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OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES, 1880-1.

PRESIDENT, WALTER C. DUNTON, Rutland. VICE PRESIDENTS, WARREN C. FRENCH, Woodstock.

JOHN PROUT, Rutland.

GUY C. NOBLE, St. Albans.
SECRETARY, CLARENCE H. PITKIN, Montpelier.
TREASURER, WILLIAM G. SHAW, Burlington.
MANAGERS, WALTER C. DUNTON, ex officio.

WILLIAM P. DILLINGHAM, Waterbury.
WILLARD FARRINGTON, St. Albans.
JOHN W. ROWELL, Randolph.
CHARLES N. DAVENPORT, Brattleboro.

COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS.
FREDERICK E. WOODBRIDGE, Addison county.
HENRY A. HARMAN, Bennington county.
HENRY C. BELDEN, Caledonia county.
L. L. LAWRENCE, Chittenden county.
GEORGE N. DALE, Essex county.
ALFRED G. SAFFORD, Franklin county.
PHILIP K. GLEED, Lamoille county.
SAMUEL M. GLEASON, Orange county.
LAFORREST H. THOMPSON, Orleans county.
P. REDFIELD KENDALL, Rutland county.
STEPHEN C. SHURTLEFF, Washington county.
ELEAZER L. WATERMAN, Windham county.
WARREN C. FRENCH, Windsor county.

COMMITTEE ON PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.
DANIEL ROBERTS, Burlington.
JAMES M. TYLER, Brattleboro.
ALBERT P. CROSS, St. Albans.

COMMITTEE ON JURISPRUDENCE AND LAW REFORM.
GEORGE F. EDMUNDS, Burlington.
ALDACE F. WALKER, Rutland.
WILLIAM E. JOHNSON, Woodstock.

COMMITTEE ON LEGAL HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY.
CHARLES N. DAVENPORT, Brattleboro.
TORREY E. WALES, Burlington.
HENRY A. HARMAN, Bennington.

OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES, 1881-2.

PRESIDENT, DANIEL ROBERTS, Burlington.
VICE PRESIDENTS, GEORGE W. HARMAN, Bennington.

JOHN L. EDWARDS, Newport.

ROSWELL FARNHAM, Bradford.
SECRETARY, CLARENCE H. PITKIN, Montpelier.
TREASURER, CHARLES W. PORTER, Montpelier.
MANAGERS, DANIEL ROBERTS, ex officio.

WILLIAM P. DILLINGHAM, Waterbury.
JOHN W. ROWELL, Randolph.
0. E. BUTTERFIELD, Wilmington.
HENRY C. IDE, St Johnsbury.

COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS.
FREDERICK E. WOODBRIDGE, Addison county.
HENRY A. HARMAN, Bennington county.
HENRY C. BELDEN, Caledonia county.
L. L. LAWRENCE, Chittenden county.
GEORGE N. DALE, Essex county.
ALFRED G. SAFFORD, Franklin county.
PHILIP K. GLEED, Lamoille county.
SAMUEL M. GLEASON, Orange county.
LAFORREST H. THOMPSON, Orleans county.
P. REDFIELD KENDALL, Rutland county.
STEPHEN C. SHURTLEFF, Washington county.
ELEAZER L. WATERMAN, Windham county.
WARREN C. FRENCH, Windsor county.

COMMITTEE ON PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.
CHARLES N. DAVENPORT, Brattleboro.
HEMAN S. ROYCE, St. Albans.
ROSWELL FARNHAM, Bradford.

COMMITTEE ON JURISPRUDENCE AND LAW REFORM.
LUKE P. POLAND, St. Johnsbury.
ALDACE F. WALKER, Rutland.
LAFORREST H. THOMPSON, Irasburgh.

COMMITTEE ON LEGAL HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY.
JAMES BARRETT, Woodstock.
GEORGE W. HARMAN, Bennington.
WILLIAM G. SHAW, Burlington.

SUMMARY OF PROCEEDINGS.*

ORGANIZATION.

At the October term of the United States circuit court, 1878, Edward J. Phelps, Benjamin F. Fifield, Charles N. Davenport, Abraham B. Gardner, Wheelock G. Veazey, John Prout, Aldace F. Walker, Guy C. Noble, James K. Batchelder, and Park Davis sent out a circular inviting members of the Vermont bar receiving it to meet at Montpelier on the evening of the fourth Tuesday of October, 1878, the first day of the general term of the supreme court, to take into consideration the subject of forming a state bar association. About sixty lawyers met pursuant to that invitation, and resolved to form the association. The meeting was finally adjourned November 14, 1878. A committee was appointed to prepare and report to the meeting a suitable constitution, and to nominate officers. The constitution was reported and adopted, and officers for the ensuing year were nominated and elected. The managers were instructed to make application to the legisla-, ture, then in session, for an act of incorporation of the association. The committee on jurisprudence and law reform were instructed to present uniform rules of practice and for the examination and admission of attorneys to the bar. The president submitted a communication stating the heroic conduct and death of the late Butler P. Anderson, of Memphis, Tenn., and asking contributions in behalf of his orphan children, and it was resolved to solicit subscriptions in that behalf from members of the bar of this state. Article II of the constitution was amended by inserting immediately after the words “ten negative ballots" in the second paragraph, the words “or one fourth the whole number cast.”.

ANNUAL MEETING, 1879. The meeting was begun on the evening of October 28, and was finally adjourned November 25. The president, Edward J. Phelps, delivered an address. Benjamin F. Fifield read a biographical sketch of Lucius B. Peck; George W. Harman one of Jonathan Robinson; and Luke P. Poland one of Royall Tyler, written by his son, Rev. Thomas P. Tyler, D.D., of Brattleboro. The president read letters acknowledging the receipt of $200,

*The vote under which this pamphlet is printed did not direct the printing of the proceedings; but the secretary thought best to give a brief summary of them.

the amount of contributions collected and transmitted to the Anderson orphan fund. The annual dinner was served on the evening of October 29. The act of incorporation procured by the managers, pursuant to instructions, was read and accepted, and the records of the association were adopted as and made the records of the corporation. The reports of the treasurer and of the committee on jurisprudence and law reform were read and accepted. Officers were elected and committees appointed for the ensuing year. The proposed rules of practice reported by the committee on jurisprudence and law reform were referred to a special committee, who were instructed to have three hundred copies of those proposed rules printed and distributed among the lawyers of the state for criticism and suggestions, and to report to the association at an adjourned meeting. Subsequently the committee reported the proposed rules, with amendments, and the same, as amended, were adopted : and the president of the association was instructed to communicate to the supreme court the action of the association in that regard, and to provide each member of that court with a copy of the proposed rules, and recommend that they be adopted by the several county courts. The following resolution was offered :

Resolved, That in the opinion and judgment of this association, the true interests of the administration of justice in Vermont, and of all parties concerned therein, require that the sessions of the supreme court be held at Montpelier only, at annual terms to be established by law, for the hearing and determination of all causes in that court in all the counties of the state.

Resolved, That a committee of - be appointed to prepare a draft of a proper act for that purpose, and to appear in behalf of the association before the legislature at its next session and respectfully to ask for its passage, and to advocate it by all proper means, provided that the judges of the supreme court, on application by such committee, shall signify their approval of the measure.

As the supreme court adjourned sooner than was expected, and as few members of the association were then in attendance, no action was taken upon the resolution.

ANNUAL MEETING, 1880.

The meeting was begun on the evening of October 26, and finally adjourned November 5. Luke P. Poland, the president, delivered an address on “The law and the legal profession.” Hiram A. Huse read a biographical sketch of Charles Reed. The annual dinner was served on the evening of October 27. Officers were elected and committees appointed for the ensuing year. John L. Edwards, elected president, declined to serve, and Walter C. Dunton was elected in his stead. The report of the treasurer was read and accepted, by which it appeared that the assets of the association were $274.50. George W. Harman, Daniel Roberts, John L. Edwards, John W. Rowell and Charles W. Porter were appointed a committee to prepare a revision of the rules regulating the practice in the court of chancery, and report the same to the association at its next annual meeting. ANNUAL MEETING, 1881.

The meeting was begun on the evening of October 25, and was finally adjourned November 17. The president stated that he had not been informed of the constitutional provision prescribing his duties in season to prepare an address, and if he had been should not have been able to prepare one, on account of his health and engagements; and that it had been suggested that the first evening be devoted to reminiscences of deceased judges of this state. After remarks by the president, remarks were made agreeably to that suggestion by Edward J. Phelps, Luke P. Poland, David E. Nicholson and Warren C. French. The annual dinner was served on the evening of October 26, Officers were elected and committees appointed for the ensuing year. The treasurer's report was read and accepted, from which it appeared that the assets of the association were $379.59. The following resolution was offered as notice of a proposed amendment to the constitution :

Resolved, That article II of the constitution be amended so as to read as follows: All members of the bar of this state who have received the circular of invitation to this meeting, and have attended the meeting, may become members of the association by signature of the roll and payment of the admission fee. Any member of the bar of the supreme court of this state in good standing may become a member of the association, if nominated by the committee on admissions and elected by the association, at any regular or adjourned meeting ; such election shall be by ballot, and ten negative ballots, or one-fourth the whole number cast, shall be sufficient to defeat an election; provided, that such election shall not have effect until the person elected shall sign the roll and pay to the treasurer his admission fee, as provided in the constitution, nor unless he so signs and pays before the termination of the annual meeting held next after such election. A member who neglects for the space of three years to pay dues which accrue against him while he resides in this state, shall thereupon cease to be a member of this associaiton; but no dues shall accrue against a member while he resides without this state. Judges of the United States courts in this state and the judges of the supreme court shall be honorary members of the association, and other persons may be elected honorary members.

Appropriate resolutions were passed relative to the late D. Allen Rogers, deceased since the last annual meeting, and Roswell Farnham was appointed to prepare and present at the next annual meeting a memoir of the deceased member. The committee appointed to prepare a revision of the rules regulating the practice in chancery were instructed to have printed, and to distribute among the lawyers in the state, two hundred copies of the revision prepared by them, and were allowed further time before reporting. Aldace F. Walker, William H. Walker, Charles N. Davenport, John W. Rowell and Laforrest H. Thompson were appointed a special committee to take into consideration the rules regulating admissions to the bar, and to report at a future meeting. The secretary was instructed to have printed in pamphlet form the act of incorporation, the constitution, a list of members, and the papers and addresses read; and it was voted that five hundred copies of the pamphlet be printed, and one copy furnished to each member and two to each officer of the association, free of charge.

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