If I were asked where I place the American aristocracy, I should reply without hesitation that it is not among the rich who are bound by no common tie but that it occupies the judicial bench and the bar.
The more we reflect upon all that occurs in the United States, the more we shall be persuaded that the lawyers, as a body, form the most powerful, if not the only, counterpoise to the democratic element.
- Alexis de Tocqueville
Democracy in America
*Inside joke for my fellow Pitney-ites.