Supreme Court in the 1930s. The
strength of our nation lies in the U.S. Constitution, which separates the powers of
government into three branches: legislative, executive and judicial.
We lawyers must
meet the requirements of the California Supreme Court in order to secure authorization to
practice law. Once so qualified, we each became part and parcel of the judicial department
of California. Under no circumstances can our department as represented by the courts,
judges and lawyers submit to domination and direction by either the legislative department
or the executive department.
The judicial departments of our national and state governments protect all American
citizens and residents from the evils of communism, fascism, discrimination and bias.
Article III of the Constitution describes our national judicial department. The California
Constitution, Article III, is even more explicit:
The State of California is an inseparable part of the United States of America,
and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land (Section 1) . . . . The
powers of state government are legislative, executive, and judicial. Persons charged with
the exercise of one power may not exercise either of the others except as permitted by
this Constitution. (Section 3)
For members of the legislative department and executive department of California who
are licensed lawyers to compare us to the medical profession is odious. Replacing our
board of governors by laymen appointed by the governor is not only abhorrent, but also
unconstitutional by any standard.
Many of us became lawyers in order to help the poor, the oppressed, the uneducated as
well as those imposed upon and discriminated against. To turn the legal supervision of
these concepts over to the politically ambitious men and women in either the executive
department or legislative department of our federal or state government would be fatal.
Let us not destroy the State Bar. We need time and money to improve it.
Rawlins Coffman of Red Bluff is a certified specialist in probate, estate planning
and trust law. He originally wrote this as a letter to all the members of the state