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5 Util. Sec. Newsl.: Periodic Rep. Members Sec. Pub. Util. L. A.B.A. 1 (1964-1965)

handle is hein.journals/infrastr5 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 American Bar Association
Page 1
Vol. 5            No. 1                                 October 1, 1964
The Chairman's Statement
On August 1Z, 1964, with sincerest pleasure and appreciation, I assumed the office
of Chairman of your Section of Public Utility Law. Under the new bylaws, having
acted as Chairman-Elect for the past year, I had the opportunity of watching and
learning under the able guidance of the retiring Chairman George R. Perrine, who
led the Section through one of its most active and successful years. As the result
of Mr. Perrine's generous and thoughtful help, I came to the chairmanship with
current knowledge of the many interesting and fascinating problems which will face
our group during the coming year, and I am indeed happy to look forward to a
similar relationship with Theodore F. Brophy, the new Chairman-Elect.
As this Newsletter is written, I have just been advised of the passage of the new
Administrative Conference Act which was finally approved August 30, 1964.
The representatives of your Section co-operated actively with other groups from
the American Bar Association in supporting this legislation and its passage marks
another step forward in the improvement of administrative procedure before fed-
eral agencies comparable in importance to the original Administrative Procedure
Act.  Under the terms of this act, not less than one-third nor more than two-
fifths of the total members of the Conference are to be appointed by the Chairman
and are to be selected from members of the practicing bar, scholars in the field
of administrative law or government, or others especially informed by knowledge
and experience with respect to federal administrative procedure.  It is to be
hoped that at least several members of this Section would be invited to serve on
the Conference since there are many in our group having the qualifications pro-
vided in the act.
In a subsequent portion of this bulletin, you will find a list of the newly appointed
Section committee chairmen to serve during the 1964-65 term. Under our prac-
tice, these committees report to the Council at the spring and fall meetings and,
in addition, supply the editor of the quarterly Utility Section Newsletter with cur-
rent information concerning important developments in their respective fields.
Under this practice, the Council is able to consider and determine whether action
should be taken by the Section on any legislative or other developments which may
occur from time to time between annual meetings.
These committees further provide a method whereby
individual members of the Section may communicate
with the chairmen of the respective committees as to
new matters which such members feel justify Section
action. In this manner, any member of the Section
may assist the committees and the Council in consider-
ing and formulating programs through advices from
active practitioners or scholars in the many fields of
activity covered by the committees. For example, at
the present time the formation and initial organization
of Comsat has given rise to a host of interesting prob-
lems in the field of space communications; the impor-
tant Telpak case before the Federal Communications
Commission has opened up a whole new field of activ-  W. James Macintosh
ity and controversy in the telephone and wire services  Chairman, 1964-65

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