4 Docket Call 1 (1969)

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THE CONSENSUS OF THE FIRST NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
CURRENT PROBLEMS AFFECTING THE PRACTICING LAWYER
Chicago, Illinois
January 22-24, 1969

PREFACE
On January 22-24, seventy-nine practicing
lawyers, active in their profession and
community, met in Chicago, Illinois, for
the First National Conference on Current
Problems Affecting the Practicing Lawyer,
conducted under the auspices of the Gen-
eral Practice Section of the American Bar
Association.
In this era of myriad social changes and
with the many pressures and demands
being exerted upon the legal profession, the
General Practice Section believed it was
imperative that a group of American law-
yers be assembled    for the purpose of
studying and discussing how the legal pro-
fession can most effectively serve the needs of the
public.
William J. Fuchs, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Chairman of the General Practice Section, and the
Officers of the Council of the Section, appointed
Richard H. Allen, of Memphis, Tennessee, to serve
as Chairman of the Conference and Billie Bethel,
Executive Director of the Tennessee Bar Associa-
tion, to serve as Consultant thereof.
The invited Conferees represented a cross-
section relative to:
(1) Geographical distribution, in that the sev-
enty-nine attending Conferees were residents of
forty-two different states across the Nation;
(2) The size of the law firm in which each
Conferee practiced, in that: nine Conferees were
sole practidoners; fifteen were in two-member firms;
forty-six were in firms having five members or less;
and thirty-three were in firms of six members or
more;
(3) The size of town or city in which each
Conferee practiced, in that: ten Conferees were
from a city having a population of 5,000 or less;
fifteen were from a city of 10,000 or less; twenty-

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four were from a city of 30,000 or less; and
fifty-one were from a city of 100,000 or less; and
twenty-eight were from a city of over 100,000 in
population.
Many of the Conferees were, and a few were
not, members of the ABA, and some have been
active in the ABA. Twenty-nine Conferees were
currently members of the ABA House of Delegates.
Some have never served on an ABA Committee or
belonged to a Section of the ABA. Approximately
forty percent of the Conferees, although practicing
lawyers, had never belonged to the General Practice
Section.
For two days the Conferees, in small groups,
considered the various subjects hereinafter referred
to in this consensus, following which the Moderators
and Reporters assigned to each subject drafted a
tentative consensus. On the third day, the entire
assembly of all Conferees examined, discussed, and
modified the tentative consensus as presented to
them, and agreed upon this final consensus, which is
published in full in this issue of Docket Call.

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