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Law Professor Says that Nonlawyers Should Be Allowed Leadership Positions in the Legal Profession

05/21/13

Law professor says that nonlawyers should be allowed leadership positions in the legal profession

Law professor says that nonlawyers should be allowed leadership positions in the legal profession


The legal profession will be much better off if nonlawyers are allowed to head not just law firms but also legal organizations such as the American Bar Association. This is the opinion of Professor James E. Moliterno, a law professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Moliterno starts off his paper by stating in the abstract, "The American legal profession has been a backward-looking, change-resistant institution. It has failed to adjust to changes in society, technology, and economics".

Moliterno believes that the legal profession is slow to respond to change and most of the changes have been brought by forces outside the bar, from early 20th century immigrants, to women and minorities. The profession initially resisted their entry but finally had to let them in. He believes that just as the earlier groups benefited the profession, allowing nonlawyers to serve in leadership and policy positions at the ABA and law firms will help the legal profession.

The professor's paper can be read here:

http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/Moliterno.pdf

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