Civility and Advocacy in Handling Workers’ Compensation Cases
JOHN J. PARENTE, ESQ.
San Rafael, California
I have been in the practice of law for many years. During that time I have seen many changes. Most of those changes have been with regard to technology. I started with an IBM Selectric typewriter and carbon paper. We are now well into the digital age, with smartphones, paperless files, and e-mail. While the technological changes have made us more efficient, I think we have lost some of the professionalism that existed in the past.
The practice of law was intense and you wanted to do the best you could for your client; however, you were always respectful to your opponent and the pace was slower. Hearings started at 9:00 a.m. Correspondence was by mail, what we now call "snail mail," and attorneys usually had seven to ten days turnaround with dictation and return mail.