Profile America: Lawyering Up

‚ÄčSunday, August 21 —The American Bar Association was founded on this date in 1878 in Saratoga Springs, New York. One-hundred attorneys from 21 states were present at its first meeting. The legal profession then was far different from what we know today. There was no National Code of Ethics, lawyers generally worked alone and trained under a system of apprenticeship. Today, there are some 1.28 million lawyers in the U.S.  The ever-swelling number of civil and criminal cases, and federal and local regulatory requirements, quite occupies the profession. Washington, D.C. has the greatest number of lawyers per capita, with about 52,000 in a city with a population of 672,000. Across the U.S, there are about 187,000 legal services establishments. 

Source: U.S. Census Bureau 

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