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Marc Galanter's comments have focused our attention on public mistrust of lawyers as one example of the larger issue of public mistrust of the law and the legal system. I would like to elaborate on his remarks by describing what structured interviews with members of the public tell us about the public's perception of the law, legal authorities, and the legal system. Instead of focusing directly on lawyers, I will talk about research focusing on the public's view of the courts and legal authorities. However, discussions of the courts and legal authorities are clearly intertwined with public views about lawyers.

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Public Mistrust of the Law: A Political Perspective, 66 University of Cincinnati Law Review 847-876 (1998)

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