Speech at the University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois

May 1, 1964


Chicago, IL

What is the price tag on equal justice under law? Has simple justice a price which we as a profession must exact? Is that what we have come to? It is certainly the way the underprivileged, the poor, the helpless regard us. Helplessness does not stem from the absence of theoretical rights. I can stem from an inability to assert real rights. The tenants of slums, and public housing projects, the purchasers from disreputable finance companies, the minority group member who is discriminated against—all these may have legal rights which—if we are candid—remain in the limbo of the law.