Lawyers: 87 Years Old & Getting Younger

In 1878 a group of rich Eastern lawyers began meeting in Saratoga Springs "to get the benefit of the waters and to see our friends." Although they called themselves the American Bar Association, for years they stayed so Saratoga-centered that one member recoiled at the very idea of gathering in "faraway" Cleveland. "Why, we'll have a lot of strangers at the meeting," he warned.

Last week the A.B.A.'s 87th annual convention jammed a dozen Manhattan hotels with a lot of strangers, and also three Supreme Court Justices and the President of the...

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