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26 Util. Sec. Newsl.: Periodic Rep. Members Sec. Pub. Util. L. A.B.A. 1 (1985-1986)

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A Periodic Report to the Members of the Section of Public Utility Law of the American Bar Association
Vol. 26, No. 1                                                                            October 1985
Page 1
The Chairman's Statement
By James A. DeBois
It is startling to look back only a short twelve years, when I received my first appointment as a Committee Vice
Chairman in the Section, at the environment in which we then practiced public utility law. Change in our area of the
law in that brief period of time has been revolutionary. I know that we all were fully challenged by the regulatory issues
we faced in the past, but with the transformation from the regulated end of the spectrum toward the competitive end,
we face many new and difficult issues. Thomas Carlyle said Change, indeed, is painful. Although this is true, I am sure
that none of us are spending our time worrying about the pain but are rather enthusiastically expending our best efforts
in meeting the challenges before us. It is almost impossible to pick up a newspaper that does not have a story relating
to fallout from these changes. My concerns, of course, have principally involved the AT&T divestiture and the
movement toward deregulation in the area in which I work-telecommunications. But, wherever we look we see a new
world of legal issues facing all the businesses we represent-atomic energy, electricity, gas, notor carriers, oil pipelines,
railroads, and water utilities. If we could have ever been justly accused in the past of working in unexciting legal areas,
it is certainly not true in 1985. 1 am very proud of the role that the Public Utility Law Section is playing in helping the
legal profession in the transition to this new environment.
It is not impossible to express appreciation to all who have made contributions to our Section during this past year but
I would mention a few:
Bill Kolbe, our Chairman for the past y'ear, is a hard-working, highly intelligent, well-organized leader who did a
magnificent job. lie and IBarbara ire also two line human beings. I will find his accomplishnents difficult to match.
I larold Russell, a past Chairman of the Section, has worked diligently and well in representing us in the I louse of
)elegates. I lis advocacy of tile positions of significance to our Section has been of great importance. We are very
pleased that I larold will again serve as our delegate in the coming year. We are also gratified that I lcrschel Friday will
serve as tie rcpresentative of the Section and certain other Sections on the ABA Board of Governors.
'Iis past ycar, we have had distinguished programs. This has always been a nost iiportant part of our activities and
Alan Reed'. acconplishments as Program Chairman have been superior.
)ub Graham performed to the very high standard that one would expect of hiln as Chairman of the Standing
Connittee to Study and Report Recent )evelopmcnts in Public I Jtilit y law As a result of his efforts and of Alan
litchmanns greal job as Chairman of the Publications Conlnittce, we published a comprehensivc annual report of
high quality. A highlight of that annual report was a thoughtfil overview of the developments in public utility law
during the last year written 1 I lcrb Cohn, a past Chairman off the Section who always has been a significant
contributor to our elforls.
I think anyone who has been active in the Section is aware of the time and work ptt in this year by Gerry Murray as
Secretary and Chairnian if tile Meleings (onittee and by Ford I all as Budget Officer. I can assure  you that we
could not have succeeded without their unselfish service.
I look forwardt this year to wiirking with lion .iones, our (Ihairman-FItlect. who has served well in mainl) ilmportant jobs ill
the Sect it in. This past year lie and Frank Sapt ia' continiucd the oultanding tradition they, have established as (o-
Chairmen of our Natioital Instit itus atind Wtorkshlo ps. Our Natitoinal Institlitcs and \Wo rksh lps itave been well received and
will ctOlinuite to Ibe critical to the itecess cift he Sect ion. 't lk forward to the activitics ofit qali Abran iltsand Frank
Sapotlaro as co-(;hairme'n lir the Institute and Workshops in the coinlg year. (con'd, page 2.)

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