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13 Util. Sec. Newsl.: Periodic Rep. Members Sec. Pub. Util. L. A.B.A. 1 (1972-1973)

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A Periodic Report to the Members of the Sectionz of Public Utility Law of the American Bar Association
Page 1
Vol. 13            No. 1                           October 1, 1972
The Chairman's Statement
In preparation for writing the Chairman's Statement a review of statements by my
predecessors was inevitable. I found it a humbling experience both in terms of the
erudite remarks of our past Chairmen and in the recognition that the problems of
utility law practice remain largely unresolved in nature. Increased public partici-
pation produces delay but little public understanding, environmental problems multi-
ply, satisfactory evidence of a fair rate of return remain elusive, adequate energy
supplies are still in doubt, air extortion follows air hijacking, and railroad financial
difficulties grow. To suggest that we will grapple with these subjo, ts is redundant.
To predict solutions would be absurd.
By way of orientation, it should be noted that our role will continue to lie primarily
in the information and education realm. Our Annual Report has historically made
a major contribution in this direction. I am confident that our new Standing Com-
mittee Chairman, James A. DeBois, will maintain the standards for that report
which have existed in the past and will strive to make the report even more informa-
tive and more useful to practitioners in this field.
Our other major effort towards information and education occurs through the pro-
gram at the annual meeting. The annual meeting will be in Washington, D. C.,
this year, and this provides a unique opportunity for speakers from the Washing-
ton area and discussion of major national issues in the utility law field. Our Pro-
gram Chairman, David C. Acheson, has already assembled an effective committee
to work on this project and, once the uncertainty created by the national election has
been resolved, that committee will be active in preparing an outstanding program.
Guidance in preparing the Annual Report and the annual meeting program is pro-
vided by the interim meetings of the Officers, Council, arid committee chairmen.
It is our hope that these meetings will supply additional focus from which the An-
nual Report and program should benefit. In addition, the meetings should supply
.,an opportunity for the Section to develop avenues for, improvement in the efficiency
413m-:.r                 and expedition of the regulatory process and a con-
'......:,ii :  ¢;! '!'i i  structiVe position on  public participation in that proc-
ess. These are current issues of national importance
upon which the, expertise of the Section membership.
should be focused and concerning which recommenda-
tions should be prepared.
It is apparent that our new Chairman-Elect, F. -Mark
Garlinghouse, will bring tremendous experience to
the activities of the group and that the new Council
{ members and the committee chairmen and vice-
chairmen provide a talented and roUnded source of
:leadership. With the continued aid of our past Chair -
man, Starr Thomas, our secretary, Francis X.
Welch, and our Meetings and Finance Chairman,
Jerrold Seymann, I am confident that we will have a
constructive, :informative, and successful year.

Robert H.  Young
Chairman, -1972-73

- Robert H. Young,
Chairman, 1972-73

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