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5 Wash. St. B. News 1 (1951)

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Vol. 5, No. 1       JANUARY, 1951           Page 1

To make bill-drafting in the Washing-
ton State Legislature easier and faster for
law makers, the University of Washington
Bureau of Governmental Research and
Services has published a handbook on the
subject, it was announced recently.
Author of the inanual is Mark H. Wight,
State Law Librarian and State Code Com-
mittee Chairman.
The pamphlet, entitled Bill Drafting
in Washington, explains the technical
requirements and usage in writing bills,
such as statutory construction, constitu-
tionality, and correct phrasing.
The pamphlets, which have already
been distributed to legislators, are avail-
able at the University of Washington
Press for fifty cents.
Four legislators appeared at the Se-
attle Bar Association's recent weekly
meeting on January 3. Subject was What
Is Cooking in the 1951 Legislature? All
King County lawyer members of the leg-
islature were guests. Senators Albert D.
Rosellini and Victor Zednick and Repre-
sentatives Edward E. Henry and George
V. Powell spoke.
At the weekly meeting on December
20, the quarterly gathering featured
Christmas music by the 50-voice Lincoln
High School Choir, gifts to members and
a drama by infamous members.
The preceding week, John M. Davis dis-
cussea Filing Security Instruments. The
case reviewed was that of Sidney C. Vo-
linn, Sarchett v. Fidler, 137 Wash. Dec
340. Members were reminded of the need
of contributions to the Legal Aid Bureau.
Herbert S. Little spoke on Explosive
Dilemmas in the Far East at the Decem-
ber 6 meeting. The case of Erik Froberg,
Bruener v. Twin City Fire Iniurance Co.,
137 Wash. Dec. 171, was reviewed.
Dean Judson F. Falknor of the Uni-
versity of Washington discussed A Code
of Evidence for Washington' at the No-
vember 29 meeting. Case review was
John W. Sweet, McGinn v. Kimmel, 136
Wash. Dec. 727.
On November 22 S. Harold Shefelman
spoke about Law Office Problems and
the case reviewed was that of John D.
Blankinship, Adams v. Superior Court,
136 Wash. Dec. 806.
Sidney C. Volinn announces the mov-
ing of his law offices to 402 Northwestern
Mutual Building in Seattle.

Members of the Bar who are or may
be interested in the drawing of amend-
atory legislation to be presented to
the current session of the Legislature
should be careful to see that the for-
mer law references in the. same coni-
llies with the State Constitution, Ar-
ticle II, Sec. 37. There is reason to
believe that amendatory legislation
which refers to the Revised Code of
Washington enacted by reference as
Chapter 16, Laws of 1950, Extraordi-
nary Session, would not comply with
the above referred to constitution pro-
vision for Revision or Amendment of
existing law.
The Board of Governors of the Wash-
ington State Bat Association held a meet-
ing on January 6 in Seattle. The mem-
bers of the board conferred with the
chairmen of four committees.
The chairmen were: Ben C. Grosscup,
chairman of the advisory committee on
the code; Joseph D. Cook, chairman of
the committee on legal education; Fred-
erick J. Lordan, chairman, Wilbur J.
Lawrence and Robert B. Lytel, all of the
committee on administrative law; and
Alfred H. Lundin, chairman of the com-
mittee on unauthorized practice of law.
The board also passed on applications
to take the bar examination January 15.
The next meeting of the board will be
held in Tacoma on Monday, February 12.
Members will meet with the Tacoma Bar
and, following the business meeting, cele-
brate Lincoln's Birthday with the Tacoma
Bat' at their annual banquet.
Richard S. Munter of Spokane, past-
president of the Washington State Bar
Association, has announced his candidacy
as state delegate of the Washington State
Bar Association to the American Bar As-
sociation. This position was formerly held
fot' many years by W. G. McLaren of Se-
attle, and is now occupied by Robin Welts
of Mount Vernon. Mr. Welts has an-
nounced that he will not be a candidate
to succeed himself.
Mr. Munter has recently been appoint-
ed by Cody Fowler, president of the
American Bar Association, as a member
of the Committee on American Citizen-

Judge James Theodore Ronald, judge
of the King County Superior Court for
40 years until retirement in 1949, died
late last month. The 95-year-old jurist
was the oldest judge of a court of record
in the United States at the time of his
retirement, the 40th anniversary of his
appointment to the bench.
Judge Ronald was born on a farm in
the Missouri Ozarks where he was grad-
uated from a state normal school in 1875.
He moved to California and studied law
in his spare time and was admitted to
the bar several years later. He and his
wife came to Seattle from San Francisco,
a six-day voyage then, in 1882.
Ten years later, in 1892, Judge Ronald
was elected mayor of Seattle and served
until 1894. Later his law partners in-
cluded Samuel H. Piles, who became a
United States Senator and minister to Co-
lumbia, and R. A. Ballinger, who became
secretary of the interior.
In 1885, the young lawyer 'become U. S.
attorney for King, Kitsap and Snohomish
counties and led the Democratic ticket as
a candidate for Congress at the turn tf
the century. He served as a regent of the
University of Washington and as a mem-
6. of the Seattle School Board.
He was appointed Superior Court judge
April 1, 1909. He is survived by three
daughters, a sister, eight grandchildren
and 17 great-grandchildren. Memorial
services were held in the presiding judge's
department with the judges sitting en
bane and members of the Seattle Bar As-
sociation cooperating.
The Washington State Bar Association
office reports that 134 students and three
lawyers took the bar examination on Jan-
uary 15.
Sixty-six of the students and one law-
yer took the exam in Spokane and 68
students and two lawyers wrote in Se-
Thomas H. Maguire, general attorney
in Seattle for the Milwaukee Road, has
been appointed general attorney and com-
merce counsel for the railroad at Chicago.
B. E. Lutterman, assistant general attor-
ney in Seattle, succeeds Maguire. M. E.
Sharp has been appointed attorney from
the position of chief clerk.

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