Bring back citizen-lawyers

, The National Law Journal

To address crises on several fronts, President-elect Barack Obama, a lawyer himself, has drawn on the legal profession more than any other to fill high-level posts. Eric Holder aside, his appointees merely happen to have a law degree. That economists in government are "economists," but most lawyers in government are not "lawyerly" suggests a problem. The vaunted image of the "citizen-lawyer," who deploys legal skills to serve the common good, has thoroughly disappeared from the popular imagination.

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