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THINK BACK to what the practice of law was like a short 10 years ago. Computers were just beginning to become commonplace in law offices, replacing word processors and memory typewriters, as well as that old IBM Selectric. Few people had heard of the Internet, and fewer still knew how to use it. It still cost about $600 to install a car phone (analog, of course), and service was expensive and spotty. Yet many of the substantive issues confronting the profession have remained unchanged. In the early 1990s, the profession debated the extent to which lawyers could provide nonlegal “ancillary” services to their clients. Funding for civil and criminal legal services was seriously in question. Our Chief Judge, then named Wachtler, pressed for court restructuring. And lawyers continued to weather an economic downturn.

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