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December 14, 2021


Garry W. Miracle

The system has never allowed for equal opportunity from the time this country was settled by invading white people. The natives were subjugated or killed. Only while men had control. Women and non-whites have had to fight continuously to have equal rights. Your Stetson degree is not considered equal to one from Yale or Harvard even though you may be just as intelligent and talented, so you get rejected for jobs because of the school you went to and not your ability. That's why most lawyers are solos or small first attorneys because doors were closed to us. Race might play a part, but there are a lot of other factors that keep those of us not born into the elite families, or getting a lottery type chance of being admitted to an elite university in order to rise to the top. People who do manage to overcome the odds are exceptions to the rule. I like you have never really cared about being in a big firm and have had closed enough encounters with them to know I would not like it. But, that does not mean that you or I had an equal opportunity to anything other than rejection. By being relatively successful solos we have proven our worth to ourselves and those that know us, but there are a lot of doors that we closed to us whether we knoccked or not.

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