Bad Lawyers are born not made. Nah. But we adapt to badness pretty damn quick!
Let's face it the process of getting into law school, law school, getting a job or worse making a living from scratch, swimming with the sharks, processing unending injustice, and trying somehow to pay the bills, the taxes, and dare I say it, stay out of trouble, active and passive--can turn anyone into a Bad Lawyer. I'm sure the ABA has statistics on this, but impressionistically--that my heart beats in pin stripes nearly 30 years after law school is something of an anomaly. I don't see members of my law school graduating class anywhere very often.
But I digress, are Bad Lawyers, to use my friend, Gayle's construct, ever ontologically evil. Bad to the bone? Born Bad?
I think we become who we are through Darwinian natural selection. The shark will eat you to avoid being eaten and the law is the perfect profession for the shark. The law, in practice, is disgusting, dispiriting, depressing. In my opinion Ted Bundy was one slightly damaged chromosome away from who I am and who Geoffrey Fieger is. Opportunistic, predatory, amoral, we are the survivors of a hostile world. And my luck ran out.