Letters to the editor of the Globe Magazine

Readers respond to Miss Conduct’s advice on dealing with neighbors who fight and an essay on vanishing trial lawyers.

Loud Fighting Match

I am a fan of Miss Conduct and read her column regularly, but I am appalled by the advice she gives to a couple whose upstairs neighbors periodically engage in loud fights in the presence of their “young child,” who can also be heard, crying (Miss Conduct, May 6). The inquirer asks, “What should concerned neighbors do?” My answer is that they should make it known that the fights are audible and disturbing to them. But, more important, that they are very concerned about the impact these experiences are having on the child.

John Hagan Boston

Novice Counsel

In “The Case of the Vanishing Trial Lawyer” (Perspective, May 13), Edward D. McCarthy provides an important reminder that one of the responsibilities of all professionals — doctors, lawyers, plumbers, or tree specialists — is to “train newcomers in the hands-on practice of the craft.” In recent years some lawyers have suggested that law schools ought to bear the entire burden of training new lawyers and produce “practice-ready lawyers.” I applaud McCarthy for seeking to identify ways for professional apprenticeship to occur. The skills relevant to a career spanning decades in the law cannot all be learned in law school.

Renee M. Landers, professor of law, Suffolk University Law School Watertown

I read [McCarthy’s] article and shared it with my connections on LinkedIn, since I work almost entirely supporting medical malpractice defense teams. Many hospitals and insurance groups have complained that there is an issue with more attorneys retiring without new partners or senior associates with experience they can trust. It was great to read that you are acknowledging this issue and the steps to help fill the gap.

Noah Wick Seattle

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