Also, to comment on the idea that "law is knowledge" that anyone can learn. That's simply not true. Law is also practice and experience, like any other profession. I can look up how to do my own electrical work online. I probably shouldn't do it myself though, due to total lack of experience and training.
A fundamental error by many people. It is all about experience and expertise, not just knowledge.
Heck having a law degree (even from Harvard) and no litigation experience can lead to you getting run over by a real litigator as Brian Burke learned during the Krutov arbitration.
Burke is dumb (legally speaking) as he clearly demonstrated when tried to play at being a litigator during the Krutov arbitration in Stockholm, just having a law degree does not mean that you are a lawyer. He never should have fired the Canucks very able legal counsel (Owen, Bird) and took over the case. He was an unmitigated disaster. He did not have a clue about the most basic contract law principles.
Burke completely screwed up that case and missed a patently obvious defence as Dr. Julius Wetter, the arbitrator noted in his written decision... "since counsel for the Respondent did not argue this, I cannot consider it."
Judge speak for "what a maroon".
Mind you Pat Quinn who also has a law degree was not much better and when he tried to play the poor country bumpkin taken in by those dastardly Soviets and forced to sign Krutov for more money than he was authorized ("they had a gun to my head" - yes he did say that
) and professed a complete lack of knowledge of contract law claiming these were the only two contracts (Larionov and Krutov) that he had ever negotiated. When it was put to him that he had in fact graduated with a law degree and he admitted that he had in fact taken contract law courses, the Arbitrator was somewhat taken aback... and then the whole Quinngate mess was rolled out when he proclaimed he was as honest as the day is long.
Check out the Vancouver Province newspaper archives as excerpts from the arbitration transcripts were published under the byline of Tony Gallagher. Much hilarity and leaves you wondering how Burke and Quinn can walk and chew gum at the same time.
Edited by Wetcoaster, 23 April 2013 - 01:57 PM.