Practicing law is nothing like how it plays out on TV. Reality is significantly different than Hollywood. But while scripts may portray a slightly skewed view of how the law works, some fictional characters do possess traits and talents a real attorney can respect. Here are three fictional lawyers we’d bring onto the staff of Jones and Hill. Perry Mason When it comes to a lawyer’s passionate idealism and a never-say-die attitude, there’s no one more recognizable than Perry Mason. It didn’t matter if the client couldn’t pay him — Mason strove for one thing and one thing only: justice. When push comes to shove, a lawyer needs to have a strong ethical backbone to represent their clients’ best interests. Both Mason’s tenacity and his knowledge of the law were unparalleled, which produced results. Lt. Daniel Kaffee The law requires a fighting spirit, and sometimes that can get ugly. You’ll have your good name attacked and your judgment questioned. When that happens, you need to have resolve and passion. “A Few Good Men” Three Fictional Lawyers We’d Hire EVEN TV GETS IT RIGHT SOMETIMES
demonstrates these qualities beautifully because it displays Lt. Kaffee’s emotional journey through a case. The highs, the lows, and the bitter arguments are representative of what can happen over the course of a trial. Sometimes it means having calm resolve. Other times, it means fighting back. Lt. Kaffee can do both. Harvey Specter A lawyer is paid to win, and there is not a set of circumstances that can hold this “Suits” attorney back from winning. His charisma and bravado make him a force to reckon with, and he often relies on these characteristics to secure a victory. Sometimes a case hinges more on a person than on the facts. When that’s the case, we want Harvey.
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Spicy, Creamy Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple, but they’re often the blandest thing on the table. Luckily that’s not the case with this recipe, which features Thai spices and coconut milk.
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5 pounds sweet potatoes 1 cup canned coconut milk
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1/2 cup dark brown sugar 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1. Heat oven to 375 F. On a large sheet pan, bake potatoes until very soft, approximately 75 minutes. 2. Let potatoes cool until they are safe to handle, then peel and mash. 3. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine coconut milk and curry paste. Once mixed, add the mixture, salt, half the sugar, and half the butter to potatoes. 4. 30 minutes before serving, heat oven to 425 F. Spread potatoes in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes. 5. Uncover potatoes and dot with remaining butter and sugar. Broil until brown, crusty, and delicious. Serve hot.
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