Last week I litigated an officer court-martial in Washington DC with a colleague from another firm. Joint trial teams are few and far between, but they give us a nice chance to sit down with colleagues and talk about the industry.
There's been a lot changes to the civilian bar over the last 10 years. Ten years ago, our firm was one of 4 or 5 military law firms. The market rate was reasonable. The costs of advertising were not controlled by google. And military law was not undergoing a near annual change at the whims of Congress.
In the last 10 years, we've seen monumental shifts in the practice of military law. There's a deluge of attorneys with websites proclaiming to be experts. The costs of hiring a lawyer have nearly doubled - though we've resisted the inflation in the market. And the stakes are as high as ever for clients in an era of downsizing.
Despite it all, Mr. Myers built the firm on a few bedrock principles:
1- The practice of law is a noble profession;
2- We have the opportunity to do the right thing in representing our service members;
3- We can offer service members outstanding judgement and representation; and,
3- We will always maintain a fee structure that is fair to the men and women in uniform.
The discussion, however, prompted me to start think more about our place in the history of military law. The firm has had the honor of representing some fine men and women in very historically significant cases.
So over the next few weeks, I'll post and discuss some historical documents and their significance from My Lai to the present.