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8 Or. St. B. Bull. 1 (1947-1948)

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VOL. VIII.  OCTOBER, 1947  No. 1


F. M. Sercombe, secretary of the Oregon
State Bar, reported to the Board of Gov-
ernors at their meeting on October 17, on
his attendance at the annual meeting of
the American Bar Association in Cleve-
land, September 21 to 26. Sercrnbe repre-
sents the state bar in the House of Dele-
gates and serves with Robert F. Maguire,
state delegate, and Sidney Teiser, chairman
and delegate from the section on Corpora-
tion, Banking and Mercantile Law.
The secretary brought back several sug-
gestions which he passed on to the board
for its consideration, and called attention
to the fact that the 1948 convention will
be held in Seattle beginning September 7.
A large number of delegates to this meet-
ing are expected to pass through Portland
enroute to this meeting or on their way
The secretary's report follows:
As representative of the Oregon State
Bar in the House of Delegates of the Amer-
ican Bar association, I attended the recent
meeting of the Association at Cleveland,
Ohio, from September 21 to and including
September 26. The State of Oregon was
represented by its full complement in the
House of Delegates, the other two members
being Robert F. Maguire, state delegate,
and Sidney Teiser, chairman and delegate
from the Section of Corporation, Banking
and Mercantile Law.
On the 21st I attended the annual con-
ference of bar association secretaries. Sec-
retaries from 23 state bar associations were
present, as well as many secretaries from
local bar associations. Most of the confer-
ence was devoted to general round table
discussion regarding the programs and ac-
complishments of the various associations.
It was interesting to note that several sec-
retaries spoke quite proudly of certain ac-
complishments which we in Oregon have
considered as merely routine; and my gen-
eral conclusion was that Oregon ranks well
up with the most progressive bar associa-
The Chairman of the Committee on
American Citizenship appeared before the
conference to tell about the Freedom
Train now touring the country, and asking
for the cooperation of all state bar associa-
tions in observing its arrival in their states
with fitting ceremony. It appears, how-
ever, that it will be a year or more before
such train reaches Oregon.
In the field of legal aid, concerning
which there was much discussion, it de-
veloped that our setup in Portland con-
forms to the most advanced procedure, ex-
cept perhaps for a satisfactory reference
service. It is true that our Legal Aid Bu-
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Alfred Harsch, professor of law at the
University of Washington law school, will
give a series of three two-hour lectures on
Community Property Law at the Women's
club auditorium, 1220 S. W. Taylor street,
in Portland November 6, 13 and 20, accord-
ing to announcement by James Landye,
president of the Multnomah Bar associa-
The lecture series is under the sponsor-
ship of the Multnomah bar, and follows
popular demand by lawyers after Professor
Harsch spoke on this subject at the annual
meeting of the Oregon State Bar in Sep-
tember. His address as delivered at that
time was extracted in the September issue
of the Bulletin.
The president of the Multnomah associa-
tion reports that the response to a ques-
tionnaire sent to lawyers of the county was
in excess of the anticipated number and as
a result the cost of the three sessions has
been reduced to $8. Checks payable to the
Multnomah Bar Lecture Course should be
sent to Bartlett J. Cole, 610 Mead building,
Portland 4, by all those who expect to at-
The $8 for the series, Landye said, will
provide sufficient funds to have the lec-
tures transcribed and printed. Printed cop-
ies, however, will only be distributed to
those who have paid the fee for the course.
The course is open to all lawyers in the
state, Landyc announces and It is expected
that many from various parts of Oregon
will attend.
Professor Harsch received his BA and
LLB degrees from the University of Wash-
ington and his LLM from Columbia univer-
sity. He has been a member of the Wash-
ington bar since 1928, and has served as tax
counsel for the Washington tax commis-
sion and as tax adviser to the governor of
One of the features of his talk before the
annual meeting of the Oregon bar was his
incident method of illustrating important
features of the law and his analysis of the
statutes and interpretations by the courts
in the several community property states.
A special meeting of the Multnomah
Bar association has been called by James
Landye, president, for noon Monday,
November 3, at the Heathman hotel.
The meeting has been called to consider
an opinion of the Portland city attorney
that the city's license code is applicable
to lawyers practicing in the city. The
opinion was in reply to an inquiry ad-
dressed to the city attorney by the
license inspector.

The appointment of committee members
to serve the Oregon State Bar during the
current year occupied most of the time of
the Board of Governors at their first post-
convention meeting in Portland October 17
and 18.
The board took up the suggestion of Da-
vid S. Pattullo that a taxation refresher
course be conducted under the sponsorship
of the Oregon State Bar School of Review.
Based upon the report of Walter H. Evans
Jr., the board approved the suggestion and
decided that the review courses would be
held in Portland and In other cities of the
state as determined by the school of re-
view committee.
The Board also took cognizance of the
.convention's idea of a permanent lawyer's
placement committee to work with the of-
fice of the secretary of the state bar, and
it is expected that this committee will be
announced at the November meeting of the
Letters will go out to presidents of local
bar associations relative to the proposal
that group insurance, now in operation
among the majority of lawyers in Mult-
nomah county, be extended to cover the en-
tire state. The board decided that it would
cooperate in this proposal on a local basis
if there is sufficient interest.
President W. W. Balderree was author-
ized to appoint a committe to have charge
of the 1948 convention and designate the
time and place. This committee will be ap-
pointed at the November meeting.
Recommendations of the annual conven-
tion in adopting the reports of the probate
law and procedure and procedure and prac-
tice committees were referred to these
committees for the drafting of appropriate
legislation to be introduced at the next ses-
sion of the state legislature.
The board voted to discontinue .the com-
mittee on American Law Institute, and
considerable discussion was had relative to
the creation of two new committees, one on
labor law and the other on community
property law. Further consideration will
be given to the suggestion that these two
committees be added at the next meeting.
Committee assignments as agreed upon
at the October meeting were as follows:
Administrative Law:-Hugh Smith, chairman,
Eugene; Lofton L. Tatum, vice-chairman, Port-
land; A. S. Grant, Baker; R. B. Maxwell,
Klamath Falls; R. R. Morris, Portland Jus-
tice George Rossman Salem; F. Brock Miller,
Portland- Jerome Blschoff, Portland- Murray
Agate, E:ugene; Francis Harrington, iortland.
Aeronautical Law:-C. E. McCarty, chairman,
Portland; J. J. Coughlin, vice-chairman, Port-
land; Irving C. Allen Seaside, H V Johnson,
Eugene; A. L, Lewelling Salem: William E,
Welsh, Coos Bay; John b. Ebinger, Klamath
Falls; Wesley A. Franklin Portland; John R.
Collier, Portland.
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