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COMMITTEE ON GRIEVANCES:
E. B. Green, Mt. Carmel.
E. B. Sherman, Chicago.
David McCulloch, Peoria,
C. C. Bonney, Chicago.
H. B. Hurd, Chicago.
J. B. Bradwell, Chicago.
On motion of Mr. Strawn, a committee of three was appointed by the Chair to wait upon the Judges of the Supreme and Appellate Courts, and invite them to be present at the sessions of the Association.
The President appointed Messrs. Strawn, McCulloch and Bradwell. The invitation was accepted. The Association adjourned to 2. P. M.
4. PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS. The annual address was then delivered by Hon. Thomas Dent, President.
On motion of Mr. Raymond, the thanks of the Association were tendered, and a copy of the address requested for publication. (See address in Appendix.)
COMMERCE: INTRA-STATE AND INTER-STATE; ITS
REGULATION AND TAXATION.
Mr. Alfred Ennis read a paper on this subject. (See Appendix.)
On motion of Mr. Richberg, the thanks of the Association were tendered, and a copy requested for publication.
Mr. L. L. Coburn read a paper on this subject. (See Appendix.)
On motion of Mr. Gwin, the thanks of the Association were tendered, and a copy requested for publication.
Judge Bradwell called attention to the meeting of the American Bar Association, and the propriety of sending delegates.
Mr. Raymond moved the Association send three delegates to the next annual meeting of the American Bar Association, to be held in Chicago in August next, and that the committee appointed to select the officers of this Association be continued for the purpose of selecting said delegates, and that it report the names to this meeting.
It was carried, and the committee reported the names of Ethelbert Callahan, James H. Raymond and William L. Gross.
The report was adopted.
On motion of Mr. Riggs, a committee of ten was appointed by the President to co-operate with the Chicago Bar in welcoming the American Bar Association.
The president appointed as such committee, Messis. Jamss M. Riggs, Anthony Thornton, John M. Palmer, Samuel W. Moulton, Frank H. Jones, Robert E. Williams, William
, Brown, W. W. Berry, H. W. Beckwith and John I. Rinaker.
7. MEMORIAL ADDRESS.
On motion of Mr. Yancey, the Secretary was instructed to publish in the Proceedings of the Association the Memorial address of Judge Gilbert, of Carlinville, before the Macoupin county bar, on the life and services of the late Judge Welch.
JANUARY 9, 1889.
Hon. Thomas Dent presiding.
The Secretary then read the following telegrams and letters from Chief Justice Fuller, Justice Harlan, Hon. John D. Caton and J. M. Flower:
WASHINGTON, D. C., January 8, 1889. Hon. Thos. DENT, President State Bar Association :
Regret that official duties here prevent my attending the Annual Meeting of my brethren, always agreeable and instructive. Convey my cordial remembrances.
MELVILLE W. FULLER.
WASHINGTON, D. C., January 3, 1889. DEAR JUDGE DENT:
I have received your kind invitation to attend the meeuing of the Minois State Bar Association, at Springfield, on the 8th and 9th proximo.
My duties here will prevent my being absent from Washington at that time. But for this I would be most happy to avail myself of this opportunity to meet the members of the bar of the State of Illinois. Please express to them, when they assemble at Springfield, my warm interest in the prosperity of their Association. Respectfully,
J. D. HARLAN.
CHICAGO, January 8, 1889. Hon. THOMAS DENT:
DEAR SIR-Your very kind invitation to attend the banquet of the Illinois Bar Association was duly received, and but for the extreme Illness of Mrs. Caton, would have been sooner acknowledged. It would have afforded me the greatest plea-ure to meet my professional friends on that occasion, were it possible to do so.
But few are left who ante-date me in professional life in this State, and fewer still who can be present and enjoy the hospitality of their younger brethren. But those who can be present will look about them with extreme satisfaction, when they contemplate how worthily they have been succeeded by a new generation of lawyers who themselves are now growing old in the service.
Please present my kindest remembrance to all, and express my hope that I may have the happiness to meet them at some future time.
Very truly yours,
JOHN DEAN CATON.
CHICAGO, January 7, 1889. To the Ilinois State Bar Association :
The Eleventh Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association was held at Saratoga, N. Y., August 15, 16 and 17, 1888.
The President, Hon. George G. Wright, of Iowa, delivered an able and interesting address, referring, as is usual in the addresses by the Presidents, to the legislation during the preceding year. The review, in this instance, was of the legislation by Congress and in fifteen States.
The Secretary, Mr. Edward Otis Hinkley, of Baltimore, reported that there were 750 members, and that the membership was gradually increasing. All the States, and the District of Columbia and two of the Territories, are represented in the membership.
Mr. Wright also made fitting allusion to the judicial career and death of Morrison R. Waite, late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and briefly considered the evils of special legislation; the general course of railroad legislation for some years; the saloon, and legislation concerning it, and some differences indi. cated by the legislation in general, in the different States, and local conditions.
Gov. George Hoadly, late of Ohio, now living in New York, delivered the Annual Address, which touched upon various matters of interest, and emphasized the duties of the lawyer, not only to his client, but to community and the profession. His address advised that favor shou d be given to the work of codification, and that fuller and better preparation on the part of students of the law will be desirable.
Among other valuable papers read was one by J. Randolph Tucker, of Virginia, on “ Congressional Power over Inter-State Commerce," and one by J. H. Woolworth, of Omaha, Neb., on “Jurisprudence Considered as a Branch of Social Science."
DAVID DUDLEY FIELD, of New York, was elected to serve as President for the current year.
The next Annual Meeting is to be held in Chicago, beginning with We Inesday August 28, 1889. It is expected that Mr. Field will be present to perform the duties of his ce.
Each State Bar Association is entitled to appoint, annually, not exceeding three delegates to the next meeting of the American Bar Association. Respectfully submitted.
J. M. FLOWER, Illinois Member of General Council, Am. Bar Asociation. Note.-Col. James 0. Broadhead, of St. Louis, as a delegate from the Nationa Bar Association, spoke of the lawyers of the United S-ates as being 40,000 in number, of whom, he said, 10,000 belong to different Bar Associations. The speaker, in referring to the tota: number, may have had reference to those in active practive, for the census of 1870 showed 40,736 lawyers in the United States, while that of 1880 showed 64,137.
8. COMMITTEE ON LEGAL EDUCATION. Mr. Hurd, the chairman of the committee, was ill and unable to attend the sittings of the Association.
On motion of Mr. Raymond, it was ordered that the report of the committee be published in the Proceedings.
Judge Richard Prendergast, of Chicago, read a paper on this subject. (See Appendix.)
On motion of Mr. Yancy, the thanks of the Association were tendered, and a copy requested by publication.
10. COMMITTEE ON LAW REFORM. Through its chairman, Judge McCulloch, this committee made its report, and the same was ordered published in the Proceedings.
Mr. Ennis moved to amend the Constitution so that the meetings of the Bar Association be held the third Tuesday in January
Mr. Riggs offered the following amendment, which was adopted:
Amend Art. XVI of the Constitution by striking out the words "on the second Tuesday," in the second line, and inserting in lieu thereof the words “at such time as the Executive Committee shall fix."
Also, add to the end of the Article the words “At least one month's notice shall be given of the time fixed for the Annual Meeting."
11. DISCUSSION: HOW SHALL THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES BE RELIEVED FROM OVERCROWDED BUSINESS?
Mr. Raymond read a very interesting resumé of the different bills that had been prepared, suggested and discussed on this subject. (See Appendix.)
On motion of Mr. Riggs, the thanks of the Association were tendered, and a copy requested for puplication.
The Association then took a recess to 2:30 P. M.
Discussion of the Raymond paper then followed by Messrs. Sherman, Bradwell, Ennis, Riggs, Coburn, Raymond, Gwin, Prendergast and others.
Mr. Sherman offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That this Association re-affirms its oft-expressed opinion that the most practicable method for the relief of the Supreme Court of the United States is the Appellate Court system, substantially as embodied in the bill formulated by Senator Davis, and by him introduced into the Senate of the United States.
Mr. Raymond moved this question be referred to a special committee of five, to communicate with the members of the Association and report their conclusions at the next session.
Mr. Gwin moved, as an amendment, it be committed to the Committee on Law Reform.
Judge Prendergast, after discussing the question briefly, moved that the ideas in the Sherman resolution and Raymond motion be combined.
appointed the following committee with reference to the relief of the Supreme Court of the United States: James K. Edsall, W. C. Goudy, S. S. Gregory, H. S. Greene, J. S. Ewing.