Thursday, February 1, 2007

Scrappy Trial Lawyers

The ABA Journal has a long article discussing the American Association for Justice (until July, it was ATLA, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) and its efforts to promote the image of trial lawyers and combat the attacks of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others. Terry Carter, New Name, New Strategies: ATLA changes its moniker and hones its tactics to battle tort reformers, ABA J., Feb. 2007.

(A little rhetorical bit I've always wondered about: why is it that when politicians talk about "trial lawyers," they mean only lawyers who represent plaintiffs in tort cases? Don't the lawyers representing the defendants also go to trial? What about prosecutors and criminal defense attornesy? What about commercial lawyers who litigate contract disputes?)

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