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Each Association, considering its own circumstances and opportunities, can easily devise the method by which it will impart this instruction. Popular talks, addressed to those who will come to hear, will, we think, fairly and profitably start the work. Faith in the need of this work, and enthusiasm for accomplishing its purpose will make it successful.
It is not our purpose to suggest the minute details of carrying out this program; nor is it necessary, because the ingenuity of members of the local associations will respond to the requirements of the situation.
Calling attention to another subject, we are impressed with the importance of our providing a means for expressing publicly the views and disseminating the knowledge of lawyers, by a suitable and ethical method of publicity, relative to matters pertaining to the administration of justice. The American Medical Association maintains at vast expense a great journal and other publications for the proper representation of that profession before the people. Many religious organizations by a similar method are constantly impressing upon the popular mind their notions on subjects in which they are interested. The American Bar Association, upon the occasion of the annual meeting, maintains a bureau of publicity by which correct information respecting the Association's program is disseminated. We deem it feasible and highly important for the local associations to provide a suitable means for expressing their views publicly in their communities upon important professional subjects of interest to the people and which are connected with the administration of the law. Courts are unjustly attacked and lawyers say nothing. A few words from a lawyer would often avoid a misunderstanding on the part of the people as to what the court's decision was and as to why it was rendered. Other opportunities of equal importance frequently arise for explanatory expression of some sort from the Bar. Your committee is of the opinion and recommends that local bar associations provide a committee whose duty it shall be to see that
in their respective communities the administration of the law is properly defended and that proper information respecting matters connected with the legal profession is correctly and liberally disseminated.
Your favor of July 1st addressed to Charles E. Southard, former president of the Weld County Bar Association, has been turned over to me for reply. As our annual meeting occurs in December of each year the officers change in the middle of the year. The present officers are C. D. Todd, president, and Franklin J. Green, vice-president, who with Victor E. Keyes, Donald C. McCreery. and Charles E. Southard, constitute the board of directors, and William Hall Thompson, is secretary of our association, and has been since its organization. Our association was incorporated on May 9, 1911, and now has thirty-four members which includes all of the Bar of Weld county, save three or four members. During the past year several of our local members have also joined the state association, and it will be our effort to induce them all to join, if possible.
During the past year no special line of work has been undertaken and no meeting has been held, save the regular annual meeting and the annual banquet, which is held on Washington's birthday. At our last banquet we were specially favored by having with us Hon. Wilbur F. Stone who delivered an address upon Pioneer Law and Lawyers of Colorado. This address was specially interesting to a large number of the younger members of our Bar who are not familiar with pioneer life in Colorado and the early struggle for law in a practically unorganized territory and the primitive mode of administering justice in what after became the State of Colorado. Judge Stone is always an interesting talker and on this occasion he seemed to be at his best, and for three hours maintained unbroken interest while he related incident after incident of the manner in which laws were made and enforced in the earlier days and told many interesting anecdotes and gave historical sketches concerning the lawyers of Colorado in the 60's and even to the date of the admission of the State into the Union.
The members of this Bar have always been active in matters of public interest and in all measures looking to the public welfare, but our association as such has not undertaken any particular work along any line, and under our by-laws we are prohibited from engaging in any political work in the interests of any political candidate. The most of our membership have taken part and voted upon candidates for the supreme judge in the present Bar contest which has for its object the nomination of a candidate for the supreme court without regard to political affiliation.
CHARLES D. TODD, President.
WILLIAM HALL THOMPSON, Secretary.
Del Norte, Colo., July 2, 1914.
Mr. Harry E. Kelly, Chairman, Denver, Colo.
In re San Luis Valley Bar Association. President Geo. P. Wilson, Del Norte; Vice-President, Fred D. Stanley, Alamosa; Secretary and Treasurer, Ezra T. Elliott, Del Norte. Meets annually on the first day of May term of the District Court at Del Norte. When enough money is in the treasury, have an annual banquet, strictly of a social character. Have a code of legal ethics which each member is bound to follow and which tends to elevate the standing of the Bar before the public. Look after indigent members, assist them while living and bury them when death overtakes them in a penniless condition.
EZRA T. ELLIOTT,
Secretary and Treasurer.
Pueblo, Colo., June 19, 1914.
Hon. Harry E. Kelly, Chairman,
Committee on Local Bar Associations, Denver, Colo.
In response to your request for a report as to the activities of the Pueblo Bar Association during the past year, I beg to report as follows:
Our Association does not hold meetings at stated periods, but meetings have been held from time to time during the year as occasion has required.
Our Association has adopted and forwarded to the Supreme Court, in response to its request, a set of resolutions recommending to the Court's consideration changes in the rules of procedure which we deem advisable.
Our Association adopted a resolution opposing the bill introduced by Senator Thomas in the United States Senate for the creation of an additional United States judgeship in Colorado, and favoring the bill introduced by Congressman Taylor for the creation of an additional judicial district in Colorado.
A number of matters of merely local importance were considered by the Pueblo Bar Association during the year. In April we held an informal and most enjoyable supper at which we had the pleasure of entertaining United States District Judge Robert E. Lewis, United States District Attorney Harry E. Kelly, and their staffs. Both Judge Lewis and Mr. Kelly delighted us with interesting talks, Judge Lewis forcibly impressing upon the members of the Association their duty and opportunity in the matter of educating aliens in regard to the American system of government, and the duties and obligations of American citizenship.
Yours very truly,
ALVA B. ADAMS,
President of the Pueblo Bar Association.
Denver, Colo., July 2, 1914.
Harry E. Kelly, Esq.,
Federal Building, City.
Dear Mr. Kelly:
Replying to your letter of the first inst., requesting a report from the Denver Bar Association for presentation to the Colorado Bar Association by its Committee on Local Bar Associations, I beg to say:
The officers of the Denver Bar Association, elected at its annual meeting in December, 1913, are as follows:
George C. Manly, President; Charles K. Phillipps, First Vice-President; John E. Fetzer, Second Vice-President; Hugh McLean, Secretary and Treasurer.
Its present membership is 410. Seventy-two new members were added during the year 1913, and up to the present time, nine members have been taken in during 1914. A list of attorneys in Denver recently compiled by the "Daily Journal" shows a total of 740 lawyers in Denver. As a considerable number of these are not in active practice, it will be seen that, with 410 members, the Denver Bar Association has in its membership a large majority of the lawyers in active practice in Denver.
One of the most important functions of our Association is the maintenance of a law library in the Denver Court House. We now have there more than 4,000 volumes. During 1913 over 500 volumes were added, and as $3 out of every $5 annual membership fee goes into the library fund, we are rapidly making this a very good working library, to the great convenience, not only of the members of our Association, but of the judges and officials in the Court House. We expended about $1,150 on the library last year.
The House Committee of the Association has arranged a number of meetings at luncheon, which have been well attended and have proved very interesting and enjoyable. In September, 1913, such a meeting was held to hear a report from delegates to the American Bar Association meeting in Montreal; another in November, at which we heard from two of the Justices of the Supreme Court with reference to the proposed new rules of practice and procedure, and another in June, 1914, at which we had a report with reference to the Colorado Bar Association's primary for the Supreme Court Judgeship, and an address from Judge Lunt of Colorado Springs with regard to the rules of practice promulgated by the Supreme Court. The annual banquet of the Association was held in February, the principal address being given by Rome G. Brown, Esq., of Minneapolis, on "The Election of Judicial Judgments."
Our Association has had a special committee on the rules of the District Court of this district, which committee did considerable work, in cooperation with the judges, with reference to proposed changes. A referendum vote was sent out, and a special meeting held in April, at which these changes were fully discussed.
The Judiciary Committee has been active in conferring with the judges of the Supreme Court, and making suggestions with reference to the new rules of practice, and a special meeting of the Association was held on July 1, 1914, with particular reference to the rule abolishing the right of attorneys to issue summons, at which meeting the Judiciary Committee was instructed to convey to the Supreme Court the recommendation of the Denver Bar Association that the present rule permitting attorneys to issue summons be retained, with such further safeguards against abuse as the Court may think necessary.
The Memorial Committee arranged a memorial meeting in June, 1914, at which appropriate obituaries and resolutions were presented with reference to fourteen members of the Denver Bar who have died during the past year.
While this report may not be entirely complete, I trust it will indicate, sufficiently for your purposes, the general scope of the activities