3 Fam. Law. [i] (1961-1962)

handle is hein.journals/flwnwsltr3 and id is 1 raw text is: SECTION OF FAMILY LAW                                               AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
Vol. III, No. I                                                                   November 1961

As we look forward to see the immense
ground which we must cover, it is well to look
back for a brief glance at the long distance over
which we have come in the three short years of
our existence. During the past three years we
have started our research program, have for-
mulated and organized our committees and have
begun to make our impression on the law of
families in this country. Our membership has
been growing steadily at a healthy rate and we
are maturing.
Each committee chairman of the Section is
being asked to reduce his committee to a work-
ing group. In the past, we have made committee
assignments available to any person who wished
to serve. Experience has shown, however, that
some members have been more desirous of
having their name on the masthead of a committee,
than in contributing to its work. Therefore, we
will seek this year to make committee member-
ship more meaningful by reducing our committees
to the working members.
Criticism was laid in some respects at our
recent meeting in St. Louis that the emphasis
of this Section was being placed upon socialwork
rather than on the role of the family lawyer.
This is your Section, and your Council and your
Officers will give you what you want. If you feel
that the emphasis is misplaced, please applyfor
committee membership and work toward the
goal which you wish the Section to have.
At a meeting of all chairmen and vice-
chairmen of the various Sections held at the

University of Chicago on Saturday, October 21,
1961, it was announced that serious consider-
ation is presently being given to the idea of
certification of attorneys who qualify as special-
ists in various fields of practice. A committee
authorized by the Board of Governors was ap-
pointed by President John C. Satterfield as an
11-member special committee under the chair-
manship of former President David F. Maxwell
of Philadelphia. A progress report of that
committee was given to the Section chairman
and vice-chairman which indicates the possi-
bility that each Section would determine for it-
self in its field of law what standards would be
required for such a certificate of specialization.
CAVEAT: This matter must yet be submitted to
the House of Delegates and the Board of Governors
for final approval but we nevertheless give you
this progress report as we have it.
In an effort to give you some slightly better
acquaintanceship with the officers and members
of Council who are the governing body of our
Section, we present herewith a brief biographical
sketch of the Chairman, with the promise that
we will carry such brief biographical sketches
of the other members of Council and Officers
in future issues.
CARL F. INGRAHAM, Birmingham,
Michigan, Chairman, born Portland, Maine,
August 13, 1912; admitted to bar, 1951, Michigan;
1954, U. S. Court of Military Appeals; 1959, U.
S. Supreme Court. Preparatory education,
University of Maine (B. S., 1935); legal education,
Wayne University (LL. B., 1951). Fraternity:
Delta Theta Phi. Mayor, Birmingham, Michigan
1958-1959. Member, Committee on Civil Pro-
cedure, Michigan Judicial Conference, 1958---.
Member: Oakland County (Treasurer, 1955-1956)
and American (Insurance Section; Member, Corn-

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