9 October 2019
If the title of this article appealed to you, perhaps you’ve recently had to pay an attorney’s invoice. Or you had to pay someone else’s attorney’s invoice? You might be thinking that Dick the Butcher, in Shakespeare’s Henry VI, had a point: “Let’s kill all the lawyers!” Fortunately for us attorneys – and as an aside – it has been reported that this line is often misinterpreted. Dick the Butcher was a follower of the rebel Jack Cade (who led a popular revolt in 1450 against the English government), and thought that if he disturbed law and order, he could become king. Shakespeare was suggesting that attorneys and judges help to maintain law and order! Phew!