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27 Util. Sec. Newsl.: Periodic Rep. Members Sec. Pub. Util. L. A.B.A. 1 (1986-1987)

handle is hein.journals/infrastr27 and id is 1 raw text is: iUTILITY SECTION NEWSLETTER
A Periodic Report to the Members of the Section of Public Utility Law of the American Bar Association
Vol. 27, No. 1                                                                          October 1986
The Chairmans Statement
By Ronald D. Jones
As we move forward toward 1987, the world in which our Section operates is far different from the world of only ten
years ago. In those days, we had the fully integrated AT&T telecommunications system, regulation of all parts of the
transportation industry, a shortage of natural gas and, on the electric side, the hope that the many planned nuclear plants
would resolve the problem of increasing electricity costs. The key to all of this was a regulatory framework affected by
heavy vestiges of past history and past circumstances. During these more recent years, regulation has adapted to the
economics and circumstances of the public service industries and, in a number of cases, regulation has disappeared as a
competitive market has taken over.
Our Section will continue to deal with current legal developments affecting the communications, energy, transportation
and water industries. This will involve recognizing the changes in or the elimination of regulation as well as the new
technologies that drive the basic services and economics of these industries.
Our Section has aimed to help you, the practitioner, to stay on top of new developments and, as may be appropriate, help
to influence them. All members receive copies of the annual report of the Standing Committee and of the proceedings at
the ABA Annual Meeting. In addition, the current semiannual committee reports available to the membership provide
extraordinary reviews of current activity We plan to have several high-quality programs during the coming year on
topics of current interest. And finally, we plan to work to a greater extent with the Young Lawyer and the Law Student
Divisions of the American Bar Association.
The success of our Section during the past several years has been the result of able contributions from many lawyers. I
would like to express appreciation to those who have guided us so well through the past year. Jim DeBois, our past
Chairman, had a superb year leading the Section forward. His hard work and gracious personality have set a standard that
I and my successors must strive to meet.
Harold Russell continues to provide us with outstanding representation in the House of Delegates. His judgment and his
advocacy have been of great importance not only to our Section but, I very much believe, tt the entire American gar
Association. We are very pleased that Harold will continue to serve as our Delegate during the coming year.
A high point of the past year has been the superb programs that have been
arranged by Gordon Gooch, Chairman of the Program Committee, and John
Quarles, as Chairman of the Publications Committee, ably provided us with
outstanding materials. Acknowledgment should also be given to former
Chairman Herb Cohn for his comprehensive overview of public utility law
contained in the Section's annual report, and to Bruce Radford, who once again
did a superb job editing the Section's Quarterly Newsletter. And finally, as the
people that hold all of us together, I extend our appreciation to Gerry Murray,
as Secretary, Tom Hester, as Chairman of the Meetings Committee, and Ford
Hall, as Budget Officer. I am happy to say that these three will be continuing in
these positions during the coming year.
I look forward to working with Alan Reed, our Chairman-Elect, who has served
so well in many important jobs in this Section. I also look forward to working
with Sam Winters, Nick Reynolds, and John Quarles, who will serve respectively
as the Chairmen of our Program, Standing and Publications Committees.
Ronald D. Jones          We will be striving to continue to improve the Sections value to the
Chairman, 1986-87          membership. I would very much appreciate hearing from (cont'd, page 2.)

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