A SMALL-TOWN LAW PRACTICE
AND OTHER THINGS
I recall that sometime not long after I began practicing in 1979, I happened to be looking through the attorney ads in the local telephone directory's yellow pages. In addition to those of the local resident attorneys, there were several ads of New Orleans attorneys. One of those was astonishing in its blatant appeal to unsophisticated citizens of our area and its unintentionally demeaning tone. As I recall, its ad's title or "grabber" line read something like this:
"WANT A BIG-CITY LAWYER?"
The ad went on to briefly tout the fact that the lawyer had a New Orleans address, implying that unlike those poor "country lawyers" whose offices were in Thibodaux or Raceland or Lockport, he was somehow "better" and "smarter" than them. Some of my local attorney friends and I used to laugh at the ad and its condescending and patronizing attitude, especially given the fact that the self-described "big-city lawyer" was considered by other New Orleans lawyers as something of a "hack."
I was not a "big-city lawyer," nor did I aspire to be one, if it entailed becoming the kind of person who feels the need to describe himself as one.
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Life on Bayou Lafourche
Egret on water hyacinths, Bayou Lafourche