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The Treasurer presented the following report, which was received and approved:
To the Colorado Bar Association:
Denver, Colo., July 6, 1898.
Your Treasurer reports that he has received since the organization of the Bar Association to date, admission fees from the following persons:
October 23. Merchants Publishing Company, printing
postals, circular letter and application blanks........$ 5.25 November 6. Hamilton & Kendrick, letter copy book..... 1.85 November 6. Five hundred stamped envelopes... November 15. Clark Quick Printing Company, printing
letter heads, circular letter and lists of committees... 10.00 November 16. W. H. Kistler Stationery Company, record books, letter file and receipt book.
December 16. Lucius W. Hoyt, miscellaneous expenses in organization of association..
December 30. H. C. Van Schaack, admission fee returned on withdrawal of application..
January 3. Clark Quick Printing Company, printing circular letter....
January 6. Secretary of state, filing certificate of incorporation
January 6. Capron-Stott Printing Company, printing cir
June 20. Lucius W. Hoyt, expenses to Colorado Springs to prepare for annual meeting.
June 24. Merchants Publishing Company, printing circu
June 27. Merchants Publishing Company, printing circu-
July 2. Merchants Publishing Company, printing circu-
July 5. W. H. Kistler Stationery Company, book for list of attorneys..
Balance on hand, $407.28.
LUCIUS W. HOYT,
The Committee on Grievances presented their report, which, with the Code of Ethics recommended, was adopted.
(See the Appendix.)
SECOND DAY MEETING.
Thursday, July 7, 1898.
The meeting was called to order at 11:00 o'clock a. m. by President Hugh Butler.
President Butler called for the reading of the minutes of the last meeting, that being the first order of business.
Secretary Hoyt thereupon read the minutes of the last meet
Judge Yeaman moved that the minutes be approved, which motion was duly seconded and carried.
The next business being the reports of standing committees, the chair asked for the report of the Committee on Admissions.
Judge W. S. Decker: I have a suggestion to make which possibly it might be well to have the meeting consider. In the experience which I have had as chairman of the Committee on Admissions, I find that the members of the committee have usually passed applicants upon the strength of the endorsement made by members of the association. As the committee is now
constituted, there are six of us from Denver and three from other parts, Boulder, Idaho Springs and Cañon City. I tried to get the committee together to pass upon applications, but did not succeed, and therefore, in order to have the whole committee act, I have had to write to each member a statement of what the applications contain and the names of those recommending the applicants. In nearly every instance, the answer of the member of the committee would be that he was in favor of the applicant solely upon the endorsements on the applications. I, therefore, think it would be proper for the members endorsing an application to make a statement with reference to the standing of such applicant; write out all they know in reference to the applicant, etc., so that the committee may have something to base their action upon.
Secretary Hoyt: It might be done by the committee, or by a rule of the Bar Association.
Judge Decker: I should think that a rule of the Bar Association would be desirable. I, therefore, offer the following resolution:
"Resolved, That any member of this association, who shall endorse the application of any person for membership in this association shall briefly state, in writing, in a communication to the Secretary, the facts within his knowledge indicating the standing of the applicant as a citizen and as a member of the bar. It being the sense of this association that no member should endorse an application unless he shall have personal knowledge of said applicant's general character and professional standing."
Mr. A. L. Doud: Mr. Chairman, it occurs to me that the Committee on Membership can arrange the matter of information which they desire better than this association can. Taken from what Judge Decker has said, along with the applications there might be certain questions as to facts which might be prepared by the members of the committee; they might ask certain questions, the answers to which should furnish a basis of their action, and certainly the committee can do that by a little conference, it seems to me, more satisfactorily than the Bar Association, as an association. It seems to me, therefore, that the resolution might better be changed so that this information could be furnished and obtained according to some rule adopted by the committee.
Mr. H. L. Ritter: I think, Mr. Chairman, it would be wise for the association to provide for getting this information. It might be said that the Committee on Admissions is arbitrary, and when it is understood that that is the rule of the association there could be no objections. The Committee on Admissions might better be backed up by the adoption of the resolution, and I move that it be adopted.
President Butler: I may say that I had occasion to consider this question some time ago, and I learned after reading the Constitution and By-Laws of a great many clubs and bodies that it is a very common regulation among such bodies, and is regarded as proper. The person who signs the application, or recommendation, is also required to write a letter to the committee, in which he states all he knows concerning the applicant. It is not sufficient for him to say that he has known the applicant for so many years and that he will be a desirable member. He is required to state the facts; where he knew him, when he knew him; what his business was, and, within a reasonable compass, to give all the information which he can get in respect to the applicant, so that the members of the committee, when passing upon the applications, can determine from the evidence before them something about the candidate, and determine whether he is a suitable candidate or not. But where a member says, I have known him for five years, or ten years, practiced in a certain locality, etc., and know nothing against him, that is not very much for the committee to act upon, and the purpose of a resolution of this kind, as I take it, is that any person who endorses the application of any candidate for admission shall furnish to the committee, in writing, a brief statement, stating what he knows about this candidate. That will be confidential information to the committee; it will not be a recommendation. It will be information upon which the committee may act. If not sufficient, they may make investigation, inquiries, etc., but certainly the committee ought to be aided by any member of the association who takes the trouble to sign a recommendation and proposes to have an applicant become a member of the association, he ought to be willing to give to the committee all the information which he can.
Mr. H. N. Haynes: Mr. Chairman, I favor the resolution proposed by the committee, and it occurs to me, in answer to the suggestion made by Mr. Doud, that this proposition is a wiser ex