1962-1965 American Bar Association. Section of Local Government Law. Committee Reports 1 (1962-1965)

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SERVICE LETTER
Committee Report SSupplenent

Section of Municipal Law

*      American Bar Association

SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES
OF SECTION
Your Special Committee on Committees, appointed at
the 1961 Annual Meeting of the Section in St. Louis, Mis-
souri, reports as follows, and makes the following recom-
mendations:
1. That the name of the committee on General Prop-
erty Taxation be changed to Local Government Taxa-
tion and Revenue Sources.
2. That the name of the committee on Metropolitan
Government be changed to Problems of Metropolitan
and Adjacent Areas.
3. That the name of the committee on Home Rule
he retained, because that name is more all-encompassing
than any which would contain limitin words of descrip-
tion, such as county, township,' municipal, or
town, or any other combination, etc.
4. That the name of the committee on Ordinances
and Administrative Regulations be retained.
5. That the name of the committee on Rights of In-
dividuals be retained.
6. That the name of the committee on Urban Traffic
and Parking be changed to Urban Traffic and Public
Transportation.
7. That further consideration be given to the assign-
ment of specific objectives to committees at the time of
their appointment, so that the Council could rely upon
a future report covering a specific problem within an area,
and develop that as a part of the program for the next
annual meeting.
8. That a continuing effort be made to define more
precisely the jurisdictional areas of committees, with ',he
view that such descriptions will not hamper or restrict the
exercise of the imagination or ingenuity of committees
willing to probe into the reasonable ramifications of the
problem areas to which they have been assigned.
Respectfully submitted,
Leon H. Wallace,
Chairman
COOPERATION WITH THE JUNIOR
BAR CONFERENCE
This Committee was established in the fall of 1959
for the purpose of broadening the scope and usefulness
of the Section of Local Government Law by increasing
the participation in the Sction of the younger members
of the Bar and by bringing to the Section the ideas of
these younger lawyers.
Since this is my third and final report as Chairman,
rather than recap the 1961-1962 activities of the Com-
mittee, I intend to set down in abreviated form my con-

clusions and suggestions on the role and future of this
Committee for my successor and the other members of the
Section. The Committee can make its greatest contribu-
tion in selling the Section to the younger members and
in creating Section activities in which they can partici-
pate. Specifically the goals to be achieved are as fol-
lows:
1. A favorable image of the Section must be created
among the younger members. Many younger lawyers
are unacquainted with the Section; and many who are
acquainted with the Section are unfamiliar with the scope
of its activities. The activities conducted by the Com-
mittee in this area, such as the article in The Young
Lawyer, have had an extremely good response. The
Committee must make its prime activity selling the Sec-
tion to the younger members.
2. More Section activity must he made available for
the younger members. In this area, the idea developed
by the Committee and approved by the Council of the
Section of using the younger members to write brief
articles or comments for the Section Newsletter should
be pursued and brought to fruition. The Committee must
take the leadership in creating and supervising these ac-
tivities.
In the first three years of its existence the Committee
has succeeded only in laying out the guide-lines for future
development. Perhaps the next Chairman will be able
to report that these goals have been achieved.
Respectfully submitted,
Frank M. Covey, Jr.,
Chairman
HOUSING AN) URAN RENEWAL
For several years this committee's report has been con-
fined to a summary of decisions since the preceding annu-
al meeting which directly or indirectly affect housing
and urban renewal. This year's report will include such
cases, but will also treat several other topics. These cases
constitute Part I of the report.
The Federal Government's urban renewal program has
been the subject of study by an increasingly growing'
number of localities. Many of these local governments
are moving into the urban renewal program for the first.
time and fact many questions dealing with procedures.
-questions which arise early in their consideratibn of
such a program. For this reason, there is included in this.
report a brief outline of where information and!guidance
can be obtained from the Urban Renewal' Agency and
what instructions and manuals are availhble. This in-
formation on nrban renewal procedures constitutes Part II
of the report.
In the field of FHA-insured housing, one of the most
interesting developments has been the provision for con--

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