Actually legal research is starting to be outsourced. Anyone who can read english can do legal research.
TOTALLY agree with Reasoning number 2, not so with number one. Congressmen will pass laws that get them reelected, whether they were lawyers or not. Once you are in congress, your ass as a politician is on the line, not as a lawyer. Lawyers losing their jobs is not going to get much sympathy from constituents. But yea, I agree with your overall argument because of number 2.
But outsourcing has been going on for decades. The REASON it is such a hot topic right now is because white collar jobs ARE being outsourced. That scares people, and makes people wonder whether the legal field could also be subject to outsourcing. I also don't agree with people not wanting to be represented by a non-American. Where do you exactly draw the line there? I am a minority, would you not want to be represented by me, though I consider myself an American? How would I be different from some dude in another country that speaks perfect English and has a solid grasp of American laws? Personally, I would want somebody to represent me that can win my case. Pure and simple, I don't care if it's a talking ape.
I'd probably draw the line at the fact that you actually live here in the US. If something goes wrong, accountability at the very least seems more available with an attorney in the States than someone overseas. =P
I am way not smart enough to explain this, but I also think it has something to do with our system of laws and our legal system. Kind of hard to outsource legal jobs.