THE LAW: The Work of Justice

(See Cover) Green eyeshade under a crop of white hair, heavy shoulders bent over an ancient desk, the Harvard Law School's Dean Emeritus Roscoe Pound wrote slowly, pouring the wisdom of his 87 years into his speech for Law Day, U.S.A.: "The law is the highest inheritance the sovereign people has, for without the law there would be no sovereign people and no inheritance."

Three thousand miles away in San Francisco, Superior Court Judge Thomas Coakley looked thoughtfully at the ax-hewn pine timbers of the oldest courthouse in California, picked up a pencil...