Originally Posted by Law2Doc
Lawyers serve multiple purposes. First, they show you mean business. The functional equivalent of showing your opponent you are armed. Second, if you were capable of working things out on your own, you wouldn't be in the mess you are in, so you hire someone more capable. Third, a lot of the time folks get pushed around because they don't know the law, their rights, or what the contract says. Having a lawyer eliminates this.
As far as transferring, you sound like you think it's easy or a right. In general you need a program with a spot who will take you, and a PD who is at least lukewarm about the idea of you leaving. Nobody wants to snatch up somebody else's headache, so the PD doesn't have to say all that much to sour most opportunities if he chooses. Sometimes a lawyer can help facilitate something you cannot because you have already created a bad relationship.
is there a law saying that senior residents cannot abuse lower residents? I mean how does malignant behaviors by one or two senior residents be proven to be illegal by the lawyers involved? I guess what I was asking is what does the lawyer actually help you do/win? What exact outcome do you get out of getting the lawyers involved? It really is petty and horrible that students go through that much of training only to be abused by some a%$ ^%&e residents and spend thousands to get the lawyers involved. Didn't people come into this field to help others? Reading these residents forums is really making think third time about going into this field at all.