Reading The Recorder’s article entitled “12 Inquisitive Men” I have to wonder whether whomever titled the article as such actually thought that female jurors were not as inquisitive as male jurors. With jury instructions now being revised to omit sexist language, I’d like to see The Recorder at least make an effort to do the same. What’s wrong with “12 Inquisitive Jurors” or “12 Inquisitive People”?

Jody LeWitter


All the attorney moaning about work-life balance ignores the reality that law, like medicine and engineering, is an extremely demanding profession. It requires an enormous time commitment to attain a high degree of competency as a lawyer and to establish the client relationships that will provide a solid economic foundation for the lawyer and her family. Lawyers who are willing to make the law their first priority during their first decade of practice are likely to acquire the necessary skill set that will eventually enable them to better structure the kind of work-life balance they seek, whether it be a 30-hour or 65-hour work week. Only enhanced professional skills provide attorneys with attractive career options. There are no shortcuts. If newly-minted attorneys are not prepared to make the necessary front-end commitment and accept the maxim that the law is a “jealous mistress,” they ought to look for another way to make a living. Finally, if being able to eat dinner with one’s family and then log back on the computer for another three hours of billables is anyone’s idea of a good work-life balance, that person needs counseling.

Paul Simpson
South San Francisco

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