WHEN THE HALF-DOZEN LUMINARIES SPOTLIGHTED HERE
launched their careers in the 1950s and ’60s, divorce came with “fault,”
criminal offenses didn’t carry “strikes,” nuptials took place i w thout the
“pre,” and attorneys were overwhelmingly white and male. There was
no law requiring one side to turn over evidence to the other—a situation
that encouraged what Melvin Belli dubbed “trial by ambush.” California
attorneys were prohibited from advertising, so no Better Call Saul
Goodmans. Documents, of course, were made of paper and fashioned on
typewriters, while copy machines lay in the future. Faxes? They were the
stuff of science fiction.
The following six attorneys contemplate how things were, are and will be.