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It is interesting to note how the economic situation conditions all things, even the public address. Time was when the Commencement oration was a paean of joy for the great heritage that was ours and the opportunity that lay before the young man in being permitted to participate in the struggle to obtain a share of it. But now it is customary to look upon the future with fear and foreboding and to expect the most drastic of changes in our political and social institutions. Lawyers, it is true, still generally talk of the Constitution in terms of religious awe, but more are beginning to show a fear that the state which it is assumed to have guaranteed is perhaps not absolutely ideal. In short, a period of extreme self-analysis has developed. I must say that I like it. Better self-analysis has developed. I must say that I like it. Better a groping to ascertain what is happening and an aspiration, however faint, to improve oneself and one's professional and social institutions than that smug satisfaction which wraps its rapacious self-seeking in the American flag and dares any one to dislodge it from its constitutional pinnacle. I think this attitude represents a real gain, a gain of which the future potentialities are so great as perhaps to make the present depression--when it retreats into the proper perspective of history--seem like a boon after all. And though I shall express some critical judgments upon our past professional activities, I do so in no sprit of despair, but with not a little satisfaction in the belief that you will willingly accompany me in the self-analysis I am proposing. Hence the indications I have given that I shall "view with alarm" are justified in part at least, though they represent by no means the whole picture I would place before you.

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Legal Education in Modern Society, 10 Tulane Law Review 1 (1935)

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