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52 A.B.A. J. 1138 (1966)
Reginald Heber Smith, 1889-1966

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REGINALD HEBER SMITH, a law-
yer whose conscience, deeds and pen
prodded the Bar into action in many
fields of service to the public, died
October 23, 1966, at Massachusetts
General Hospital in Boston after a long
illness. He was 76 years old.
Reg Smith lived a long and useful
life of service in the greatest traditions
of the Bar, and he won the highest
awards and earned the warmest esteem
his brethren were capable of granting.
When final services were held for him
on October 26 at Emmanuel Church in
Boston, the eight members of the
House of Delegates from his beloved
commonwealth formed the American
Bar Association's official delegation.
A native son of Massachusetts, Reg
was born in Fall River on December
21, 1889, and went to Harvard, obtain-
ing his A.B. degree in 1910 and his
LL.B. in 1914. On his admission to the
Massachusetts Bar in 1914, he became
chief counsel of the Boston Legal Aid
Society, commencing   a  connection
with legal aid that was delightfully
recounted by an early associate, Her-
bert B. Ehrmann, in Annals of a Legal
Aidist in the September, 1966, Jour-
nal (page 846), which continued, al-
though he left the staff of the Boston
Legal Aid Society in 1918, until his
death. His book, Justice and the Poor,
published in 1919, established him as
the principal keeper of the Bar's con-
science in legal aid. The National
Legal Aid and Defender Association
in 1957 established the Reginald Heber
Smith Medal, awarded annually for
outstanding service to legal aid.

In 1919 he joined ie Boston firm of
Hale and Dorr as managing partner
and began a long and fruitful career as
a private practitioner. He was intensely
interested in the development of sound
law firm organization, practices and
office procedures as a foundation from
which the Bar could furnish better
service to the public. In 1940 this
Journal published a series of four
articles by Reg on Law Office Organi-
zation, which proved so popular that
the articles were reprinted in pamphlet
form in 1943 and offered for sale.
Today, with the booklet in its eighth
printing, the sale is still brisk.
His services to the American Bar
Association  were   prodigious.  He
served on the Board of Editors of the
Journal from 1941 to 1954; on the
Board of Directors of the American
Bar   Association  Endowment from
1942 to 1955; as a member of the
Committee on Legal Aid Work from
1921 to 1936; as Director of the Sur-
vey of the Legal Profession; as a fel-
low of the American Bar Foundation;
and in 1951 he received the Asso-
ciation's highest award-the American
Bar Association Medal. He was also a
vice president of the National Legal
Aid Association and vice chairman of
the Hoover Commission Task Force on
Legal Services.
Orison S. Marden, President of the
Association, paid his tribute to Reg
Smith in this fashion:
His contributions were many. Hc
was the first to awaken the Bar to the
needs of the poor for legal advice and
representation. His book Justice and

the Poor (1919) was a landmark in
the evolution of the legal aid move-
ment.  Along   with  Charles Evans
Hughes, lie was one of the strong
chairmen of the American Bar Asso-
ciation Legal Aid Work Committee in
its formative years.
He saw the need for a parallel effort
by the profession to bring legal services
to persons of moderate means and be-
came a pioneer in the development of
the bar association lawyer referral
services He was in the forefront of the
client security fund movement, which
now is established in twenty-six states,
and was a strong advocate of vigorous
professional discipline. When Arthur
T. Vanderbilt resigned as Director of
the Survey of the Legal Profession to
become Chief Justice of New Jersey,
Reginald Heber Smith was unanimous-
ly chosen as his successor. Mr. Smith
also was an authority on law office
management and through his writings
did much to improve the efficiency of
practicing lawyers.
He was one of the greatest leaders
and humanitarians our profession has
produced in this century. In addition
to building a highly successful law
practice, Mr. Smith gave a generous
share of his talents to his profession.
His name will live for all time in the
annals of the organized Bar.
No man ever lived who was more
closely identified with the American
Bar Association than Reg Smith., For
years the suite he maintained at the
Annual Meeting, sometimes with Ed-
mund Beckwith, was the place where
the top brass met and brought the
distinguished guests to show off to
them American lawyers at their best.
Light-hearted as were the parties in
that suite, it was nevertheless the place
where plans were made for many of

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