A great debate rages across the ranks of the legal profession about the need to regulate claims by lawyers that they are specialists in particular fields of practice. Members of our profession express outrage when another lawyer lists himself under the anti- trust or tax headings in the Yellow Pages complaining that that lawyer calls "them" when he needs anti-trust or tax advice. Lawyers profess astonishment when they see an advertisement by another attorney cataloguing a number of fields in which that attorney practices. They ask how could any person-much less a lawyer who advertises-be a "specialist" in so many fields. Having registered such objections, practitioners then demand that our disciplinary rules "do something" about lawyers who so deceive the public and bring such disrepute to our profession. In short, we ask for regulation of legal specialization. We say it is needed in order to serve the public interest.
O. R. Rollins,
The Coming of Legal Specialization,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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