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Greed Hurts Legal Profession, Rehnquist Says

Sun., May 26, 1996

The profit motive has turned the practice of law into a business, leaving many lawyers dissatisfied and perhaps less trusted by their clients, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said Saturday.

“Market capitalism has come to dominate the legal profession in a way that it did not a generation ago,” the nation’s top-ranking judge told Catholic University’s graduating law students. “Today, the profit margin seems to be writ large in a way that it was not in the past.”

Rehnquist urged the law school graduates to consider options other than joining large law firms in large cities.

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