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13 Or. St. B. Bull. 1 (1952-1953)

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VOL. XIII.  OCTOBER, 1952  No. 1




Seven hundred and fifty-two committee
positions were filled by the board of gov-
ernors at their meeting in Portland Octo-
ber 31 and November 1. Several of the
committees to carry on the work of the
bar for the year were enlarged and a num-
ber of new ones added.
Among the latter were the bar members
of joint committees to serve with the real
estate brokers, dormant for some time;
the Oregon Medical society, the Oregon
Society of Certified Public Accountants,
the Oregon Public Accounting association
and the Oregon Land Title association.
The board also voted to change the
name of the public relations committee to
public information and education as this
was deemed more in keeping with the pro-
Another   new   committee   which  will
supervise the operation of the bar's service
function at the legislature was named by
the board. One of the duties of this group
will be the enlistment of attorneys who
will be willing to devote time to assisting
the legislature and its committees from
time to time.
In accordance with the edict of the con-
vention at Bend, a welfare committee was
named and its operation discussed during
the two-day session along with plans for
financing its work.
Although there are a number of dupli-
cations with some attorneys serving on
more than one committee, the selection
this year brings into active committee
work approximately one-third of the ac-
tive members of the bar of the state.
The committee members are.
chairman; Harry 0. Spencer, secretary; Port-
land: Murray D. Agate, Eugene: Harold T.
Johnson, Astoria; John C. Caldwell, Oregon
City; John D, Nichols, Catharine Carson Barsch.
Salem; A. S. Grant, Baker; Teunis J, Wyers
Hood River, T. Morris Dunne, Jr., J. Ric ard
Devers, William F. Lubersky, Norman E. Suth-
erland, W. F. Whitely, Allan Smith, Lofton
Tatum, Portland.
BAR EXAMINERS: 1953 term: Clarence D.
Phillips, chairman. Portland: Robert H. Foley,
Bend; George L. Ilibbard, Oregon City; 1954
term: Clarence J. Young. Portland: Sydney
Thwlng, Eugene; Frank Nash, Portland; 1955
term: Arno Denecke. Portland; Gordon W.
Sloan, Astoria; Anthony Yturrl, Ontario. Stuart
W. Hill, Portland, secretary.
CIVIL RIGHTS: John C. Beatty, Jr., chair-
man; William  P. Moshofsky, secretary, Port-
land; J. W. DeSouza, Steve Anderson, Salem;
Leland S. Duncan, Burns; Wiliam  Chnrack,
MIlIwaukle; Martin P. Gallagher, Ontario; R. W.
Nahstoll, Howard A. Rankin, George W. Friede,
C. Allan Hart, Thomas L. Gatch. Raymond Kell.
Glen McCarty, Portland.
B. Kester, chairman; Theodore D. Lachman,
secretary, Portland; George W. Neuner, Rose-
burg; Orlando John Iollis, Eugene; Seward P.
Reese, Salem: Carlton L. Pepper, The Dallcs;
Roy Klipatrick, Canyon City; M. E. Reynolds.
Astoria; Orval N. Thompson, Albany; B. D.
Isamlnger, Pendleton; Herbert C. Hardy, Allen
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The Oregon State Bar will make quali-
fied members of the legal profession avail-
able to the legislature, its committees and
individual members under a plan approved
by the board of governors at their meeting
in Portland on October 31 - November 1.
Lee W. Karr, secretary of the bar, will
act as coordinator and will, at least dur-
ing the early days of the 1953 session,
spend much of his time at Salem. The
service is not designed to in any way con-
flict with the activities of the office of
the attorney general or the statute revi-
sion council, but is intended to supplement
their services by making available com-
petent lawyers to analyze and assist in
the interpretation of proposed or pending
To implement the program and recruit
lawyers to participate in this important
public service by the bar of the state, a
new  committee was appointed by the
board to be known as the Public Service
committee and to be headed by Herbert C.
Hardy, Portland.
This program and the personnel en-
gaged in carrying it out will not be inter-
ested in the bar's program of recom-
mended legislation. This will, as in the
past, be in the hands of the legislative
committee headed by Will Masters, Port-
Tentative dates for the 1953 convention
were agreed upon by the board as either
September 17, 18 and 19 or a week earlier,
September 10, 11 and 12. Gearhart was
proposed as the place, but both the dates
and place will be subject to further con-
The board authorized letters to the Ore-
gon delegation in congress in favor of the
Ree-Keogh bill which Is commonly Inown
as the professional retirement tax exemp-
tion act. Under this bill a professional
man would be permitted certain tax ex-
emptions upon part of his income during
his most productive years to offset more
limited income in earlier and later years.
Despite the suggestion in the Sep-
tember issue of the Bulletin that those
members of the bar who did not pay regis-
tration fees or pay for the annual dinner
make prompt payment, but little response
was noted, according to Secretary Karr.
However, a number of members of the bar
who were not able to attend all of the
convention functions and who paid their
registration fees and for all functions at-
tended sent in substantial contributions to
be applied against the deficit. The board
ordered these checks to be returned to the
donors with a letter of thanks and appre-
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The action of the president of the Amer-
ican Bar association in considering a re-
quest from Governor Langlic of Washing-
ton that an ABA committee review the
case of the Wilson brothers convicted of
murder drew the fire of the house of dele-
gates when they met in San Francisco
September 15 to 19, according to F. M.
Sercombe, Portland, state bar delegate.
At the annual meeting in New York in
1951, Sercombe said, it was suggested that
the association undertake a program of in-
vestigation as to the conviction and incar-
ceration of allegedly innocent persons,
which apparently was the basis for the re-
quest and proposed action by the president.
The delegates by a vote of 72 to 69 re-
jected the request, but the president was
authorized to submit a list of names to
the governor from which he could select
as his appointees a committee to review
the conviction.
The house accepted an offer from the
University of Chicago of a tract of land
upon which to construct a headquarters
building for the association.
The delegates heard a progress report
from the committee studying communist
tactics, strategy and objectives and its
brief on this subject was reported in great
demand. The Oregon plan of a judicial
preferential ballot participated in by mem-
bers of the bar prior to appointment or
election of judges was recommended, but
it was provided that solicitation of votes
by a candidate in connection with such a
poll would be considered unethical.
Four model acts drafted by the commis-
sion on organized crime of the ABA in
cooperation with the nations :onference
of commissioners on uniform . tate laws
were  approved. They   were   the anti-
gambling act, department of justic act,
police counsel act and the state witness
immunity act.
Rule 71-a of the federal rules of civil
procedure relating to judicial discretion
as to whether a jury trial may be had in
condemnation cases and mass condemna-
tion, which has been repeatedly denounced
by the Oregon bar, was the subject of a
resolution proposed by Robert F. Maguire,
Portland, state delegate, and adopted by
the house of delegates. The resolution fol-
lows the form adopted at the Oregon con-
vention in Bend.
Referring to section meetings, Sercombe
reported that he was elected chairman of
the section on bar activities. Robert A.
Leedy, Portland, attended the conference
of bar association presidents which was
held during the week of the ABA coitven-
tion. Albert E. Jenner, Jr., Chicago, past
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