A University of Connecticut School of Law moot courtroom was a fitting setting last month, as consumer activist, politician and lawyer Ralph Nader sought to put the legal profession on trial.

Warrantless eavesdropping, the war in Iraq, corporate wrongdoing — Nader is a man with quite a few bones to pick. But his chief complaint was that America’s lawyers have done too little to stand in the way of government policies he labeled unconstitutional. He noted the strong reaction of Pakistan’s lawyers last year when that country’s leader threatened the integrity of its justice system.

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