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16 J. B. Ass'n St. Kan. 1 (1947-1948)

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of the State of Kansas
VOL. XVI                        AUGUST, 1947                       NO. 1
Published Quarterly, August, November, February and May, by the
Bar Association of the State of Kansas.
$3.00 Per Annum                Members $1.50             Single Copy $1.00
Address communications to Franklin Corrick, Third Floor, Statehouse,
Topeka, Kansas.
Entered as Second Class Matter, August 20, 1932, at the Post Office at
Wichita, Kansas, under the Act of March 3, 1879.
Copyright 1932, by Journal of the Bar Association of the State of Kansas.
SELECTION AND TENURE OF JUDGES*
By GLENN R. WINTERS**
One day long ago, an elderly man went out in the country to visit his
son-in-law. The son-in-law was leader of a large band of slaves that had
recently made their escape from their Egyptian masters and were then encamped
in the desert on their way to the more fertile regions of the north where they
hoped to establish a permanent abode.
The son-in-law, whose name was Moses, greeted Jethro, his father-in-law,
graciously and told him all about how the venture was progressing. The next
morning, however, Jethro found himself left alone and Moses surrounded by
a great throng of people, busily conferring with them. After that had con-
tinued all day, the guest made his way to Moses' side and asked him what was
going on. Moses answered, according to the record:
The people come unto me to inquire of God. When they have a matter
they come unto me, and I judge between one and another, and I do make them
know the statutes of God and his laws.'
The experience of the Children of Israel and their leader Moses at that
time was a parallel of the experience of every civilized social group and its
rulers in all human history. Moses' first responsibility as their leader was to
establish their freedom and dispose of the national enemy. In other instances
this has been done by driving out an invader or oppressor, but the Israelites
accomplished the equivalent by a' fairly peaceful emigration from the home-
land of their oppressors to a new one of their own. Once the waters of the
Red Sea had closed over their pursuers and they found themselves at last on
their own, Moses found himself burdened with two new and closely related
responsibilities - the maintenance of law and order among his newly-liberated
*Address before the Sixty-fifth Annual Meeting of the Bar Association of the State of Kansas,
Jayhawk Hotel, Topeka, May 23, 1947.
**Secretary-treasurer of the American Judicature Society, editor of the Journal of the
American Judicature Society, and chairman of the American Bar Association Special
Committee on Judicial selection and Tenure.
I Exodus 18:15-16.

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