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39 J. Kan. B. Ass'n 3 (1970)

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President
In my first President's letter almost
a year ago I suggested the lawyers of
our State should prepare for many
changes-not only social and economic
changes, but also professional changes.
Therefore, we are not surprised that the
past year has brought about some sig-
nificant changes affecting the practice
of law.
The most important change is truly
no change at all. Instead it is the
modernization of the Code of Professional
Ethics. Recently the Supreme Court
adopted the Canons and Disciplinary
Rules of the ADA Code of Professional
Responsibility. The ethical considera-
tions were also approved in principle
(Rule 501, adopted February 11, 1970).
We owe a debt of thanks to Phil
Lewis, Jack Dalton, Marvin Thompson
and Herb Marshall, the committee mem-
bers who helped and assisted the Court
in its consideration of the Code and in
its adoption as a rule of Court.
Another change of great importance is the step our Association has taken to promote
interest in the young lawyer to participate in Bar Association activities and its many
projects; but more important, it seems to me, is the change of attitude of the older lawyer
in recognizing the great potential of youth and its willingness to work within the
organized bar.
The Code of Criminal Procedure, which at this writing I expect will be adopted by
our Legislature, is just as important a change as the new criminal code adopted in 1969.
Since every lawyer in this State is a potential criminal lawyer to be assigned to defend
an indigent accused, it behooves our Association to give its members an opportunity to
study these new laws and learn the substantial and material changes that have been
made. Kansas is not alone in making sweeping changes in criminal law and procedure.
The Federal Government and many States are also making important changes which
are considered necessary to meet the social and economic changes taking place in our
society. Therefore, it is also proper for us to carefully study the Minimum Standards
for Criminal Justice proposed by an American Bar Association. These, too, represent
changes lawyers must confront, study and then use.
Our PR program, which is scarcely a year old, is working out well. It is impossible
and unfair to judge the value of a PR program by the number of press releases, or the
number of pamphlets distributed or even by the number of Liberty Bell awards made.
A good PR program is one that can be sensed by the lawyer, not measured. I, for one,
find the people of my community more happy with its lawyers. There is a community
appreciation of the vast amount of public service work the individual lawyer gives, as
well as an appreciation of his diligence in rendering professional services. Newspapers
are more willing to accept and print copy about lawyers. Radio and TV are quite willing
to give the profession much of its public service time. I also find the local lawyers more
interested in their public image; and are generally more willing to work on any project
their local bar association might promote. Law Day, May 1, is rapidly becoming an
important facet in the life of the average American. Progress, good progress, I assure
you, is being made.
I call your attention to the annual meeting of the Bar in Hutchinson. this May 13-15.
We hope you will be there as we have a good program planned, and the Reno County
Bar has worked very hard to make your stay in Hutchinson enjoyable.
The convention marks another change affecting the lawyers of our State. We will
have a new president and new officers to guide and direct our organization. Pauline and I
have participated in Executive Council business and social affairs for 12 years, and we
have mixed emotions about terminating our contact; but this kind of change is good for
us all. May we say thanks for your wonderful help, particularly the excellent help of
Ken Klein, our Executive Secretary. Because of it the year was a pleasant, happy and
a rewarding experience.-MAuRacE S. WILDGEN.

SPRING 1970

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