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12 Or. St. B. Bull. 1 (1951-1952)

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VOL, XII.   OCTOBER, 1951  No. 1


Examination of applicants for admission
to the Oregon bar upon the canons of legal
ethics was urged by Judge E. K. Oppen-
heimer, Portland, retiring president of the
state bar in his annual report at the Board
of Governor's luncheon on Saturday of the
convention week.
The luncheon for the board was an in-
novation this year and provided an oppor-
tunity to formally introduce new members
to the bar and to present the officers
elected for the coming year.
President Oppenheimer paid tribute to
the members of the board who served with
him during the past year and to those who
worked on committees, and to others who
performed special services during the year.
The retiring president discussed with the
bar the many national organizations com-
ing into prominence in the bar's work and
in which the state bar is asked to partici-
pate. In this connection he listed eight
national meetings in which the state bar
has been invited or has attended.
We should always carry in mind, he
said, the needs of the Oregon State Bar
for outside assistance and to what extent
national or over-all programs should be
followed. Merely falling in line for sake of
regimentation, or uniformity alone and
thereby gradually surrendering under the
head of 'laudable purposes' and good inten-
tions or self-control and autonomy may
eventually smother our individualism and
our right to be the master of our own
activities and destinies.
There can be no debate but that every
lawyer, and everyone seeking to become a
lawyer, should possess throughout, a sound
moral basis, Judge Oppenheimer said.
We cannot afford to treat this objective
in a casual or off-hand manner. With the
approval of our supreme court, the board
of bar examiners can and should examine
applicants for the bar upon the canons of
legal ethics. Members should be added to
the board of bar examiners whose exclusive
duties should be to determine from a de-
tailed check the moral basis and fibre of
all applicants.
Judge Oppenheimer ties in this latter
suggestion with tile problem of discipline
and the work of the grievance committee.
He suggested that the board should have
the power to administer a reprimand in
cases which do not warrant disbarment or
He praised the cooperation between the
judges of the state and the committee on
judicial administration in their effort to
improve the crowded docket situation with-
out adversely effecting the administration
of justice. The legislative branch, he de-
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Prompt dispatch of business, a highly
successful continuing legal education series,
interesting luncheon and dinner speakers
and informal and formal entertainment
features of wide variety marked the 17th
annual meeting of the Oregon State Bar
at Gearhart September 26 to 29.
Judge E. K. Oppenheimer, Portland,
president of the bar presided at the open-
ing business session on Thursday morning
and turned the meeting over to A. C.
Goodrich, Bend, vice-president, who pre-
sided. Rev. C. Corwin Calavan, Portland,
gave the invocation after which Lee W.
Karr, secretary, gave his annual report.
The report this year was a combined one
(page 7, Committee Reports) and included
the report of the board of governors as well
as the secretary. Active members of the
state bar, the report showed, continues at
a fairly level figure with some 20 less to-
day than in 1939 and only 60 more than
in 1941.
Statistics were presented in the report
on grievance matters and the secretary
stated that the Oregon problem in this
respect is about average for the country at
large. Increased activity by the bar and
increased costs have added much to the ex-
pense of operating the integrated bar, but
the report of the secretary and the treas-
urer, F. C. Howell, disclosed that the bar
was operating In the black.
The convention this year, because of a
drop in attendance on the last two days
during the severe rain and wind storm, had
a few less in attendance than last year,
although the first day's registration was
heavier. Approximately 500 registered.
Willard C. Schwenn, Hillsboro, member
of the board of governors, presented the
board's sugiested amendment to Article
XII of the by-laws of the bar with refer-
ence to the election of delegates to the
house of delegates of the American Bar
association. The amendment would have
permitted the board of governors to name
the bar delegate.
Discussion from the floor Indicated that
it was feared this would concentrate addi-
tional power in the board, and that the
board could always call upon the delegate
for advice and briefing upon the attitude of
the ABA without being a member of the
board Itself. The proposed amendment was
William L. Dickson, Portland, presented
the report for the board of bar examiners,
which is discussed and printed in another
column of this issue of the Bulletin.
The three recommendations contained
in the report of the committee on criminal
law and procedure (page 12, Committee
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Paul E. Geddes, Roseburg, was elected
president of the Oregon State Bar at an
adjourned meeting of the board of gover-
nors at Gearhart September 29. The hoard
held its regular business session on Wednes-
day, but continued the election until Satur-
day morning.
Gordon Sloan, Astoria, was elected vice-
president. Both Geddes and Sloan are
serving their third year on the board of
governors. Other officers elected were Lee
W. Karr, Portland, reelected secretary, and
Malcolm Clark, also of Portland, treasurer.
The election of officers was the last of-
ficial act of the four retiring members of
the board who concluded their three years
of service to the bar of the state. They
were Willard C. Schwenn, Hillsboro; A. C.
Goodrich, Bend, retiring vice-president; E.
K. Oppenheimer, Portland, retiring presi-
dent, and William M. McAllister, Medford.
Holdover members of the board are
Sloan, Blaine McCord, Woodburn; Richard
E. Kriesien, Portland and Burns; John H.
Mohr, Hood River; Thomas H. Tongue III,
Portland; Geddes and Frank B. Reid, Eu-
gene. The newly elected members of the
board who took office on Saturday were
Glenn R. Jack, Oregon City; Paul P. Far-
rens, Klamath Falls; Carl A. Dahl, Port-
land, and William E. Walsh, Coos Bay.
After completing most of the agenda on
Wednesday, the board met Friday morn-
ing with Chief Justice James T. Brand who
outlined the method of handling cases and
review by the supreme court. The chief
justice suggested that an active working
committee be appointed to cooperate with
the court on a revision of rules for appel-
late procedure. The board favored the
suggestion and the committee, it was de-
cided, will be named at the November
meeting of the board.
Herbert P. Welch, Lakeview, a former
member of the board, addressed a letter to
the board stating that the holding of the
annual meeting each year at Gearhart
worked a material hardship on lawyers
from southern and eastern Oregon. The
letter was referred to the committee which
will be named to fix the time and place
for the 1952 meeting.
The board allotted $25 to the legal aid
committee for the printing of forms to be
used by the bar in connection with the new
non-support act passed by the last session
of the legislature.
The set of Barren & Holtzoff's Federal
Practice and Procedure, donated by the
West Publishing company, was awarded by
the board to Herbert C. Hardy, Portland,
as an award of merit in recognition of his
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