Phi Beta Cons

Legal Establishment Up in Arms Over Shpoonkle

The U.S. has lots and lots of un-and under-employed lawyers. The U.S. also has lots of people who have legal problems that they can’t afford to spend a lot of money on. In the latest application of computer matching, buyers and sellers can get together on a site called Shpoonkle, the brain child of Robert Niznik, who is just finishing at New York Law School. Here is the story in the Chronicle.

Predictably, the legal establishment is up in arms. One lawyer is quoted as saying, “Any lawyer who signs up for this service should be immediately disbarred, then tarred and feathered, then publicly humiliated.” Seems like cruel and unusual punishment just for entering into a professional-services contract.

New forms of competition are usually denounced as dangerous and unethical by those already doing well in the approved forms.

George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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