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OFFICERS OF THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

1909-1910

PRESIDENT

CHARLES F. LIBBY, Portland, Maine

SECRETARY

GEORGE WHITLOCK, Baltimore, Md.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY

ALBERT C. RITCHIE, Baltimore, Md.

TREASURER

FREDERICK E. WADHAMS, Albany, N. Y.

VICE PRESIDENT FOR ARKANSAS

ASHLEY COCKRILL, Little Rock

MEMBER OF GENERAL COUNCIL FOR ARKANSAS JOHN FLETCHER, Little Rock

LOCAL COUNCIL FOR ARKANSAS

JACOB TRIEBER, Little Rock
JOSEPH M. STAYTON, Newport
GEORGE B. ROSE, Little Rock
JOHN W. BLACKWOOD, Little Rock
CHARLES E. WARNER, Fort Smith

PROCEEDINGS

OF THE

TWELTH ANNUAL SESSION

OF THE

BAR ASSOCIATION OF ARKANSAS

HELD AT

HOT SPRINGS, ARK.

JUNE 1 AND 2, 1909.

The twelfth annual meeting of the Bar Association of Arkansas was called to order by Judge Joseph M. Hill, Chairman of the Executive Committee, in the rotunda of the Eastman Hotel, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, at 10:30 a. m., June 1, 1909. The invocation was offered by Rev. A. R. Taylor.

Judge Hill then introduced the president, Hon. John M. Moore, who read the annual address, on "The Development of the Law of Private Corporations in this country." (See Appendix, p. 45.)

The meeting adjourned until 2 p. m.

AFTERNOON SESSION_FIRST DAY.

Owing to inclement weather the afternoon session convened at the Arlington Hotel.

The Secretary read his report as follows:

SECRETARY'S REPORT

To the President and Members of the Association:

The usual duties of tăe office have been performed. The minutes were prepared and published under my directions.

As authorized by the Association, the $200.00 contributed to the . Garland monument fund was paid to the Arkansas Gazette.

Copies of the Code of Ethics adopted by the American Bar Association were sent to the members.

Since the last report I have collected 1908 dues to the amount of $336.00, and $350.00 of the current year's dues, which have been turned over to the Treasurer. Respectfully submitted.

Roscoe R. LYNN,

Secretary.
The Treasurer's report was filed and is as follows:

TREASURER'S REPORT.

To the President and Members of the Association:

Your Treasurer submits his report of receipts and expenditures since the last meeting, with vouchers attached:

STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS.

DEBITS
June, 1908. To balance as shown by last report...

To 1909 dues from Secretary...
To contributions to Garland monument fund..
To 1909 dues from Secretary....

.$ 348.92

336.00

2.50 350.00

.$1,037.42

8.00

Total....

CREDITS
May, 1908. (1) Postage, programs, etc...... .$

(2) Arkansas Gazette, contribution to

Garland manument fund....

(3) Secretary July, 1908. (4) Contribution to entertainment com

200.00
200.00

mittee (5) Democrat Ptg. & Litho. Co., cards,

badges, letters....

41.50

13.40

6.00

14.25
4.00

15.00

100.00

Oct., 1908. (6) Postage, circular letters..
Nov., 1908. (7) Democrat Ptg. & Litho. Co., letter-

heads, etc. Feb.,

1909. (8) Postage March, 1909. (9) H. C. Hale, reporting proceedings of

last meeting....
May, 1909. (10) Democrat Ptg. & Litho. Co., part pay-

ment for printing minutes, etc.
(11) Postage, mailing minutes to mem-

bers and exchanges and circular let

ter
(12) Postage, announcements.
(13) Secretary, expense of trip to Hot

Springs
(14) Incidentals, telegrams, etc.
(15) Democrat Ptg. & Litho. Co., print-

ing minutes, letters, etc., balance...

30.00
8.00

3.50 3.50

124.75

$ 771.90

Balance on hand....

$ 265.52 Respectfully submitted,

P. C. Dooley,

Treasurer.

The President appointed T. S. Busbee, J. E. Williams and A. Curl an Auditing Committee, and the Secretary's report and Treasurer's report were referred to this committee.

The report of the Executive Committee was read by Judge Hill as follows:

To the President and Members of the Association:

Your Executive Committee beg leave to report:

We have prepared a program, and it speaks for itself; if it is good, we take the credit; if it is not, the gentlemen who are responsible for the failure must bear it.

After careful investigation of the situation, and some years' experience in raising funds, we recommend that the annual dues be raised from $3.00 to $5.00, and state that the dues would then be in line with what are being charged by other associations.

We recommend that article 7 of the Constitution be amended so as to read as follows: "The following standing committees shall be appointed by the President within thirty days after adjournment of each annual meeting: On Law and Law Reform; on Uniform State Laws; on Public Service Corporations; on Public Improvements and Local Assessments; on Practice in the Supreme Court; on Practice in the Circuit Court; on Practice in the Chancery Court; on Memorials.”

This eliminates from our list of standing committees the following: On Judicial Administration; on Education and Admission to the Bar; on Appeals and Grievances; on Publication; on Professional Ethics; on Judiciary; on Commercial Law and Insurance Law, and in their place we substitute the foregoing committees. Respectfully submitted,

Jos. M. Hill, Chairman.
CHAS. T. COLEMAN.
JOHN FLFTCHER.
P. C. DOOLEY.

Mr. J. H. Harrod moved the adoption of the report. Mr. J. E. Williams suggested that the report contained two important questions, and that it would be a good idea to discuss them separately. Mr. Kie Oldham stated that he was in favor of the first proposition, that is, the proposed increase in dues, if it be necessary, and requested Mr. Coleman, a member of the Executive Committee, to explain the necessity so that the members may understand it.

Mr. Coleman stated that after a careful canvass of the situation the committee found it was absolutely necessary either to increase the dues to meet our ordinary expenses, or to call on the members of the Association annually for voluntary contributions to make up the deficit and pay for annual banquet and entertainments. Ordinarily the Association meets at Little Rock, and it has now grown so large that it is impossible to meet at any other town, because the cost of entertainment is so great the local Bar cannot stand it, and we think it wise for the Association to increase its dues so that they can take care of the many expenses at every meeting, wherever it might be held; then we will be in a position for any local Bar in the State to invite us to their home town, the Association taking care of the expenses. Perhaps it will create a pleasant rivalry among the different sections to have the Association; it will add interest to it and further its object. There are numerous other things. The printing of the record has become so burdensome we haven't funds sufficient to pay for that. There are a good many other items, but it is not necessary to take up the time of the Association in mentioning them. We thought it would be better and more in accord with the ideas of the Association to have the dues sufficient to take care of all the expenses, and make it absolutely independent on all occasions, whatever might happen.

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