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10 Wash. St. B. News 1 (1956)

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Vol. X, No. 1                 June, 1956                      Page 1

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS OF
RULES OF COURT
On April 17 the Judicial Council recoin-
mended to the Supreme Court certain
amendments of the Rules on Appeal and
the Rules of Pleading, Practice, and Pro-
cedure.
It was recommended that Rules 8, 15, 19,
22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 32, 33, and 46, Rules on
Appeal, be amended for the purposes of (1)
making the filing of a notice of appeal the
sole jurisdictional requirement, and (2)
adopting certain features of the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure with reference to
bonds, which were thought to be preferable
to our own.
The Judicial Council also recommended
that Rule 44, Rules on Appeal, be amended
to provide a procedure whereby the tran-
scripts on appeal will, insofar as practicable,
consist of the original papers (complaints,
answers, demurrers, findings of fact, judg-
ments, etc.) rather than typewritten or pho-
tostated copies.
Finally, the Judicial Council recom-
mended that a new subsection (6) be added
to Rule 12, Rules of Pleading, Practice, and
Procedure, to place it within the power of
a trial court judge to obviate a miscarriage
of justice in cases where the defendant has
failel to file a motion for a new trial within
the time requited by the present rule.
The Judicial Council recommendations
are published in the May 9 issue of the Su-
preme Court advance sheet opinions. The
purpose of publishing the recommendations
is to afford all interested persons an oppor-
tunity to advise the Supreme Court of their
views concerning such proposals.
The court will give consideration to all
letters or memoranda commenting on such
proposals received by the clerk on or be-
fore July 10. Ten legible typewritten copies
of any such letter or memQrandun should
he submitted.
COPASS BECOMES JUDGE
IN KING COUNTY
Michael K. Copass, to whom the newspa-
pers referred as a veteran Seattle attor-
ney, became a judge of the Superior Court
for King County on March 12. Judge Co-
pass was appointed by Governor Langlie to
the position left vacant by the death of
Judge Harold A. Seering.
Judge Copass was born in Texas in 1905
and was admitted to the bar in 193 1 follow-
ing his graduation from the University of
Chicago law school. He is a former pres'dent
of the Seattle Bar Association.

ANNUAL MEETING AUGUST
2, 3, 4
The Annual Meeting of tile Washingtlon
Site Bur Assoiatim will e held at T-
(10lul1l oilt August 2, 3 and 4. Ileadquar-
ters will he at the Vinthropu lotel, and
!nul njers ire urgedl It make resezuit-
tnms for hotel aceomunodahins in Ta-
(lll II 11 tssool nls lossilhle.
'lue neeting is it uoinlh earrier than
last year, and eounittee chairmen tre
requested to get their reports in
pronmptly so that they my lie inbllished
in file July BlAR NEWS.
RULES OF ORDER
FOR ASSEMBLY MEETINGS
Washinglon State Bar Association
Rules of Order for Meetings:
The following rules of order shall gov-
ern the proceedings of any annual or special
meeting of tht Washington State Bar Asso-
ciation:
1. The order of business shall be that
set out in the published program; provided,
however, that the President or other Chair-
man of the meeting may make such changes
in order as he may deem necessary or expe-
client, from time to time.
2. No member shall speak more than
once upon the same subject, and then for
not to exceed five (5) minutes, except by
special permission of the Chairman or by
the approving vote of a majority of the
members then present.
3. The President shall appoint the Reso-
lutions Committee at least sixty (60) clays
in advance of the (late of the meeting, and
the names and addresses of the members of
the committee shall be published. At least
ten (10) days before the opening day of the
meeting, any proposed resolution shall first
be presented in writing to the Resolutions
Committee for its consideration and recom-
mendation; any proposed resolution not s,)
presented cannot be introduced without the
consent of two-thirds (-1) of the members
then present and voting at such meeting,
and in any case any proposed resolution
shall be in writing.
4. Except as above provided, Robert's
Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings
of the meeting.
The following are the members of the
Resolutions Committee: L. L. Thompson,
Tacoma, chairman; Wayne C. Booth, Seat-
tie; EdIward J. Crowley, Spokane; John
Gavin, Yakima, and )e Witt Jones, Van-
couver.

IM POI{'I'ANCE OF COMMITTEES
STRESSED
President Harold Coffin of the State Bar
Association has joined with the other mem-
bers of the Board of Governors in stressing
the importance, to the association and to the
bar as a whole, of the work of the associa-
tion's committees. All members who wish to
serve their fellow lawyers, andi themselves,
by doing work for the association are re-
quested to send in to the association's office
the names cf the committees, or committee,
cnl which they would be able and willing to
work.
President Coffin's statement follows:
I doubt that all the members of the State
Bar realize the tremendous amount of work
(lone by its committees. The Bar can get
things (lone only through its committees.
The committee chairmen and members
give of their time selflessly. They spend not
only hours but days in the work for our Bar,
and it is hard work, too, as anyone who has
worked on a committee knows. Many times
the men work all day long in the Bar office
in Seattle or in their own offices on matters
involving the betterment of our Bar. They
receive no compensation - quite the con-
trary, they actually lose money. It is evident
that these men must have a great affection
for their profession,
The committees, to be truly effective,
must have suggestions and cooperation from
the general membership. You see, it resolves
itself to the lawyer who is sitting at his desk.
If you want to work with, or if you have
any ideas for the various committees-Pub-
lic Relations, Committee on Unauthorized
Practice of Law, Legislative, American Citi-
zenship, Criminal Law, Continuing Legal
Education, to name a few of them-write
to the Bar office.
The Washington State Bar Association
is only as good as you and I as individual
lawyers make it. The service we render to
the public, and the help to ourselves will be
no better than that.
JUDGE IIAMILEY NOMINATED
TO COURT OF APPEALS
Chief Justice Frederick G. Hamley of the
Supreme Court of Washington has been
nominated by President Eisenhower to be a
judge of the United States Court of Appeals
for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Hamley's nom-
ination is to fill the vacancy left by the re-
tirement of Judge Homer T. Bone. As we
go to press judge Flnaley's nomination has
not yet been confirmed by the Senate, al-
though, at the hearing held thereon by the
Senate Judiciary subcommittee, no opposi-
tion was expressed to his confirmation.

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