I was at a hearing today. I will omit all names and locations, but this exchange (recounted to the best of my recollection) between a Clerk and a purported objector to a class action settlement is too important to withhold from the world:
CLERK [to objector sitting at counsel's table]: Are you an attorney?
OBJECTOR: Yes, yes I am. I am a private attorney.....general.
The exchange went on a little longer, but, really, what more is there to say? I think we are all, at heart, private attorneys....general from time to time.