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15 Or. St. B. Bull. 1 (1954-1955)

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VOL. XV             OCTOBER, 1954           No. 1

(Note: For the convenience of the bar, page
references to the publisi ed committee reports
are given in the following article.)
By a vote of 109 to 20, lawyers attend-
ing the business session at the state con-
vention at Gearhart on Friday approved
the report of the special committee on the
Bricker amendment (Pg. 29). The com-
mittee headed by Verne Dusenbery, Port-
land, recommended that the bar oppose
the principle of the Bricker amendment,
but Carl H. Francis, Dayton, filed a minor-
ity report urging the Oregon bar to sup-
port the position taken by the house of
delegates of the American bar in support
of the amendment. The majority report
was adopted.
Dusenbery, in opening the debate, which
was spirited and extended, told the lawyers
that the committee approached the subject
without sentiment and without emotion,
and advised that Senator Bricker on Aug-
ust 5, had introduced a new proposed
amendment which was somewhat different
in language but which the committee had
not had time to study.
Justice James T. Brand supported the
majority report and F. M. Sercombe, clerk
of the supreme court, argued in support
of Francis' position that the local bar
should not repudiate the ABA stand. Hugh
L. Biggs, and others, expressed concern
that the action of the Oregon bar would
be interpreted as opposition to any amend-
ment of the constitution with reference to
the treaty making power or the authority
of the chief executive in dealing with for-
eign governments.
This latter concern was heard discussed
even after the vote had been taken, but
the adoption of the report was held by
those supporting it to be limited by its
language to the amendment as proposed
by Senator Bricker and as revised and re-
introduced in congress prior to Senator
Bricker's latest proposal.
Another report that attracted consider-
able attention was not printed as the com-
mittee was appointed too late to make a
report for publication. This was the special
committee in re habeas corpus proceed-
ings and the lack of a pauper's oath under
the Oregon statutes. The appointment of
this committee followed comment by Fed-
eral Judge Claude MeColloch on the lack
of authority for filing a petition in Oregon
by a person not able to pay the filing fee.
The report was made by W. C. Winslow,
Salem, and included a form of bill which
would provide for proceedings to be in-
stituted in the courts of Oregon in forma
pauperis and defining the procedure and
limitations with reference thereto. This
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Orval D. Yokom, John Day, serving his
third year on the board of governors, was
elected president of the Oregon State Bar
by the board at its meeting In Seaside
September 22, and took office on the final
day of the state bar convention at Gear-
hart on September 25, at the eoard of
governors luncheon at which Glenn R. Jack,
Oregon City, retiring president, made his
report upon his stewardship for the past
Other officers who will serve the bar
during the year include Thomas H. Tongue
III, Portland, vice-president; W. Elmer
Ramsey, Portland, treasurer, and John H.
Holloway, Portland, reelected secretary. At
the same time that the new officers offi-
cially took over, the four new members of
the board also assumed office. They are
William H. Dashney, McMinnville; George
H. Corey, Pendleton; Alen F. Davis, Port-
land, and Frank J. VanDyke, Medford.
At the luncheon on Saturday, at which
President Jack presided, Walter J. Cos-
grave, Portland, received the bar's award
of merit for 1954. Cosgrave, vice-chairman
of the committee on public service, received
the award for his work on this committee
as well as his untiring effort in directing
the annual tent show, the concluding fun
feature of the annual meeting, for the past
three years.
Looking back of the three years, Presi-
dent Jack said In his report, it has been
a marvelous experience for which I always
will be grateful, and while there have been
long hours of work, speaking personally, it
has been a service that I have loved.
In reviewing the events of the past year,
we consider the most important first, and
of course, in this case, for the first time
in our history, the most important events
were the tragedies. You will recall the sud-
den death of our very able secretary. He
was ranked as one of the outstanding
secretaries of any state bar. The loss of
Lee Karr was a tremendous one.
Following Lee's death, the senior class
of the board lost one of our most able men
in the sudden and untimely death of Paul
Farrens. He was a source of wisdom and
good advice, and h-s loss was one which
the board felt very severely.
The retiring president then paid tribute
to the members of the board for their work
throughout the year, their special efforts
following the vacancy in the office of secre-
tary. In the latter regard, the retiring vice-
president, Carl A. Dahl, Portland, who
spent a great deal of time in the state bar
office handling details of that office, was
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Simon E. Sobeloff, solicitor general of
the United States and former chief justice
of the Maryland court of appeals, was the
principal speaker at the annual banquet
of the Oregon State bar at Gearhart on
Friday night of the convention.
In a limited sense Judge Sobeloff talked
shop in that he talked about the work of
his office and his own duties as the advo-
cate before the supreme court of the
United States and other appellate bodies
for the department of justice and the vari-
ous departments and agencies of the fed-
eral government.
One of the features mentioned by the
speaker was the heavy duty of deciding
for tile government which cases shall be
approved for appeal, when a writ of certi-
orari shall be sought, when an appeal shall,
in the interest of justice, be abandoned
and many other decisions frequently af-
fecting the entire country which must be
made from day to day. He Indicated that
the government's batting average in get-
ting a case before the supreme court is
not any higher than that of private liti-
The majority of the some 575 lawyers
who registered for the 20th annual meet-
ing of the Oregon integrated bar were
present for the dinner meeting, including
Governor Paul L. Patterson, who with
Mrs. Patterson were at the head table.
Governor Patterson spoke briefly.
Glenn R. Jack, president of the state
bar, presided and before turning the meet-
ing over to Herbert C. Hardy, Portland,
who introduced Judge Sobeloff, introduced
the others at the head table. They included
Chief Justice and Mrs. Earl C. Latourette,
hosts to Judge and Mrs. Sobeloff at Gear-
hart; Mr. Carl A. Dahl, Mr. and Mrs. Paul
R. Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Wyatt,
Mrs. Sobeloff, Mrs. Hardy and Mrs. Jack.
Harris, chairman of the board's conven-
tion committee, thanked the members of
the various committees who helped make
the annual meeting a success and paid
particular tribute to the lawyers and
others in Clatsop county who again came
forward to help with the convention. A
special word of thanks went to the Oregon
Land Title association whose annual cock-
tail party preceded the dinner meeting.
Judge Sobeloff, speaking of his days as
a judge, quoted Henry L. Meneken's defini-
tion of a judge as a law student who
marks his own examination papers, but
declared that he had found this not to be
true as no man, high or low, marks his
own examination papers; no one is above
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