Much debate has arisen in recent years over the state of the legal system in the United States and proposals to drastically alter it. More attention is being directed towards the economic consequences of our litigation-centered legal regime, such as the impact of medical liability on health care costs. The Bush Administration has made legal reform a high priority. This is a worthy and necessary discourse, but the debate unfortunately has deteriorated into partisan quarreling. In this climate, there is little hope for achieving a real resolution that protects individuals and promotes economic activity. The present debate must move towards a bipartisan exploration of sensible reforms and innovative solutions.