Lawyers Today: The Legal Profession in a World of Paradox

We are aware that lawyers exert an influence on the social and governmental policy of the United States that is disproportionate to their numbers. The same is true in varying degrees of the legal profession in other countries. Its function and interest everywhere are concerned with movement and policies that affect the fundamental legal structure on which the individual relies for security and free personality.

Youth Faces “The New Order”

On Monday morning, February 23, 1942, Justice Robert H. Jackson delivered the following speech in Buffalo, New York, at the University of Buffalo’s (UB’s)  2nd annual midyear convocation (commencement). The ceremony was held in UB’s Edmund Hayes Hall before almost 1,000 persons, including sixty-five degree recipients. Justice Jackson gave this speech half way through his first year as a Supreme Court justice and just twelve weeks after Japan's devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. He spoke to his Buffalo audience of Americans’ failure to grasp the drift of the world and the threat of Nazism, of the massive military struggle underway worldwide, and of the need for the U.S. to take the offensive in seeking to win a peace and a new world order based on reason, justice and personal freedom.

The Bar and the New Deal

The New Deal, as it affects the future of the Bar and the Law Schools, goes beyond the policies of the President and is more than a party slogan or a change of governmental personnel. It is a change in the fundamental relation of the federal government toward the governed, which has come so quickly that we have not recognized its significance.

Labor and the Law

When we met here twenty years ago, a dark era in labor's legal history had begun. The Supreme Court had recently held that the State of New York had no power to limit hours of labor in bakeries to 10 hours a day or 60 hours a week. For years that philosophy blighted efforts at reasonable hours in industry and retarded labor in getting its fair share of the leisure that mass production makes possible.

Social Justice Under Our Constitution

Humility best becomes a New Dealer in the presence of this group which knows Catholic social teaching. In most companies we may claim some leadership; here, in truth, we can claim only to have followed- and at a considerable distance behind- in trying to correct social evils which have long ago roused the anxiety of great leaders of the Church.

Government Counsel and Their Opportunity

Almost exactly six years ago I arrived in Washington to become a General Counsel for the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Promising myself and my clients that it was for a year only, a good deal bewildered at the size and complexity of the government machine, I joined the ranks of government counsel.

Democracy Under Fire

The American people are a practical lot. I think they are more entertained than influenced by the high blood pressure of politicians, and they do not take seriously either their campaign professions of perfection or their prophesies of disaster.

An Address before the Canadian Bar Association

I value your invitation, not only as a personal honor, but as an expression of your esteem for the Court on which I sit and of your good will towards the legal profession in the United States. A sense a brotherhood, based on common tradition, always had animated the bars of our two countries.

The Significance of the Nuremberg Trials to the Armed Forces

The armed services are naturally concerned as to what we were driving at at Nuremberg, and as to the principle on which the leaders of the German armed services were called upon to pay a penalty for their acts. Military men throughout the world wanted to know what it was that brought the German military men to that somewhat unhappy position. I propose to face that problem very frankly today and to discuss the effect of this trial on the profession of arms.

Nuremberg in Retrospect: Legal Answer to International Lawlessness

This is an authoritative account of the legal bases of the trials of the major Nazi war criminals before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg written by American Chief Prosecutor. Taken from an address delivered before the Canadian Bar Association meeting at Banff, Alberta, on September 1, Justice Jackson reviews in detail the legal foundations on which the trial rested and explains how the procedure used was determined.