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1975 Newsl. 1 (1975)

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      By all reports the San Francisco meet-
 ing was a great success. Despite competing
 attractions (nameless here), attendance at
A F@     _+ sV     vjmd section meetings
was quite goo.     mny noticed as well a
somewhat more relaxed air on Nob Hill. As
pEgole±wn!ut their business sans the
clamour of personnel recruitment, it was
actually possible to talk together in hotel
lobbies without looking for or being spot-
ted by an employment prospect. Early re-
turns suggest a large degree of satisfaction
with the peeling off of the recruiting func-
tion; when all the questionnaires are in, the
Executive Committee will determine whether to
continue the practice. If that seems desira-
ble in principle, then the next effort will
be to find some other date than Thanksgiving.
And if that can be done, who knows -- maybe
we can even find an annual meeting date be-
sides the week after Christmas.
      Much of the credit for the successful
 program goes to the leadership of the sections.
 Without doubt, the creation of sections was a
 major step towards greater professionalization
 of the Association. Much can still be done by
 way of improving our program (for example, by
 requiring speakers to prepare papers in advance),
 but progress is clearly being made. I met with
 the Section Chairpersons on Sunday, December 30,
 and was impressed by their ideas for betterment
 and their determination to achieve it. I was
 also impressed by their opposition to the col-
 lection of dues, but I see no easy answer to
 the problem of financing section activities.
 The Association budget is balanced -- at least
 it was on January 30, the day I wrote this -
 but demands seem to increase as the supply of
 money shrinks. Some fund-raising efforts by
 the sections seem inescapable if section acti-
 vities are to flourish. Outside funds may be
 available to some sections, and Millard Ruud
 and I will do all we can to help obtain them,
 but dues do not seem to me to represent an
 unreasonable means of raising money. If you
 have any ideas or alternatives, by all means
 send them along. One way or another, we can
 make the sections work, and work, and work
 well, and to that end I, and I hope the col-
 lectivity, will devote great effort.

      Be of good cheer!

                   Charles J. Meyers

IV             F R3C


     The 1974 Executive Committee met on Decem-
ber 27th and the 1975 on December 30, 1974 during
the Association's Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
The bulk of the Committee's time was taken up with
the consideration of the applications for member-
ship in the Association. In addition, the Execu-
tive Committee determined that after two years of
trying to formulate a program that it could staff
and could operate within the gran funds availa-
ble, that it did not seem feasible under the cir-
cumstances to activate the Office of Law Related
Research. Therefore, it determined reluctantly
to inform the Ford Foundation and the Council on
Law Related Studies that it would not be able to
use the grant funds offered by the two founda-

     The Executive Committee noted that the
Idaho Bar Association has offered a resolution
for consideration by the House of Delegates at
the ABA Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago in February,
1975, that would delete from the ABA Standards
for Approval of Law Schools the requirement
that an approved school have a tenure policy.
The Executive Committee determined to communi-
cate to the president of the Idaho Bar Associ-
ation and through Professor Meyers to the House
of Delegates when it considers this matter, the
Association's assessment of the critical impor-
tance of tenure to the presentation of a program
of quality legal education.


    The Association now has 132 members. The
five following schools were admitted to member-
ship in the Association on December 27, 1974,
by action of the House of Representatives: C.
Blake McDowell Law Center, University of Akron;
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Paci-
fic; New York Law School; School of Law, Univ-
ersity of Puget Sound, and Southwestern Univer-
sity School of Law. As of January 1, 1975 there
were 156 schools that were approved by the Amer-
ican Bar Association. The Association's mem-
bership is composed of 69 schools that are part
of private universities, 58 that are state sup-
ported, and 5 that are independent or are unaf-

Millard H. Ruud. Executive Director

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