I want to summarize a few things that I have been impressed with during the past year as your President. I am more impressed than ever that the practice of law is not a business and shouldn't be a business; that it is a profession and should continue to be a profession. I am more convinced than ever that the practice of law is a privilege and not a right and that lawyers should conduct themselves in the highest traditions of the Bar. I am persuaded that the courts are not made for the judges nor for the lawyers, but that the courts are made for the public and that everything should be done for the benefit of the public in the conduct of litigation and the settlement of disputes. I feel that we have a paramount duty to the public first, and to ourselves second. And I believe that we have an obligation within our own ranks to uphold our profession and give it a good name and improve it in prestige.
George W. Martin,
State Bar Journal,
Report of the Board of Governors and Address of the President,
32 Wash. L. Rev. & St. B.J.
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