Is such vicious conflict unavoidable? Is there something in people that needs to fight for what they believe in, and make enemies of those who disagree? It seems clear to me that the need to fight is an important part of the human character, and this is not always a bad thing. Struggle for what we believe in is what gives meaning to our lives. This is true in litigation as well as politics. People who find themselves engaged in a lawsuit often claim the most steadfast devotion to matters of principle and justice, and they often have a hard time letting go of the fight, even when it makes business sense to settle. Parties as well as attorneys get caught up in the battles of litigation. We have a natural desire to win, and to beat the other side. I should not complain about these tendencies, since they keep me in business, and I find myself attached to the battle as much as anyone.
Personally, I am shocked and appalled that a member of the bar would exchange legal work for sex. With a client base that includes the elderly and some burly construction workers, our firm tends to frown on this practice.