125 Years Ago
January 1888: The Law Journal editors called its survival for a decade “no common occurrence among local law magazines.” They observed that “as a local magazine in a small state [we] could not expect a large circulation, … not wishing to break the state bounds and compete with the great monthly or weekly law magazines and obtain contributors and readers from all parts of the country.”
100 Years Ago
January 1913: The Monmouth County Bar Association decided against a plan to erect monuments to it deceased members. John Foster, the chairman of the special committee considering the proposal, reported that because so many members had died, the memorials would put a needless financial hardship on the living.
75 Years Ago
January 13, 1938: The Law Journal editors were elated that the new revision of state statutes was “based upon a logical and easily comprehensible arrangement of titles by subject matter, and all statutes dealing with any phase of that subject matter have been classified by putting it under its respective title.” Still, they wished for an index to make research easier, noting: “It has oft been said that the index is the heart of a reference work. In the case of a statutory index, it may also be regarded as its lungs.”
50 Years Ago
January 10, 1963: The Law Journal editors were wary of a trend of new bar groups forming along narrow religious or political lines. “This proliferation of bar associations is manifestly harmful to the effectiveness of the organized bar as a professional instrumentality,” they wrote. “The life blood of bar associations is the effort of the lawyer members. Dilute that effort and the life blood is drained away.”
25 Years Ago
January 14, 1988: The State Bar Association, along with some county bars, urged Chief Justice Robert Wilentz to lift the judicial ban on plea bargaining in municipal court, in place since 1974. They pointed out a fundamental incongruity: that a person charged with a serious crime against person or property in Superior Court could plea bargain while one charged with a traffic offense in municipal court could not.