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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: DeOrio is a smart and uncorrupted judge who performs his trials fairly, which was good as he was in-charge of managing the trial against the Drake & Sweeney law firm.


* AmbiguousSituation: Both Michael and Claire understood why they are finally divorcing. Besides the fact that their relationship has become stale from both sides being busy with work, Claire doesn't want to be dragged down financially because of Michael's decision to quit working in D&S and work as a street lawyer. [[spoiler:However, when Michael called Claire at one point, he is surprised to find an unknown man answering the phone before it was given to Claire. Michael suspects Claire may have been secretly seeing someone all this time, to give her the love that he failed to show her due to his work. But Michael decided not to investigate further, since that wasn't why they divorced in the first place and, since they are both divorced now, both sides are free to pursue a new lover if they wanted to.]]

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** [[spoiler:The reason that Ruby disappeared from the motel she was staying. Both Michael and Megan suspect that Ruby had returned to using drugs due to her addiction. However, after Ruby sudden returned to Michael's office, Michael noted that (as far as he can determine) Ruby didn't have any visible signs of using any crack. And Ruby still continued with her rehabilitation. In the end, Michael decided that it was better to not question Ruby on her reasons for her disappearance.]]
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Both Michael and Claire understood why they are finally divorcing. Besides the fact that their relationship has become stale from both sides being busy with work, Claire doesn't want to be dragged down financially because of Michael's decision to quit working in D&S and work as a street lawyer. [[spoiler:However, when Michael called Claire at one point, he is surprised to find an unknown man answering the phone before it was given to Claire. Michael suspects Claire may have been secretly seeing someone all this time, to give her the love that he failed to show her due to his work. But Michael decided not to investigate further, since that wasn't why they divorced in the first place and, since they are both divorced now, both sides are free to pursue a new lover if they wanted to.]]


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* IHaveNoSon: Ruby's son denounced his own mother, preferring to be adopted by Ruby's acquaintances, because he is sick and tired of living in the streets and his mother's job as a prostitute.


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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Ontario and his siblings.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: Drano had no problems killing off his crying baby sister with detergent just so he and his family can have a goodnight sleep. Based on Mordecai's reaction, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday this isn't new]].

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* SympathyForTheDevil: [[spoiler:After Michael and Mordecai published the stolen file (about the wrongly evictions) in the newspapers]], Michael admit that he feels sorry for most of the lawyers in D&S because they will be dragged through hell because of the actions of one corrupted lawyer being exposed. While a number of these lawyers may be greedy or indifferent towards the poor, they may at least decent people who were completely unaware of Braden's crime. And now, everyone has to pay the price because just one of them broke the law.


* PlotTriggeringDeath: Mister dying after holding Michael and his co-workers caused Michael to start investigating about Mister's background and why he attacked the firm. [[spoiler:And the death of Lontae Burton and her children, especially Ontario, pushed Michael into leaving his old firm and pursuing homeless law.]]

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* PlotTriggeringDeath: Mister dying after holding Michael and his co-workers hostage caused Michael to start investigating about Mister's background and why he attacked the firm. [[spoiler:And the death of Lontae Burton and her children, especially Ontario, pushed Michael into leaving his old firm and pursuing homeless law.]]

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* AmbiguousSituation: Both Michael and Claire understood why they are finally divorcing. Besides the fact that their relationship has become stale from both sides being busy with work, Claire doesn't want to be dragged down financially because of Michael's decision to quit working in D&S and work as a street lawyer. [[spoiler:However, when Michael called Claire at one point, he is surprised to find an unknown man answering the phone before it was given to Claire. Michael suspects Claire may have been secretly seeing someone all this time, to give her the love that he failed to show her due to his work. But Michael decided not to investigate further, since that wasn't why they divorced in the first place and, since they are both divorced now, both sides are free to pursue a new lover if they wanted to.]]


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* BabiesEverAfter:
** Subverted with the case between Michael and Claire. Their relationship had gone so stale (because both sides busied themselves with work) that they never even tried to have a child. It's amazing that they haven't divorced yet before the story started, though Michael claimed their marriage was already at the verge of completely deteriorating.
** Played straight with a number of people like Barry, Hector, and Mordecai.


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* CynicismCatalyst: During a call between Michael and his older brother Warner, Warner reminisce on how back during his days in law school, half of his class wanted to do public interest law during their first year in school (according to a survey they did). But after they had graduated, everybody went straight to the money-making jobs. Warner didn't know why that happened, but Michael had a pretty good idea why:
--> '''Michael''': "Law school makes you greedy."


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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Well, calling Rafter a friend is a 'major' stretch. All his co-workers hated his personality. And during the hostage-taking by Mister, everyone but Rafter himself would have thrown Rafter during the bus to save their skins (and understandingly disappointed that Rafter didn't die in the end).

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* LivingLieDetector: There may be no sci-fi or magic in this story, but it doesn't mean a polygraph test can be underestimated.


* ButForMeItWasTuesday: A street person named Drano told Michael and Mordecai how he got his name. Apparently, he had a younger sister (who was just a baby at the time) who wouldn't stop crying. This led him and his family being unable to sleep at all at night. He ended up killing his baby sister by feeding it some 'Drano' (a drain cleaner product) so he and his family can finally get some sleep (which they did). As disturbing as that is, Mordecai winked at Michael, hinting that the former has heard similar stories to this.

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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: A street person named Drano told Michael and Mordecai how he got his name. Apparently, he had a younger sister (who was just a baby at the time) who wouldn't stop crying. This led him and his family being unable to sleep at all at night. He ended up killing his baby sister by feeding it her some 'Drano' (a drain cleaner product) so he and his family can finally get some sleep (which they did). As disturbing as that is, Mordecai winked at Michael, hinting that the former has heard similar stories to this.


* ButForMeItWasTuesday: A street person named Drano told Michael and Mordecai how he could his name. Apparently, he had a younger sister (who was just a baby at the time) who wouldn't stop crying. This led him and his family being unable to sleep at all at night. He ended up killing his baby sister by feeding it some 'Drano' (a drain cleaner product) so he and his family can finally get some sleep (which they did). As disturbing as that is, Mordecai winked at Michael, hinting that the former has heard similar stories to this.

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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: A street person named Drano told Michael and Mordecai how he could got his name. Apparently, he had a younger sister (who was just a baby at the time) who wouldn't stop crying. This led him and his family being unable to sleep at all at night. He ended up killing his baby sister by feeding it some 'Drano' (a drain cleaner product) so he and his family can finally get some sleep (which they did). As disturbing as that is, Mordecai winked at Michael, hinting that the former has heard similar stories to this.


** 14th Street Legal Clinic can count as a ''far'' smaller group, with only three people (four people, when Michael joined them). Be warned that this group can be just as powerful and terrify as a normal law firm.

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** 14th Street Legal Clinic can count as a ''far'' smaller group, with only three people (four people, when Michael joined them). Be warned that this group can be just as powerful and terrify terrifying as a normal law firm.


* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoilers:Kito Spires, one of Lontae's supposed husbands, had been shot down by most likely someone under Tillman Gantry in order to prevent Kito from exposing any information about Tillman's involvement in the illegal eviction case.]]

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoilers:Kito [[spoiler:Kito Spires, one of Lontae's supposed husbands, had been shot down by most likely someone under Tillman Gantry in order to prevent Kito from exposing any information about Tillman's involvement in the illegal eviction case.]]


* DrivesLikeCrazy: Has Michael had to learn the hard way, Mordecai is very reckless when driving. It doesn't help that the latter's car isn't in best condition (nor have functioning seat belts).

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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Has As Michael had to learn the hard way, Mordecai is very reckless when driving. It doesn't help that the latter's car isn't in best condition (nor have functioning seat belts).

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** Michael also felt responsible for [[spoiler:the Burton family's death because he blamed himself for not acting sooner, for not helping them when he first met them back at the homeless shelter. If he had, Ontario and his family wouldn't have died from being trapped inside a car blocked up by snow and filling up by the car's exhaust fumes.]]


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* PlotTriggeringDeath: Mister dying after holding Michael and his co-workers caused Michael to start investigating about Mister's background and why he attacked the firm. [[spoiler:And the death of Lontae Burton and her children, especially Ontario, pushed Michael into leaving his old firm and pursuing homeless law.]]

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Michael and Mordecai become this after becoming partners in the street law firm.

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoilers:Kito Spires, one of Lontae's supposed husbands, had been shot down by most likely someone under Tillman Gantry in order to prevent Kito from exposing any information about Tillman's involvement in the illegal eviction case.]]

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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Has Michael had to learn the hard way, Mordecai is very reckless when driving. It doesn't help that the latter's car isn't in best condition (nor have functioning seat belts).

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