2 Docket Call 1 (1967)

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As Chairman of the Section of General Practice, I
utilize this first issue of Docket Call under my adminis-
tration to express to you my thanks for your confidence
in me by entrusting to me the guidance of the General
Practice Section for 1966-1967.
This Section has grown
from one of the youngest and
smallest to one of the five
largest Sections (over 6,000
members). It has become
necessary to re-examine our
projects and to adjust our
program to serve a large and
more representative group of
lawyers in the fifty states.
This issue of Docket Call is really an expanded ver-
sion of the original publication.
Our interim editor who is also our Section secretary,
Richard H. Allen of Memphis, has printed in this issue
a number of projects which we have undertaken. From
these and from many more projects that we shall adopt
in the future, you as a general practitioner will find that
your officers and Council are dedicated to one purpose:
how best to serve those lawyers engaged in the general
practice of law, regardless of whether they are located
in a small county seat town, a middle size city, or a
large metropolitan center.
All of us in this Section have a common aim: namely,
to keep ourselves abreast of current legal decisions and
rulings so that we can serve to our best ability our
clients within the limits of the accepted canons of ethics
of the legal profession. We must prove to our clients and
to the general public that we as lawyers are professional
people, and not tradesmen; that we are dedicated to the
goal of improving the administration of justice and that
at all times we must conduct ourselves as lawyers so
that our clients will retain an unabiding faith in our ju-.
dicial system and in the American way of life. From this
goal, we cannot and must not divert our primary aims as
members of the legal profession.
Oscar Fendler, Chairman

The Policies and Projects Committee,Chairmaned by
David Nelson Sutton, of the G.P. Section made its annual
report at the Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada. Among
many of its recommendations are the following:
The Committee recommended continuation of the
publication, Law Notes and suggested use of certain
standard headings therein, such as, New Tools of the
Profession; Gleanings From Other Sections; etc.
The Committee also recommended the formation of a
new Committee on Canons of Ethics, which now has
been formed by your administration, with John D. Randall,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as the Chairman thereof.
Your administration has also followed the advice of
the Policies and Projects Committee report, in that it has
appointed a new Committee for Cooperation with State
and Local Bar Associations, with Mrs. Dorothy M.
Orsini, Little Rock, Arkansas, as the Chairman.
The G.P. Section is indebted to the outstanding work
and valuable suggestions of this Committee, which had
the benefit of the vision, thought and foresight of such
men as at least two past Chairmen of the G.P. Section,
John D. Randall, of Iowa, and Robert Barton of Richmond,
On October 19-20, the G.P. Council met in Oklahoma
City at the same time as the A.B.A. Regional Meeting.
V.P. Crowe, (the G.P. Section's delegate to the House
of Delegates) acted as host to the Council and, thanks
to him, all facilities for the meeting were superb
Your Chairman, Oscar Fendler, presided at an Educa-
tional Seminar on Criminal Advocacy for Civil Trial
Lawyers, which was presented under the joint auspices
of the G.P. Section, the Criminal Law Section and the
Young Lawyer Section.
Your Vice-Chairman, William J. Fuchs, participated
in an Economics Seminar, speaking on the subject of
Dictating a Bill for Services Rendered.

Volume I1I, N umb er 1I

January, 1967

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