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Tocqueville was not the first to discover that lawyers are better than people. He was not even the first observer-not remotely the first observer–to recognize that the American lawyer looms larger than life. I call to witness, for example, the words of James Kent, offered in 1794, forty years before Tocqueville's celebrated paragraphs on the role of the American lawyer which have so long been a special comfort to the members of our profession.
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