The Show Business Of Litigation

Law360 (October 9, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- During this presidential election year, it is more evident than ever that politicians are perceived and judged like celebrities. In fact, several campaign ads promote this perspective and two of the candidates have routinely been described as "rock stars."

As with politicians, litigators are more and more cast in the role of performers whether they like it or not. Now that any amateur citizen can become a star (or try to) with "American Idol," YouTube and Funnyordie.com, professionals whose jobs require public speaking are being held to a high standard.

Of course, there are meaningful differences between politicians and lawyers. Politicians...

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