. Its all just a process. Intelligence and
dedication have nothing to do with it.

Andrew Plato

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