Blog Entry 107
March 21st, 2011
Lawyers on Math & Ethics
“You guys either need a math class or an ethics class; I can’t tell which one, but either way, this is a little scary.” – Professor Olson
I would highly recommend taking Constitutional Law, or anything for that matter, with Professor Olson. He puts a modern twist on the constitution that makes class interesting and you’re usually guaranteed to crack up laughing at least once! This quote above is just one example of many “one-liners” Professor Olson will let out during class which results in the whole class laughing.
Typically, lawyers are known to be horrible at math (I fit into this category perfectly). Anyways, he was explaining the facts of a case which involved government regulation of bushels of wheat. He was trying to make clear that this farmer was trying to cheat the government out of wheat, so he’s going through how much the wheat costs and how much the farmer was allowed to grow and he’s throwing around prices, pounds, and all sorts of numbers. As he concludes, he expected us to all react because this farmer was clearly cheating (or trying to cheat) the government but we all had blank stares which resulted in the quote above. I thought it was absolutely hilarious because I fell into the “need a math class” category; I was still trying to figure out the numbers. I’m hoping most of the class was in the same situation. I think it’s okay for a lawyer to be bad at math (there’s a reason that stereotype exists); however, I don’t think it’s okay for a lawyer to be bad at ethics!