LEGAL FEES HEARINGS BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON KEPRESENTATION OF CITIZEN INTERESTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY UNITED STATES SENATE NINETY-THIRD CONGRESS FIRST SESSION ON THE EFFECT OF LEGAL FEES ON THE ADEQUACY OF REPRESENTATION PARTS III AND IV SEPTEMBER 19 AND 20; OCTOBER 1, 2. 4, AND 5, 1973 Printed for the use of the Committee on the Judiciary mm^m.
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY JAMES O. EASTLAND, Mississippi, Chairman JOHN L. McCLELLAN, Arkansas ROMAN L. HRUSKA, Nebraska SAM J. ERVIN, Jit., Nortli Carolina HIRAM L. FONG, Hawaii PHILIP A. HART, Michigan HUGH SCOTT, Pennsylvania EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts STROM THURMOND, South Carolina BIRCH BAYH. Indiana MARLOW W. COOK, Kentucky ROBERT C. BYRD, West Virginia CHARLES McC. MATHIAS, Jr., Maryland JOHN V. TUNNBY, California EDWARD J. GURNEY, Florida Subcommittee on Representation of Citizen Interests JOHN V. TUNNEY, California, Chairman SAM J. ERVIN, Jr. North Carolina MARLOW W. COOK. Kentucky BIRCH BAYH, Indiana CHARLES McC. MATHIAS, Jr., Maryland JANE FRANK, Chief Counsel and StaffDirector NEIL LEVY, Assistant Counsel JOSEPH DAWAHARE, Minority Counsel MATTHEW SCHNEIDER, Staff Assistant (H) ^.
; CONTENTS PART I CONSUMER ACCESS TO REPRESENTATION AND MINIMUM FEE SCHEDULES Hearing Days Page Wednesday, September 19, 1973 1 Thursday, September 20, 1973 83 Testimony statement of subcommittee members Wednesday, September 19, 1973 Tunney, Hon. John V., U.S. Senator from California, chairman, Subcom- mittee on Representation of Citizen Interests 1 Cook, Hon. Marlow W., U.S. Senator from Kentucky 5 Thursday, September 20, 1973 Tunney, Hon. John V., U.S. Senator from California, chairman, Subcom- mittee on Representation of Citizen Interests 83 Witnesses Armstrong, Walter P., attorney at law, on behalf of the American Bar Association 127 Durham, Delores, car buyer, Washington, D.C 37 Ferren, John M., attorney at law, author of "Antitrust and Ethical Aspects of Lawyers' Minimum Fee Schedules" 144 Goldfarb, Lewis H., homebuyer and plaintiff in Goldfarb v. Virginia State Bar; accompanied by Alan Morrison, attorney at law 84 Kornher, Mr. and Mrs. :Kenneth L., homebuyers, Fairfax Cpunty, Va 6 Ring, Leonard M., president, Association of Trial Lawyers of America; accompanied by: Jack Travis, treasurer, Association of Trial Lawyers of America 137 Rothschild, Professor Donald, George Washington University Law School accompanied by: Ricardo D. Moreno, president, Ayuda, law student; and Winthrop N. Brown, student director of Consumer Protection Center, George Washington University Law School 43 Weaver, Peter, nationally syndicated consumer columnist 21 Woodson, James, on behalf of Virginia State Bar 119 Wilson, Bruce, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice; accompanied by: Lewis Bernstein, Chief of Litigation Section; Keith I. Clearwaters, special assistant to the Assistant Attorney General 164 Exhibits and Appendix Documents and Correspondence Bernstein, Lewis, chief. Special Litigation Section, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, remarks prepared for the National Con- ference of Bar Presidents, August 4, 1973 181 Burns, Kenneth J., Jr., secretary, American Bar Association, letter to Presidents of State and local Bar Associations dated November 14, 1973, suggesting consideration of canceling minimum or suggested fee schedules 196 Folk, Harold, president. United Buying Service, letter to Senator Tunney of November 5, 1973 42 (III).
IV Ink, Dwight A., Acting Administrator, General Services Administration Page Kiilueptteerr,tTohSoemnaastoEr.,TuAnssniesytaonftSAetpttoermnbeeyrGe21n,er1a9l7,3AntitrustDivisionU S_' qq Department of Justice, address before New York State Bar Association January 24, 1973 .- . _ _ ' 174 Perlsweig, Leon, coauthor, "How to FighT'YouV Case""in'SmalT Clairns Court, letter to subcommittee staff member, Matthew Schneider TudnUannteieytd,edOHcBotnuo.byemrJgo2hS4ne,rvV1i.9c,7e,3U.dSa.teSdenOacttoorb,eriV1t0e,r1T9o7'3Harold"_"Fol-k,-"_ -pVe-si.'d.e'n't' 4"o^,1.
Tuesday, October 2, 1973 Tunney, Hon. John V., U.S. Senator for California, chairman, subcom- Page mittee on Representation of Citizen Interests 443o Witnesses Bonner, Raymond T., attorney, Public Citizen, Inc., contributing author, "The Nader Report on Vietnam Veterans and the Veterans Ad- ministration" •'"'04 Corcoran, John J., general counsel. Veterans Administration; accompanied by: Howard Denney, assistant general counsel; and James Taffe, Compensation and Pension Service, Veterans Administration 444 Denham, Glenn W., president, Kentucky Bar Association 372 Hechler, Hon. Ken., U.S. Representative from West Virginia 247 Mattingly, Charles E., deputy director. National Legislative Commission, American Legion; accomi)anied by: Edward Golembieski, director.
VI Davis, Professor Frederick, past chairman, ABA Section of Administrative Law, Special Committee on Veterans, letter to Senator Tunney, dated Page September 23, 1973 520 Greene, Hon. Harold H., Chief Judge, open letter to members of the bar, dated July 26, 1973 685 Hess, Arthur E., Acting Commissioner of Social Security, letter to Repre- sentative Hechler (D-W. Va.), dated August 14, 1973; attached report concerning the black lung benefits program 257 Hess, Arthur E., Acting Commissioner of Social Security, letter to Repre- sentative Hechler (D-W. Va.), dated August 21, 1973; attached survey.