National Affairs: Legislators on the Law

Best represented profession in Congress is the Law: 68 of the 96 Senators, 251 of the 435 Representatives are members of the bar. For eleven years Senator Borah has been worried by the fact that as lawyers, drawing fees from clients, Congressmen are liable to be prejudiced in enacting new legislation. As the result of long pondering he drafted a bill whereby: 1) no Congressman could accept any fee for representing any client, not only before any department of the Government (already illegal), but also in any court case in which the Government is interested; 2) any Congressman acting as attorney...

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