Report of the ... Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Bar Association

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Rhode Island Bar Association, 1904
List of members included in the issues for 1902, 1910-14, 1926- .
 

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Pàgina 13 - I question whether democratic institutions could long be maintained, and I cannot believe that a republic could subsist at the present time if the influence of lawyers in public business did not increase in proportion to the power of the people.
Pàgina 29 - Though I have been trained as a soldier, and have participated in many battles, there never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not have been found to prevent the drawing of the sword. I look forward to an epoch when a court, recognized by all nations, will settle international differences, instead of keeping large standing armies, as they do in Europe.
Pàgina 13 - The Temple of Justice which has been reared in this fair land is largely the work of our lawyers. If there be security for life, liberty and property, it is because the lawyers of America have not been unmindful of their obligations as ministers of justice. Search the history of every State in the Union, and it will be found that they have been foremost in all movements having for their object the maintenance of the law against violence and anarchy ; the preservation of the just rights both of the...
Pàgina 17 - The lawyers of the United States form a party which is but little feared and scarcely perceived, which has no badge peculiar to itself, which adapts itself with great flexibility to the exigencies of the time, and accommodates itself to all the movements of the social body; but this party extends over the whole community, and it penetrates into all classes of society; it acts upon the country imperceptibly, but it finally fashions it to suit its purposes.
Pàgina 17 - The more we reflect upon all that occurs in the United States, the more shall we be persuaded that the lawyers, as a body, form the most powerful, if not the only counterpoise to the democratic element. In that country we perceive how eminently the legal profession is qualified by its powers, and even by its defects, to neutralize the vices which are inherent in popular government.
Pàgina 14 - While this influence is not so apparent as that exercised by counsel in the examination and argument of cases in which they are directly employed, it is in its ultimate effect probably fully as important. No decision which the profession as a whole does not accept as sound can hold a permanent place in our law.
Pàgina 15 - In Maine since 1870 the average membership of the bar in both branches of the Legislature has been one in ten of the total membership, while their proportion to the male population has been only one in four hundred and sixtyeight. In -Vermont the average membership since 1850 has been one in twelve, and the proportion to the population one in three hundred and fifty-eight. In Rhode Island the average has been one in twelve of the Legislature since 1840 and one in six hundred and seventy-seven of...
Pàgina 16 - ... Island — Total number of governors, forty-two; lawyers, nine; occupations unknown, seven. Connecticut — Total number of governors, thirty-eight; lawyers, twenty-three. Of the one thousand one hundred and fiftyseven State and territorial governors, five hundred and seventy-eight have been lawyers. But it is not in the Legislature or from the executive chair or the bench that the bar exerts the most important influence upon the government. It is its influence upon the people at the source of...
Pàgina 20 - Now, my friends, I remember an incident about which I want to tell you. "When lawyers, whom, with the exception of the one who speaks to you, I may designate as leaders of the bar in New England, had gone on for two hot June days in that miserable, stuffy Federal CourtHouse in Boston before Judge Colt, in a very important case, and the case was closed, Judge Dillon, whom I regard as, perhaps, in all respects the leader of the bar in the United States, who had himself held high judicial position,...
Pàgina 15 - ... sixteen of the entire membership of both branches of the New Hampshire Legislature have been lawyers. If during these periods the Bar had been represented in the legislatures of these states only according to their proportion of the population there would have been in the legislature of Maine a lawyer once in three years, in the legislatures of Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts once in two years, and in that of Rhode Island once in six years. The...

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