"Dialectic, then, need have nothing to do with truth, as little as the fencing master considers who is in the right when a dispute leads to a duel. Thrust and parry is the whole business. Dialectic is the art of intellectual fencing: and it is only when we so regard it that we can erect it into a branch of knowledge. For if we take purely objective truth as our aim, we are reduced to mere Logic; if we take the maintenance of false propositions, it is mere Sophistic: and in either case it would have to be assumed that we were aware of what was true and what was false: and it is seldom that we have any clear idea of the truth beforehand. The true conception of Dialectic is, then, that which we have formed: it is the art of intellectual fencing used for the purpose of getting the best of it in a dispute." (Arthur Schopenhauer, The art of being right)
According to the standard approach, lawyers are seen - and at times they often see themselves - as avengers of their clients′ violations: They find themselves searching for procedural truth to justify their clients case. Ultimately, they are either winners or losers. Judicial procedure shows us that we are dealing with an archaic and often puzzling system, which desperately requires a shake-up due in part to the basic inefficiency of the whole justice system. Our daily commitment to offering the best judicial protection and guidance for our clients, therefore, constitutes only one part of our work. As lawyers - by vocation and by training - our main aim is to provide our clients with specific and definite answers in as short a time as possible. We may seek often neglected, alternative methods to solving issues including long-term consultancy to prevent conflicts and, in any case, what we may also propose is a pragmatic and innovative approach to solving problems, experimenting with every possible alternative to the judicial route.