The Vanishing Civil Trial Lawyer

Law360, New York (November 3, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT) -- During the past century, there has been a dramatic change in the handling and trying of civil lawsuits in the United States.

While the civil trial practice grew during the first half of the twentieth century and perhaps reached its zenith in the 1970s and 1980s, the number of civil cases tried in the past 10 years has been sharply reduced. This reduction can have adverse consequences for our system of civil justice in the future.

By way of example, in Minnesota in the past 10...
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