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High-Paid Law Clerks Don't Accurately Reflect Attorneys Working for a Living

July 24, 1988

This is in response to the letters published in The Times on July 3 concerning the article about law school students who make $1,100 a week.

While I find the concept of paying students at that rate a sickening distortion of values in our current society, I find the attitudes expressed in the letters ludicrous.

If Dana Urick is so very intelligent, then some of that intelligence should have been applied to ensuring admission to one of the key schools so as to be eligible for the $1,100 paycheck.

As for Todd Allan Spitzer, kudos to him for working in the district attorney's office for a lesser salary. But I am frightened to think that my fate in court could well be determined by a non-graduate, let alone one who has not yet passed the bar.

And here is Donald M. Buckholt in the public defender's office, and he has already convicted all corporations, corporate activity and corporate people. What I really wonder is, what he is going to do when he discovers "slime" in the political world, of which the public defender's office is a part?

I admire those like William H. Waxman who teach our young. But I hope he leaves his dripping self-pity outside the classroom.

To The Times, thanks for presenting one more aspect of our ever more legalistic society in which lawyers make laws for lawyers to litigate for the principal benefit of lawyers.

NORBET E. TALBERT

Diamond Bar

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