Improving Justice Historical

Improving Justice Historical (HM1U49)

Location: Manistee, MI 49660 Manistee County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 14.842', W 86° 19.641'

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Michigan Legal Milestone

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.
HM NumberHM1U49
Year Placed1991
Placed ByThe State Bar of Michigan and the Manistee County Bar Association
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Date Added Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 553704 N 4899567
Decimal Degrees44.24736667, -86.32735000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 14.842', W 86° 19.641'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 14' 50.52" N, 86° 19' 38.46" W
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Area Code(s)231
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Pine St, Manistee MI 49660, US
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