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2 Or. St. B. Bull. 1 (1941-1942)

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Vet1. 1i                OCTOBE,, 1941                No. 1

A. K. McMahan, Albany, was elected
president of the Oregon State Bar for the
year 1941-2 at the meeting of the board of
governors in Portland September 17, the
lay prior to the opening of the annual
meeting. J. J. Crossley, Portland, was elec-
ted vice-president.
The board re-elected F. M. Sercombe,
secretary since the organization of the in-
tegrated bar in 1935, to this position and
also renamed Arthur H. Lewis to his posi-
tion as treasurer.
The finance committee named to serve
for the new bar year included Carlton L.
Pepper, The Dalles, chairman, and Bruce
Spaulding, Dallas, and Charles R. Spack-
man, Jr., Portland.
The board meeting terminated the terms
of office of George M. Roberts, Medford,
retiring president of the state bar; Robert
D. Lytle, Vale, and    Lieutenant-Colonel
Lamar Tooze, Portland.
The newly elected members of the board,
including the three from the new first con-
gressional district, John  L. Foote, St.
Helens; Francis E. Marsh, McMinnville, and
Spaulding, attended the meeting. The other
new members are: second district, John F.
Kilkenny, Pendleton; third district, Spack-
man, and fourth district 0. J. Frohnmayer,
Medford, all of whom were present.
The board considered the matter of Sena-
tor  Bone's  proposed  congressional act
which would create a new federal 11th cri-
cult court of appeals and carried this mat-
ter over the floor of the annual meeting
through the report of a special committee.
.nhn F. Reilly, Ralph King and C. A. Hart
were named to this committee.
A number of routine matters were be-
fore the board during the day's sessions
which were held in the law library of the
Multnomah courthouse.
After luncheon at the Multnomah club,
where thb present and new members of the
board were joined by a number who have
served in prior years, the afternoon session
opened with the newly elected members
taking the oath of office and the three from
district number one selected their terms
of office by lot. As a result of this draw-
ing, Marsh will serve one year, Foote two
years and Spaulding three years.
Other holdover members of the board
who were present were Gunther F. Krause,
Portland; William G. East, Eugene, and
Herbert P. Welch, Lakeview.
The day's session was concluded with the
president's dinner, at which time Roberts
was host to board members, officers and
others at the University club.

Albany, Oregon.
To The Oregon State Bar:
The lawyers of this state have done me
tile honor, through election by the board
of governors, of naming me president of
the Oregon State Bar for the year 1941-42.
I recognize and accept this as a grave re-
sponsibility considering the times and con-
ditions under which we are living. No one
man, no small group of men, can or should
be the Oregon State Bar, but, rather the
Oregon State Bar should and must be the
agency through which all of the lawyers
of the state serve the public, their profes-
sion and themselves.
It shall be my ambition to carry forward
the traditions and high standards estab-
lished and maintained by those who have
preceded me in my present office. I urge
upon all lawyers to accept their full quota
of responsibility through service on com-
mittee or otherwise to the end that my
term of office may culminate not in any
personal tribute to me, but rather in ac-
knowledged achievement of the bar of the
state as a whole.
The seventh annual meeting of the Ore-
gon State Bar was featured by three most
unusual addresses-in one of which a ca-
pacity audience heard Justice Sidney Alex-
ander Smith of the supreme court of British
Columbia unfold a most entrancing recital
of The War at Sea; heard Judge Charles
H. Paul of Seattle deliver a critical survey
of The Supreme Court of the United States
and National Policies, and E. B. Mac-
Naughton, president of the First National
Bank, Portland, delve into political, social
and legal philosophy in discussing, Clients'
Confusion; the Counsellor's Challenge.
Mr. Justice Smith departed far from the
usual legal basis for his address and to
many who heard him there was great won-
der at what, for the lack of a better de-
scription, was called dual personality.
He is a noted Canadian barrister and a
leading admiralty lawyer and so recognized
throughout the dominion for years, although
now on the appellate bench, but when he
spoke before the Oregon bar be spoke as
an officer in the royal navy and hardly
once, even by reference, did he touch the
legal profession.
He spoke, for the most part, off the rec-
ord, but it was the address of a man who
as a boy of 14 left his home in Aberdeen,
Scotland, to serve his apprenticeship at sea,
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One of the most successful annual meet-
ings ever held by the Oregon State Bar
was concluded in Portland with the annual
dinner and (lance on the night of September
19. The program, streamlined to two (lays,
September 18 and 19, saw one of the larg-
est group of lawyers to attend an annual
meeting in recent years kept actively en-
gaged as business was transacted with dis-
The early publication and distribution of
committee reports and prior regional meet-
ings contributed to making it possible to
reduce the annual meeting to a two day
A highlight of the meeting was the series
of talks arranged by the committee, which
are otherwise reported in this edition of the
Bulletin, and an event of unusual enjoy-
ment was the law school alumni luncheon
held on Friday noon with Robert T. Mautz
as toastmaster.
From the time that President Roberts
opened the seventh annual meeting on the
morning of the 17th at the Multnomah hotel
in Portland, where all sessions were held,
until the final rap of the gavel in the hands
of Robert D. Lytle, Vale, toastmaster at the
annual dinner, the 600 lawyers who at-
tended were unanimous that the meeting
was of exceptional interest.
At the opening session the invocation
was delivered by Reverend William Lind-
say Killian of the Mizpah Prcsbyterian
church, Portland, after which Mayor Earl
Riley of Portland voiced the official wel-
come of the city. Mayor Riley took advan-
tage of the situation to pledge to the bar
of the state the aid of the city of Portland
in obtaining the meeting of the American
Bar association here in 1943, as well as
pledging the municipality to every effort
in cooperating with the bar in the entertain-
ment of the visitors at the convention.
After F. M. Sercombe, Portland, secre-
tary, had delivered his report, the conven-
tion began action of committee reports. Ac-
tion on these reports is being otherwise
covered in this issue of the Bulletin by the
When Justice Hall S. Lusk of the supreme
court reported on the American Bar asso-
ciation committee on improvement of judi-
cial administration, there was evidence of
fireworks when the report showed that the
ABA committee had sponsored legislation
at the last session of the Oregon legisla-
ture without authority of the state bar.
Debate from the floor was limited on
this point, but it was quickly resolved that
the Oregon State Bar resented the Ameri-
can Bar association submitting ,ny pro-
posed legislation to the state assembly
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