Any self-respecting lawyer has probably said it, or at least thought it: "No one can represent my client better than I can." On Tuesday the Supreme Court takes up a case that could enshrine that conceit in constitutional law, considering whether and to what extent a paying defendant has an enforceable Sixth Amendment right to the lawyer of his or her choice. The briefs on the defendant's side praise the special quality of individual lawyers -- insisting they are not fungible like eggs or oranges.
Supreme Court to Consider the Fungibility of Lawyers
April 17, 2006