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Professor Griffin's Bill

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For some time past there has been a feeling among the better class of the attorneys of Detroit that the legal restrictions thrown about admission to the bar in Michigan are not as strict as the good of the profession and of the public demands. This feeling has been shared by lawyers in other parts of the state, but it has been left to Detroit to take the initiative in a movement for reform. At the ninth annual meeting of the Detroit bar association, held on Tuesday, Levi T. Griffin presented, by request, the first draft of a bilí, drawn by him, which is intended to check the tendency to lowering the standard of qualification for admission. The leading provisions of the bill are that al applicants shall be examined by a committee of 13, to be appointed by the chief justice of the supreme court; that no applicant, who has not pursued preparatory studies for at least three years, or successfully completed the prescribed course of study at the university law school, shall be admitted to examination; that each applicant must present a certifícate, from those under whom he has studied, stating the length of time and the methods employed in his study, also a certifícate of good moral character. The bill was approved by the bar association and a committee of which Prof. Griffin is chairman was appointed to urge its passage