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of friendship which the Rhode Island lawyers have extended
(See the Appendix.)
(See List of New Members.) The Secretary:
Mr. President, the Secretary has received credentials from the following delegates from State and Local Bar Associations.
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ciations.) The Secretary:
I have an announcement to make, Mr. President, which, with your permission, I will present now:
In consequence of the absence of Mr. Thomas J. Kernan, , who was expected to read a paper this evening, the Executive Committee has asked Mr. Harvey N. Shepard, of Boston, to open a discussion of the question, “What can be done to improve the jury system ?” to be followed by an informal debate on the subject by those members who may be present.
The next business in order is the election of members of the General Council. It is usual for the Association to take
a temporary recess in order to allow the state delegations to select their members.
Members are requested to select as members of the General Council gentlemen who are actually present at this annual meeting
A recess of five minutes was then taken, after which members of the General Council were elected.
(See List of Officers at end of Minutes.) Ralph W. Breckenridge, of Nebraska :
Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to speak for a moment of a request submitted by the Attorney-General of the United States, and to present a bill drawn by him to authorize the issuance of special bench warrants in certain criminal cases,
It appears that there is no provision for the extradition of a person indicted for a crime in one of the judicial districts of the United States to another district, and I introduce this bill at his request and move its reference to the Committee on Jurisprudence and Law Reform.
The President :
Mr. President and gentlemen : Judge Baldwin, of Connecticut, is unable to be here on account of his absence in Europe, and he requested me to ask the Association that a resolution be adopted appointing a delegate to the International Law Association which is to meet very shortly in Norway. I therefore move you, sir, that the Chair appoint such a delegate.
James 0. Crosby, of Iowa :
The International Law Association meets on the 5th of September, I understand, and it will not be possible for a delegate from this Association to get to Norway in time to take part in their meeting.
Talcott II. Russell :
Judge Baldwin is already in Europe, and if he is appointed as such delegate he could easily be present.
The Chair would request the gentleman from Connecticut to put his resolution in writing and then to call it up again.
The next business in order is the report of the Secretary.
John Hinkley, of Maryland, the Secretary of the Association, read his report.
Without objection, the report of the Secretary will be received and filed.
(See the Report at end of Minutes.) The President: Next in order is the report of the Treasurer.
Frederick E. Wadhams, of New York, the Treasurer of the Association, read his report.
Under the rule, the report of the Treasurer goes to an auditing committee, the names of which will be announced later.
(See the Report at end of Minutes.) The President: The next business is the report of the Executive Committee. The report was read by the Secretary. The President:
The question is what shall be done with the report of the Executive Committee. As it recommends an amendment to the by-laws, it will have to be voted upon.
James Hagerman, of Missouri:
Mr. President, I ask that there be a division upon the question, and that we vote first upon the recommendation in the report that a Reception Committee be appointed.
The motion amending the by-laws so as to provide for a Reception Committee was adopted.
In accordance with this vote, the Chair appoints the following gentlemen to constitute the Reception Committee: Charles Claflin Allen, of Missouri ; Ralph W. Breckenridge, of
Nebraska ; William P. Breen, of Indiana ; Rome G. Brown, of Minnesota ; Aldis B. Browne, of the District of Columbia; Fabius H. Busbee, of North Carolina; Henry H. Ingersoll, of Tennessee ; John F. Lee, of Missouri; William A. Ketcham, of Indiana ; John Morris, of Indiana; George Whitelock, of Maryland; S. S. P. Patteson, of Virginia ; Rodney A. Mercur, of Pennsylvania ; Charles Noble Gregory, of Wisconsin.
Mr. President, I have committed to writing my resolution in respect to the appointment of a delegate to the International Law Association, and it reads as follows:
Resolved, That the Honorable Simeon E. Baldwin be, and he is hereby, appointed a delegate from this Association to the meeting of the International Law Association which is to meet this year at Christiania, Norway, in September, and that the substance of this resolution be cabled to Judge Baldwin.
John P. Briscoe, of Maryland:
Judge Baldwin is a member of the International Law Association, and if he is in Europe now he will probably attend its sessions and he will do so as member of that Association. Permit me to say, Mr. President, that I should heartily agree with the suggestion, if it is made, to name Judge Baldwin to represent us at the meeting of the International Law Association.
The resolution was adopted.
Resolved, That the Committee on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar be instructed to ascertain what degrees are conferred by the law schools of the United States and the conditions upon which such degrees are granted, and also what degrees in law are conferred by other educational institutions.
George M. Sharp, of Maryland:
I second the resolution, understanding that it is to be referred to the committee.
The Chair understands the resolution as offered merely for reference now to the Committee on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
George L. Reinhard :
Without objection, it will go to that committee. There being no objection, it is so referred.
Amasa M. Eaton, of Rhode Island:
Mr. President, I would call attention to the necessity of a strict observance of our rule requiring every gentleman addressing the meeting to state his name and the state from which he hails in order that those who are here for the first time may know who the speakers are to whom they have the pleasure of listening
The Chair trugts that the admonition of the gentleman from Rhode Island will be heeded. The Chair desires to remind the members of the Association present that tonight we are to have a symposium upon the question of whether jury trials can be improved in any way. Of course we have all had our experiences in jury trials, and I doubt not that there are many among us who can relate some very interesting experiences in that line.
M. F. Dickinson, of Massachusetts:
I desire to add a word in line with what our President has said, and I speak as one member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Kernan's inability to be present at this meeting did not become known to the committee until within a very few days. Our President used every means in his power to get some one to fill the vacancy in our programme which his absence created,