Attorney Sidebar: Public Perception of Lawyers

Norma Foster Adams

The public perception of lawyers has greatly diminished in quality. It would be interesting if someone could do a study to see what the difference in lawyers then and now is. I think for the most part, they’re probably better. The competition has made them do that. There is no longer the good-old-boy system. There is more demand that you be ethical than there was 50 years ago, but that’s not the way the public perceives us I’ve always been proud of being a lawyer.

~Norma Foster Adams

Kentucky Lawyers Speak, p. 21.