The Bar: How to Improve the Profession

The weather was balmy and bright in Los Angeles, but a fog of gloom sometimes seemed to invade the Association of American Law Schools convention held there last week. Amid the many speeches and panel discussions, two somber questions recurred several times: Is the legal profession in the U.S. getting only barely passing grades in professional ethics? And is it flunking in social responsibilities?

Truth or Spectacle. One panel worried over the conduct of New York City lawyers, as revealed in a study by Lawyer-Sociologist Jerome E. Carlin. According to Carlin's findings,...

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