University trigger warnings: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Advice to flag up distressing content to ‘snowflake’ students in law lectures have been ridiculed, but Felicity Gerry, QC, argues that the practice would create more compassionate lawyers

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Dec 14, 2017

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Jeremy Ornstin 3 months ago

other than a general decent human trait, compassion is not a quality that clients look for when hiring lawyers to represent them in an adversarial system that is designed to probe and extract reliable and truthful evidence from which a case is proved or not according to the civil or criminal standards. Compassion, or pressure to exhibit it, is an unhelpful hindrance to one's duty to the client and it is wrong to highlight it as a professional requirement.