Samuel J Tilden – The Bar

The Bar, if it is to continue to exist, if it would restore itself to the dignity and honor which it once possessed. must be bold in defence, and if need be, bond in aggression.

If the Bar is to become merely a mode of making money, making it in the most convenient way possible, but making it at all hazards, then the Bar is degraded. If the Bar is to be merely an institution that seeks to win causes, and win them by back door access to the judiciary, then it is not only degraded, but it is corrupt.

If it will do its duty to itself, if it will do its duty to the profession which, it follows, and to which it is devoted, the Bar can do everything else. It can have reformed constitutions, it can have a reformed judiciary, it can have the administration of Justice made pure and honorable, and can restore both the Judiciary and the Bar, until it shall be once more, as it formerly was, an honorable and elevated calling.

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