The Old Man’s Words of Wisdom
By William G. Schwab
Nitpicking is how I originally saw it when I got e-mail from assistant editor Evan Loeffler on my trivia question in the last issue asking which amendment had never been enforced. My answer was the Third Amendment. Evan wrote me:
The Enblom case was one where the guards for a prison in the State of New York were provided housing as a part of their job. During a strike by the corrections officers, the state wanted to house National Guardsmen in the officers’ residences. The court held that they had a property-based privacy interest in the property to exclude others.
I am writing about this not to admit Evan was right and I was wrong and we should run a correction, but rather to point out that in law, though experience counts, research and hard work frequently can make up for experience.
As a young lawyer don’t assume the experienced lawyer is always right. Although generally I am right, occasionally I’m not. For me, as an old man, to continue to grow in the law I need to be challenged. I welcome the challenge. You as a young lawyer need to take this up, because mentoring and learning is not just from the old to the young, but rather a two-way street.
—William G. Schwab, GPSolo New Lawyer Editor