Antilawyer Movement Law and Legal Definition

Antilawyer movement refers to a phase in the early U.S. history, where the legal practitioners were subjected to mixed feelings or emotions from the part of the general public. Historians anticipate that antilawyer movement is the result of former prejudices and conflicts toward the legal profession. The lawyers were not viewed favorably until the Revolutionary War. However, during the Revolutionary War, they achieved prominence and esteem as strong proponents of freedom from England. But, after the war though the lawyers gained importance, they were used primarily by the wealthy. This often brought the lawyers in conflict with those who were poor and could not pay their debts. As a result, the old negative attitudes against lawyers once again came into the mainstream.