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VOL. 76 PART 1 JANUARY 2018
with and the lawyer a sort of high priest who alone possesses the keys to the
intricate mysteries of an inscrutable cult.
The law tends to be looked upon as a prohibiting, frustrating and
obstructing thing rather than a creative architectural force that helps man
to build his social edifice. It tends to be regarded as a series of traps and pitfalls
rather than the embodiment of a community’s values, ideals and highest
aspirations and the means by which its life, through obedience and
self-discipline, is subtly shaped and moulded in the image which the law
In speaking of the legal order Roscoe Pound has said: “It is what has made
possible the conditions under which men have been able to gain continually
increasing control over external nature and harness it to the use
of mankind and so to inherit the earth and maintain and increase that
There is much less danger today that the public will fail to appreciate the
importance of certain other professions for which there is an abundance of
financial support for educational programs, research and development.
The British Medical Association, formed just 100 years ago, established the
first code of ethical conduct. At the present time the western world is
deeply conscious of the importance of scientific training and we may
expect that in the years to come the way is going to be smoother and
smoother for engineers and scientists.
But the scientific achievements of our age, spectacular as they are, only
make more complex the problems of social and international relations. In a
word, these scientific achievements serve to create more challenging legal
Space flight is a dramatic example of the way in which the headlong
development of science and technology is outracing legal solutions.
The medical profession has long enjoyed a very high place in public
esteem, and rightly so, but is it not a fact that one more readily finds individual
concern for the health and survival of the physical body than for the
health and survival of the social body? But of what good is our individual
health and survival, indeed how long will it last, if the social order breaks
down and disintegrates?
We lawyers are the physicians of the body politic. Not enough that the
lawyer undertakes in the practice of his profession that he is possessed of
that degree of knowledge and skill therein which usually pertains to the
other members of his profession.
For this high calling and great responsibility we need lawyers with a
broad outlook and a creative approach to social and political problems and