14 Prob. Notes. 1 (1988-1989)

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Probate Notes
THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PROBATE COUNSEL* 2716 Ocean Park Boulevard, Suite 108  'aa Monica, California 90405
Jonathan G. Blattmachr, Editor / Jerold 1. Horn, Ass't Editor / @ American Collmeyof Pro ae4 Counsel 1988
Volume 14, No. 1, Summer 1988
President's Message
Over the years the College has been privileged to have had as its leaders people
of extraordinary energy, talent and vision. The old saw that something is 'a hard
act to follow was never more applicable than to my predecessors' accomplish-
ments as presidents of the College. As the most recent exampe, the educational
sessions of the Marco Island meeting were unsurpassed in quality, and the fire-
works were an ACPC first. Hence, it is with a fair amount of trepidation that I have
begun my year as your President,
I believe the most effective way to continue an organization's vitality and excel-
lence is through a combination of continuation and improvement of existing projects
and programs, together with the pursuit of new ideas and efforts which deserve
our attention and support. In my year as President I plan to follow such a plan.
In the former category are all of the standing College committees, most of which
have continuity in leadership from last year. Continuing John Wallace's approach,
Ionce again last year asked for all Fellows to give me their preference for commit-
tee membership. We had a greater response than the year before, but in virtually
all cases a Fellow who wanted to be on a committee was placed on one (although
not necessarily one of his or her first choice).
A number of these members are continuing from prior years, but a number are
new. As a result, our committees are larger than ever, but hopefully still within
manageable size. The State Laws Committee in particular is large and active. Chaired
by Chuck Collier from Los Angeles, it has a number of subcommittees each of
which are working on discrete projects, many of which will culminate in articles
or reports to be published in Probate Notes.
In addition to our continuing standing committees, two new subjects are being
explored by small College task forces. The first involves a review and analysis of
how the College can be helpful to its Fellows in the burgeoning area of computer
technology as it relates to our practice. A number of Fellows have already become
national leaders in the field, but to date the College has had no organizational struc-
ture to accommodate those talents and share them with other Fellows. At the Marco
Island meeting Ilasked all those Fellows attending the meeting who were interested
in the subject matter to come to an exploratory meeting about the subject; there
was a turnout of about 40 Fellows (in the afternoon which competed with a num-
ber of recreational activities). The consensus of that group was that the College
could usefully explore how to better organize and dispense information regarding
computers.
As a resul of that meeting, I appointed Al Barr, who is from Baltimore and one
of our Regents, to chair a Steering Committee the task of which is to present some
proposals to the Executive Committee and to the Board of Regents for how best
to develop the whole subject within the College. I1l00k forward to their initial report
and proposals regarding directions in which it would appear most feasible for the
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14 Probate Notes 1 (1988)

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