What a fabulous movie! The idea that one can stand up and be counted and persuade eleven. A great concept.
It got me thinking about, well, the thinking behind law firm structure. First of all there is a status quo, a way of doing things, an approach to how a law firm should be structured that’s taken for granted. Sure there are variations on a theme, but that’s all they are – variations.
There is so little choice for lawyers and in any event their training prepares them to follow the narrow routes to practice. It’s like joining a cult when you leave law school (or maybe when you go to law school). Without too much difficulty we sleepwalk to tomorrow and don’t stand up for change.
Well – inspired by Henry Fonda’s performance in Twelve Angry Men – it’s time to stand up. Law is broken, there’s little to choose from variations on a theme. So let’s start anew and in the words of Abraham Lincoln on the 1 December 1862:
It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?” The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
Stand up and save our profession – it only takes one.