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1 W. Va. St. B. News 1 (1950-1959)

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VOL. I.                                              JANUARY, 1950                                                 NO. I

Questionnaires returned by lawvyers attending
the Institute on Legal Problems of Small
Business, held at Huntington on October 14th
and 15th in connection with the annual meet-
ing of the West Virginia State Bar, uniformly
indicate a desire for further development of
the program of continuing legal education.
Everv lawyer who completed a questionnaire
stated that he would attend future institutes
held in his part of the State. It was also ap-
parent that an institute is desired at the next
annual meeting.
Each member of the audience was asked to
complete two forms, one of which sought the
opinion of the lawyers regarding the lectures
given at Huntington, and the other asked for
opinions concerning the subject and location
of future institutes.
As to choice of subjects for future institutes,
the top three listed topics were rated as fol-
lows: (the weighted vote is on the basis of
three points for a first choice, two for a sec-
ond choice, and one for a third choice).
In first place was Lifetime and Testamen-
tary Estate Planning, which received twelve
first choices, fifteen second choices and two
third, for a weighted vote of sixty - eight
points. This subject includes the tax and
non-tax factors involved in planning estate
dispositions, both inter vivos and testamen-
tary; and the drafting of wills and trusts.
Second was Basic Accounting for Lawyers,
which received fifteen first choices and ten
second choices, for a weighted vote of sixty-
five points. An institute on this subject would
cover what lawyers need to know to deal with
accountants, to read accounting statements,
and to understand the financial papers of their
In third place Bankruptcy and Arrange-
mients was given thirteen first choices, nine
second and two third choices, for a weighted
vote of fifty-nine points. This subject includes
step-by-step procedure of straight Bankruptcy
and of Arrangement Proceedings under Chap-
ter XI.
The other listed subjects vere preferred in
the following order:
4. Legal Problems in Tax Returns, an ele-
mentary, step-by-step treatment of the prepa-
ration of individual tax returns.
5. Labor Negotiations, dealing with law and
practice in labor matters, from the points ot
both labor and the employer.
6. Legal Problems of Small Business.
7. Drafting  of Partnership  Agreements,
which includes the practical factors influenc-
ing drafting of agreements for general and
limited partnerships, and discussions of forms.
8. Federal Control of Commercial Practices,
dealing with Federal Control of selling and
buying across state lines, as to discrimination
in price and sales promotion methods, partic-
ularly under the Robinson-Patman Act.
The eight subjects mentioned above were
listed as those on which institutes could be
arranged in cooperation with the Committee
on Continuing Legal Education of The Amer-
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At the concluding business session of the
Second Annual Meeting of the West Virginia
State Bar. Charles C. Wise, Jr., of Charles-
ton, and Arch M. Cantrall, of Clarksburg,
were elected president and vice president, re-
spectively, for the new year.
Mr. Wise succeeds
George Richardson, Jr.,
as president and Mr. Can-
trall succeeds Mr. Wise as
vise president.
A nominating commit-
tee composed of Duncan
W. Daugherty, Hunting-
ton; Harry G. Shaffer,
Madison; Benjamin G.
R e e d e r , Morgantown;
John D. Phillips, Wheel-
Mr. Wise      ing; and Charles P. Mc-
Cabe,   Sr.,  Charleston.
nominated Messrs. Wise and Cantrall.
Mr. Daugherty in pre-
senting the report of the
committee, stated that the
committee and all persons
who discussed nomina-
tions with the committee
were in agreement on the
two men to head the or-
ganization, and that the
only question that both-
ered the committee was
which one should be in
first place.                Mr. Cantrall
Mr. Wise and Mr. Can-
trall have been active in the integrated bar
movement, and have taken a leading part in
the affairs of the State Bar since its estab-
lishment. They both have served on the Ex-
ecutive Council.
Mr. Wise, a native of Moorefield, has prac-
ticed law in Charleston since his admission to
the Bar. He received the A. B. degree from
West Virginia University in 1933, and was
graduated from the College of Law of that
institution with the LL. B. degree in 1936. He
did post graduate work at the University of
Michigan and Northwestern University.
Mr. Cantrall was born at Danville, Ky., but
received both his academic and legal educa-
tion at West Virginia University. He was
graduated from the state university in 1925,
receiving the A. B. and LL. B. degrees. He
has resided and practiced law in Clarksburg
since admission to the Bar in 1925.
Signed letters to the editor of the
West Virginia Bar News will be re-
ceived at the State Bar office on any
subject of interest to the bar. If enough
letters are received, a letters column
will be published as a regular feature.
News items concerning lawyers, bar
associations and other matters of in-
terest are desired. Send them to the
State Bar office.

Committee appointments for 1949-50 were
made by the Executive Council at the Novem-
ber meeting in Charleston.
These appointments included members of
the Executive Committee, Congressional Dis-
trict committees on Legal Ethics and Unau-
thorized Practice of Law, amid the twelve spe-
cial committees authorized by the Council at
its October meeting in Huntington. In all,
154 persons will serve on these committees,
representing approximately 10 per cent of the
active bar participating in committee work.
In the appointment of these committees the
Council gave consideration to the convenience
of holding committee meetings, and attempted
to name personnel of the various committees
from a certain section so as to avoid requiring
members to travel long distances. An effort
also was made to keep certain personnel on
committees in order to achieve continuity and
aid in the working out of long range programs
which carry over from year to year.
The special committees established by reso-
lution of the Executive Council at its October
meeting, consist of six members each, ap-
pointed by the President with the approval of
the Council. In the original appointments,
two members are appointed for three-year
terms, two for two-year terms and two for a
one -year term. Thereafter all appointments
are for three-year terms. A chairman and
vice chairman are to be designated annually.
Under the resolution, no report, recommen-
dation or other action of any special commit-
tee shall be considered as the action of the
State Bar until it shall have been approved or
authorized by the Executive Council.
The provisions of the resolution indicating
the jurisdiction of the special committees are
set forth herein, preceding the committee
membership. In each of the special commit-
tees the chairman and vice chairman are ap-
pointed for three year terms, the third and
fourth members for two-year terms and the
last two for one-year terms as set out herein.
The list of committee appointments follows
Executive Committee: W. A. Brown, Hin
ton; Duncan W. Daugherty, Huntington;
Wright Hugus, Wheeling; William P. Leh-
man, Fairmont; Clarence E. Martin, Jr., Mar-
tinsburg; and Hugh R. McPhail, Grafton.
The President, Vice President and the im-
mediate past President are ex-officio members
of the Executive Committee.
First Congressional District
Legal Ethics: Walter F. Ball, chairman,
New Martinsville; John K. Chase, Mounds-
ville; Layne H. Ford, Grafton; L. E. Johnson,
Fairmont; and George H. Seibert, Jr., Wheel-
Unauthorized Practice:  Lester C. Hess.
chairman, Wheeling; Richard B. Bord, Graf-
ton ; Walter E. Mahan, Wellsburg; William J.
Moore, Weirton; J. NV. Rickey. Mloundsville;
Herschel Rose, Jr., Fairmont; and Paul J.
Shibei, New Martinsville.
Second Congressional District
Legal Ethics: D. E. Cuppett, Jr., chairman,
Petersburg; Donald K. Crawford, Elkins;
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