Gov't Attorneys, Negotiation, Standing on Rights
JLSatty at AOL.COM
Wed Jan 21 19:56:27 PST 1998
In a message dated 98-01-21 13:54:40 EST, you write:
I completely agree with Rob that government attorneys are no better or worse
than any other attorneys in their inclination to find negotiated settlements.
What the legal academy, or at least those voices heard most, usually says is
that the government operates bureaucratically and therefore disregards
individual desires/requests/needs. I don't buy it, because in most
circumstances, there is room for play on both sides through creative
negotiation. This is especially true in the land use arena.
I disagree. Having not dealt with Rob, I can only say that other lawyers in
government, at least in my opinion, allow politics to enter into everything
they do, and often take the position that is thought to be politically popular
rather than legally sound. Around here, that kind of attitude comes more
often from the Governor's legal people than the Attorney General's Office, but
aren't they government lawyers too?
Joel L. Sogol
Attorney at Law
609 28th Ave.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
JLSatty at aol.com
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