The Brotherhood of the Adversarial System

By Rice Divorce Team | January 27, 2016

From the moment law school begins, students are pitted against each other and in constant competition for the spot at the head of the curve. However, law school is also an adventure of trial by fire that bonds students together and creates a lifelong brotherhood based on this unique experience. I can talk to any attorney and no matter what year they graduated in or which school they went to, they can all relate to the law school experience.

This carries over into the practice of law. When I get opportunities to go to the courthouse with Memphis divorce attorneys, Larry Rice and Nick Rice, I not only observe their behavior inside the courtroom, but also the way that they interact with other attorneys outside of it. On one occasion this summer, before we walked over to the courthouse, I watched Larry Rice fill his pockets and his briefcase with candy. I was confused, to say the least. As soon as we walked in, he began handing out candy to everyone in the building. When he saw my puzzled look, he told me that it was important to keep good relationships with the people that you interact with on a regular basis and what better way was there to do this than with candy? I certainly cannot argue with that!

Attorneys must zealously advocate for their clients and argue against other attorneys passionately. But this by no means shows animosity towards the opposing counsel. I have observed attorneys going head to head, presenting their cases, but then chatting like old friends before and after going in front of the judge. There is a clear comradery within the legal field. Perhaps it stems from the idea of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. But the optimist in me believes that it comes from a very real feeling of knowing that you and your colleagues have faced and overcome the same challenges and these are the ties that bind.

This blog is written by the law clerks and interns of the Rice Divorce Law. We document our experience working with Memphis Divorce Lawyer Larry Rice and Memphis Divorce Lawyer Nick Rice, as well as other members of the Rice Divorce Law. The Rice Law represents clients in Tennessee, including Memphis, Nashville, Jackson, Columbia, Johnson City, and Knoxville. We hope these blog posts will be interesting and show the evolution of students as they move towards being divorce and family lawyers and paralegals. The statements in these posts should not be used as legal advice about divorce or family law.

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