Dialogue Fascinating Just wanted you to know I find “The Lawyers” special issue the most fascinating and well-written of all the Texas Observers I’ve read so far. Congratulations to the Observer staff and contributors on a superb job. Heather MacDonald, 1107 Fairmount-8, Fort Worth. Less than democratic As a Texas lawyer-in-exile now teaching in Kentucky, I found the Feb. 25 issue of the Observer, devoted to lawyers and the legal system, interesting and informative. In “Crossing the Bar,” William B. Hilgers, the chairman of the board of the State Bar says the board is “strictly democratic.” I am sure that he would say the same about the entire procedure of electing officers and directors for the State Bar, but many younger lawyers with whom I have conversed feel there is something less-than-democratic about the way Bar elections are contested. While the actual procedures followed in electing officers and directors would seem to be democratic, the arrangement is actually nothing more than a variant of the seniority system. Only those with strong bloc support ever have much of a chance of being elected to leadership positions. The younger lawyers, like the newer members of Congress, are afraid to rock the boat, knowing that it could be quite hazardous to their careers and believing that, if they “know their place” they will eventually be rewarded with leadership positions in the Bar. In the meantime, they can prepare for the day when they will be able to contest for such positions by participating in the State Junior Bar of Texas. Members of the rank-and-file ratify the leadership choices made by the Bar elite by simply not voting. Their participation would usually mean very little, in any case, since the nominees for most Bar positions are virtually indistinguishable. While I have certainly never heard the Bar charged with corruption, it is clearly unresponsive to the wishes of its rankand-file members. It consistently serves the interests of only the large law firms and the middle-aged, well-to-do lawyers, while the public interest, the basis of its existence, is usually nothing more than a catch-phrase. It is to be hoped that young lawyers, women, and members of minorities, will begin to contest for leadership positions in the Texas Bar. The Observer article should encourage change in the Bar. The EARTH SHOE STORE 474-1895 1610 Lavaca Austin, Texas 78701 La Fonda de \(a Noche Southwestern Cuisine Liberal Food Conservative Prices 2405 Nueces **, eV 474-7562 THE COMMODORE HOTEL On Capitol Hill Owned by Texans. Run by a Texan. 520 N. Capitol St., NW Washington, D.C. 20001 Classified advertising is 20 g per word. Discounts for multiple insertions within a 12month period: 25 times, 50 percent; 12 times, 25 percent; 6 times, 10 percent. BOOK-HUNTING? 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