The ABA’s website has an article today about the murder of an Arizona lawyer and his client by the opposing party in a lawsuit. The article raises the question of what can be done to make the profession safer. It’s a legitimate issue.

By the nature of our profession, lawyers deal with people who are embroiled in a conflict. That heightens most people’s emotions. Combine that with an unstable person, and things can get scary. People take this litigation stuff personal. The dispute in Arizona may have been a “minor business matter,” but for many people no lawsuit is minor.

Although uncommon, lawyers have been murdered in Mississippi by litigation opponents. How many Mississippi lawyers and judges carry a gun at times to protect themselves from potential threats? More than a few.