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Manistee in Manistee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Improving Justice

Michigan Legal Milestone

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
1. Improving Justice Marker
Inscription.

One lazy summer day in 1911, Manistee residents Herbert Harley and Charles Ruggles discussed reform of the American justice system while floating in a skiff on Lake Michigan near here. That conversation led to the birth of the American Judicature Society, a national organization of more than 20,000 citizens--judges, lawyers and non-lawyers--dedicated to improving the nation's justice system.

Ruggles was a successful lumberman who could neither read nor write, but had an innate sense of justice. Harley was a lawyer, editor and reformer who helped make Manistee one of the first cities in the nation to adopt the city manager system. Ruggles provided the funding while Harley garnered nationwide support for the American Judicature Society, established in Chicago in 1913.

Today, through its conferences, publications, research and other programs, AJS works to assure an independent, responsive and highly ethical judiciary, and exercises a profound and positive influence on the administration of justice in the federal courts and the courts of all 50 states.

Every American is a beneficiary of the legacy of that long-ago boat ride by two Manistee residents.
 
Erected 1991 by the State Bar of Michigan and the Manistee County Bar Association.
 
Location.

Improving Justice Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
2. Improving Justice Marker
On stone at right
44° 14.842′ N, 86° 19.641′ W. Marker is in Manistee, Michigan, in Manistee County. Marker is at the intersection of River Street and Pine Street, on the right when traveling west on River Street. Touch for map. Marker is near the Manistee Municipal Marina. Marker is at or near this postal address: 480 River Street, Manistee MI 49660, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Manistee (within shouting distance of this marker); Pere Marquette Line Steamers (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Gardner Building (about 600 feet away); The Thompson Building (about 600 feet away); The Lyman Building (about 600 feet away); The Tunnel (about 700 feet away); The Haley Block (about 700 feet away); The Maple Street Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manistee.
 
Also see . . .
1. American Judicature Society on Facebook. (Submitted on September 3, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. American Judicature Society is dissolving (ABA Journal article, 2014). (Submitted on September 3, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. About the American Judicature Society. (Submitted on September 3, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. American Judicature Society Collection housed at Houston College of Law. (Submitted on September 3, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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