General Counsel, Take 3

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Feb 10 15:18:50 UTC 2004

On Tue, 10 Feb 2004, Geoff Nathan wrote:

> deliberate terminological intention.  According to him, 'Counsellors' spend
> most of their time advising the University, while lawyers spend their time
> in courtrooms.  Since most of what he does involves consulting on what
> might or might not be legal, rather than preparing for trial, he says, he
> is a 'counsellor', not a 'lawyer.'

I don't think this makes much sense, as the word "lawyer" is very widely
used for hundreds of thousands of people who spend no time in court.

Fred Shapiro

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