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1971 NSBA Newsl. [i] (1971)

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NEWSLETTER

February, 1971

THE PRESIDENT'S COLUMN
A bill has been introduced to abolish the
Merit Plan for the selection of judges. The
Association will welcome any amendments
which will strengthen the system, including
suggestions from our members. However, the
Merit Plan has worked and resulted in the
appointment of judges. We should be pre-
pared to resist its outright repeal. We
will keep you informed on this and ask that
you be prepared to write, telephone or see
your Senator on this vital matter when we
contact you.
The Committee lists have been prepared
and mailed out. We processed over 425 post-
card responses of members requesting Com-
mittee assignments. It was a big job and we
did our best. Our apologies to those who did
not receive an assignment. There were too
many requests for some committees - however
all requests will remain on file in the
Executive Director's office. All Committees
and Sections are urged to start work im-
mediately.
Our legislative program is in the able
hands of Julian Herb Hopkins, Chairman of
the Legislative Committee and Ed Carter, Jr.,
Legislative Representative. Contact either
one of them on legislative problems. Ed is
attending all meetings of the Judiciary Com-
mittee on behalf of the Association.
Your comments on the work and program of
the Association will be appreciated and will
receive careful and respectful consiaeration
and a prompt acknowledgement.
As a reminder to older members and for the
information of younger members, I want to
quote the following tribute to the legal pro-
fession, taken from the Last Will and Testa-
ment of Daniel Gross, deceased, who was a
prominent practicing lawyer in Omaha:
In this connection while it has nothing
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Lincoln, Nebraska

NEW COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN LISTED INSIDE
It's taken a little longer this year, due
to the care taken to follow the spirit of
reorganization of our State Bar as completely
as possible. But committee chairmen and mem-
bers have now been named as required in our
new Rules and ByLaws.
The committee lists are too long to permit
their inclusion in the NEWSLETTER, but we
did feel you would like to have a current
list of committee chairmen and vice-chairmen.
We've included addresses and telephone num-
bers in the hope you will take advantage of
your right to express yourself to these com-
mittees when you feel this to be desirable.
LA  COFPIEX NEDS YOUR HELP
Dick Wilson, chairman of the Special Com-
mittee on a Law Complex Building, urges all
members of our State Association to get in
touch with their State Senator and impress
him with the need for this new facility at
the University of Nebraska.
The Law Complex facility is not in the
current University Budget presented to the
Legislature, Dick points out, but interested
and cooperating Senators have introduced
LB 405,which authorizes the Board of Regents
to enter into a contract to construct a new
building to house the College of Law at the
Unviersity of Nebraska.
The present Law Building was constructed
in 1912 and was termed inadequate for in-
struction as long ago as 1926. In terms of
current needs, both teaching space and the
Law Library are grossly inadequate for the
type of instruction needed if the College
of Law is to continue to supply the lawyers
needed over the State, Dick said.
Passage of LB 405 would insure continued
vigorous legal profession in the State.
Your support and cooperation are needed now.

THE  NEBRASKA

ST A TE  BA R

AS SOC I A TIO N

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