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May 2012 Archives

Misconceptions about the Law

There are two popular misconceptions that many non-lawyers (and maybe even some lawyers) have about the law. One is that there is a "right" and "wrong" answer to every legal question. Another is that the legal system is a place to find justice. Regarding the first misconception, clients sometimes say to me "doesn't the judge have to find in our favor because that is the law?" But the law is not a science; it is more of an art. Law is a matter of interpretation and different judges can interpret things different ways. As the late Supreme Court Justice William Brennan famously said, the law is whatever five justices on the Supreme Court say it is!