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Thomas M. Cooley / Re: Law School should be approached with caution
« on: June 24, 2010, 09:43:35 AM »
Hi,

I thought I expressed myself clearly.  Oh well, let me try it again.

Representing yourself is dangerous because you are personally involved.  It is important to be dispassionate when analyzing the facts and applying the law.  That doesn't mean that I don't monitor the progress of the case by reviewing the pleadings, attending the hearings and checking the relevant common and/or statutory law. 

Therefore, I would say that not representing myself does not mean, at least to me, that my law degree is wasted.

I'm happy with the balance in my life. 
 
Bryan

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Thomas M. Cooley / Re: Law School should be approached with caution
« on: June 23, 2010, 10:46:35 PM »
Hi,

I do believe that an attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client.  So, when I need to resort to legal remedy on an LLC matter, I retain counsel.

But I keep my hand in the game and take a few cases a year as time permits

You'd have to ask the judges I've appeared before, the opposing counsels I've engaged, and the clients I've represented to satisfy yourself as to whether I'm capable of "doing law."

Bryan



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Thomas M. Cooley / Re: Law School should be approached with caution
« on: June 23, 2010, 04:16:47 PM »
Hi,

Yes, of course.

My wife and I were seeking a safe haven for our investments.  As it turns out, our timing was excellent and we got out while the getting was good.

Our LLC manages a medical professional building with a regional hospital's emergency (urgent care) department being our major lessee. 

Broadly speaking, I would say it is reflective of my undergraduate degree in psychology, and my masters degree in business.  However, as I stated in my earlier post, it is my legal training at Cooley that I believe is most responsible for my success.

Bryan

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Thomas M. Cooley / Re: Law School should be approached with caution
« on: June 23, 2010, 06:59:28 AM »
Hi,

My small business is not a law firm.

Bryan

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Thomas M. Cooley / Re: Law School should be approached with caution
« on: June 23, 2010, 12:17:39 AM »
Hi,

I graduated from the "best law school in downtown Lansing" back in 1994 and hated it.  Thankfully, the tuition was reasonable. 

Cooley is just one of many Tier 3/4 schools.  It's specialness comes from an attitude that confirms that its administration, and more than a few of its students, suffer from untempered feelings of inferiority.  The self-ranking silliness is one example.  The naming rights to the ball park is another.

That being said, I have no regrets.  My legal training has been an invaluable asset in my business.  And, after surviving 3 years of brutal competitiveness, I now usually hold my own with the people I have to deal with to sustain my small business.

If you've got a career and want to enhance your skill set with a law degree and license, then the decision to go to Cooley involves little more than a standard costs/benefits analysis.  If you want prestige, money and connections that will open doors, then you really don't want to go to a school like Cooley.   

Bryan 

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