Washington Law Review


Widespread skepticism about the adequacy of existing law to achieve justice poses one of the most serious problems to the legal profession. The practicing lawyer knows that in most instances existing law is reasonably efficient in achieving sound, just results, but to the uninitiated the instance in which the efficiency is small or the result unjust appears to be the usual circumstance rather than the unusual. Even the informed layman is likely to be more concerned with the inadequacies of present law than with its adequacies, and admitting the extent of skepticism to be unwarranted, still asks, "Why don't the lawyers do something about these inadequacies?" This article conforms closely to the remarks of the writer to the Seattle Bar Association at its luncheon, February 20, 1952.

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