One of the biggest differences, though, is money, and some of Morgan's former friends spend a good deal of time these days speculating how much money he makes from his corporate client.

When an interviewer asked if his yearly income is now $200,000, Morgan laughed and replied, "Yes -- plus or minus $200,000."

Morgan is philosophical about the liveral sniping over his law practice. "They'll get over it." he said yesterday. "I just get there four or five years ahead of them every time," he added, pointing to his stands on civil rights, the Vietnam War and the Nixon impeachment.

Buried in the fine print of the new budget is a hint that the Carter administration would like the Legal Services Corp. to push American lawyers to contribute more of their time to meet the legal needs of the poor instead of relying on federal funding.

"We're trying to steer the Legal Services Corp. in that direction. There's a feeling that at least one activity the corporation should be doing is encouraging the private bar to meet its stated obligation," said one official of the White House's Office of Management and Budget.

The idea is simple: If more lawyers gave time to the poor -- as the Bar's canon of ethics says they should -- the federal government could decrease its funding for the Legal Services Corp. Federal money could be reserved for areas where there is a shortage of private attorneys.

This line follows the thining of President Carter, who criticized lawyers last May for not caring enough about public interest, and of White House Counsel Rovert J. Lipshutz, who told the American Bar Association in August that lawyers should run programs for the poor instead of depending on federal funds.

The Legal Services Corp. agrees that private lawyers should do more -- but not at its expense.

"I've been whining at the bar for some time to give more of their time and talent pro bono [for free]," said Legal Services Corp. President Thomas Ehrlich. "I've gotten a lot of resistance whenever I've suggested making it mandatory."

But, he said, the work of legal services staff attorneys is not interchangeable for a few hours of time contributed by private lawyers.

Ralph Nader's program to get lawyers to tithe one percent of their income for public interest projects has received a boost from an unexpected source -- a lawyer who is fighting another program supported by Nader.

That lawyer is San Francisco's Frederick P. Furth, who is working with unusual vigor for Kellogg Cereal Co. in fighting Federal Trade Commission attempts to curb television ads aimed at children.

Furth pledged up to $25,000 to match the amount tithed by any third-year law school class in the country that can get at least 10 percent of its members to contribute.

More than 200 lawyers and law students already have pledged one percent of their income to the Equal Justice Foundation.

Sign of the Times? All six small-print ads on the front age of yesterday's New York Times were for lawyers, including one advertising the aircraft crash specialty of F. Lee Bailey and his New York partner Aaron J. Broder.