I'd probably draw the line at the fact that you actually live here in the US. If something goes wrong, accountability at the very least seems more available with an attorney in the States than someone overseas. =P
Exactly. Maybe it won't be a factor, since many people don't have a choice about who represents them.
And I was not trying to attack anyone of any background. Americans have a hard enough time trusting their own when it comes to the legal system, and so I do think that this would be a concern for many who are in court. I'm NOT saying, however, that American law cannot be practiced equally as well by an American as a non-American. And I am definitely NOT saying that minorities are not great lawyers. If I had to chose an attorney, I would look at a person's resume, not his or her race.
Plus, I have definitely met many people who would rather be represented by a talking ape rather than a competent foreign attorney. It sucks, but it is a possible factor.
Do you think we will ever outsource judges or juries? That makes this hypothetical even more interesting ...
I think many people see their choice of attorney like the choice in jury members -- they want someone who is a peer (i.e. -- has a shared experience or the ability to have a shared experience).