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Stanford's Larry Kramer: The State of our Profession is Bad

Publication Date: 
October 22, 2007
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog
Peter Lattman

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog offered kudos to the Stanford Lawyer and in particular, Dean Larry Kramer's introductory note about the state of the legal profession:

Is it us, or is the Stanford Lawyer a really impressive publication? Check out the brand-new issue of the school’s alumni magazine — beautiful art (e.g., cool cover), impressive bylines (e.g., WaPo’s Jeffrey Birnbaum on the legal profession) and interesting subjects (e.g., a Q&A with former U.S. Attorney Carol Lam ‘85). But what really stood out was the introductory letter from Stanford’s always provocative dean Larry Kramer:

I have occasionally remarked, though only in small settings before today, that the state of the legal profession brings to mind Rome, circa A.D. 300. On the surface, it looks grander and more magnificent than ever, but the foundation may be about to collapse. It’s meant to be a joke. But the uneasy laugh this comment invariably elicits suggests that it may be closer to the mark than any of us wishes.