SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy says the legal community isn’t doing enough to attract the country’s finest into its ranks.

His comments were made Saturday evening during a 26-minute speech at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

Kennedy alluded to the release of a recent bar association study that found the current system for financing law school education deeply flawed because of its tendency to drive up tuition costs and student debt.

He said that when young people ask whether to pursue a career in law, the bar association needs to ensure that the profession’s structure allows them to say yes.

During his remarks Kennedy also briefly spoke about human trafficking, urging that it be stopped and people continue to bring attention to the issue.

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