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8 Wash. St. B. News 1 (1954)

handle is hein.barjournals/wasbn0008 and id is 1 raw text is: Vol. VIII, No. 1                              JANUARY-FEBRUARY, 1954                                               Page 1

SPOKANE REPORTS
The Spokane County Bar Association
held its annual Christmas Party on De-
cember 29, at the Round-Up Room of
the Desert Hotel. The meeting in spite
of being a little late for Christmas and
a triflle early for New Year's was well at-
tended. This was due no doubt to a change
in the order of business from the clack-
ing of tongues to the clinking of glasses.
Dana E. Brinck died on December 30.
He was a graduate of Cornell College
and the University of Idaho law school.
.He commenced practice in Idaho in 1909
and later became a District Judge for
the State of Idaho. In 1931 Judge Brinck
came to Spokane to serve as General
Counsel for the Federal Land Bank. He
was counsel for the Farm Credit Associ-
ation from 1938 to 1949. Since 1949 he
was associated with the firm of Wither-
spoon, Witherspoon & Kelly.
On January 8, Gov. Arthur B. Langlie
addressed the association. Governor Lang-
lie spoke on the state of the state during
the year 1953. He also spoke on the
Safety Campaign and the Hell's Canyon
controversy. The meeting had the larg-
est attendance of any during the 1953-54
year.
Joseph Spangle has returned to his
practice after a prolonged hospitalization
as a result of an automobile accident on
October 10.
WARDEN HANEL.
PUBLIC SERVICE PAMPHLETS
The Public Service Committee of the
Washington State Bar Association reports
that the pamphlets which have been pre-
pared as a part of their program have been
well received. The pamphlets are available
at the Bar Office and are priced per him-
dred as follows: Have You Made a Will?,
$1.55; So You're Going to Be a Witness,
$1.20, and Read Before You Sign, $1.55.
They also announce that a Help Your-
self display rack is available, and they
urge its use by the members as a means
of making the pamphlets available in their
offices. The racks can be ordered from
the Forsberg Paper Box Company, 2107
Fordam Avenue, Madison 4, Wis., at a cost
of $2.25 postpaid.
Lane Summers, of the Seattle bar,
thought enough of the pamphlet So
You're Going to Be a Witness! that he
submitted it for publication in the F-ad-
ers' Digest. It was, however, courteously
returned by the editors of the publication
with the comment that . . . we have read
it with interest. But unhappily, it is not
qluite suited for our editorial needs for
reprint material. . ..'f

BAR MEETING IN
SPOKANE IN SEPTEMBER
The Board of Governors has recently
announced that the 1954 annual meeting
of the State Bar Association will be held
in Spokane on September 2, 3 and 4.
These days are Thursday, Friday and Sat-
urday before Labor Day.
YAKIMA NEWS
The Chris'mas Party was a splendid
success. As a suggestion to out Public
Relations Committee, the Bar Associ-
ation's Drama Group presented a serie'
of six TV skits, intended to explain to the
public various aspects of the lawyer's life.
Space forbids our recognition of all those
who participated, but special mention
must be made of Douglas Wilson, prin-
cipal script writer and commentator extra-
ordinary; Milton (Sugarthroat) Sackman,
leader of the quartet which provided the
singing commercials, and Robert J. Wil-
lis and Ian R. MacIver, who cast aside
the judicial black and rolled up their
shirtsleeves to impersonate several of out
local leaders in characteristic poses. No-
body's feelings were hurt except those
who were not mentioned, and we are list-
ing them for inclusion next year.
Ronald R. Hull has resigned as Prose-
cuting Attorney and been sworn in as
local Assistant District Attorney. He will
have his office in the Postoffice Building,
end will handle federal criminal matters
and lands division work for this area.
Donald J. Clark, who has been a deputy
prosecutor, has been appointed to com-
plete Ron's term as Prosecuting Attorney.
Just prior to all this, Jack M. King joined
the Prosecutor's staff as a deputy, and
has been calmly getting on with the work
for a month or so now.
We were shocked and saddened at the
beginning of the holiday season by the
murder of G. Robert Huston on Decem-
ber 23. Bob was shot down in the street
by the ex-husband of a client, whose
frustration over lack of success in a child
custody matter had apparently driven
him to this extreme. He immediately took
his own life.
According to the custom of our bar
upon the death of a member, a special
meeting and memorial service was held
in the department of the Presiding Judge
on December 28. The resolution there
adopted expressed ou feeling that Bob
(lied as a martyr to his profession, in the
line of duty as a lawyer. This tragedy
b-'ought home to us once again that many
of the things we are called upon to do
deal with the deepest human emotions,
where reason is not always in command.
ROBERTA KAISER.

A.B.A. NEWS
Dedication of the new American Bar
Center in Chicago has been scheduled for
Thursday, August 19, in connection with
the 77th annual meeting of the American
Bar Association August 16 to 20. The
campaign for funds for the new structure
has surpassed the $1,000,000 mark, with
less than $500,000 remaining to be raised.
Tentative plans are to remove the head-
quarters of the American Bar Association
to the new building on or about October 1.
An attractive new  brochure, Your
American tar Association, has just been
published for the information of members.
prospective members and laymen. It sum-
marizes the achievements, services, pres-
ent activities and objectives. The pam-
phlet is tie most complete and informa-,
tive ever prepared by the association. Its
publication coincides with an accelerated
effort on the part of the A.B.A. in the
membership field, under the leadership of
President W. J. Jameson and Archie Mull,
of Sacramento, chairman of the Member-
ship Committee. The Junior Bar Confer-
once is participating in the campaign
throughout the country, by designating
March as Membership Month and urg-
ing every Junior Bar member to enroll at
least one new member of the association
during that period.
The annual Ross Essay contest spon-
sored by the American Bar Association,
which carries a $2,500 prize under the
terms of a bequest of the late Judge Er-
skine M. Ross, is this year to be written on
the subject The Investigating Power of
Congress, Its Scope and Limitations. The
contest is open to any A.B.A. member
except officers or employes, and entries
in the competition must be submitted by
April 1.
KITTITAS ELECTS
F. A. Kern, recently elected president
of the Washington State Bar Association,
has resigned as president of the Kittitas
County Bar Association. The new officers
are: Spencer D. Short, president; W. R.
Cole, vice-president, and Joseph G. Pan-
attoni, secretary-treasurer.
Judge Jay A. Whitfield entered an order
effective January 2, changing the Kittitas
County Superior Court probate day to
Tuesday of each week. Monday is motion
day.
Incidentally, the writer would like to
take issue with anyone who suggests that
the Revised Code of Washington, in its
present condition, with its lack of author-
ity and its green supplement sheets, pro-
vicles a usable working tool. Can't some-
thing be clone about it?
JOaN McSliERRY, JR.

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