Thursday, October 01, 2009

Scalia: ‘We Are Devoting Too Many of Our Best Minds to’ Lawyering

Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia:

I mean lawyers, after all, don’t produce anything. They enable other people to produce and to go on with their lives efficiently and in an atmosphere of freedom. That’s important, but it doesn’t put food on the table and there have to be other people who are doing that. And I worry that we are devoting too many of our very best minds to this enterprise.

Right now, if you're one of the brightest, it's probably easier to make good money being a lawyer than it is as an engineer. Change the incentives and you change the behavior.

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