Definitions.

(The creator of these definitions is not a lawyer, but a citizen with experience and research into the system. The definitions below are of a practical nature, not "book" definitions. Suggestions are accepted from anybody who feels they are better suited, or experienced, to render such derfinitions. If one watches "Deconstructing America" they will see lawyers who bucked the system being legally robbed, legally raped, and legally discredited by the very structure they pledged and educated themselves to uphold.)

Court of Law - Institution where dispositions of arguments takes place dealing with the legal pretense mandated by State Governors. One State may feel one way of living or one set of moral values has been mandated by the Governors and bias the laws of the State, with regard to the US Constitution, in the manner the State Governors have mandated.

Lawyer/Attorney - A Board Certified and State Certified Representative of the Court.

Pro Se Representation - When a litigant represents themself in court, they are a Pro Se litigant. Some Judges are respectful of such litigants, and counsel them, or have the court counsel them through Pro Se Representatives found in some Probate Courts. Typially in criminal courts, there is no such counsel. Massachusetts may be a progressive State in this regard, and a paper detailing the issues of Pro Se litigants is at http://www.lawlib.state.ma.us/prose.html

Board of Bar Overseers - A State appointed (maybe elected) Board that acts somewhat as a "District Attorney's Office" for the State, the Courts, and the lawyers themselves, to prosecute errant lawyers for activities that are illegal in their eyes, or in the eyes of politically well-seated persons. A typical citizen has little or no power to operate the Board in his/her interest without members of the Board, another Lawyer, or Judge endorsing/actually making, the citizen complaint. The BBO is a political operation not to be construed with protecting a citizen against a dishonest lawyer any more than the District Attorney in any State can operate from a citizen caller...they must get the police, or other authority, to engage them into the operation of their office.

Consumer Protection from a poor lawyer - There is none, unless you can find a lawyer who wants to chance their status in their own State Bar. Some lawyers will sue another, but only if the suit will pay them enough money to cash in their career if they are seen as "rebels" of the State's legal dictum. This may only be millions of dollars, and be the result of severe negligence. A consumer who pays thousands of dollars and is ripped off will likely be without good legal advice and the money they spent for the poor service in the end.

Judge - A former lawyer who by some sort of mechanism, is appointed in some states, and in other states, elected to a defined-year(s) term. The Judge sees the same lawyers day in and out, and it is imperitive that the lawyers "toe-the-line" of both the court, and the Judge, as he/she is influential with the politics of the court, the BBO, and other lawyers who can effect the career of any particular lawyer.

Legal Fees - An assessment of a persons wealth that directly effects the ability for them to continue a sustained assault on them, or their assault on another, their property, or that of another entity of interest any case can represent, such as a company, corporation, or individual, such as a child. A good law firm will assess any potential client's right to pay them, and will directly operate in that regard. Hence, a person in a divorce who can pay for the divorce, but little else, can be hammered in court by an adversary simply not performing, causing little ability to sustain any contract or agreement, such as a Divorce Nisi, due to an inability to pay for protracted and voluminous legal procedures.

Pro-Bono work - Lawyers have some sort of obligation to provide "free" counsel to litigants who appear, especially in criminal actions, and cannot afford to go through what can be a tangle of processes. These lawyers have been seen hanging around District Courts with an appearance and demeanor of simply wanting to get out of there as soon as possible. They line up, handle litigants in need, process the case, get their credit for performing in whatever regard is needed, typically the quick-decision, and skiddoo. This is not to say that some lawyers do not dedicate themselves to cases without funds, as many have, and many will do in the future for needy clients. However, if you've ever had a great case and little funds, you are typically hard pressed to get representation....lawyers have to make a living, too, and is high-principled people/lawyers worked for free, it could upset the apple cart, and...well, read the BBO definition. A lawyer who screws clients out of funds and lives well, playing the game, will be regarded better than one who helps the poor clients. (Send in anecdotes of this experience.)  Judges also see this representation first hand, and may become part of the weight that tips the apple cart of the state legal system against the lawyer.