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AMASA M. EATON, President.
Providence, Rhode Island.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

100 Broadway, New York, New York.
FRANCIS A. HOOVER, Assistant Secretary,
1004 Mercantile Library Building, Cincinnati, Ohio.

42 Church Street, New Haven, Connecticut.


The first Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws was held at Saratoga Springs, New York, in August, 1892; the second at New York, New York, in November, 1892. Since then the Conference has been held annually at the place of and immediately preceding the meeting of the American Bar Association.

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1898-1906-ALBERT E. HENSCHEL. .... New York, New York. 1906- -CHARLES THADDEUS TERRY. New York, New York.

1896-1898-ALBERT E. HENSCHEL...

Assistant Secretaries.

.New York, New York.

1898-1905-J. Moss IVES.....

. Danbury, Connecticut.

. Cincinnati, Ohio.

1905-1906-GLENDENNING B. GROESBECK, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1906-1907-BUCHANAN PERIN

1907- -FRANCIS A. HOOVER. ..... Cincinnati, Ohio.

* Deceased.

Prior to 1896 the Conference was presided over by a Chairman.





Wednesday, August 26, 1908, 3 P. M.

The Section was called to order in the New Washington Hotel, Seattle, Washington, by Samuel Williston, of Massachusetts, Chairman of the Section.

On motion, Charles B. Ames, of Oklahoma, was made Secretary of the meeting.

The Chairman then delivered the annual address as Chairman of the Section.

(The Address follows these Minutes.)

The Chairman:

We will now listen to a paper by Mr. Justice William Schofield, of the Superior Court of Massachusetts, on "The Relation of the Law Schools to the Courts."

William Schofield, of Massachusetts, then read his paper.

(The Paper follows these Minutes.)

The Section then adjourned to Thursday, August 27, at 3 P. M.


Thursday, August 27, 1908, 3 P. M.

Samuel Williston, Chairman, called the Section to order.

The Chairman:

We will listen to a paper this afternoon by Judge von Lewinski, of Berlin, on "The Education of a German Lawyer.”

Karl von Lewinski, of Berlin, Germany, then read his paper. (The Paper follows these Minutes.)

The Chairman:


Dean Andrew A. Bruce, of the College of Law of the University of North Dakota, will now read a paper on The Relation of State Bar Examiners to the Law School and the Cause of Legal Education."

Andrew A. Bruce, of North Dakota, then read his paper.

(The Paper follows these Minutes.)

Henry Wade Rogers, of Connecticut; Roscoe Pound, of Illinois, and W. G. Hastings, of Nebraska, were appointed a committee to nominate officers for the ensuing year.

Simeon E. Baldwin, of Connecticut :

I would like to ask Dean Bruce upon what he bases his statistics that only twenty per cent of the graduates of law schools follow up the profession afterwards? I should have been inclined to think that fully eighty per cent did so.

Andrew A. Bruce, of North Dakota :

I may be in error about that; it was simply a statement that I read somewhere.

Charles Noble Gregory, of Iowa:

I venture to say, having quite an intimate acquaintance with Western law schools, that Judge Baldwin's estimate is more nearly correct.

The Chairman:

I received just before this meeting from the Chairman of the Committee on Standard Rules for Admission to the Bar a printed report containing sixteen questions which the committee desired to have this Section discuss. In view of the fact that the report has been received so late, and in view also of the fact that only one member of the committee is present, I would suggest that the consideration of these questions be deferred until next year.

On motion, the suggestion of the Chair was adopted, and the committee continued for the purpose of dealing, not only with these questions, but with the whole matter originally referred to it.

The Chairman:

Is the Committee on Nominations ready to report?

Henry Wade Rogers, of Connecticut:

The committee recommends the election of the following officers:

For Chairman, Harry S. Richards, of the Law School of the University of Wisconsin.

For Secretary, Charles M. Hepburn, of the Law School of the University of Indiana.

On motion the report was received, and the Acting Secretary cast the ballot for the election of the gentlemen named, and they were declared duly elected officers of the Section for the ensuing


Henry Wade Rogers, of Connecticut:

I desire to offer and move the adoption of the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Section of Legal Education is of opinion that only schools which have at least a three years' course of study for the degree should confer the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), and that schools having a shorter course, if they grant any degree, confer that of Bachelor of Law (L. B.).

On motion, the resolution was received and referred to a special committee, consisting of Henry Wade Rogers, of Connecticut; George P. Costigan, Jr., of Nebraska, and Charles Noble Gregory, of Iowa.

The Section then adjourned.


Secretary pro tempore.




To the Section of Legal Education, American Bar Association: We have the honor to report that we have gathered, analyzed and classified the rules for admission to the Bar in the various jurisdictions of the United States. We had expected to be able to report for consideration at Seattle a draft for the proposed

standard rules of admission, but it has been impossible this year to arrange for a meeting of the committee either in the East or at Seattle, which, in the judgment of your committee, is necessary to enable us to present our report in the best form possible. Furthermore, after careful consideration we are of opinion, as stated last year by the Chairman, that it would be better that our draft for the standard rules should not be reported to the Section until after action by the Association upon a number of important points raised by the report presented last year by the Committee on Legal Education, and consideration of which was deferred until 1908. There are several matters discussed therein which should either be incorporated in or omitted from our draft, according to the action which the Association may take thereon. Then whether or not the Association adopts the recommendations of the Committee on Canons of Professional Ethics, including the form for oath of admission to the Bar, will necessarily have some bearing on one or more of the proposed standard rules. We accordingly recommend that the committee be continued, with directions to print and distribute its report, with other reports of the Association, in advance of the 1909 meeting.

It will materially aid the committee in its work if members of the Section of Legal Education will debate and in a general way express opinions upon a number of points which are now pending before us. Accordingly, without any desire to bind the Section or to limit ourselves in the matter of the recommendations which we may hereafter make, we ask for a general expression of opinion upon the following:

1. Must the candidate for admission be a citizen of the United States, or will a declaration of intention to become a citizen be sufficient?

2. Must the candidate be a citizen of the state to the Bar of which he is applying for admission, or will mere residence or the intention to maintain his principal office therein be sufficient?

Consider the case of a citizen of New Jersey, residing in a New Jersey suburb of New York City, who desires to maintain an office and practice in the latter.

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