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Loyalty Tests for Lawyers, 13 Law. Guild Rev. 149 (1953)

Abstract

The information we have received from the Report of

the Conference Working Group, together with the recent

survey published by Brown and Fassett, indicate the

extent to which loyalty tests are being imposed upon

lawyers and the nature of the tests imposed. At a time

when various agencies of government are concerning

themselves with the loyalty of labor leaders, entertainers,

United Nations employees, teachers, authors, newspapermen,

and public employees generally, it is not surprising

to find such tests imposed upon lawyers. What

is unique about the lawyers' experience is that, with

very few exceptions, these tests have been imposed by,

or at least at the instance of, the bar itself.

That bar associations alone should solicit such treatment

for their members cannot, I believe, be taken as

evidence that lawyers generally are more susceptible to

the hysteria of our times than are other men. What it

does demonstrate is that we lawyers have allowed the

hysterical men among us to exercise a disproportionate

amount of influence. And in this instance the hysterical

men have had the full support of the American Bar

Association, which organization, representing as it does

less than 25% of the lawyers in the country, itself has

a disproportionate influence on state and local bar associations.

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1953

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