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7 Util. Sec. Newsl.: Periodic Rep. Members Sec. Pub. Util. L. A.B.A. 1 (1966-1967)

handle is hein.journals/infrastr7 and id is 1 raw text is: UTiT                            ON NV WSLETTER
A Periodic Report to the Members of the Section of Public Utility Law of the American Bar Association
Page 1
Vol. 7              No. 1                          October 1, 1966       .
The Chairman's Statement
I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the bection o P-ublic
Utility Law for the coming year and only hope that I can live up to the high standard
of performance of your previous Chairmen. It will take assists from your able
retiring Chairman Theodore Brophy and Chairman-Elect Horace Moulton, but
these, I know, will be readily given. This is the occasion for looking ahead to the
coming year rather than for dwelling upon the accomplishments of last year. How-
ever, I do commend to the members of the Section the Annual Report for 1966 where
you will find not only several articles on timely subjects, but a thumbnail review of
important developments in all fields of public utility law prepared by some of the
best experts in each field - a truly singular document.
I think we all have reason to be pleased with the cohesive spirit displayed by the
members of the Section at the annual meeting in Montreal and it augurs well for a
year of constructive work on a broader base of participation than ever before. In
a subsequent portion of this Newsletter you will find listed the Section committee
chairmen who will serve for the coming year. It has been customary for the Chair-
man of each committee of the Section to make a report to the Council at its spring
and fall meetings, and in addition to supply the editor of the quarterly Utility Sec-
tion Newsletter with current information on important developments in their re-
spective fields. Accordingly, you may make these gentlemen your point of contact
if matters occur to you that you think should be considered by the Section Council.
I know that the chairmen would welcome the submission by members of Newsletter
items that they think are of unusual interest and might otherwise not be noted.
There will without doubt be any number of challenging problems confronting the
Council and certain committees of the Section during the coming year. For ex-
ample, one such problem will relate to the implementation of the proposal ap-
proved this past year by the ABA at the instance of the Public Utility Section, call-
ing for federal legislation amending the Federal Declaratory Judgment Act to en-
able a party to obtain a declaration as to where jurisdiction lies in a dispute over
that question between a federal and state regulatory body. Working with and
through the Washington office of the ABA, the Spe-
cial Committee to Study Jurisdictional Conflicts in
Regulation under Everett I. Willis will endeavor to
make progress on already drafted legislative re-
medial relief in the next Congress.
Another topic on which several members of the Sec-      -
tion may be working this year is the study of prob-
lems related to national strikes in the transportation
industries. The House of Delegates authorized ABA
President Marden to appoint a committee of not to
exceed nine members to make such a study and a re-
quest has been directed to Mr. Marden for appoint-
ment to the committee of two representatives from
our Section, but as yet we do not know whether this
request will be honored. Another member of the
Section has been asked to follow all developments
growing out of the work of the Standing Committee  Gregory S. Prince
on Aeronautical Law which is conducting an exten-  Chairman, 1966-67

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