Carter's recent attack on the legal profession - "90 percent of the (lawyers) serve 10 percent of the people." Although the president credited a Dickens quote in the speech, Nader received none.

"Include us Out" said the American Bar Association about Washington Lawyer Charles S. Rhyne's presentation of a World Peace Through Law award to Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos, who has been accused of stifling human rights in his country.

A sharply worded ABA Journal editorial criticized Rhyne for making it appear that the ABA and American lawyers "joined in the award's extravagant sentiment."

It is inconceivable that Mr. Rhyne's identity as a former president of the ABA and the association's past support of the world peace through law movement might lend some credence to the claim" that the award was made on behalf of lawyers and judges all over the world.

"If so," the editorial continued, "the record should be set straight. The Association has no connection with the World Peace Through Law Center, and neither the Association nor any representative of it was consulted with respect to the award.

"Had they been, they would have opposed it."

D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Theodore R. Newman Jr. tells this one on himself: He was about to swear in a group of new members to the D.C. Bar that included "an old friend of mine" - A. J. Cooper, the mayor of Prichard, Ala., and president of the National Conference of Black Mayors. That morning he read that Cooper had been indicted on a federal charge of taking money from a company doing business with the city. Newman said he was spared embarrassment when Cooper did not show for the ceremony.

Incidently, the D.C. Bar is getting rich as a result of a change in admissions rules. Newman said 5,000 new members will be admitted, bringing the bar an additional $100,000 to $160,000 in dues money.

The Rev. Raymond B. Kemp resigned as a non-voting member of the Bar's Board of Governors when the membership, by a 2,800-to-2,000 vote, refused to allow nonlawyer members a vote. Kemp said he didn't have the time for board deliberations if he couldn't back his opinions with a vote.

The D.C. Bar has elected Robert L. Weinberg, a partner in the firm of Williams & Connolly, as president - a job he had been holding since last October when then-President Louis Oberdorfer was appointed to the U.S. District Court judgeship. All lawyers practicing in Washington must belong to the D.C. Bar.

The Bar Association of the District of Columbia, a voluntary organization of Washington lawyers, meanwhile installed James J. Bierbower as president.

The Washington Council of Lawyers and the D.C. Bar are sponsoring a forum on public interest law at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. The forum is aimed specially at law students and interns spending the summer here.

Short takes: Charles T. Duncan, former D.C. Corporation Counsel and ex-dean of the Howard University Law School, has been named a partner in the Washington firm of Peabody, Rivlin, Lambert & Meyers . . . Joe Sims is quitting as deputy assistant attorney general in the anti-trust division Sept. 1. He will either practice law in Washington or go back home to Phoenix.

James Abourezk, retiring as U.S. Senator from South Dakota, handing out cards for his new law firm: Hammurabai, Moses, Justinian, Blackstone & Abourezk. (Senate Ethics Committee please note: It's a joke, it's a joke!).