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6 Wash. St. B. News 1 (1952)

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Vol. 6, No. 1


Chief Justice E. W. Schwellenbach ad-
dressed the Spokane County Bar Associ-
ation at its weekly luncheon on Decem-
ber 14.
The Chief Justice went into consider-
able detail explaining subjects discussed
at the recent convention in New York
attended by chief justices from each of
the state supreme courts.
Explaining the convention session, on
traffic courts, Justice Schwellenbach asked
the group, You may wonder why we
chief justices of appellate courts spent our
time talking of traffic courts? But of all
persons appearing in courts in the United
States in a year, 40 per cent appear in
traffic courts to every one person appear-
ing in other types of courts. Many of the
people have knowledge of the judicial
system based solely on what they learned
in traffic courts.
Spokane County attorneys enjoyed the
address and hope the Chief Justice re-
turns to the east side of the mountains
in the near future.
Richard C. (Dick) Smith, partner in the
law firm of Steensland & Smith of Ellens-
burg, has been recalled to active duty
with the U. S. Navy, and at last report
was headed for Pearl Harbor to escape
the heavy Pacific Northwest snows. Dick
is a very fine person, and all members
of the Kittitas County Bar hope that he
will be able to rejoin us soon.
Cleary S. Cone is now associated with
the law firm of Kern & Dano at Ellens-
burg. Mr. Cone received his B.A. in 1949
and his Ll.B. in 1951 from the University
of Washington. Since hs graduatiou and
prior to association with Kern & Dano,
he was law clerk to Justice Charles Don-
worth of the Washington Supreme Court.
His home town is Ferndale, Wash.
We are all happy to note that the new
Revised Code of Washington is now in
print in handy loose leaf form.
(Brittle Bones Division)
The Hon. Frank D. James, farmer, sail-
or, cook, skier and King County Superior
Court judge, contrived to break his right
leg in a skiing accident at Stevens Pass on
December 27. He is up and about now,
however, and on the bench carrying his
full load, although he will probably refuse
to hear any broken leg cases for awhile.
We have not interviewed Judge James
about this matter, but the Seattle papers

Efforts of the Public Service Committee
to keep all portions of the state supplied
with radio transcriptions of the series
You and the Law ran into a snag last
month. Although six radio stations in the
state were using the series, at least that
many more were clamoring for it, and the
demand could not be satisfied. Meanwhile,
members of the committee shuffled the
records back and forth across the state as
rapidly as they were available.
At the first meeting of the committee
in Seattle in November, Chairman Eu-
gene A. Wright announced that he had
received two requests from public school
superintendents for sets of the records to
be used in high school civics classes.
These requests, from Battleground and
Kelso, were supplemented when the Spo-
kane school system indicated a like inter-
est in the broadcasts. Joseph W. Green-
ough of the Spokane Bar has announced
that his county bar association has appro-
priated funds to supply one complete set
of the You and the Law series for use
in schools, churches, service clubs and
other organizations.
R. M. White of Prosser has been desig-
nated chairman of the Public Service Com-
mittee of the Benton-Franklin County Bar
Association and is having Ed Critchlow
and Dean Loney of Kennewick make ar-
rangements with one of the radio stations
in the tri-city area for regular broadcasts
of the series. From there the records will
go to Walla Walla, where H. H. Hahner
of the Walla Walla Bar is in charge.
At a recent meeting the state bar com-
mittee reviewed the system   instituted
by the Minnesota State Bar several years
ago and recommended its adoption here.
Lawyers in Minnesota have financed the
publication of pamphlets on twenty dif-
ferent phases of the law and the position
of lawyers in connection with each. Banks,
title companies and public offices have as-
sisted the attorneys themselves in dis-
tributing the pamphlets to the public. The
pamphlet idea is believed suited to this
state, but financing is the chief obstacle.
In Spokane, Charles Scanlan and a com-
mittee are assembling articles for a pro-
posed weekly newspaper column on varied
features of the law, to be published by one
of the local newspapers as a public serv-
ice. James R. Ellis of the Seattle Bar
heads a special editorial committee which
will adapt the Spokane articles and other
material for possible statewide distribu-
printed some hospital-bed pictures of him
in which he looked almost as happy as he
did the time he picked the Homecoming
Queen. Stout fellow!

The Board of Governors 3f the State
Bar Association held -,heir December
meeting in Olympia on December 15. Un-
der the auspices of the Board, a panel dis-
cussion on trial procedure was conducted
during the afternoon, in the courtroom of
Judge Raymond W. Clifford, by Clarence
Coleman of Everett, former member of
the Board, and Alfred McBee of Mt. Vern-
The seminar conducted by Mr. Coleman
and Mr. McBee was well attended and
was both instructive and entertaining.
The Thurston-Mason County Bar is great-
ly indebted to the Board of Governors and
to Mr. Coleman and Mr. McBee for this
very helpful program.
The Olympia meeting of the Board was
concluded at a banquet given in their
honor by the Thurston-Mason County
Bar. Del Cary Smith of Spokane, presi-
dent of the State Bar Association, was the
principal speaker. The members of the
local -bar look forward to the privilege of
again having the Board as their guests.
Neil J. Lynch, of the Olympia Bar, has
been returned to his home from the hos-
pital to complete convalescence from a
recent attack of the disabilities he car-
ried away from World War II.
Olympia Attorney Jerome K. Kuyken-
dall, now chairman of the Washington
Public Service Commission, on behalf of
Alfred W, Leach Post No. 3, American
Legion, presented a gold engraved mem-
bership card to Judge Walter B. Beals in
Olympia on January 8, in recognition of
the life-long contributions of Judge Beals
to his community, state and nation. The
ceremony was attended by eight of the
judges of the Supreme Court, Attorney
General Smith Troy, and a large delega-
tion from Seattle Post No. 1, including
several King County Superior Court judges
and lawyers. The Seattle Post also pre-
sented a certificate to the judge acknowl-
edging his outstanding service. Judge
Beals, now retired, lives in Olympia.
Editor-in-Chief John N. Rupp is ad-
vised of the arrival of Volume 1 of the
Revised Code of Washington. How about
a short book review, John?*
I Editor's Note: Mr. Foster's thoughtful
suggestion is duly noted, although we
think he would have been kinder had he
omitted the suggestion contained in the
adjective short. We decline the invita-
tion, however. We may be a bit eccentric
at times, when the wind is north-north-
west, but we do not intend to use these
columns, now, to pile any more pebbles
on the cairn of commentary about the Re-
vised Code of Washington. I

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