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My experience has been that legal "logic" is inherently different from
engineering "logic"

Engineering principals, i.e. the laws of physics are literally
universal; the laws of man are highly variable and can be as different
as night and day even between adjoining townships.

Our chief in-house counsel is both an attorney and a PE and sits on the
NJ PE Board. Someday I'll have to write a book about my experiences.

D. Matthew Stuart, P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, SECB
Senior Project Manager
Structural Department
Associate
Schoor DePalma Engineers and Consultants
200 State Highway Nine
Manalapan, NJ 07726
732-577-9000 (Ext. 1283)
908-309-8657 (Cell)
732-298-9441 (Fax)
mstuart(--nospam--at)schoordepalma.com


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Stone [mailto:mstone(--nospam--at)permasteelisa-cs.com] 
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2007 8:09 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: Job Opportunity

Just my two cents, but being the "black sheep" coming from a family of
attorneys it seems to me that the fundamentals of engineering and law
are actually the same-- both stress the application of logic in order to
solve problems; the only difference being that as engineers we are
fundamentally limited by the nature of the materials we work with
whereas lawyers can change the rules that govern how they operate. 

While Mark has a point that one can get by with a basic knowledge of
fundamentals in law, that certainly is no substitute for a proper
education of the law and its restrictions. As with most things, you get
what you pay for; and you don't pay top dollar for fundamentals but for
knowing the restrictions of the system to a T and how exactly to work
around them. 

Michael A. Stone
Project Engineer
 
PERMASTEELISA CS 


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