The Law: A.B.A.: No Show

In the wake of the Supreme Court's extended term, Chief Justice Warren Burger begged off his scheduled state-of-the-Judiciary speech. Then Vice President Gerald Ford suddenly discovered that he had another commitment. They were not the only dropouts. Of the 11,000 lawyers expected, only 6,200 made it to Honolulu for the week-long annual gathering of the American Bar Association. "Nixon's resignation took the tension out of this meeting," said Lawyer Carl Nielson of Hartford, Conn. And after the tension went, the Pacific sun and balmy air apparently softened all remaining resolve. As a result,...

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