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The attention of the committee was called to the dire need of refugee lawyers impoverished and rendered homeless by the war, and a special committee, consisting of the President of the Association and the former presidents thereof, was appointed and authorized to take up with the members of the American Bar Association and kindred legal organizations in the United States the question of voluntary subscriptions to this cause, and to distribute and apply such funds as the Special Committee might receive. Hon. Joseph H. Choate was appointed Chairman of the committee; and the Secretary and Treasurer of the Association were appointed ex-officio Secretary and Treasurer thereof
The Executive Committee was advised of the death of the Rt. Hon. Sir Wm. Rann Kennedy, P. C., L. L. D., Lord Justice of the Court of Appeal in England, who was an honored guest of the Association at its meeting in Buffalo, in 1889, and again at its meeting in St. Louis, in 1904; and who was also in attendance at Portland, Me., in 1907, when the International Law Association held a meeting in connection with the American Bar Association. A memorial note was approved by the committee and copy transmitted to the International Law Association.
The committee was also advised of the death of Mr. F. P. Ward, publicity agent of the Association. A memorial note was spread upon the minutes, and copy sent to the family of Mr. Ward.
The committee has also been advised of the death of Sir François Langelier of Montreal, Canada, an honorary member of the Association.
The University of North Carolina invited the Association to appoint a delegate to represent it at the Inauguration Ceremonies of Edward Kidder Graham as President of the University at Chapel Hill, April 21, 1915. The President appointed P. A. Willcox, of South Carolina, to represent the Association.
An invitation was extended by the Trustees and Faculty of Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa., to the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Founding of the College, June 20, 1915. The President appointed William M. Hargest, of Pennsylvania, to represent the Association on this occasion.
The National Council of the World's Insurance Congress will meet in San Francisco, Cal., October 4-16, 1915. The President has appointed Arthur I. Vorys, of Ohio, to represent the Association on that occasion.
The President appointed Hampton L. Carson, of Pennsylvania, to represent the Association at the funeral of W. U. Hensel, of Pennsylvania, who had been an active and most efficient member of the Association since 1891; and Hollis R. Bailey, of Massachusetts, to represent the Association at the funeral of Charles F. Libby, of Maine, a former President of the Association, and twice a member of its Executive Committee.
The Treasurer was authorized to rent such additional office for the use of the Bar Association as he might find necessary.
In accordance with By-Law VIII of the Constitution, the President appointed a Reception Committee of 15 members to attend immediately before and at the opening of the first day's session of the annual meeting to receive members and delegates and introduce them to each other, with a view of making them better acquainted and establishing a spirit of good fellowship among them. The members of the committee are as follows: Herbert R. MacMillan, Utah, Hugh H. Brown, Nevada,
Chairman, Hollis R. Bailey, Mass., George B. Young, Vermont,
Henry D. Estabrook, New York, William P. Bynum, N. C.,
Walter Geo. Smith, Penna., Wm. A. Blount, Florida,
Robert E. L. Saner, Texas, Jacob Trieber, Arkansas,
Lynn Helm, California, C. B. Smith, Kansas,
Percy D. Maddin, Tennessee, George W. Weadock, Michigan, Selden P. Spencer, Missouri.
The Executive Committee appointed Selden P. Spencer a committee of one to procure lapel buttons to identify members, for distribution and use among those in attendance at Salt Lake City.
The Executive Committee recommends to the Association the adoption of the following amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws, viz.:
(a) Amend Article VII of the Constitution, referring to dues, by omitting the last sentence of said article and substituting therefor the following:
“ The annual dues include cost of the American Bar Association JOURNAL, which to members is $1.50 per year.
All other publications of the Association shall be free of charge to the members."
(b) Amend Article III of the Constitution so as to insert among the standing committees therein enumerated, and after
the words “On Professional Ethics," the words “ Noteworthy Changes in Statute Law.”
Amend Article II, subdivision f. of the By-Laws so as to insert among the list of standing committees to report, after the words “ On Uniform State Laws," the words “ On Noteworthy Changes in Statute Law.”
(c) Amend Article III of the Constitution by striking out the words “ On Commercial Law” and substituting therefor the words “ On Commerce, Trade, and Commercial Law."
Amend Article II, subdivision f. of the By-Laws by striking out the words “ On Commercial Law," and substituting therefor the words “ On Commerce, Trade and Commercial Law.”
(d) Amend Article XI of the Constitution by adding at the end thereof the words “and places over which the United States exercises extra-territorial jurisdiction.”
PETER W. MELDRIM, President,
WINTERFOLD, CRANLEIGH, SURREY, June 23, 1915. DEAR MR. WHITELOCK: Your telegram announcing my election as an honorary member of the American Bar Association came to me as a great surprise and afforded me great pleasure. I wired my acceptance at once. It has always been a matter of great regret that I was unable to accept the invitation of the Association so often repeated, but now alas ! impossible of acceptance.
I have during the whole of my professional career had intimate friends among the American Bar. My father's name gave me my first introduction. Among the earliest were David Dudley Field and Judge Peabody. The former visited me constantly when in England. Then came Randolph Robinson, with whom I was very intimate, and later on of course I knew well the Ambassadors Phelps, Lincoln, Hay, Bayard and Choate. My work as counsel on International Arbitrations gave me the friendship of James C. Carter, one of the most brilliant of American lawyers, Coudert, and Judge Blodgett, and later President Harrison, General Tracy, Russell Soley and Mallet Prevost. Then of course I knew very intimately Chief Justice Fuller, Mr. Justice Harlan and Mr. Justice Brewer. This list, by no means complete, will give you some indication of the number of eminent men whose friendship I have enjoyed, and I shall always regard my election as an honorary member of the Bar Association as the greatest compliment that has ever been paid me. I am,