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February 1, 2004

Could This Happen in the Legal Profession?

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 7:19 pm

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The Sunday Gazette (Schenectady, New York) reports today that former marine and state trooper Paul Semanek has been elected 2004 president of the Capital Region Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors. (“Man heads women’s group,” 02-01-04, at B4, E5; available by subscription; confirmation is available here, from the Albany Business Review


Could this happen — has it happened — in the often hyper-gender-aware legal profession?  Wouldn’t it be a good sign?



  • Another thing that happens among realtors but not in the legal profession:  Meaningful (and advertised) price competition for services which were historically provided at a “standard” percentage rate by all providers.   We can dream.   We’ll soon have more to say on this topic, when we discuss a recent law review article by Cardozo Prof. Lester Brickman,




    (abstract) which looks at evidence and reasons for the lack of price competition over fees by p/i lawyers. 25 Cardozo L.Rev. 65 (Nov. 2003).  One section of the article contrasts price competition among realtors (with flat fees, lowered percentages, blended rates, etc.) with the lack of price competition among p/i lawyers. 

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