Document Type Journal Article
Corkery, Jim (2002), Lawyering. The National Legal Eagle, April 2002, pp.3-6.
Copyright ©The Law Society of New South Wales , 2002.
Reproduced with permission.
What use are lawyers? There are some short and humorous answers to this. But lawyers are vital in society. They administer the mechanisms of the state. They draft our laws. From their ranks, they provide society’s law-makers and judges. They develop our law, by their arguments and reasoning. They make policy, by working out how our values should be expressed in our behaviour. They also represent citizens who are seeking justice, for dealing with the laws often needs expert help. In this sense, lawyers are in public service. They help us recognise and maintain our rights. And by this, they check those who are intent on oppression and tyranny.