“[T]he opposite of polite doesn’t require being a total fucking dickwad.”

Consider the following comments. The first is an anonymous troll. The second is blogger Dan Hull of What About Paris? a/k/a What About Clients? The subject is a post about civility, written by Jeena Cho, with which both commenters quite obviously disagreed. There is an important and legitimate discussion to have about whether some lawyers are putting their own interests before their clients, but it will have to wait because this exchange just made it impossible for the moment:

Partner Emeritus [link to comment]
Ms. Cho, your people are very good at imparting relaxation techniques. Back when I was a practicing lawyer, there were times I would exit the complex on Centre Street with knots on my shoulders and other limbs. I would take a stroll up to Mulberry Street and an Asian woman would be able to bring me instant stress release in 5 minutes. It was the best $20 I ever spent as a New Yorker. Alas, these establishments were eradicated in the wake of the Giuliani Era. Ms. Cho, if you are ever in New York, please contact me as I may require your services. Namaste Ms. Cho.

Dan Hull [link to comment]
PE, you’re a wit and seer with a good eye for relaxation talent. Will name my next legitimate child after you. Me love you long time, sir.

Hull outlined his objections to the post on his own blog, but conveniently left out the above comment, which Brian Tannebaum discovered and reported. Here is Hull’s response, on Twitter:

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Hopefully Hull was talking about being “careful & comfortable” with his blog post, not with his racist and misogynistic comment on Above the Law, but one never knows. I think Tannebaum deserves the last word for this quotation from his post:

Dan used the term “politeness police” in the title to his post, indicating his hatred of the post didn’t require him to be polite (which is correct), but the opposite of polite doesn’t require being a total fucking dickwad.

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  • Paul Spitz

    The comments at ATL are such a cesspool, I wonder why anyone would write for that website. In any case, I’ve met Jeena Cho, and she was very generous with her time and insights when I asked her about opening a solo practice. Those comments are disgraceful, insensitive, and beneath contempt.

    • Thanks Paul. Lunch soon?

      • Paul Spitz

        That would be nice, but I’ve moved back to Cincinnati, and that’s where I have my practice (although with several SF clients).