chronicling the high cost of our legal system


Overlawyered.com explores an American legal system that too often turns litigation into a weapon against guilty and innocent alike, erodes individual responsibility, rewards sharp practice, enriches its participants at the public's expense, and resists even modest efforts at reform and accountability.

This site got its start in July 1999 after I decided that the Web had gone for too long without an attempt to collect, annotate and present in a (somewhat) systematic way the growing quantity of online material documenting the need for reform of the American civil justice system.  For some time previously I'd built up a personal website housing a large collection of my own writings on litigation and other issues.  At the same time, for my own research needs, I was building an ever-growing library of pointers to links and resources, authors and news sources on the state of the justice system.  Why not put that library online to help others interested in the same issues? 

The growing traffic on the site since then has made it evident that there is a wide audience in America and around the world for the site's mix of serious and entertaining commentary on the frequently overreaching consequences of American law.  For a sampling of the many nice things said about us, check our accolades page

Overlawyered.com is not published by, and should not be seen as reflecting the views of, any wider organization (including the Manhattan Institute and American Enterprise Institute, with which I and Ted are respectively affiliated). The site's modest hosting and operating expenses come out of my own pocket, the outflow occasionally stanched by the generosity of readers who shop at our Amazon bookstore or donate through the Amazon Honor System.

-- Walter Olson, editor 
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