… said the lawyer to the judge …

I am a big fan of the Letters of Note blog which publishes ‘correspondence deserving of a wider audience,’ including letters from all walks of life between people known and unknown. I highly recommend it for a daily dose of the best (and worst) of humanity – and often in the most surprising way – and can’t tell you how many times I’ve flicked across at the end of a long day or night for the latest installment, and then gone to bed moved or inspired for having taken a few minutes to read a little bit of someone else’s history.

This beauty arrived on my Facebook page today and it embodies everything that I think makes a great exchange memorable:

  • a departure from the tone of correspondence normally expected between these two professionals (a lawyer and a judge)
  • an obviously well considered attempt (by the lawyer) to be persuasive for his personal benefit and not his client’s, using humour – and quite successfully too.
  • a response from the addressee that completely lifts the reader to another level. You expect – maybe – a particular answer, but you actually get quite another.
  • The answer itself changes the dynamic of the letter by enhancing the original premise – that of the importance of culture and family.


Published by JB

When I'm not writing I'm doing paid work in Communications or International Relations, being mum to two teenage boys, attempting to maintain a reasonable marriage, and constantly adjudicating the battle between my inner feminist and inner domestic goddess, goddammit.

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