The loss of Atticus Finch

From Slate: “With law school applications down nationwide and public cynicism about the legal profession widespread, it’s worth speculating on why the example set by Atticus Finch does not carry over more into the actual practice of law. Apparently, upon graduation, most law students lose their inner Atticus Finch. The inspiration that once hailed personal honor and the public good as fundamental values of the bar disappears in a haze of student debt and the allure of financial reward. Heroism is the handiwork of fictional characters, not senior associates.”