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In life, we are often judged by the company we keep. But is that fair when it comes to judging a lawyer by the clients he represents? Does it matter whether the attorney is so successful that she has her choice of clients, an abundance of whom are not unsympathetic or controversial, and can thrive professionally even if not representing unsympathetic clients? Can a lawyer reasonably argue that our legal system requires representation, that even the least sympathetic among us deserve their day in court, which implicitly means solid legal representation?


  • Gene C. Schaerr, Principal, Schaerr Law Group
  • Hon. Sarah L. Wilson, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP