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June 21, 2004

Five by Five Bonus - David Giacalone

We have a bonus contributor to this week's Five by Five. David Giacalone, former author of the EthicalEsq. weblog and current proprietor of haikuEsq. chimed in with these five ideas:

1) A renewed commitment by the individual lawyer and law firm to accept only work that can be done diligently and competently.

2) An acceptance by law firm management of the responsibility to create an ethics-friendly and client-friendly environment (which will often mean lower hour/fee targets for each lawyer).

3) A realization that "the client comes first" applies to fees, too, and does not mean that the lawyer gets to $cr*w the client.

4) An effort to take full advantage of the digital revolution in ways that mean better service for clients, while sharing the cost savings, and permitting willing clients to perform as many functions/tasks as possible for themselves.

5) And, corny as it may sound, the renewed understanding that lawyering is a profession first and a business second; folks who switch that priority should be urged to look elsewhere for a livelihood.

Fully embracing suggestion (5) would make (1) to (4) inevitable. It would also mean vigorous efforts by the legal profession to use the digital revolution and self-help law to make civil justice available to all Americans.


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From: Eric Shackle, 8 Kourung St., Ettalong 2257, New South Wales, Australia. Tel 61 2 4342 3280. E-mail Website

Hi David. Greetings from Sydney, Australia. You may like see a story about newspaper slogans, with a link to your learned paper, Frivolous and Bollixed. It has just been posted in the July issue of my e-book, at

Best wishes, Eric.

Eric Shackle is a retired journalist whose hobby is searching the Internet and writing about it. He is author of The World's First Multi-National e-Book, His work has been published by the New York Times (US), The Observer (UK), Globe and Mail (Canada), Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) and Straits Times (Singapore). He writes a regular column for senior citizen webzines in US, Canada, UK, South Africa and Australia, and is copy editor of Anu Garg's Seattle-based A Word A Day free newsletter, which is e-mailed five days a week to more than 600,000 wordlovers in 210 countries.

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