IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIACOLUMBUS DIVISIONCONNIE RHODES,Plaintiff,vs.THOMAS D. MACDONALD, Colonel,Garrison Commander, FortBenning;
,Defendants.******CASE NO. 4:09-CV-106 (CDL)O R D E RINTRODUCTIONCommenting on the special privilege granted to lawyers and thecorresponding duty imposed upon them, Justice Cardozo once observed:Membership in the bar is a privilege burdened withconditions. [A lawyer is] received into that ancientfellowship for something more than private gain. He[becomes] an officer of the court, and, like the courtitself, an instrument or agency to advance the ends ofjustice.
People ex rel. Karlin v. Culkin,
162 N.E. 487, 489 (N.Y. 1928)(Cardozo, J., writing as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appealsbefore his appointment to the United States Supreme Court) (internalquotation marks omitted). Competent and ethical lawyers “areessential to the primary governmental function of administeringjustice.”
Goldfarb v. Va. State Bar
, 421 U.S. 773, 792 (1975). Forjustice to be administered efficiently and justly, lawyers mustunderstand the conditions that govern their privilege to practice law.Lawyers who do not understand those conditions are at best woefullyunprepared to practice the profession and at worst a menace to it.