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V3LUME 3                                          JANUARY 15, 1979                                          NUMBER 1

President's Report


        By Jerry Buchmeyer
   Should attorneys stop engaging in
activities to improve their public
image   and, instead, warn. the
community about the dangers of
dealing with attorneys? Should the
Dallas Bar object to the elimination
of court facilities which had been
planned for the new (now only part of
the) Criminal Justice Center? Should
the best presentations of our Friday
CLE luncheons be ripaated in isubur-
ban areas for Dallas Bar members who
practice there?
   These were just some of the
suggestions made by members who
returned their Committee Preference
Forms. Over 470 forms were returned
(our current membership is 3,375 and
this response is comparable to prior
years). The most requested com-
mittees were Judiciary, Courthouse,
Convention, Legal Aid & Legal Serv-
ices, and Continuing Legal Education.
These were followed closely by Goals
for Dallas, Civic Affairs, Fee Disputes,
Unauthorized Practice of Law, and
Legal Ethics. Those who returned
Committee Preference Forms were,
with few exceptions, appointed to one
of the committees they requested.
   Almost 150 members used the
Committee Preference Forms to suggest
which   activities should be given
highest priority in 1979 and to make
comments or criticisms about the
Association's activities, operation and
future direction. Most of the specific
remarks concerned the problem of
court facilities, the ABA Convention
to be held here in August, our contin-
uing legal education activities, the new
headquarters at the    Dallas Legal
Education   Center (the   old  Belo
Mansion), the delivery of legal services
and pro bono/reduced fee panels, and
public relations.

   Although these comments, criti-
cisms and   requests for committee
assignments were made by less than
15% of our members, they are helpful
to me and to the other officers and
directors. This report includes a fair
representation of the different remarks
made    about  each   matter.  Also
included  are  most of the    more
provocative or imaginative statements
or criticisms (even though I feel some
of these opinions would not be shared
by  most members). The different
subjects are - with the exception of
the delivery of legal services and the
pro bono/reduced fee panels (which
 will be discussed in a separate news-
letter) - arranged roughly in order of
the total number of specific remarks
and committee assignment requests
made concerning each matter.
   After you read this, I urge you to
write to me or to one of the other
officers or directors, or to any of the
committee chairmen - their names
were printed in the January 1 News-
letter - to agree or disagree with any
of the following remarks, or to make
your own comments, criticisms or
suggestions about the 1979 activities
of the Dallas Bar Association, so we
can know what you think the Dallas
Bar should or should not be doing.
   Court Facilities: Specific comments
concerned the new Criminal Justice
Center, the renovation of existing
facilities (including Old Red), and
the need for a comprehensive, long-
range plan for civil and criminal
court facilities. One attorney com-

      ... the highest priority should
be placed upon what might be called
Courthouse Facilities . . . Since that
time (the county bond election) we
have learned that the Old Courthouse
probably is not suitable for the Family
Law Center indicated in the bond
issue and while the Criminal Justice
facility is apparently having an in-
crease in the jail population so as to
move it all into one location, the
other vital portions of the Criminal
Justice Center are being trimmed
down to the point of almost non-
existence. While other land purchases
have been made, there does not seem
to be any really cohi,; ,anttifr dindpr
looking planning being done by the
county with regard to housing its
courts and the personnel who must
be employed to run those courts ...

Other comments included: Establish
Family Law Center on 2nd floor of
the Dallas County Government Center,
with escalator and 'Work on the
best utilization of available space in
the Courthouse, including the pro-
viding of one court room for each
   ABA Convention: In addition to
the    numerous      requests   for
assignments  to   this  Committee,
comments suggested the use of the
ABA Convention to improve the pub-
lic image of lawyers in Dallas, and
planning  in  advance for foreign
visitors, and  good  solid  enter-
   Continuing Legal Education: Spe-
cific suggestions concerned the needs

                                              (Continued on Page 3)

Courthouse Committee: Noon Wednesday, January 17 - Room A
Legal Aid & Services Committee: Noon Monday, January 22 - Room A
Probate Section: Noon Tuesday, January 30 - Main Dining Room
Unauthorized Practice Committee: Noon Thursday, January 18 - Room A

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