Back to the American Way

This meeting with the nationally famous Commonwealth Club of California is the high spot of my trip across the continent. I have driven for the purpose of getting a more intimate view of the towns and various countrysides which make up the great nation whose cases before the Supreme Court are my responsibility, I have often said that everyone in official life should be compelled to spend every third week at home -- wherever that is -- so as to get the tonic of life as it really is, to relieve the political high blood pressure that always affects Washington, and which at about this season is apt to make its victims a little hysterical.

The Undeveloped Strength of American Democracy

In a world that is moving so fast, prophesy is dangerous, and it is too early to draw more than tentative and contingent inferences as to the future. But prudence requires us to consider the possibility that after this war our nation will find itself in a reordered and less friendly environment. Unless we are to adopt a policy of non-resistance and comfort ourselves with the theory that virtue is its own reward, we cannot ignore the possibility that some decisive test of military strength may be forced upon us.

The Law Is a Rule for Men to Live By

I believe it was Emerson who said that institutions are but the lengthened shadows of individuals. It is my purpose to speak of Mr. Justice Brandeis, the man under whose lengthen shadow we gather tonight.

Roosevelt Commemorative Ceremony Address

It is an honor and privilege to speak to the people of Czechoslovakia who desire to meet in respect for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It is the anniversary of a sad day in the lives of all of us who were permitted to serve under him in his government. I could tell you, if I were more gifted, of his kindness toward us and his thoughtfulness or the men about him.

Tribute to Milton J Fletcher

On Thursday evening, June 30, 1932, Jamestown attorney Robert Jackson attended the dinner 64th annual reunion of his 1910 alma mater, Jamestown High School. At this event, which was held at the Hotel Jamestown, Jackson spoke about Milton Joseph Fletcher, the former JHS Principal (1888-1919) and then Jamestown School Superintendent (1919-1932), who was retiring.

Address at the Congressional Country Club

This kindly reception by fellow lawyers in the Federal Service is the more appreciated because so entirely unearned. Such generosity toward the awkwardness of the beginner and charity toward the blunders of the more advanced is a redeeming inward characteristic of our profession, which the layman judges chiefly by its more visible signs of quarrelsomeness and antagonism. None has experienced during professional life greater generosity from fellow members of the bar and none has greater need for the continued grant of their charity than I.

The Struggle Against Monopoly

Few items of unfinished business present a challenge to this country so insistent as the settlement of an attitude toward the increasing concentration of business control. After 47 years of experience with the Sherman Antitrust Act, the Clayton Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the National Recovery Act and the Robinson-Patman Act, Senator Wagner commented that this experience has produced no coherent system of industrial control, and said: "Half of the laws enacted by Congress represent one school of thought, the other half the other. No one can state authoritatively what our national policy is."

Address to Pi Gamma Mu

I shall tread but lightly, even by invitation, upon ground that is in possession of Pi Gamma Mu, a National Honor Society in social sciences. Over the years my profession, as a whole, has shown so little hospitality toward those other learnings which may be grouped as social sciences, that I would not be surprised if, in retaliation, you barred all lawyers from your gatherings.

Address at the Opening Exercises of the FBI National Police Academy

I am glad to share with the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation the privilege of welcoming you here -- glad because it seems to me a significant thing that so many men father here from so many parts of the country, denoting a continued interest in the problems of law enforcement.

A Program for Internal Defense of the United States

This course of the war in Europe has raised many new and unpleasant problems for each of us. Among them is the attention which must be given to the so-called "fifth column." This is a problem which is of peculiar interest to lawyers, for back of the rather lurid phrase are real questions as to the continued validity of the lawyers' concepts of a government of limited powers and as to their philosophy of the rights of individuals.