Louisville Magazine

MAR 2017

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.17 51 • "I object to the privatization of parking enforcement." • "Get rid of the unused bike lanes." • "Every time an ordinance is passed, two must be repealed." • "Free street parking on Saturdays." • "Whatever law would make it OK to park on Grinstead Drive." What Kentucky law would you change? Several respondents mentioned repealing the recently passed right-to-work legislation, which critics say harms unions. Other answers: • "Make it a felony for any elected official to demand campaign contributions from employees." • "Abolish the need for a permit to carry a concealed handgun." • "Allow charter schools." • "Can I wait until the 2017 regular session is over and then let you know?" • "Decriminalize many drug offenses." • "Fully fund the Retirement Systems each year." • "Expand felony expungement eligibility." • "Legalize marijuana. It could be an economic boon throughout the state. Many of my friends went to college on money earned from raising tobacco. Kentucky is an agrarian state historically, and this would bring more money to citizens and the government." • "Allow grocery stores to sell wine." • "We should have casinos." • "The ticket-scalping statute has got to go. If somebody wants to pay more than face value to get into a UK or U of L basketball game, let them." • "Strengthen laws against animal cruelty." • "Remove abortion restrictions." • "Strengthen anti-abortion legislation." • "All laws Bevin and his clowns have passed that have set our commonwealth back 50 years." • "Seatbelt law. It's none of the government's business." Movies The most popular courtroom/ lawyer movie is a tie between To Kill a Mockingbird and My Cousin Vinny. Also mentioned: 12 Angry Men, A Few Good Men, A Time to Kill, Legally Blonde, The Verdict, Miracle on 34th Street. Books The most popular courtroom/ lawyer book is To Kill a Mockingbird. Also mentioned: The New Yorker Book of Lawyer Cartoons, "anything Grisham" (A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief), A Lawyer's Life by Johnnie Cochran. TV The most popular courtroom/ lawyer TV show is a tie between Boston Legal and Law & Order (and all its variations). Also mentioned: Better Call Saul, Matlock, Ally McBeal, "TV courtroom drama is total crap." Ficঞonal Lawyer Atticus Finch is the most popular fictional lawyer. Also mentioned: Matlock, "the Samoan lawyer in Hunter S. Thompson's stories," Saul from Better Call Saul, Perry Mason, Harvey from Suits, Alan Shore (James Spader) from Boston Legal, "None. Law is not fiction." What's unique about pracঞcing law in Louisville? The most common response: camaraderie. Other answers: "Everybody knows everybody and where they went to high school." "Big cities have big-city lawyers, who range from annoyingly tenacious to aggressive, lying scum. There are some of that sort in Louisville, but most aren't. Your Stites & Harbison, Frost Brown and Wyatt Tarrant & Combs types, though, especially the younger ones, can be like that for a while, until they figure out every other lawyer in town hates them." One thing you couldn't do your job without? Most common answers: a computer/internet/cellphone or a secretary/assistant/paralegal. What would you do if you weren't a lawyer? Accountant, actor, "anything on a beach," "anything that paid enough and caused only moderate stress," artist, bookseller, undertaker, veterinarian, teacher, run a nonprofit, political pundit, journalist, comedian, chef, author, horse trainer, run a brewery, park ranger, drummer in a rock 'n' roll band, "sleep more."

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