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01 March 2013

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Stephen R. Diamond

Bryan is spot on: the Dunning-Kruger effect, for sure. But attorneys add another layer to the usual uninsightfulness of the unskilled in that they are uncommonly arrogant.

The comments responding to Bryan's article are particularly revealing in their defensive denial. The most common excuse is that flawed writing is "good enough." The truth is that it isn't even ethical to prepare low-quality work, based on the opinion that it will "probably" suffice, even if that's what the client wants. That's the difference between being a mercenary and being a professional.

For an extended reply to the "good enough" argument, see my "Good enough" consumerism and the myth of imperfectibily. ( http://tinyurl.com/28mdpr7 )

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