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Published by the
Section of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
of the American Bar Association
Volume 3, Number 1, Fall 1983

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Our Annual Meeting in Atlanta
this August was marked by
warm hospitality, cooler than ex-
pected weather and develop-
ments that will affect the Ameni
can Bar Association and all of its
members for years to come.        7
  The Model Code of Profes-
sional Conduct, for example,         A
took the next step along the road
to adoption and implementation
as the explanatory language of
the Code provisions were considered, revised in some
cases, and adopted (see articles by our Section Delegate
Bill Schuyler and Jerry Voight, Chairman of Committee
502, in the Spring 1983 Newsletter).
  There was considerable excitement about the prospect
of a contest in the General Assembly and the House of
Delegates over the so-called Beckham Amendment to
the ABA Consititution whereby each of the Sections
would be given a representative member on the ABA
Nominating Committee (see the box insert on page 3 of
the Summer 1983 Newsletter). This potentially explosive
situation. was defused by ABA President Morris Harrell
who proposed a compromise at a meeting of Section Of-
ficers: appointment of a Special Commission on Associa-
tion Governance to study the entire process of nomina-
tion and election of officers and members of the Board of
Governors as well as the long-range governance process.
By voting to adopt the compromise, the Section Officers
avoided the confrontation at the Monday, August 1,
meeting of the Assembly. President Harrell, with the con-
currence of President-Elect Wallace D. Riley, appointed
the following members to the Commission which will file
its report no later than the 1984 Midyear Meeting: Justin
A. Stanley, Chairman, Philip S. Anderson, Walter Beck-
ham, George Bushnell, Jr., Talbot D'Alemberte, James
R. Greenfield, Joan M. Hall, Marion Edwyn Harrison,
Frank A. Kaufman, Robert D. Raven, Antonin Scalia,

Joseph E. Stopher, W. David Watkins, Edward B. Winn,
and Henry Wheeler.
  We had an excellent business meeting and an excellent
program. Our social program was among the most
delightful we've enjoyed. At our annual dinner dance,
retiring Chairman Tom Hofstetter who received his early
training in Nashville, brought tears to the eyes of many as
he dedicated to our past Chairmen his rendition of a song
entitled Oh Lord, It's Hard to Be Humble. Who said
we've given up entertainment!
  The new Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
(CAFC) has been in existence for a year, as of October 1,
1983. Formation of this court caused considerable divi-
sion in the bar, but once enabling legislation was passed
and the court came into existence, most of us who had
had reservations closed ranks and warmly supported the
new court. In a fine article in our last Newsletter Judge
                              (Continued on page 9)

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