Let’s see . . . . Brazilian officials are worried about an 8-year old passing a law school entrance exam (here), and Americans hardly bat an eye at the fact their Attorney General can’t decide whether or not simulated drowning is torture despite the fact that it’s been a courtmartial offense for more than a century.
Not to mention that, in my own little corner of
hell small-town America, I personally know of two attorneys who suggest the positively medieval qualities latent in the U.S. justice system.
One attorney – who unfortunantely lives less than a mile from me – managed to keep his law license for close to 20 years despite a state felony fraud conviction and multiple suspensions by the Virginia State Bar before finally earning a permanent disbarrment.
Another attorney – who unfortunately lives less than 10 miles from me – still has his license despite a federal felony conviction on matters connected to the questionable disappearance of a reported drug dealer. In a delectable piece of irony, said attorney was disqualified as an assistant special prosecutor when defense attorneys in the case helpfully noted that his status as a convicted felon prohibited him from being in contact with a piece of evidence – a firearm. The fact that his special prosecutor status had been requested by his son – who originally was cited by the Virginia State Bar for prosecutorial misconduct in the case’s original indictment – merely added icing to the pastry.
Given the quality of some other examples of the American legal profession in recent years . . .
I’d worry less about juvenile Brazilian barristers and solicitors and more about law schools on the mid-Atlantic coast.