Father’s Day

Over the years, Richard Susskind has provided a great deal of forward-thinking advice for the legal industry. But beyond his work, he also provides a shining example for Father’s Day.

Today, some of us celebrate Father’s Day: a day to thank the people in our lives who provide paternal guidance and support — with or without family ties.

Normally, this is not a day that I would mark in this blog. However, in the midst of doing research on dysfunctional work, I came across a compelling and moving connection between fathers and the law that I thought was worth sharing.

But first, some background.

Over the years, I have read books and articles by Professor Richard Susskind and heard him speak at conferences regarding technology and the law, as well as the changing nature of professions more generally. In fact, references to his work have appeared in this blog several times. What I didn’t expect to see was a reference to him tucked in the back of an economist’s book on the subject of work. Although, on further reflection, perhaps I should not have been that surprised because the book was written by his son and recent co-author, Daniel Susskind.

What really took me aback, however, was the sheer generosity and authenticity of Daniel’s acknowledgment of the impact on his life of his father:

Then there is my dad, Richard. In his recent book, Jamie wrote that he did not have the words to describe what he owes to our dad and his gratitude to him. I feel much the same way. I was so hugely proud to write my first book with him. And though his name is not on the cover on this book, his influence is in every chapter, as will be plain to any reader. No son could have a better dad than mine, and I feel so lucky to have him in my corner. Thank you, dad.

Daniel Susskind, A World Without Work

I cannot think of a finer tribute by a son of his father.

Happy Father’s Day — to Richard Susskind and to every person who has provided paternal care to another. We are grateful for you.

[Photo Credit: Jochen van Wylick]

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