The Role of Lawyers in the Socialist Society

“As the lawyer awoke from surgery, he asked, “Why are all the blinds drawn?” The nurse answered, “There’s a fire across the street, and we didn’t want you to think you had died.”

Lawyer jokes, there are literally thousands of them out there, which must tell us something about this profession. When you get involved in other people’s business, and, indeed, your business is all about settling the disputes of others, you will be fanned with the flames of that conflagration.

“At a convention of biological scientists, one researcher remarked to another, “Did you know that in our lab we have switched from using mice to lawyers for our experiments?” Really, the other replied, “why did you switch?” “Well, for three reasons, Firstly, we found lawyers were more plentiful. Secondly, the lab technicians don’t get so attached to them. Thirdly, there are some things even a rat won’t do.”

Socialist Lawyers in History

What about the role of lawyers in the socialist society? Do we really need these rats in a socialist paradise? Karl Marx was a journalist for much of his professional life. His father was a lawyer and, quite, a successful one at that. Although Jewish by birth, Karl Marx’s father converted to Christianity at the age of 35, but that was more about anti-Semitism in Germany limiting his social mobility than any real religious fervour. There are lawyers who campaign vigorously for human rights and justice for the downtrodden. The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers has been operating for some 80 years under the socialist banner. This British group has been involved in many legal struggles to end inequality on numerous fronts, both internationally and domestically in the UK.

Lawyers in Australia

Lawyers in Australia are, also, involved in things like compensation law to rectify wrongs in the system and in our society. Click here to see an example of an Adelaide based firm of compensation lawyers doing great work.

I suspect that lawyers, like rats, will be around for a long time to come, in whatever political and economic system we may be governed under.