I want to begin by quoting what a French traveler had to say about American lawyers two hundred years ago. You may assume I mean Tocqueville because he is often quoted for his commentaries on American life, but I have in mind St. John de Crevecoeur, who wrote Letters from an American Farmer,published in 1784.

A. E. Dick Howard, Our Litigious Society, 38 South Carolina Law Review, 365–379 (1987).