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40 J. Kan. B. Ass'n 2 (1971)

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IN THIS, the last issue of the Bar
Journal for which I will provide
a message from   the President, I
want to suggest to the membership
a change in procedure for the
election of officers of the Associa-
tion. At the outset I want to make
it clear that the views I am about
to express are entirely my own. I
have neither sought nor obtained
support for them. I also wish to acknowledge that I have been one of the
principal beneficiaries of the very system that I propose be changed. I
want especially to make it clear that my proposal does not imply any
criticism or lack of confidence in the men I expect to be officers of the
Association at the time of this publication. Neither does it imply that we
have had bad administrations in the Bar Association prior to my time
of service.
My desire to change the system is motivated by two considerations
only: first, the belief that the Bar Association has an obligation to adhere
to the best traditions of democracy in selecting its officers; and second,
the general assembly or annual business meeting ought to be more than
a formal convening of the membership simply to ratify the report of a
nominating committee.
What I propose is quite simple: Appropriate changes should be made
in the Charter and By-Laws of the Association to provide that the nomi-
nating committee must nominate at least two but not more than three
candidates for each of the offices of President-Elect, Vice-President, and
Secretary-Treasurer and that not more than one candidate for each office
shall be a member of the Executive Council at the time of his nomination.
In all other respects, I believe that existing election procedures should
be retained. Specifically, I am convinced that the President-Elect should
automatically be elevated to President; he needs a year of close association
with the President to get acquainted with his responsibilities and decide
what activities and programs he will continue and how he will administer
them; I believe the membership should have the right, as it now has, to
nominate additional candidates from the floor in the general assembly;
the present method of selecting a nominating committee is sound, but it
is based in part upon tradition and the current practice of requesting


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