THE GRAYING OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION . . . At f/k/a, David Giacalone has an interesting and thought-provoking (and very long) post titled "the Graying Bar: let’s not forget the ethics." Here's part of the problem that Giacalone addresses--
[I]n the vast hinterlands of legal practice in America (outside the realm of elite law firms) — where most lawyers toil and most clients are served — there are a lot of older lawyers who have failed to keep abreast of changes in the law, even in areas where they regularly practice.
For every sage jurist or lawyer who brings glory to the profession, we have all winced over (or smirked at) the courthouse lawyer who has overstayed his welcome in the profession. What will the Bar do to protect our clients (and our profession) when the Overtimers greatly multiply in number over the next couple of decades?
Here's part of Giacalone's call to action--
[W]e need to help judges and lawyers understand that they have a duty to resign, retire, or withdraw from practice, when physical and mental disability poses a significant threat to their competence and diligence, and to the adequate performance of their duties to clients.
It's a weblog post worth reading. Link from Blawg Review #101 by Diana Skaggs at Divorce Law Journal.