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18 Or. St. B. Bull. 1 (1957-1958)

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BULLETIN
VOL. XVIII             OCTOBER, 1957               No. 1
COMMITTEE REPORT  CONVENTION TALKS  NEUNER SELECTED

ACTION DEFERRED
The 1958 annual meeting of the Oregon
State Bar, scheduled for Gearhart next
September, will face the heaviest agenda
in the history of the bar as far as definite
action upon committee proposals are con-
cerned as a result of action taken at this
year's annual meeting which saw most of
the important issues deferred for further
study and report.
The business meetings at Medford, al-
though poorly attended, were strictly busi-
ness and were marked by smart handling
on the part of the presiding officers who
kept up with or ahead of the agenda at all
times. Frank J. VanDyke, Medford, vice-
president of the bar and an old pro in
conducting legislative, convention and other
meetings, started with a sharp pace and by
noon on Thursday he had not only con-
cluded the morning agenda but was well
on his way through the reports to be made
the next day.
The business sessions, as well as the con-
tinuing legal education series, were held in
the auditorium of the Medford high school.
Rev. George Bolster of St. Marks Episco-
pal church, Medford, opened the first busi-
ness session on Thursday morning with the
invocation.
VanDyke, with Samuel M. Bowe, Grants
Pass, as his parliamentarian, then took
over and first called upon Alan F. Davis,
Portland, president for his report. Davis re-
viewed the published combined report of
the board and the secretary and discussed
the bar's place in connection with the work
of the legislative interim committee of
which Gunther F. Krause, Portland, is
chairman. Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr., also of
Portland, who worked with the legislative
counsel at Salem during the last session of
the legislature, is the committee's execu-
tive secretary, Davis reported.
Verne Dusenbery, Portland, treasurer,
and John H. Holloway, Portland, secretary,
made summary reports in connection with
the published report of the board and the
secretary's office,
William H. Morrison, Portland, the dele-
gate to the house of delegates of the Amer-
ican Bar association, reported upon the
New York and London meeting of the ABA
this year.
In connection with the London part of
the meeting, Morrison said that there was
much discussion between American and
British solictors and barristers relative to
the continued use of the jury system. Only
two or three percent of the civil cases in
England are tried before a jury, he re-
ported.
In the following report on action taken
on the various reports, page references are
to the pages where the reports are to be
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COVER WIDE FIELD
Members of ne bar attending the lunch-
eon honoring the judiciary and the annual
dinner on Friday during the convention
in Medford September 18 to 21, heard a
humorist become serious on the subject of
the modern trend of retirement at 65 and
a jurist tell of the rapid development of
the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Dean David E, Snodgrass of the Hastings
college of law, San Francisco, was the
speaker at the luncheon honoring the judi-
ciary of Oregon, and Justice A. Cecil Sny-
der, who has just retired as chief justice of
the supreme court of Puerto Rico, was the
speaker at the dinner meeting.
Dean Snodgrass with his dry humor was
a delightful change of pace for the mem-
bers of the bar who had spent all morning
in a business session and were returning
for an afternoon of continuing legal educa-
tion. The dean, who seemed to be having as
good a time as his audience, told a capacity
audience at the Rogue Country club that
he had little or no use for the present pol-
icy of retirement at a given age.
The San Francisco law school dean has,
however, capitalized on the retirement pro-
gram by marshalling at Hastings a faculty
of outstanding law teachers who have been
retired by other schools and colleges. The
average age of his faculty is 72 years and
Dean Snodgrass will not hire as a teacher
anyone under 65.
Chronological age is not the test of
when a person should be retired, he said,
biological age should be the determining
factor. One man is too old to do effective
work at 60 or 65, while another may not
even reach the peak of his capacity at 65.
A man who is qualified, able, experi-
enced and fit to continue work at the age
of 64 should not be disqualified simply be-
cause he has had another birthday, he
continued.
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AWARD OF MERIT
The Oregon State Bar's award of
merit for 1957 went to Roy F. Shields,
Portland, and was presented to him at
the board of governors luncheon which
concluded the twenty-third annual meet-
Ing of the bar at Medford.
Shields was cited for his many con-
tributions to the bar over the years in-
cluding special work on difficult prob-
lems of the bar, extensive and fine com-
mittee work and his great contribution
to the fellowship and good times at the
annual meetings by the lyrics and skits
he has written or co-authored for the
annual tent show.

AS BAR PRESIDENT
George W. Neuner, Roseburg, serving
his third year on the board of governors,
was elected by the board as president of
the Oregon State Bar for 1958. Bert S.
Gooding, Portland, was named vice-presi-
dent, Earl F. Bernard, also of Portland,
is the new treasurer, and John H. Hollo-
way, Portland, reelected secretary.
The election by the board which served
during the year 1957 was held on Septem-
ier 21. the last day of the annual meeting
in Medford, and was the last official board
action in which Alan F. Davis, Portland,
retiring president; Frank J. VanDyke, Med-
ford, retiring vice-president: William H.
Dashney, McMinnville, and George H.
Corey, Pendleton, participated. The 1957
treasurer whose term expired with the an-
nual meeting was Verne Dusenbery, Port-
land.
Following the election, Holloway admin-
istered the oath of office to the four new
members of the board, Otto R. Skopil Jr.,
Salem: T. Leland Brown, The Dalles; Clar-
ence D. Phillips, Portland. and C. S. Pat
Emmons, Albany,
President Neuner named Skopil, Hugh
L. Biggs, Portland, serving his second year
on the board, and Phillips as the 1958 fi-
nance committee and the new budget com-
mittee will include John A. Heltzel, Salem,
serving his third year; and George L. Hib-
bard, Oregon City; Carl G. Helm Jr., La-
Grande, and Andrew J. Newhouse, Coos
Bay, from the second year class.
At the board meeting in Medford on
Wednesday prior to the opening of the 1957
convention, final action was taken on the
selection of committee personnel for the
new year. The list of committee assign-
ments is published in this issue of the Bul-
letin.
A new committee on assessments, pre-
viously a special committee, was named to
work with county assessors on assessment
matters, particularly the personal property
valuation of law libraries. The board also
recommended to the supreme court the
names of three lawyers to serve on the
board of bar examiners and suggested the
chairman for 1958. The new members will
be announced following approval of the
list by the supreme court.
The committee on the house of delegates
suggestion for the Oregon bar was abol-
ished, as were the committees on legal
rights of Indians and on trust deeds.
The board made extensive changes In the
personnel of a number of the standing com-
mittees and reduced several in size. The
committee on legal aid was reduced to a
steering committee with the presidents of
all local bar associations to act as ex-
officio members. The board was of the
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