ours is a sick profession marked by incompetence, lack of training, misconduct and bad manners. Ineptness, bungling, malpractice and bad ethics can be observed in court houses all over this country every day … these incompetents have a seeming unawareness of the fundamental ethics of the profession

Chief Justice Warren Burger

Lawyers are like rhinoceroses: thick skinned, short-sighted, and always ready to charge.
David Mellor, British Conservative politician.

It is lawyers who run our civilization for us – our governments, our businesses, our private lives… We cannot buy a home or rent an apartment, we cannot get married or try to get divorced, we cannot leave our property to our children without calling on the lawyers to guide us. To guide us, incidentally, through a maze of confusing gestures and formalities that lawyers have created… The legal trade, in short, is nothing but a high-class racketFred Rodell, Professor of Law, Yale University