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5 Litig. News 1 (1979-1980)

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Chicago Host to
Section Fall Meeting
The Fourth Annual Fall Meeting of the Section of Liti-
gation will be held in Chicago on November 8-10, 1979.
The Ritz Carlton Hotel, located on Chicago's magnifi-
cent Michigan Avenue, will be the headquarters for the
meeting. Accommodations will also be available at the
Drake Hotel.
Registrants will be welcomed on Friday morning,
November 9, by the Honorable Jane Byrne, Mayor of
the City of Chicago. Professor Faust F. Rossi of Cornell
Law School will present an update of national evidence
trends, followed by a debate on whether lawyers should
be excluded from jury selection process in the federal
courts. Our luncheon speaker on Friday will be the Rev-
erend Jesse L. Jackson, President and Chairman of the
Board, Operation PUSH.
Five of the Section's committees will present exciting
and informative programs on Friday afternoon. On Fri-
day evening, the Section will host a reception and buffet
at the Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Public Li-
brary in honor of the Attorney General of the United
States, the Honorable Benjamin R. Civiletti. The Pres-
ton Bradley Hall is a recently restored architectural
On Saturday morning, November 10, 1979, five Sec-
tion committees will present programs. Attorney Gen-
eral Civiletti will speak at lunch on Saturday.-
On Saturday afternoon, V. Hale Starr, a specialist in
communication research, Will help you learn how to im-
prove your credibility with a jury. We will then hear
debate on the question: If trial lawyers were automo-
biles, would 75 percent be recalled? The program will
be closed by Gerry L. Spence, the Jackson, Wyoming
lawyer who won a $10 million verdict against Kerr-Mc-
Gee in the Karen Silkwood case.
You will want to attend the Chicago meeting. A de-
tailed description of the program and a registration
form are on pages 16-20. The Section is grateful to pro-
gram chairman Joan M. Hall, Chicago, for developing
and coordinating this Fall Meeting of extraordinary
quality and interest.

Section-State Bars Liaison
Network Established
Fifty thousand trial lawyers will benefit from the liaison
established between the Section of Litigation and state
bar associations. Albert Fendig, Jr., Committee Chair-
man, announced that as of August 1, 1979, eleven state
bar associations have appointed liaison representatives to
the Section of Litigation. The program, Fendig states,
will provide a direct two-way channel of communication
between the Section and state and local elements of the
bar. The result will be to increase dramatically the ability
of the Section to focus on improving the trial system of
justice. It is expected that virtually all state bar and large
local associations invited will appoint two-year liaison
representatives to provide program continuity.
Chairman Lundquist advised the June Council
meeting that the response of bar presidents in accepting
this program graphically reflects appreciation of the
practical value of the activities of the Litigation Section to
the trial bar. By this liaison, Section-generated programs
will become accessible to the vast majority of lawyers who
go to court but have no opportunity to attend ABA
seminars or institutes. In addition, through its liaison, the
membership of the associations will have a voice in ex-
pressing representative opinions vital to the trial bar.
Fendig states that the high priority assigned to the
establishment of this liaison by Mr. Lundquist, Mr. Cor-
boy and the Council has created an innovative concept of
cooperation between national and local elements of the
trial bar which allows concentrated focus by large
numbers of trial lawyers and the judiciary on problems
affecting the trial bench and bar. The tongues of more
than 50,000 trial lawyers added to our Section member-
ship may provide the voice needed to speak for and im-
prove the trial system of justice.
Litigation Section committee chairmen will utilize the
liaison to advance their committee programs .by com-
municating directly with the state bar liaison represen-
tatives. Copies of all correspondence between Section
committees and liaisons to be sent to Albert Fendig, Jr.,
Chairman, Fendig, Fendig & McLemore, P.O. Box 1198,
Brunswick, GA 31520.
(continued on page 6)

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