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7 Or. St. B. Bull. 1 (1946-1947)

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No. 1

ON MANY ISSUES'                     HEADS STATE BAR

International and domestic problems,
some of which provoked battles on the
floor, occupied the attention of Oregon
State Bar at its twelfth annual meeting
at Eugene in September, a meeting that
drew an attendance of more than 600 and
that heard speakers of national reputation
on important issues.
Among the outstanding acts of the con-
vention were:
It adopted resolutions calling for the in-
crease in pay of the circuit and supreme
court judges.
It invited the American Bar association
to Oregon in 1947.
It dropped the proposal to consolidate
law schools of the state and by a tie vote
refused authority even to make further
study of the matter.
It defeated, after a determined battle
against them led by Justice James T.
Brand of the supreme court, proposals to
change the state constitution and the state
law so as to curtail the powers of the su-
preme court.
It declared that the state now has suf-
ficient judges for its needs but a battle
was averted when recommendations of a
committee to consolidate and abolish judi-
cial districts on the ground of insufficient
business were tabled.
It branded the Portland parole system
as improper and smacking of peonage,
called for its abolition and recommended
the establishment of a city farm for the
rehabilitation of prisoners.
It approved a schedule of minimum fees
and directed the board of governors to
have studies made in connection with fees
in certain kinds of litigation.
It eliminated the necessity hereafter of
raising funds to finance the music and other
entertainment at the convention and di-
rected the establishment of a $5 registra-
tion fee to cover these costs.
And it heard such speakers as Justice
Wiley B. Rutledge of the supreme court of
the United States, Senator Wayne Morse,
George E. Brand, president of the Amer-
ican Judicature society, Major Robert M.
Kerr and R. M. Alton, chairman of the
trust section of the American Bankers as-
sociation, on subjects ranging from inter-
national peace to problems of the individual
One of the sidelights of the convention
was the presentation to officers of the bar,
the committee in charge and the faculty
of the Oregon State Bar School of Review
of certificates of appreciation signed by
all of the students of the first course.
The presentation was made by Ashley
Green, who, as one of the students, ex-
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Members of the Oregon State Bar:
At the outset, I want to pay tribute to
my fellow-members of your Board of Gov-
ernors. They have given their time and
efforts during the past year without stint
to the promotion of your interests. They
have been most faithful in attendance at
Board meetings, and are as fine and loyal a
group of men as it has ever been my priv-
ilege to know. I am sure that I speak for
them when I commend the chairmen and
members of the various committees for
their work this past year.
You have already had occasion to act
upon their reports. In the aggregate these
reports represent many hours of thought,
iesearch and discussion. They represent
much more than merely a concern for the
welfare of the profession. They disclose
that unselfish interest in the practical ad-

President          Vice President
ministration of justice and concern for the
public welfare and the protection of the
rights of the under-privileged, which have
become traditional hallmarks of the pro-
fession. Without the work of these com-
mittees our organization could make little
progress. We have received the fullest co-
operation from the judges,-both federal
and state-as well as the deans and facul-
ties of the three law schools. This has
contributed much to the furtherance of
our post-war program.
Our most important problem, following
the end of the war, has been that of re-
conversion-replacement of returning vet-
erans and the preparation for active prac-
tice of those whose careers were inter-
rupted by the war. This work has been
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Hugh L. Barzee, past president of Mult-
nomah Bar association and a United States
marine in world war I, was elected presi-
dent of Oregon State Bar and installed at
its concluding session at the Eugene con-
vention, succeeding James T. Donald of
Baker, also a world war I veteran.
Bryan Goodenough of Salem, supreme
court reporter and code commissioner, was
elected  vice-president, while  Secretary
Frederick M. Sercombe and Arthur H.
Lewis, both of Portland, were re-elected
secretary and treasurer respectively.
At the same meeting of the board, the
new members were sworn in: Warren A.
McMinimee, Tillamook; Sam Van Vactor,
The Dalles; Walter H. Evans, Jr., Portland
and Joseph A. McKeown, Coos Bay.
Members who retired at the convention
were John L. Foote, St. Helens; James T.
Donald, Baker; Will H. Masters, Portland,
and James B. Bedingfield, Coos Bay.
The board adopted a resolution express-
ing its appreciation for the services of the
retiring members.
The finance committee for the year will
consist of John Ebinger, chairman; Bryan
Goodenough, Robert Boyd, and Warren Me-
The new president of the state bar was
born in Drain, Or., September 3, 1898, and
was educated in Oregon and Montana,
graduated from Washington high school,
Portland, and for a time attended Reed
college until his studies were interrupted
by the first world war.
Returning to Portland, he attended the
Northwestern College of Law while he
was working for the Union Oil company
for which he was credit manager in charge
of its credit affairs in Oregon and South-
ern Washington. He was graduated in
1928 and immediately began the practice
of law. He is a member of Delta Theta
Phi law fraternity and for many years has
been active in the affairs of the Multno-
mah Bar association and been chairman of
its comnittees on golfing and golf tourna-
Goodenough was born at Astoria, Or.,
March 5, 1896, and obtained his early edu-
cation in Salem and graduated from Wil-
lamette University and its law school in
1926, being admitted to the bar the same
year. He has worked with the state su-
preme court since 1923. He is a member of
the American Bar association, Oregon
State Bar, and the Marion County Bar
Tribute to the service rendered by Pres-
ident Donald was paid at a dinner held in
the Eugene hotel which was attended by
past and present members of the board of

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