A good blog to make you glad you're not in the legal profession is Anonymous Lawyer, in which a fictional hiring partner at a fictional large law firm says things that most people think, but don't say. In a recent post, he took on the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility:
Today was our first annual Volunteer Day at the firm, orchestrated by the new Outreach Committee, organized as part of a settlement after a few of our neighbors sued us for some bogus charges they couldn't prove. But instead of dragging it out and fighting them in court, we decided to pay a little bit of money and commit to being a "nicer corporate citizen" and "giving back" to the community. The term "giving back" doesn't make any sense to me. They didn't give us anything to begin with. So there's no "giving back." It's just "giving." And when you've worked hard enough to charge $700/hour for your services, it doesn't feel very good to just "give" hours away.
Thank goodness no business feels this way in real life.
Anonymous Lawyer concludes on an upbeat note:
Luckily, we were all back in the office by 6:00, so everyone was able to work a half-day anyway. It's not like clients put all their problems on hold just because we want to waste a day helping the community. It'll take two days just to catch up on the missed phone calls.
I'll keep this in mind when I write my annual "charity work by PR firms" piece next year.