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Metal detectors at the Brooklyn Supreme Court. Photo: Monika Kozak/NYLJ

Several years ago an ad announcing the importance of lawyers stated: “When lawyers talk people listen.” Apparently, no one has been saying a thing about the outrageously submissive position we have taken when it comes to addressing our own status, as second-class citizens when it comes to entering the federal courts in our metropolitan area. Why is it that attorneys, who now carry state and federally issued bar identity cards so that they may carry their phones into a courthouse, must wait on line to pass through metal detectors, emptying pockets, removing outer garments, suit jackets, shoes and belt? Are we not to be trusted?

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