Monday, August 25, 2008
Last Sunday, I was enjoying a tranquil afternoon hike through Harriman Park of all places (Harriman is about an hour north of Manhattan), when I nearly stumbled over a giant pile of black bear dung lying in the middle of the trail. Sure enough, after overcoming a tiny ridge, we came upon a mother bear with her two baby cubs. Thankfully, the annoyed mother didn't try to rip us a new one. She merely sprinted off into the distance with her two cubs following in tow. Upon exiting, one of the baby cubs turned his head around and curiously tried to observe us.
Apparently, this exciting episode should not have come as a surprise. A park ranger informed us that a large number of black bears have been entering the park this season. In fact, in recent years, the entire New York/New Jersey area has been experiencing nothing short of a black bear explosion.
We lawyers share a lot in common with the black bear. The ABA is allowing law schools to open on practically every street corner. JD's are now desperately fighting each other over tiny scraps of food, and will salivate over the tiniest bit of overtime. The general population is also continuing to suffer the negative ramifications of a lawyer glut. Just today, I read that despite a decrease in the number of car accidents, car insurance companies in New York are going to raise their rates across the board. With all this going on, New York plans on using taxpayer money to help fund the creation of three additional law schools. For my own well being, I hope when all is said and done, public outlash doesn't end up with hunting season being reinstated against us lawyers: