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4 Util. Sec. Newsl.: Periodic Rep. Members Sec. Pub. Util. L. A.B.A. 1 (1963-1964)

handle is hein.journals/infrastr4 and id is 1 raw text is: A UTILITY SECTION NEWSLETT
A Periodic Report to the Members of the Section of Public Utility Law of the American Bar Association
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Vol. 4       No. 1                                          October 1, 1963
A Periodic Report to the Members of the Section of
Public Utility Law of the American Bar Association
The Chairman's Statement
It is with great pleasure that I exercise this privilege of addressing the member-
ship, at large, of the Section of Public Utility Law since being chosen as your
Chairman at the annual meeting of the Section in Chicago, August 14, 1963. To
those who were unable to be present at that time, may I again repeat what I said
at the meeting - that I will strive to serve as head of our Council and Section as
effectively as the many distinguished members of our group who have preceded me
as Chairman. This is no easy task to accomplish. I can only hope, with the help
and co-operation of the Council and of the membership, that the forthcoming year
will be recorded as another successful chapter in the annals of the Section.
There is considerable and important work to be done. One of the things which has
become more obvious to all of us, in recent years, is the increasing activity of
our Section, often in co-operation with other sections, with respect to proposed
congressional legislation. In former years it was only occasionally that our Coun-
cil was asked to take a position with respect to recommendations for congression-
al legislation. At its recent meeting during the Chicago convention of the Ameri-
can Bar Association, August 11-14, 1963, the Council of the Section was asked to
consider a number of such recommendations. It now finds itself on record or com-
mitted to support a variety of recommendations, such as carrying out the final re-
port of the Administrative Conference of the United States. Bills on this subject
are now before the Congress. The representatives of your Section, in co-opera-
tion with the Section of Administrative Law and the Special Committee on Legal
Services and Procedure, are carrying forward the views agreed upon by your
Council in support of this important administrative conference program. Else-
where in this issue of the Utility Section Newsletter will be found reference to
other legislative matters upon which our Council has been asked to take a position.
The point I would like to make, in this message, is that with the increasing com-
plexity in the developments of the law of public utility regulation, as well as with
other branches of business and administrative law, our Section of Public Utility
Law is being looked to for leadership and guidance
more and more. We must accept this responsibility
as the price of our activities in our chosen field of
specialized practice. To this end, as well as carry-
ing out the work of the regular and standing commit-
tees of the Section, I have already announced the ap-
pointment of various chairmen. I am confident that
the business of the Section will be in good hands and
well served by the able and enthusiastic participation
of all the elected officers and Council members, as
well as the appointed committees in the year which
lies ahead. With best wishes and hearty greetings to
all members of the Section.
Cordially,
GEORGE I'F.RRINr                                George R. Perrine,
Chairman, 1963-64

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