Bowing to pressure from politicians and judges, we have encouraged people to be their own lawyer. Programs and clinics have been set up to assist the "self-rep." Our courts are now flooded with these would-be Perry Masons! The problems this has caused the judicial system are endless.
Like other professionals, lawyers are impacted by the Internet because it facilitates access to all kinds of legal information which used to require a meeting with a lawyer. In order to remain relevant in the information age, lawyers, as well as members of other professions, have to accept the new reality.