Todd, your point is well taken. However, lawyers do more than litigate - they also advise, they draft legislation, etc. While a lot of litigation may be frivolous and greedy, a lot is otherwise. Whether or not you agree with the results of the litigation, remember Brown vs. Topeka [separate schools for separate races is inherently unequal], Griswold vs Connecticut [right of privacy], Rowe vs. Wade [abortion rights], Bush vs. Gore [let's have the Supreme Court chose the President] - the point is, the system is used for dispute resolution when all else fails. I don't know - maybe there ARE "too many" lawyers; but the system is the best we have and "lawyer" is the name we give to those trained t deal with it - for the plaintiffs AND the defendants.