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Thursday, Sep. 15, 2011
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MBA President Richard P. Campbell celebrates the start of the MBA's 2011-12 association year.

Photographs by Jeff Thiebauth.

Campbell cites need to protect courts and rule of law at opening reception

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At the Sept. 8 reception launching his 2011-12 term as president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Richard P. Campbell decried the lack of adequate funding for the state's court system, saying it was crucial to protecting the rule of law.

"Our way of living is dependent on the rule of law, and the rule of law is under attack now, because without properly funded and operating courts, the rule of law will diminish, and with it, so too will the quality of our lives," he said.

A decade from now, Campbell said, he hopes that the incoming MBA president will be able to look back with relief that the MBA successfully fought for adequate court funding. "I look forward to working in that direction, and I look forward to working with all of you."

In addition to championing adequate court funding, Campbell's other priorities for his term will be: involving MBA members in planning for the rehabilitation of "gateway" cities like Lawrence, Haverhill and Brockton; and an evaluation of the relevance of law schools. (To read Campbell's September Lawyers Journal column describing his priorities, click here.)

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