Monday, February 18, 2008

Yes, David, I said yes.

I just saw this. David Lat asks whether lawyers should date other lawyers.

That question conceals two underlying questions, to wit:

1. Is it good for lawyers to date other lawyers?
2. Is it good for society as a whole to date other lawyers? OR: Is it right for lawyers to date other lawyers?

The answers to questions 1 2 are obviously "no" and "yes," respectively, and for the same reason: would you want to date a lawyer? No. If two lawyers date one another, two unhappy people are created. If two lawyers date two nonlawyers, four unhappy people are created. I'm a utilitarian on this question.