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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Jimmy Carter on the Legal Profession

     We have the heaviest concentration of lawyers on Earth--one for every five hundred Americans; three times as many as are in England, four times as many as are in Germany, twenty-one times as many as are in Japan. (It's gotten worse. It's now three lawyers for every one person. Just kidding, but it is bad.)

     We have more litigation, but I am not sure that we have more justice. No resources of talent and training in our society are more wastefully or unfairly distributed than legal skills. Ninety percent of our lawyers serve ten percent of our people. (One could argue that the other ninety percent are lucky.) We are over-lawyered and under-represented.

Jimmy Carter, 1978 in The Law is An Ass, Ronald Irving, editor, 2011 

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