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15 Utah B. Bull. 1 (1945)

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Official Organ, The Utah State Bar

The ultimate bravery is the courage of the mind.


Volume XV            January-February, 1945            Numbers 1 & 2

President's Message to the Bar
By ORVAL HAFEN, President, Utah State Bar

It is a pleasure for me to tell you brief-
ly, as best I can, something about the
work and objectives of the Board of
Commissioners of the Utah State Bar,
but first a few words about the back-
ground against which our problems and
our projects take shape.
For years we were concerned about the
over-crowded condition of the Bar. Such
a condition does not exist today, and will
not exist for a number of years to come.
Our numbers are not being replenished,
during the war, like those of some other
professions. Nearly 25 % of our members
are in the military service, and it is only
logical to assume that quite a number of
them will not come back to Utah to
practice law. When law schools operate
normally again, it will be some time be-
fore they are turning out the number of
graduates they did before the war. Con-
sequently, for some years to come, we
need not worry about having too many
However, many of our members feel
that the need for the lawyer is fast dis-
appearing. They point to the declining
number of trials, and the increasing num-
ber of bureaus which permit laymen to

practice before them. They argue that
after five years of pre-trial hearings, un-
der the federal rules of civil procedure,
58%   of civil cases ready for trial were
finally settled without trial. As pre-trial
procedure comes to be adopted by the
states, we can expect a similar result
The old days, when a lawyer's chief
claim to fame was his opportunity to
glorify his client in court, are gone; many
of us spend very few days in court. All
of us, however, have increasing opportun-
ities to facilitate the doing of legitimate
business, by telling our clients what they
can do and how they can do it, and by
keeping them out of court. We all realize
that our economic and social life is con-
stantly growing more complex. I am sure
that in the future people will have more,
rather than less, need of men who under-
stand the law.
The assertion that the public has no
confidence in the legal profession has be-
come so frayed and over-worked by the
lawyers that I would like to see its use
barred. It is true we have a few shysters
in the profession, just as any other large
group has, but they are a small minority
and they are being weeded out as fast as

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