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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:37 AM
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Lawdragon Web site will lift veil on judges (Way Kewl!)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060304/bs_nm/column_plugge...

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The "secret society" of U.S. judges is about to be invaded by a Web site that lets people who have appeared before them rate judges in the first such public forum.

The tooth-comb scrutiny will come from lawdragon.com, run by Katrina Dewey, an attorney and former editor of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the largest U.S. legal daily newspaper.

Lawdragon set out last summer to become the first Web site to allow legal professionals and clients to evaluate the nation's 1.1 million lawyers and judges.

"I though it was important to ask the tough questions and to say when they did a bad job," Dewey said of her fellow attorneys. "You might want to know that they are lazy or not prepared. These are things that you want to know whether you are a litigator or a juror or a client."

Diane Karpman, a nationally recognized legal ethics expert, praised the site, saying: "The reason that Lawdragon is so good is that it provides the public and profession with education about our judges, which is basically like a secret society."

Next week, http://lawdragon.com begins posting thousands of evaluations of judges and lawyers submitted by colleagues, clients and legal watchdogs -- a sort of Amazon.com of legal professionals.

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Inland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:13 AM
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1. And probably just as reliable, too.
With Amazon noted for authors writing reviews of themselves, and of their rivals, I expect it to be more entertaining for the backstabbing and fluffing than informative.
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:24 AM
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2. This is very good news! Professional societies have tried for years
to keep this information tightly controlled. Information is gold.
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:31 PM
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3. I wonder if the same sort of evaluations could be done for attorneys
and lawfirms. A kind of 'consumer's report' for those looking for an attorney.

Would also be helpful when looking for a doctor. There are few ways to evaluate these professionals when seeking their COSTLY assistance.
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loudsue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:46 PM
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4. Good idea, Dover!
Attorneys are notorious for never returning calls, and for taking bundles of $$ for doing NOTHING on behalf of their clients. (SOME attorneys, that is.)

And doctors are the same. Many of them will treat you for ONLY ONE THING, and make you come back for another visit if you have 2 things wrong/going on. Either that, or they give you a prescription that DOES NOTHING, and you have to keep going back to try to get something done.

:kick: :kick: :kick:
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:39 PM
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5. cool. if kinks arise i hope they work them out.
but this is overdo.
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