Vanderbilt Law Review

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We have become accustomed to the concept, once thoroughly horrendous to most lawyers, that the dispensation of justice may, be properly entrusted to those tribunals which, for want of a better term, we label administrative. In past years they were considered the illicit offspring of miscegenatious commingling of powers which,constitutionally, should have been kept in rigid segregation. In the last half century, this habit of thought has all but disappeared; our concern has been rather with the full acknowledgment and acceptance of these agencies into the family of makers and appliers of the law. We have undertaken to nurture and instruct them in the etiquette of the urbane administration of justice, and in the arts and the crafts of the prudent government of men and things. Notable products of this changed attitude are the various acts, federal and state, dealing with administrative procedure. Also, we must call to mind the many scholarly works on the general topic and specific phases of administrative law, and the acceptance of this subject as a special title in the encyclopedic search books and the compendious digests of the law.