The sentiment which has been assigned to me and to which, in a Pickwickian sense, I am to respond, covers the whole field of a lawyer's professional education. It is a subject of special interest to the bar, and of much importance, indeed, to all, for the bar furnishes from its ranks all the members of the judicial department, one of the three co-ordinate departments of the government, whether state or national. And since every member of the bar is a member of the court before whom he practices, we constitute, at least, one third of the government. And if we say it, who ought not to, our third is both clean and respectable.
Thompson, Bradley M. "Requirements of a Legal Education." Mich. Alumnus 7 (1901): 229-33.