It has always seemed strange to me that while we talk about "the spirit of the law" I've never really been able to pin down in my own mind just what that might be. Is fairness spirit? Justice? Due process? How about competitive instincts? A win or lose mentality? Anything goes in discovery, and filing last minute motions is o.k.? Recently I've toyed with the idea that "the spirit of the law" is not in the law itself, but in the lawyers. "Ah!", I thought, "in what spirit do I come?" And "In what spirit do I find my clients, my 'adversaries', the courts and the public? I'll save further comment for later, but I wonder what all of you might be thinking, or might think, about this subject. In what spirit should lawyers work? And how should we manifest this spirit?
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