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a committee consisting of one from each congressional district. and two from the State at large; should any congressional district be not represented, the Chair to appoint a member for that district from the Association.
The motion as amended was adopted.
The President: The Chair hesitates to ask any further information, but what time this afternoon is that committee to report? It is difficult to tell whether the districts are represented and it will take the Chair some little time to raise this committee.
Mr. Sweat: Pardon me for interrupting you, but the suggestion has been made that that report be made immediately preceding or immediately following the annual address of Judge Parker. I suppose we may leave the matter with the Executive Committee.
Mr. Beck: The election of officers was made one of the features of the program for to-day.
The President: I will endeavor to have that committee raised in time to report immediately after the address of Judge Parker. The Chair will say in appointing this committee, if he believed there was any serious division in this body as to any important officer, he would ask the Alssociation to relieve him from appointing the committee, as it is necessarily a very important power, but inasmuch as there is no such division I will take pleasure in, as soon as possible, appointing this committee if you will let me have a list of those present so that I may see who are here from the different districts.
The Secretary: I will have to refer you to the hotel register, as that is the only list made up as yet.
Mr. Beck: Mr. President, I will announce the program as made out by the Executive Committee, so far as we have been able to arrange it. The program does not extend beyond this day, leaving the program for to-morrow to be arranged at a subsequent meeting of the committee.
First. Report of the Special Committee for the Relief of the Supreme Court, and discussion of that report. Of course it is desired, heartily desired, that there should be a full discussion of that report.
Second. Review of the Work of the State Bar Associations for the Past Year. These reviews by the Secretary are well remembered by those who have attended our meetings in the past. It was the hearty desire and unanimous request of the. entire Executive Committee that Mr. Park prepare this paper, and he has kindly consented to do so. That will be the second. paper on the program to-day.
Then we will take up the reports of the standing committees in the order named on the printed program. It is hardly probable that these reports can be finished before the time for the recess. The other reports will be taken up this afternoon after Judge Parker's address. It was the intention of the committee to have Judge Parker deliver his address at 10 or 11 o'clock. to-day, but we are advised that a large number, including someof the members of the General Assembly, will be here, and it is: hardly probable that they will reach this place before the usual hour for adjourning for the noon recess, and for that. reason the address of Judge Parker has been deferred until the afternoon session. It will be delivered at 3:30. After Judge Parker's address we will continue the reports of the standing committees. I will state, Mr. President, that several of these standing committees will make reports upon which it is hoped there will be a full discussion.
In the evening we will meet at 8:30 and a paper will be read by Mr. Arthur Gray Powell. I will state that after the address of Judge Parker, and before resuming the reports of stand
ing committees, we will hear the report of the Special Committee provided for this morning to nominate officers.
Mr. Hammond: For the purpose of relieving the embarrass-, ment of the President in appointing the committee provided for in the resolution of Judge Sweat, I would like to know whether the Secretary has a list of the members of the Association present.
The Secretary: I have requested the members to register, but in the hurry it has not been done as yet.
Mr. Hammond: I would suggest that each member present furnish his name with the number of his congressional district to the Secretary.
Mr. Sweat: I add this on the line of the suggestion of Judge Hammond, that the members present this morning from the different districts furnish a list of all the other members who are here from their respective districts. In that way we can easily make up a list of the members present.
Mr. Hammond: I would add this to my motion, that the members here present write their names on a slip of paper with the names of such other members from their districts as they know to be present.
Mr. Yeomans: I am quite sure that a list can be provided by almost any two gentlemen present. They can get together and get a list of almost all the members present, and probably two or three members can tell exactly from what congressional districts they come. I think that will be a better plan and more expeditious.
Mr. Sweat: It so happens that a number of the members are not in the hall at this time.
The President: I doubt if the most astute politican could tell all the districts, and I think the plan suggested by Judge Hammond is the wisest if any plan is adopted.
The motion of Judge Hammond was adopted.
The President: We now come to the regular order of business, which was suspended by unanimous consent—the report of the Special Committee on Relief for the Supreme Court. The Chairman of the committee desires a full and free expression of opinion on the report of this committee.
Mr. Dessau: Mr. Powell will present the report of the committee. .
Mr. Powell read the report of the Committee on Relief for the Supreme Court. (See Appendix F.)
Mr. Miller: I suggest the practical wisdom of laying this report of the Committee on the Relief of the Supreme Court on the table. Of course a full discussion of this report is desired. A' bill of this kind is now pending before the Georgia Legislature, and my information is that a large number of the members of that body will arrive on the morning train. I consider it a most important matter and it is desired that as many members of the General Assembly as possible hear the discussion of this report. Of course it will interfere with the program made up by our Executive Committee, but it is the desire of the members of this Association, and perhaps every lawyer in Georgia, that this bill pass the General Assembly. Not only members of our profession will come, but a great many laymen of that body will be here, men who no doubt will make up their minds, after hearing this report thus discussed in favor of the bill. If there is anybody in this hall who has been a member of the House of Representatives, he knows that it is impossible to present to that body, on account of the acoustics of the Hall of the House of Representatives, the merits of a bill of this kind with anything like the effect that would be had from a general discussion before this body. If it can be done, I simply suggest that this report and the discussion on it be deferred until the arrival of the morning train so that the members of the General Assembly may hear this discussion.
Mr. Hammond: A great many of the members of the Legislature will not be present at the meetings of this Association. They will not be here on business before the Association. They are coming to hear the address of Judge Parker. It is impracticable to take up the report of that committee this afternoon at that session, and it strikes me that it would be better to go on with it now.
The motion of Mr. Miller to lay on the table was lost. Mr. Miller: I move that the report of the committee be received and adopted.
Mr. Barrow: I am one of those who believe that the measure outlined by the report of the committee is not only wise and salutary, but necessary, and that its provisions are practical. It is my judgment, however, in which I have the concurrence of others, that some changes might be made in the bill which might improve it. In the first place it is suggested that the court of appeals ought not to be confined in its sessions to the capital; it ought to be nearer the people. In other words it ought to be a court more readily accessible to suitors than any court which only meets in Atlanta would be. The second suggestion is that the judges of that court, as long as we are essaying to change a part of the Constitution, ought to be appointed by the Governor instead of elected by the people, and the term ought to be twelve years instead of six. The next suggestion is that it is hardly necessary to retain in the Constitution at all any provision for allowing cases to be taken directly from any city court to the Supreme Court, and that there was really no necessity for taking any case from the superior court directly to the Supreme Court except those involving some provision of the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of the