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26 Bull. Com. L. League Am. 1 (1921)

handle is hein.journals/clla26 and id is 1 raw text is: PRESIDENT'S FOREWORD

Fellow Members:
Do we, I wonder, appreciate our membership in the Commercial
Law League of America? Are we getting from that membership what
we would if we realized its possibilities?
Isn't it true that most of us pay the small fee of $5 per annum,
some of us with much delay and reluctance, and then forget about it?
Read the quotation from Emerson at the top of the opposite
page and ponder a moment.
How many of us have been sowing and how many serving?
A few men each year attend conventions, spend their time and
money and have made the League the highest court in the land regard-
ing most matters of practice, and all matters of commercial law.
These men at these conventions have twice increased rates and
have settled questions that a few years ago seemed likely always to
cause trouble and agitation among forwarders and receivers.
But there is now another reason why we must all sow and serve.
There are rumblings now in places indicating there may soon be
a movement to lower the Commercial Law League of America schedule
of fees.
The fees were increased a few years ago when the high cost of
living wasn't the problem that it is today-iiA other words, before the
things we need had increased in price. The rates were not increased
because of the high cost of living, but because they were inadequate.
Service and efficiency require a just and reasonable compensation.
However, that is not the question now. The problem is to
maintaip our schedule of fees. To do this every member of the League
must sow and serve. He must become active in his work for the
League, upholding its standards. No man should submit to a de-
crease in the present fee schedule.
To maintain that schedule, then, it will be necessary for us to
enlist the aid of every member of the commercial bar in the country
or we will regret it very soon. More than three-fifths of the lawyers
in the United States who are engaged in commercial practice are still
without the fold.
It isn't necessary to say what we should do, but let's just do it.


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