Historically when families were stronger, when ministers, rabbis,
and priests provided moral guidance, when people had a shared morality,
when government was less intrusive, few people actually had to deal with
lawyers or the legal system. The legal fraternity was smaller and more
responsive to the community's values. Lawyers studied in local law
offices, not in far distant, law schools awash with theoretical ideas.
Today, as American society becomes more pluralistic disputes arise
more readily and millions are forced to turn to our "legal priesthood".
The poor results, the high costs, and the unbelievable delays have
fostered widespread dissatisfaction and distrust.