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2 S.C. B. Ass'n News Bull. 1 (1955-1956)

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NEWS

BULLETIN

V.. II No. I

:306-.3:08 BAPRINCER BLDG.. COLUMBIA, S. C.

SiEuEM BM 1955

FUTURE BAR CONVENTIONS TO STARF
ON FRIDAYS
The annual State conventions of the Bar Associa-
tion will hereafter start on Fridays instead of on
Thursdays, the Executive Committee decided at its
meeting held in Asheville, June 24th, in connection
with the Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit. The
change will go into effect with the 1956 convention to
be held in Spartanburg (luring the first week in April.
Under the new schedule the convention will begin with
registration and buqiness sessions Fiday afternoon
andt Saturday morning, and will end with committee
meetings on Sunday morning. The banquet will be held
Saturday night. The change will reduce the amount of
time taken up by the convention (luring the normal
work-week and the Executive Committee hopes that it
will make possible attendance by a greater number of
Association members than in the past.
A joint meeting of the Executive Committee and a
(ommittee of the Spartanburg Bar Association, con-
sisting of Thomnas A. Evins, Chairman. Robert F.
Cimnnan, and Samuel N. Burts. was held in Columbia
Sel)tember 10 to consider detailed plans for the 1956
convention. Information as to the decisions reached
was not available at l)ublication time but Chairman
Evins reports that the Spartanburg bar promises that
this convention will be the best yet.
-SCHA-
BAR ASSOCIATION WILL HOLD TWO
INSTITUTES THIS YEAR
Only two institutes will be held by the Bar Asso-
ciation this year insteal of three as in the past. This
decision %%as reached by the Executive Committee nt
its June 24th Asheville meeting. It is hoped that the
re(luction in the number of institutes to be held will
result in increased attendance.
No lecision has as yet been reached as to the subject
for the 'wo institutes to be held this year. A number of
topics are under consideration. The Executive Com-
mittee and the Committee on Institutes state that the
subjects chosen and the scheduled time and place will
be announced well in advance to permit all members
of tile Association to make plans to attend.
-SCBA-
SPECIAL APPOINTMENTS MADE BY
EXECUTIVE COMMIT1'EE
At a meeting held in Asheville on June 24th in con-
nection with the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, a
number of special appointments were made by Presi-
dent Mays and the Executive Committee.
Thomas H. Pope, of Newberry, was appointed to
discuss with Major General L. G. Merritt, Columbia,
Director of the Legislative Council and chairman of
the Committee on Annual Review of Statutory Law,
the question of the best way of getting copies of newly-
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CALtOUN A. MAYS
6srd President
South Carolina Bar Associalion

PRESIDENT MAYS SUGGESIS STUDY OF
ADOPTION OF FEDERAL RULES
FOR USE TN STATE COURTS
By PRESIDENT'CALHOUN A. MAYS
The question of the desirability of the adoption of
the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for use in the
state courts of South Carolina is a subject which war-
rants the careful study of every lawyer and layman
interested in the efficiency of our courts.
The present South Carolina code of civil procedure
is, in my opinion, a very good )ue, and superior to the
rules of federal procedure as they existed prior to the
aloption of the new Federal Rules in 1938. The new
rules, however, brought the federal practice much more
nearly in line with our state practice than had been
the case before their adoption and in some respects
have improved on our state practice. There is no
reason why we should not now follow and adopt such
of the new Federal Rules as will improve our state
procedure. We could either adopt such of the rules as
are definitely superior to our own, or we could adopt
all of the federal rules with possibly a few exceptions
which would not be applicable or acceptable in the
state practice. The latter course would give uniformity
of practice in the state and federal courts, which is
very much to be desired. Both courts are working to-
ward the same end. Why should the rules of practice
be different?
I suggest that laymen interested in the subject also
study the rules. History reveals that the great reforms
made from time to time in the Anglo-American system
of court procedure were brought about by the efforts
of laymen as well as lawyers. Because of the con-
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