National Affairs: Disbarred

Few rituals in U. S. life hit so hard, go so deep, are so unsparing and dramatic as the disbarring of a prominent lawyer. Disbarment is to the lawyer what being read out of meeting was to the New England villager. It is a judgment that a man who has made his name at courts of law is not fit to practice the law. Disbarment is not common: painful and shocking as is the impeachment of a judge, the disbarment of a prominent corporation lawyer is almost as exceptional.

Last week a prominent corporation lawyer...

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