1970 Student Law. Letter [1] (1970)

handle is hein.journals/stlwlet1970 and id is 1 raw text is: May 7, 1970
The deaths of four students at Kent State University campus this past Monday are a tragedy which
should deeply touch every person in this country. It is a grim and disenchanting situation when tensions
and conflict are so rampant in our country that deadly violence becomes so inevitable. Many placed blame
with the National Guard for such severe, unwarranted and oppressive measures. Equally, people indicate
that massive demonstrations and mob tactics which result in irrational destruction of property and
disregard for basic constitutional rights must be firmly met.
Placement of so-called blame in this fashion is no longer tolerable. The fault lies with all
America. Too often people are passive and irresponsible. It is time that dissent is recognized and heard
in this country before violent confrontation results. It is the responsibility of us all to hear, evaluate
and respect the views of all our citizens, before they feel compelled to dramatically demonstrate.
The time has come for all individuals in our society to look closely at themselves and ask: how have
we allowed communication and fundamental democratic processes to degenerate to such an intolerable
level? And, most importantly, how do we avoid such unneccessary tragedies as those at Kent State University
in the future?
Confrontation will not be avoided until all of us, regardless of our philosophy, actively participate
in our democracy. This includes intelligently forming opinions based on all the facts and information and
then responsibly voicing that opinion. We each must make every effort to inform others of our views and
their underlying reasons; we must contact our government representatives; and we must actively endorse
and support candidates for office who will commit themselves to our view.
The members of the legal profession in particular must regain positions of local leadership. A
profession dedicated to complete ascertainment of facts and non-violent settlement of disputes cannot
idly stand by in a time of crisis and retain any vestige of integrity or respect. Law students, too,
must assume positions of leadership in their universities. If they cannot inspire dissatisfied fellow
students to see the futility of violence as a means of dissent, then hopes for a free and peaceable
democratic system is certainly misplaced.
I am gratified by the fact that I am joined in this statement by all of the officers and all
13 Circuit Governors.
The ABA Committee on Federal Judiciary, which has been very much in the news during the past several
months, has asked the Division to submit recommendations for changes in the standards for review of Supreme
Court nominees. Lawrence E. Walsh, New York, Chairman of the Committee has expressed interest in President
John Long's proposal to place a student on his Committee when it reviews Supreme Court nominees. If this
Ican be accomplished, it will be a major step toward achievement of the Division's fuller participation in
ABA affairs on the national level.
Law Student Division, American Bar Association; John A. Long, President; Marc Watson, First Vice President; Ben Nelson, Second Vice
Preident; Arthur Nathan, Secretary; Stanley Eisenberg, Treasurer; Karen Metzger and J. Timothy Campbell, Division Delegates. Circuit
GCevervOrs: First Circuit, John C. Walker; Second Circuit, Joseph F. Bollettieri; Third Circuit, Richard J. Leslie; Fourth Circuit, Thomas S.
Rue*y; Fifth Circuit. Michael 0. Jones; Sixth Circuit, Timothy A. Hickey; Seventh Circuit, Dwight Erskine; Eighth Circuit, Adrienne
Qottlii; Ninth Circuit, Anthony Bennetti; Tenth Circuit, Thomas Combs; Eleventh Circuit, Frank E. Kahn; Twelfth Circuit, Stewart Miller;
Tkkioheh Circuit, Delwin Fulien





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