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12 Util. Sec. Newsl.: Periodic Rep. Members Sec. Pub. Util. L. A.B.A. 1 (1971-1972)

handle is hein.journals/infrastr12 and id is 1 raw text is: *UTILITY SECTION NEWSLETTER
A Periodic Report to the Members of the Section of Public Utility Law of the A merican Biar A ssociation
Page 1
Vol. 12             No. 1                           October 1, 1971
The Chairman's Statement
With the annual meeting in New York and London, we have completed one of the
most active and exciting years in the long history of the American Bar Association.
This Section, under the able leadership of Justin Stanley, took a prominent part in
these activities with outstanding programs at New York and London. We are deep-
ly indebted to Harold Russell and his Program Committee for putting the programs
together.
It is an honor to serve as Chairman of this Section for the coming year, although I
must confess it is something like taking over the coaching reins of a team that has
just topped off an undefeated season with a victory in the Rose Bowl. Fortunately,
we suffered no serious losses by graduation, and we can field a team of seasoned
veterans sprinkled with several outstanding new prospects to carry on the work of
the Section. Justin Stanley remains on the Council to give us the benefit of his ex-
perience and sound judgment. Robert H. Young will make a strong Chairman-Elect.
George R. Perrine returns as our experienced Section Delegate. Henry P. Sullivan
will take over as chairman of the Publications Committee, and Frederick T. Searls
will serve as chairman of the Standing Committee. David G. Macdonald, as chair-
man of the Program Committee, will be responsible for next year's program at
San Francisco. Francis X. Welch, secretary, and Jerrold Seymann, chairman of
Meetings, both seasoned veterans, will be around to pull things together when the
going gets tough.
We shall not want for problems. Problems related to the environment, which were
of major concern to the utilities last year, seem to be intensifying. Shortages of
electric power and of gas supply are anticipated. Consumer interests continue to be
active. Strikes in the transportation industries remain with us, and the Congress
has as yet taken no action on the ABA-approved bill drafted by a special committee
headed by William J. Curtin, chairman of our Labor Relations Committee. Grow-
ing capital requirements for improvement and expansion of service pose many new
problems for the regulated industries, and, in rec-
ognition of the lively interest in this area, our Sec-
tion has established a new Committee on Utility Fi-\A
nancing under the chairmanship of former Section
Chairman Herbert B. Cohn. Variety will also be
added to the many special problems regulated in-
dustries are encountering under the President's
wage-price freeze and will encounter under what-
ever new programs are established to continue the
necessary control of inflationary pressures after
the middle of November. With these as well as
the many other problems commanding our atten-
tion, we can look forward, with your continued sup-
port, to another interesting and successful year.
- Starr Thomas
Chairman, 1971-72
New Officers and Council Members
Starr Thomas of Chicago, Section Chairman, is          Starr Thomas
vice-president - law and a director of Atchison,     Chairman, 1971-72

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