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What Do You Call Your Boss?

The new Public Defender, Matt Shirk, has apparently decided that all of his attorneys should refer to him as “Mister” Shirk.  Interesting choice, since I am not aware of many legal offices that require attorneys to use that term for their boss(es).  For instance, in the State Attorney’s Office, Harry Shorstein did not require his attorneys to call him “Mister”, nor am I aware of Angela Corey requiring her attorneys to address her as “Ms.” Corey.  I don’t think that even Rick Mullaney in the City’s Office of General Counsel requires his attorneys to address him as “Mr.” Mullaney either.  So what gives with Matt Shirk?

If we look at the derivation of the term “Mister”, it is a conventional title of respect for a man, prefixed to the name and to certain official designations according to Dictionary.com.   So maybe Matt wants respect.  Unfortunately, just because someone calls you “Mister”, it doesn’t mean you have their respect.

So I wonder what the punishment is if you fail to call him “Mister”?  Maybe Matt has decided to implement the 2003 rules of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.  If you fail to use the proper title there, the inmates are tossed into “the hole” in solitary confinement.

Will Matt have “enforced” courtesy?  And if so, I wonder what kind of respect he will gain from his attorneys.


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  1. Jose says:

    Maybe it will be the same penalty you get for not having your ID out. You get grabbed by Mr Mallet in the hallway and sneered at.

  2. Jax says:

    So Mallet still sneers and condemns attorneys? Maybe instead of Mister we should say Master!

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