Weaknesses of our bureaucratic system are to be found in its underpaid personnel, and not in any inherent legal imperfections, James M. Landis, former Dean of the Law School and present Chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board, said last night-in the season's sixth Law School Forum at Sanders Theatre.
He pointed out that the government wage policy for administrative officials has failed to advance with the cost of living in the last ten years, and consequently top flight men has not always been attracted to government service.
Landis was opposed in the discussion of the subject, "Bureaucracy and the Legal Order," by Robert M. Benjamin '17, noted New York attorney. Benjamin stressed that judicial practices have developed forms that are helpful to the administrative tribunals of today. "Fair procedure, which enlists cooperation, is an essential part of effective government," he said.
Discusses Aviation in Earlier Session
Earlier in the day, Landis had outlined the problems and future of modern civil aviation in a special session of the Forum at Langdell Court.
Predicting a tremendous increase in passenger and freight aviation, he said that the coming age of air transportation might change the face of the country "as much as the Ford Model T changed it thirty years ago."
Stressing the "overweening importance" to America of the maintenance and development of international air routes, Landis pointed out that a large trans-ocean air traffic contributed not only to commerce and foreign relations, but to national security as well. The continued use of such bases as Ascension Island by United States planes, and the fact that the pilots of the future will be trained by commercial air lines, should be important considerations for all Americans, he said.