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7 Erie Cnty. B. Bull. [i] (1940-1941)

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Vol. 7-No. 1        Printed Thru Courtesy of Buffalo Daily Law Journal  November, 1940

It has been decided to alter the
form and style of the Bulletin. This
is in the nature of an experiment.
The Board of Directors, acting up-
on the recommendation of the Com-
mittee on Research, has decided
to increase the scope of this pub-
lication. The object is to keep the
members informed of the activities
of the Association.
There are nearly 1100 members
of the Bar Association. Of this
number only a comparative few
can be directors or members of
committees. Members not on com-
mittees or otherwise engaged in
Association activities do not know
what the Association is actually
doing. This leads many members to
make the old, but familiar enquiry
What is the Bar Association doing
for me?  As a matter of fact the
Bar Association is continually do-
ing many things both for its mem-
bers and for the public. One of our
objectives is to keep the members
informed of what is being done by
the Association.
We want to make the Bulletin a
publication of interest to every
member and we welcome any criti-
cism, recommendation or sugges-
tion which you care to make. If
you are acquainted with any facts
which would be of interest to other
members of the Bar please com-
municate with the Association
After one year as a Supreme
Court Justice, the Hon. Charles S.
Desmond was elected to the Court
of Appeals. Justice Desmond, only
forty-four years old, was admitted
to practice in 1920 and has prac-
ticed in Buffalo since that time. He
is the first local attorney to be
elected to the Court of Appeals in
many years. Justice Sears, whom
Justice Desmond will succeed, was
appointed by the Governor.
R. Foster Piper, another mem-
ber of the Association has been
elected to the Supreme Court. Mr.
Piper has been a member of the
State Legislature for some time
and is recognized as an expert on
Banking and Insurance legislation.
Other members elected to the
judiciary are:
Christy J. Buscaglia and Michael
E. Zimmer. Both were elected to
succeed themselves on the City
Court bench.

To the Members of the Bar As-
sociation of Erie County:
I welcome this opportunity to re-
port the activities of our Associa-
tion to the Bar as a whole. I have
not thought' it opportune to call a
general meeting because certain
matters are now in the piccess of
development which will necessitate
general meetings and I believe that
members will not welcome too
many meetings.
Certain members of the Bar As-
sociation who are not on commit-
tees may not realize what the
Bar Association is doing at the
present time. I want to say at the
outset that the present administra-
tion has been extremely active
since Its selection.
Government Appeal Agents
Perhaps many members are won-
dering about the selection of Gov-
ernment Appeal Agents as a part
of the Government's operating or-
ganization under the Federal Con-
scription Act. It will be recalled
that some time ago I sent a letter
to each member of the Association
asking whether the member would
volunteer to act in such capacity.
117 volunteers were requested. I
set a time limit of September 23,
1940, because the National Defense
Committee of the New York State
Bar Association had stated that
the matter should be handled expe-
ditiously. I am proud to say that
from a membership of slightly less
than 1100 I received approximately
400 affirmative replies. These re-
plies were sent to the New York
State Bar Association, classified
only by age and the date on which
they were received.   An accom-
panying letter stated that all per-
sons on the list had volunteered
and were available and that they
might be selected in any manner
that the new York State Bar Asso-
ciation  might desire.   We   also
stated that we had sent many more
names than were actually requested
so that replacements, substitutions,
assistants and the like might be
selected without a request for addi-
tional names. I have heard nothing
from the National Defense Com-
mittee since that time but I have
noticed from the daily press that
certain of our members have been
I simply want each member to
know that if his or her name was
not on the list of appointees it was
not because he or she was not
chosen or selected by our Board of
Directors or Officers. This matter
was handled as we try to handle

all Bar Association matters, with-
out discrimination, without favor-
ing any member against any other
I want to repeat I was extremely
proud of the response. It was the
first time during my administra-
tion that I have had an occasion
to call on the members of the Bar
generally for patriotic voluntary
service and the result was most
gratifying. I am pleased to express
my appreciation to our members.
Committee Activities
Many of our committees have
been functioning actively and in-
dustriously. The only committees
that have not been extremely ac-
tive are those which to date have
had not business which required
their attention.  From  the very
nature of some of our committees
they function not steadily but only
when the need arises. For instance,
our Grievance Committee functions
when complaints are made or im-
proper situations are brought to its
Our Entertainment Committee is
about to go into action. We hope
later in the Fall to have a general
meeting, or perhaps an inexpensive,
informal dinner. We also plan to
have our annual dinner after Janu-
ary  1, 1941.   These   plans are
necessarily tentative but you will
hear more about them in the near
Our House Committee has been
extremely active.  This year we
have not only a House Committee
but also an Auxiliary House Com-
mittee. The reason for this Auxili-
ary House Committee is that a
question is present which should
be decided during this present year.
Every year for the last few
years the question of the con-
tinuance of headquarters in their
present location has arisen, but no
definite attitude has been taken
on this question. As a result it
has been bothersome and annoying
from year to year with the prob-
lem arising, being discussed, and
left undecided. This year we de-
cided to appoint a larger House
Committee to study this subject
thoroughly and to report to the
Board, so that this question may be
referred by the Board to the entire
membership for decision.
I am not going into the subject
in great detail now because a spe-
cial report will be submitted to you
(Continued on page three

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