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45 J. Kan. B. Ass'n 3 (1976)

handle is hein.barjournals/jkabr0045 and id is 1 raw text is: From the
President
NO LAWYER could be more grate-
ful than I for the honor and the
opportunities that have been mine
as president of our association. I
thank you and acknowledge a debt
of gratitude that can never be paid.
Before leaving I want to talk
once more with you about our pro-
fession. Many of us need to have
a firecracker, one of those outlawed giant firecrackers, exploded under
our chairs.
The practice of law, as a profession, has never been without problems.
However, they certainly have never been more profuse, complex or trouble-
some than now.
What shall be our position on lawyer advertising? I have spoken to
this subject in these pages so you know my position. Shall we ask the
court to amend the Code of Professional Responsibility to comply with the
limited relaxing of the rule on advertising adopted by the ABA or should
we insist that the court retain the existing rule prohibiting all advertising?
The profession, which means our association, must speak.
The 1976 session of the Kansas .legislature saw the introduction of a
bill to require Mandatory Continuing Legal Education of lawyers in order
for them to maintain their licenses to practice. Most of us believe that this
is a field that belongs exclusively to the judicial branch, not the legislative.
But this is not the issue. The question is whether or not the public is
entitled to some assurance that a person licensed to practice law continues
to maintain his competence to practice law. What is the answer and what
should the bar do about it?
The eroding of the historic fault system and trial of such issues by the
court and a jury is accelerating. A great chunk has been chipped away
by the no-fault automobile reparations laws. Another chunk will be gone
in the medical malpractice area by the action of the 1976 session of the
legislature. Attempts are being made to limit our traditional methods in
the products liability field. These are but examples. And we must remem-
ber that these become realities because of real problems and actual abuses
of the judicial system. What shall we as lawyers do and say?
How should the profession approach specialization? More and more

SPRING 1976

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