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33 Minn. L. Rev. 455 (1948-1949)
Issue 5

handle is hein.journals/mnlr33 and id is 461 raw text is: MINNESOTA
Journal of the State Bar Association
VOLUME 33                APRIL, 1949                    No. 5
The Next Step Forward
T IS ONE of the greatest anomalies of modem tames that the
law, which exists as a public guide to conduct, has become
such a recondite mystery that it is incomprehensible to the pub-
lic and scarcely intelligible to its own votaries. The rules which
are supposed to be the guides to action of men living in society
have become the secret cult of a group of priestly professionals.
The mystic ritual of this cult is announced to the public, if
at all, only in a bewildering jargon. Daily the law becomes more
complex, citizens become more confused, and society becomes
less cohesive. Of course, people do not respect that which they
can neither understand nor see in effective operation. So the
lawmongers bemoan the lack of respect for law. Now the lawyers
are even bewailing the lack of respect for lawyers.
Many remedies are proposed Wre must have better law en-
forcement-that is, more policemen to make the people obey
the laws they do not understand. We must have a great moral
renascence-presumably some sort of mystical process which will
enable people intuitively to apprehend the mysteries of law. We
need better education---catch 'em young, and teach them to re-
spect the law while they're still credulous and uncritical. We
ought to pass a new law to make people respect the old laws-
ignorance of the law is no excuse, even for lawyers. We need
better public relations between the lawyers and the public-
which simply means that the lawyers want to advertise like
everybody else. There is a school of support for every proposal
except the one that it is the law itself which needs to be changed.
Copyright, 1949, by Lee Loevinger, Minneapolis Minnesota.
*Member of the Minnesota Bar.

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