Vanderbilt Law Review


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The Articles by Attorney General Griffin Bell, Chief Judge Harry Phillips, and Dean John W. Wade contained in this issue are based upon remarks made by the authors at the Cecil Sims Lecture Series, which was presented by the Vanderbilt Law School on November 4, 1977. The Sims Lecture Series was established in 1973 in memory of Cecil Sims, a 1914 graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and a preeminent attorney in Nashville, Tennessee. It was designed to foster discussion of issues of current significance to the legal community by bringing outstanding judges, attorneys, and public servants into close contact with Vanderbilt law students. The lectures this year focused upon the "Crisis in the Courts," a topic that has gained the attention of many commentators, including members of each of the branches of the federal government. The principal address was delivered by United States Attorney General Griffin B. Bell, who in his Article expresses concern that growing pressures on the federal judiciary will seriously impair the proper functioning of the courts and produce unfortunate repercussions in many other segments of our society. Attorney General Bell advocates decisive change in the judicial system, including a reexamination of the role of the judiciary in our democratic society and the implementation of new forums for dispute resolution.