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7 Hennepin Law. 1 (1938-1939)

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EVERY TUESDAY
THE HENNEPIN LAWYER
Published by Henn.epin County Bar Association
VOLUME 7                     MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, SEPTEMBER 1938              NUMBER I

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Junior Bar                        Judicial Council
Studies Practice
Organization                      Reforms
During the spring and summer
C   om    pleted                |rmonths, a    committee of the Min-
nesota Judicial Council headed by
The Junior Bar Section of the Hon. Albert H. Enersen, has held
Hennepin County Bar Association weekly meetings, at which it has
is about to organize as a perma- been assisted by a committee ap-
nent and constructive unit in Bar pointed by the State Bar Associa-
Association activity. Officers dur- tion and headed by Lee B. Byard,
ing the following year are: Frank for the purpose of discussing
W. Plant, chairman; Harold Fred- many matters of practice and pro-
rickson, vice-chairman, and Maur- cedure of vital importance to the
ice Scroggins, secretary-treasurer, practicing lawyer. It is expected
Skeleton by-laws are in prep- that the Council's firstreport will
oration by a committee, and will be submitted to the governor be-
be presented  to the Executive fore January 1, 1939, for his study
Council of the Bar Association for and will be transmitted to the
approval and adoption. It is an- legislature for attention at its
ticipated that the most important 1939 session.
question  to  be  determined  in   The first major project under
enacting by-laws is that of the consideration  is  an  exhaustive
age i-itatioh t be played upon study of the rules and laws per-
membership in this Section. In taining to practice and procedure
this connection the same limita- in the state courts. It is contem-
tion  as that prevailing  in the plated that the council will recom-
American Bar Association Junior mend a complete rearrangement
Bar, namely 35 years, has found and modernization of the present
the greatest favor. Besides the rules, probably patterned after the
age requirement, the only other new   Federal Code of Civil Pro-
prerequisite  for membership in cedure   which   became   effective
the Section will be membership in September 16, 1938. Maynard E.
the Hennepin County Bar Associa- Pirsig of the University of Min-
tion.                            nesota Law School is at present
Junior Bar Sections of the kind engaged in preparing a tentative
and character here proposed are draft of the proposed Code to be
a comparatively recent develop- submitted to the full membership
ment in bar association activity of the Council with a recommen-,
throughout the United States, and datin that it be included in the
the present group sees a real and repIrt to the governor.
practical need for such an organ-  The     importance .of this report
ization in this community.       to the practicing lawyer is appar-
ent when one considers that it
It is the aim of the Section to deals with such matters as:
have bi-weekly luncheon meetings,  1   rt
at which times speakers of ex-     1. Greater liberality in the join-
perience will address the group der of claims and parties.      -
on problems vital to younger law-  2. The adoption of discovery be-
yers.                            fore trial.
.. ..      .   .    I. Pro-trial hearing or examine-
In addition to the foregoing, it  3
is anticipated that the Junior Bar  continued on page .3, column 5
Section can render invaluable as-         -
sistance to the parent organiza-
tion by aiding in placement of Hemperlev Cites
younger lawyers, by assisting in       r    ,
some measure the Committee on Changes
New Members, and by stimulating C      n   s
the interest c4 younger lawyers in Rules
all of the details of bar associa-
tion effort in general, with special  George H. Hemperly announced
reference to directing the young- that with the opening of the fall
er lawyer toward that particular term  of court over 3000 cases
sphere of bar association activity have been placed upon the calen-
for which he is most adapted by dar for trial, and before the term
his personal inclination and ability, ends the total will probably ap-
The Junior Bar Section will proach 5000.
have its next regular meeting at   Mr. Hemperly also wishes to
12:15 p. in., on Thursday, Septem- call attention to the new rules of
ber 29 at the Trio Eat Shop. Ten- court adopted for Hennepin Coun-
ative  arrangements  have   been ty affecting the resetting of cases,
made to secure Mr. Justice Julius the notification to the clerk of the
Olson of the Supreme Court of names of the attorneys trying
Minnesota as speaker. The Bar each case, and also the notifica-
Asociation is cordially invited to tion to the assignment clerk when
attend and thereby become famil- a lawyer is engaged elsewhere.
iar with the aims and activity of The rules are mandatory on the
one of its newer Sections, The clerk and allow him no discretion
Junior Bar.                      to make any exceptions.

NEW SECTION MAKES
P 1 ANS FOR YEAR

Administrative Law
Group Organizes
The Organization   Meeting   of
the  Section  on   Administrative
Law was heid on September 15,
1938. Stanley B. Houck, temporary
chairman, presided,
The report of the Committee on
By-Laws was tend red by Daniel
F. Foley, chairman After discus-
&ion by-laws -were di ly adopted by
the Section. These by-laws are, of
course, subject to approval by the
Executive Council of the Associa-
tion, but in their present form
they declare, inter alia, that the
purpose of the Se,2tion is, to ad-
vance the study of administrative
law; that membership in the Sec-
tibn is open to all i~embers of the
Association or of the Law Faculty
at the University; and that the
Section shall be governed by a
board of directors coni.ting of
its three officers, the chairman,
vice chairman, and secretary, who
are elected for a term of one year.
The report of the     Program
Committee was presented by Wal-
ter H. Newton, chairman, and ap-
proved and adopted by the Sec-
tion. The - program  contemplates
the taking over by the Section of

Luncheop
Meetings to
Start Tuesday
The regular Tuesday luncheons
of the association begin Septem-
ber 28 with an address by Mr.
Spear of Duluth, president of the
State Bar association. Mr. Spear
will discuss bar activities and
plans for the coming year. The
luncheon will be held as last year
in the Donaldson Grill at 12:15.
The following Tuesday, October
4, Win. W. Watson will speak
on the subject, Jiu Jutsu in a
China  Shop. Mr. Watof    will
give his observations on the prob-
lems of the Far East, as gathered
from   mans   Yrs residence in
China.
Mr. Herbert W. Estrem, chair-
man of the Program Committee,
announces   that  a  schedule  of
Confinued on page 4, column 4
Local Members
On American
Bar Committees

certain meetings of the Associa-    A number of members of the
tion to be devoted to administra- Hennepin County Bar' Association
five law  subjects of interest  .t  tended the annual meeting of
the general bar; the support of the    American   Bar   Association
courses on administrative lat to held at Cleveland, Ohio, July 29-
be given through University fa- 29. They report that the meeting
cilities during the coming year by was  eminently  successful' and
Stanley B. Houck in the first worth while. The large nunter of
semester and Professor Edward G. lawyers who attended not only
Jennings in the second semester; heard discussions of various legal
semi-monthly   meetings  of  the matters by    national authorities
Section devoted to lectures upon but were the recipients of the fine
and study of practice and proce- hospitality of the Cleveland Bar.
dure before and the la' as admin-   Among the speakers who dis-
istered by the various administra- cussed various phases of the law
tive  tribunals,  including  the were such    outstanding  men as
Bureau of Internal Revenue, Rail- United States Supreme Court Jus-
road and Warehouse Commission, tices Stone and Reed, Solicitor
Industrial Commission, Minnesota General Rtobert H. Jackson, Wil-
Tax Commission, Securities and liam 0. Douglas, Chairman of the
Exchange   Commission,   Federal Securities and Exchange Commis-
Trade Commission, etc.            sion, and Lord McMillan of the
It was voted that meetings of British Bench and Bar. Immedi-
the Section be held on the second ately preceding the annual conven-
and   fourth  Mondays   of  each tion   the  Institute  on  Federal
month and that the first regular Rules of Civil Procedure was held
meeting be held on October 10, at Western Reserve University.
1938.                             The sessions of this Institute were
198   folowell attended and were instruc-
The   following  ,fficers  were tive.
elected for the coming year:        Frank J. Hogan of Washington,
Chairman: Daniel P. Foley.      D. C., was elected president of
Vice Chairman: Harold W. Cox.      Cotainued on page 3, coama 4
Seretary: Harry A. Blacknun.
Members of the Association do.            TUNE IN
siring to enroll in the Section and
to be kept informed of the Sec-               WDGY
tion's meetings are urged to coin-        Sunday, Oct. 2
municate with the secretary of                1:30 P. M.
the Section.                              Associstion Pgram
QNiZE        OUR      ADVERTISE.5.1

Ten Programs
Explain Bar
Activities
Public Relations
Committee Busy
Under the chairmanship of Mr.
Leavitt R. Barker, the Public Re-
lations Committee appointed for
the ensuing  year has made a
splendid start. Through Mr. Earl
Maul of Finance and Commerce'
and the courtesy of radio station
WDGY, arrangements have been
made   to   broadcast  10  radi&
sketches, all without expense to
the  Bar   Association. Arrange-
ments for these broadcasts are in
the hands of Mr. Charles Halpern,
who, with the assistance of the
radio station, has assembled an
efficient cast.
The first broadcast took place -
Sunday, September 11 at 1:30
p. in. September 18 and October
2 have already been engaged for
the same hour, for two additional
sketches. The   remaining  seven
have not as yet been assigned a
date or hour, but unless otherwise
arranged for, will continue on
Sundays at the same hour.
The committee welcomes any
suggestion or criticism of the pro-
gram and will appreciate expres-
sions of opinion as to the best
day and hour for the broadcasts,
with the hope that if a change is
desired, satisfactory arrangements
can be made.
There  are also 17 additional
sketches available. Whether or not
the Hennepin County Bar Associa-
tion can afford to purchase and
produce these will depend upon
funds being made available for
publicity purposes.
Other matters of importance to
lawyers and laymen alike are re-
ceiving  attention  of the  Pub-
licity Committee. For example, a
subcommittee is now working up-
on organizing a group of lawyers
to handle cases that fall between
the field of Legal Aid cases and
the regular run of legal work. Le-
gel Aid cases are handled only
when the litigant has no funds
with which to pay for legal ad-
vice. But there are many meritori-
ous cases that arise where legal
rights exist, but where the liti-
gant is unable to pay a lawyer at
regular rates but is denied Legal
Aid assistance because not desti-
tute. The Public Relations Com-
mittee believes that it is the duty
of lawyers to provide a medium
through  which   litigants  under
those circumstances can have ade-
quate protection upon a basis of
paying fees adapted to the ability
of the litigant to pay.
Another   subject  before  this
Committee is. whether or not ac-
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