" The trouble with law is lawyers "

    This saying of Clarence Darrow, renown attorney and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union in the first half of the 20th century, pretty much summarizes the problem. Current situation while is not new became worse in the last 50 years. During that period what use to be a legal community became legal industrytoday employing nearly 2 million people  and accounting for close to $200 billion in economic activity. During the first two-thirds of the twentieth century, the American legal profession was extraordinarily stable. The number of lawyers per capita barely budged from one decade to the next, and most lawyers enjoyed predictably comfortable livings. The larger law firms were growing, but even the largest firm in 1960 had annual revenues of well under $10 million. As late as the mid-1950s, over half of all lawyers were solo practitioners [1]. Increasing role of corporate power and in legal industry in the society changed the situation. Lawyers and judges became paraphrasing President Eisenhower Legal Judicial Complex that has control not only over the Government, but economy and Democracy in US. The latest testaments to this process are Supreme Court decisions in  Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000)Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010) and the latest decision SHELBY COUNTY, ALABAMA v. HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL, et al.  , 570 U.S. ___ (2013) changed not just decisions of the Supreme Court of Civil Rights era, but our Government and elections. The Legal Industry does not manufacture material products. It is a service industry  and very expensive one. And it serves, mainly, the ones who have a lot of money, i.e. corporations and top 1%. The courts cannot exist without lawyers bringing cases to them, and most lawyer gladly do so because regardless which side will win attorneys on both sides will be paid in most cases. In fact, attorneys are not obligated to take on a case, so if they do not see it is as profitable they can always say no. It would be fair, lawyers must be paid and not every dispute should end in court. Unfortunately, it is often used as an excuse because attorneys are more often motivated by their financial returns and less by desire to help a client. While human nature is very hard to change the professional and contractual obligations of attorneys to their clients have to be resolute. Yet today, in the world were success is measured only in money terms and has to be immediate very few attorneys put their clients' interests first. Rush to make money comes at the client's expense directly as a cost of litigation and indirectly as negligence and cutting corners lead to errors that turns into lost or botched cases. Yet, attorneys mostly are not afraid if making a mistake because there is no public record of how many cases they lost and probability that a future client will know their winning or losing record is next to none. Similarly, lawyers are often protected by the courts and the Bar organizations from former clients' complaints. There is no database of official reprimands and/or malpractice verdicts against an attorney unless an attorney was disbarred and cannot practice law.          

         Our Mission is to bring accountability and transparency into workings of legal system—broad public has vital interest and rights to know how good is a particular attorney or a judge. The reports of both Office of the Bar Counsel and Commission on Judicial Conduct must be specific, publicly available and compiled into publicly accessible databases. The of the Office of Bar Counsel and Commission on Judicial Conduct should be possible to contest if not in court, but is special administrative Commission comprising from representative of legislature, judiciary and public. These measures not only will improve quality of legal services and restore trust in American judicial system, but will revitalize all aspects of life—economic, political, civil—in entire country.


[1] Richard Sander, Hidden Transformation of the Legal Industry.