Many lawyers entered the profession because of a desire to do good, to help people, to support the rule of law. That’s their motivation.
Once in the workplace, though, their primary incentive is the need to make a living. That space between motive and incentive can create some cognitive dissonance for those lawyers who can’t take on the cases they’d like to tackle, particularly if it’s a question of the would-be client’s inability to pay; or the fear that the return would not justify the investment of the lawyer’s time.
Richard Susskind, in a paper prepared for the CBA’s Legal . . . [more]