Nation: The Briefcase Brigade

Washington had withstood civil rights marchers, poor people and antiwar demonstrators. But last week the capital came under siege from legions whose troops represented the Establishment itself. Nearly 1,000 New York lawyers, some of them from the same firm in which the President and Attorney General John Mitchell had once been partners, appeared to plead the case for peace in Southeast Asia.

Neatly dressed in pin stripes and conservative gray flannel, the briefcase brigade constituted a cross section of the New York bar. Among its members were retired judges, shaggy-maned young associates and grizzled senior partners. They came to Washington not...