Lawyers: The Pathfinders

Chief Justice Earl Warren opened the meeting with a cry for help. U.S. courts must "repair the dislocations of a changing, burgeoning and increasingly complicated social order," he said. The law's delay is worse than ever. "There can be no justice in the real sense when litigants must wait years for their cases to be heard and decided."

On that theme, the 1,500-member American Law Institute opened its 41st annual meeting last week at Washington's Mayflower Hotel. Unlike conventional conventioneers, the 500 members present were there for sober work. The institute (dues: $35 a year) taps only the ablest,...

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