The Law: Cooling It

For the first time in its modern history, the 207,000-member American Bar Association last week had a genuine presidential election contest. Well, maybe not a contest, but at least there were two candidates.

A preordained choice agreed upon by a small group of A.B.A. leaders generally runs for the top spot—with about as much opposition as Leonid Brezhnev faces. This year the quasi-official nominee was William B. Spann Jr., 64, an Atlanta attorney who has been active in the A.B.A. for four decades. But Spann's relatively liberal inclinations distressed Houston Corporate Lawyer Leroy Jeffers,...

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