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10 Util. Sec. Newsl.: Periodic Rep. Members Sec. Pub. Util. L. A.B.A. 1 (1969-1970)

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A Periodic Report to the Members of the Section of Public Utility Law of the American Bar Association
Page 1
No. 1                            October 1, 1969

The Chairman's Statement

It is a genuine honor and privilege for me to serve as the Chairman of the Section
of Public Utility Law in the coming year. With the active co-operation of all mem-
bers of the Section, I am confident we can make this another year of outstanding
accomplishment. At this point, I want to express the Section's gratitude to Herbert
B. Cohn for the outstanding job he did as Chairman during the past year. His in-
spired leadership and efficient administration of the Section's affairs should serve
as a model for all future Chairmen. During the coming year, it will be the Sec-
tion's good fortune to have Justin A. Stanley of Chicago as our Chairman-Elect.
His election is fitting recognition for the considerable attention and effort he has
devoted to the work of the Section, including his excellent performance in the dif-
ficult position as chairman of the Program Committee during the past year. While
speaking of the major contributions of Section members during the past year, I
would be particularly remiss if I did not mention the marvelous job Jerrold Sey-
mann did as chairman of the Meetings Committee. The smooth operation of the
Dallas meeting attests to his fine leadership.
Under the guidance of Chairman Cohn this past year, the Section, one of the oldest
in the American Bar Association, has continued its record of sustained achieve-
ment. The Section continues to thrive in all its activities, including our outstand-
ing publications, the Annual Report and the Utility Section Newsletter, on which
the membership has come to depend so much for information about Section affairs
and other developments in the field of public utility law. With regard to member-
ship, it is gratifying to learn that our membership has increased by fifty-one to
nearly 2, 300 members. This is very encouraging, and we can look forward to fur-
ther growth. The committee chairmen and vice chairmen have been appointed and
are named on page 3 of this Newsletter. They have been asked to select the mem-
bership of their committees and it is hoped that each of you will agree to serve if
asked. If you have a specific interest in the work of a particular committee, you
should contact the chairman and advise him of your
desire to participate.

In the coming year, the Section will continue to stay
abreast of major legal developments in the field of
public utility law. At the Dallas meeting, it was de-
cided to have a special discussion of antitrust devel-
opments within the purview of the work of the com-
mittees. Co-ordination of the several papers will be
by Henry P. Sullivan, chairman of the AntitrustCom-
mittee. In addition, the Section will proceed with
efforts to secure enactment of Senator Tydings' bill
amending the Federal Declaratory Judgment Act to
enable federal district courts to resolve expedi-
tiously, and at the outset, jurisdictional controver-
sies between two or more iegulatory agencies. This
could prevent utilities from being caught between
conflicting orders of federal and state agencies,
and assist the more timely accomplishment by
these commissions of their regulatory tasks. You
will recall that this proposal was initiated in our
Section growing out of the groundwork laid by our

John E. Stephen
Chairman, 1969-70

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