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Mark Slutsky – Final Offer

An evening pause: Why do even alien lawyers get portrayed this way?

Hat tip Jim Mallamace.

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  • Daniel Peters

    “Why do even alien lawyers get portrayed this way?”

    Because possibly negotiation tactics are constant across universes?

  • jburn

    I’m trying to image having a name like Sluts ky — and whether or not it would have been advantageous growing up…
    (sorry, my bad)

  • Andi

    It was probably better than having a name like Dick Butkus…

  • I don’t imagine Dick Butkus had to put up with a lot of static.

  • Alex Andrite

    DUST, my favorite sci-fi stuff.

  • Edward

    Robert asked: “Why do even alien lawyers get portrayed this way?

    “This way” must mean that the alien lawyer is willing to cheat her adversary while making it seem like she is being “fair.”

    I saw a different way that the alien lawyer was portrayed. She had a terrible job and knew it, but had a fiduciary responsibility to win for her client. She was lonely and appreciated an offer of friendship. In many ways, she was portrayed as the equivalent of her adversary, with similar problems, ambitions, and desires.

    Daniel Peters’s comment seems correct, but not just because negotiation tactics and strategies could be universal (pun intended), although come to think of it, this was not much of a negotiation. Economics is most likely universal, as in: everyone seeks to obtain the greatest amount possible while expending the least resources possible.

  • Edward: No, I didn’t mean “this way” as you first thought. I meant it in totality. They cheat, but they are unhappy with unsatisfied lives that makes them cheat more. They have no strong moral foundation, and struggle to find it even as their lives force them to flee it.

    And yes, lawyers too often are portrayed this way. It suggests something, does it not?

  • It’s fun to mock lawyers, until you need one. I will say that my experience is that lawyers are far and away the most enthusiastic imbibers, and the most open about it. Every law office I’ve been in had a stocked bar.

  • Edward

    You asked: “It suggests something, does it not?

    A friend of mine was an attorney. She left the field, because too many of her clients were not willing to make compromises and wanted only to win.

    For me, this makes sense. We often do not feel that we are in the wrong, and when we are in the right then we are hardly likely to compromise, or lose, to someone who has or is wronging us. For example, three months ago some guy rear ended me while I was stopped for a light and lied to his insurance company, claiming it was my fault. Why would I want to compromise on something like that?

    My friend is now a development director (fundraiser) for a charity at half the salary that she made as an attorney. From my point of view, by making compromises she was cheating her own clients, because it was hard work to continue their cases for a possible (50% chance?) loss. I think that from her point of view, her clients had a high probability (50% chance?) of loss, rather than win, anyway, and she was saving them from the problems associated with continued and expensive litigation. Mark Steyn is now almost a decade into a seemingly endless case in which his accuser, Michael Mann, seems to have so little on his side that he delays and delays for years and years.

    On the other hand [*** SPOILER ALERT! *** Those who have not watched the video should not read this until they have watched], Olivia from the story also had clients who wanted a win, and cheating by not telling her adversary the details of the treaty that she was working to was her way of getting an easy win.

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