Opinion: Why Dogs Are Like A Good Defense Lawyer

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

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Norm Pattis

A man on trial is alone. He needs a lawyer with the soul of a border collie, someone with eyes only for him, someone who will follow him anywhere, and give all that he has to the task of defending him.

Increasingly, I sit in the well of the court with the accused muttering a silent thanks to the fates for giving me two dogs on whom I can count for complete loyalty, and every bit of energy they can muster. Then I pause, and try to be as good a companion to my client in the fight at hand. Ody and Penny are my tutors, you see; they are to me what I can only hope to be to a client.

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