Gary Fielder, a lawyer in Colorado, is awesome. Here's why.
This is precisely why lawyers are useful & exactly what I'd do if I were forced to travel for business. I don't care if this guy's seeking money or not, I stand 100% behind the principle of the lawsuit & feel that being demanded to pay an $11,000 fine for not submitting to this invasive bullshit instead of simply getting to leave the airport is unconscionable. Try the shit I've read about with me; you'll be dragging my butt to prison in a very noisy scene & will never see a dime from me since like most people w/six figure loan debt, I'd likely be declared judgment proof.
Let's hope the judge has some common sense & shuts down the government's attempt through the TSA to take away people's freedom. You're never going to be 100% safe & if you're willing to submit to this, I suggest you move to another country where you don't have constitutional rights. You know strip & cavity searches won't be far behind.
Until you politicians, celebrities, flight crews & others currently exempt are going through this, I suggest you put up or shut up. Statements from the likes of you confirm why I hate politics & people who don't have a clue trying to tell others who do how to live.
This Craig's List ad has been posted for a second time & pisses me off:
█►Seeking lawyers from top firms to mentor JD grads - $40-$60 an hr (New York)
Date: 2010-12-01, 2:04PM EST
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
Mentor young, ambitious law school graduates and help them make the most effective use of their law degrees.
Blue Chip Career has established a platform that will allow you to enjoyably and effectively help law school graduates with their careers. The career counseling sessions are done over the phone, according to your convenience.
There will be a modest hourly payment ($40-$60 an hour) provided to mentors.
-We are seeking professionals that have excelled in their respective field and are passionate about mentoring.
-Must have a JD and 8+ years of experience.
-We are looking for lawyers with experience at top law firms, as well as professionals that have pursued other careers (finance, government relations/public policy, business/general management, non-profit, and many more!)
If interested, please send your resume and a paragraph detailing your passion for mentoring to email@example.com
* Location: New York
* Compensation: $40-$60 an hour
* Telecommuting is ok.
* This is a part-time job.
* This is a contract job.
* Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
* Please, no phone calls about this job!
* Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
Why does it piss me off? First off, what about the entertainment field? Tons of attorneys want to do that & true mentors in that category are few & far between. I can confirm both from personal experience. I really haven't found attorneys doing what I get to do; most would have told me to go work in BigLaw, where I'd have been miserable.
Second, you don't need 8+ years of experience in the entertainment field to be an effective mentor. My Entertainment Law professor, who worked in the industry, said that the industry promotes more quickly than your typical job. You learn more in a quicker time period & sure as hell don't need a BigLaw pedigree or Ivy League law school degree to get in. I & others I know are living proof of that. In fact, I think you're better off having a decent personality & being from that background tends to make you an irritating elitist asshole.
Sadly if you're the last T1 graduate + BigLaw refugee who hasn't lost his/her soul, then you're having to work against that stereotype to get anywhere. As a creative person, you'd have a long way to go to prove you had my best interests at heart.
I also think having that much experience makes you too distant from the realities of today's job market & economy. You got your start in the flush times & your tips aren't as useful as those from people who are living it firsthand. Now some people aren't clueless ideologues & do have better tips than "make good grades" but that seems to be the exception instead of the rule.
Do I think I'm an exception to this 8 year experience crap? You're damn skippy I do! There are people with more experience who wish they were doing what I get to & had the regard I've got in my area. Not to mention I've had life experiences that most people don't have for a very long time such as death of close family members, living in a lower income level & having to be self-reliant at a young age. That means I'm not regarded as some spoiled Millenial with helicopter parents & zero accountability for anything (those people piss me off too since I didn't live that).
Maybe I ought to do this in the future. I'm big on helping others avoid things I went through & I'll bet you many of these attorneys are clueless when it comes to scam artistry. Problem is, I don't like the attorney stereotype crowd since I behave like a grown up & not a 7th grader clique snob trying to impress the Queen Bee. Arrogance with me is asking for trouble.