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VOLUME   2                                         JANUARY   16, 1978



President's Report


       By Robert H. Thomas
              President

   January is a time when  all of us
look ahead to chart our course for the
coming  year. Perhaps  it would  be
good  for all of us to reflect on the
many  large and worthwhile endeavors
planned for your Association in 1978.
Here are some  of which  you should
be aware.
   * BELO  PROJECT. The plans of
the  Belo Project were  reviewed in
some  detail in last week's Newsletter,
and suffice it to say that much work
and planning will be required for us
to  complete  this  remodeling  and
restoration in the quality manner be-
fitting the building and the activities
it will house.
   * PICTORIAL   ROSTER.   Many  of
you  have already been photographed
for the new pictorial roster. The roster
is a  splendid working tool  for all
lawyers and  judges. If money   and
space permits, we  hope  to  have a
section with the local, state and federal
procedural rules in  order that the
book  will be of even greater service
to the membership.
   * MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN. In
order that the pictorial roster may be
as complete as possible and serve us
well over the next five or six years,
we  will concentrate on bringing new
members   into the  Association, pri-
marily from the fine new lawyers who
have joined the profession in recent
years but have not gotten around to
joining the Association.
   * COURT STUDY. In order to
plan for the 1979 Legislative Session,
and the new courts we will be seeking,
a  careful and critical evaluation and


study must  be made  of the needs in
our criminal courts, our family law
courts, and our civil courts. All of our
dockets are crowded, and we must be
sure that we   have the statistics to
show  to the  County  Commissioners
and the legislature in order to justify
our needs and our priorities.

   * COURT DESIGN. With the
building of  the  new  Family  Law
courtrooms  in the  Old  Red  court-
house,  the  restoration of criminal
courts in  the old  Criminal Courts
Building, and the restoration of court-
rooms in the Records Building Annex,
there  are many   courtrooms  being
constructed at this time. In addition,
the Criminal Justice Center at Com-
merce and Industrial is being designed.
We  have  appointed a  Court Design
Advisory  Team   to work   with the
architects and the Director of Public
Works  in order that our courtrooms
are  properly designed for effective
utilization.

   * COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.
Our   recent  committee   preference
questionnaire indicated a large number
of our members   want the Bar to be
involved in civic and community affairs
within this city. We have been assigned
a number  of tasks by the Goals for
Dallas organization and our members
are active in this project and in many
other worthwhile community  endeav-
ors. We hope to continue these involve-
ments  and   increase them  for the
benefit of our community.

   * BRITISH  BAR.  Some  300 guests
from England, barristers and solicitors
and  their families, will be our guests
in  Dallas in August  following the
British Bar's convention in New York.


Our  Bar will act as host for these dis-
tinguished guests, providing them with
housing and entertainment.
   * 1979  ABA   CONVENTION. In
the summer  of 1979, Dallas will again
host the American Bar Association, for
what  we hope will be the largest and
grandest convention ever held by the
American  Bar  Association. Planning
and arranging this convention will, in
large measure, be done  this year to
insure success of the convention  in
1979.
   * SPECIAL   SERVICES. A new
activity launched last year is a program
to assist lawyers who need help with
problems relating to alcohol and drugs.
Last year's program was quite success-
ful and   it will be  expanded  and
publicized and  reach  out to  more
lawyers this year.
   * CONTINUE AND IMPROVE. In
addition to the above listed, we cer-
tainly will continue and seek to im-
prove  our already outstanding pro-
grams  of continuing legal education,
legal ethics opinions, solving of fee
disputes, our judicial preference poll
in the spring, the Law in a Changing
Society program  in the  Dallas high
schools, Lawyer Referral Service, db
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law, improvement  of criminal justice,
legal aid, interprofessional relations,
Law  Day  observance, and all of the
many   projects and endeavors which
have brought  the Award  of Merit to
the  Dallas Bar  Association for so
many  years.
   The  Dallas Bar is a working Bar,
working  for the community  and for
the profession. I hope you will join
your  fellow lawyers and  lend your
efforts to one or more of these pro-
jects in 1978.                    a


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