- The Washington Times - Monday, August 7, 2000

The Washington Times presents The Rule of Lawyers: a five-part series on the legal profession's increasing grip on America.

Modern-day jousters continue to battle for respect

Part I: Has America become a nation that has lost its long reliance on personal responsibility and where courts have become the key to tapping corporate or insurance coffers to pay for injuries even to those who harm themselves?

'Jackpot justice' gets best defense

Part II: Filing lawsuits has become a year-round sport in which entrepreneurial trial lawyers endlessly race back and forth from America's courthouses. The spoils go to the swiftest and most imaginative.

Law partners share wealth

Part III: Law licenses can be a ticket to big money for the cream of the legal profession, where total annual receipts top $131 billion and are rising fast.

Legal practitioners almost bulletproof

Part IV: Lawyers have a reputation as the only professionals who can't be tamed, inevitably outrunning their accusers who flood disciplinary boards with complaints of wrongdoing.

Internet age shakes the legal profession

Part V: Cyberspace will force the practice of law to evolve at warp speed. It could mean an end to individual states' exclusive lock on licensing lawyers.

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