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Greater than a century in the past over 2 hundred best legal professionals met in a schoolroom on 5th street and Twenty-Sixth highway to prepare the organization of the Bar of town of latest York. They have been scorching with reform and with the edge disgrace. Boss Tweed and his cronies weren't merely robbing the city's treasury, yet, worse, have been additionally corrupting the courts and judges. Boss Tweed and his gang have been routed yet now not with no lengthy fight and the aid of many others within the urban. for the reason that that ancient victory, the organization has taken up different factors and conflicts,sometimes with huge luck, occasionally failing, yet carrying on with a large choice of actions with unabated zeal. George Martin tells of those struggles during this quantity. it's the tale of the organization via instances of turbulence and instances of difficulty, together with the recognized March on Washington, the toppling of Mayor Jimmie Walker less than the pass judgement on Seabury research, and the Joseph McCarthy period. George Martin has introduced those nice occasions and a few no much less attention-grabbing footnotes to background alive in factors and Conflicts via those many vignettes in regards to the institutions' leaders.

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4 A similar statement about Robinson and the call appears in the Memorial of Wheeler H. Peck-ham,5 but as Peckham died several years after Berry's book ap- * A Memorial of a member of the Association is a eulogy, written by another member and published in the Association's yearbook (or some form or supplement of it) for the year in which the member died. The Memorials differ enormously, in length and quality. A few are small masterpieces of writing and perception. Page 18 peared, the memorialist may have copied from Berry.

Milburn, Byrne and Taft. The increasing activities and membership. The Assembly at Albany expels five Socialist members. Hughes and the Association lead the protest. Cromwell's generosity. Guthrie as president and as a man. The movement for an integrated bar in the state and its defeat. Chapter 15 224 Hughes as president. The bankruptcy investigation. Mayor Walker and Boss Curry. The Association under Burlingham investigates Magistrate Vitale. The first Seabury investigation: the Page xii Magistrates' Courts.

But we only promised the record of one day's proceedings; we are getting into the next. We enjoin ourselves. 3 When such an article could appear in a church journal, clearly the law and lawyers, as well as the judges, were falling into disrepute. But though an ever increasing number of lawyers were upset at the trend, none seemed to have any plan for reversing it beyond writing letters to the newspapers calling for a public meeting of indignation and review. In response to some of these Page 12 the New York Times on June 20, 1869, published an editorial stating: The true remedy is not in a public meeting, but in a permanent, strong and influential association of lawyers for mutual protection and benefit.

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