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At any meeting of this Committee, in the absence of the Chairman, one of the attending members shall be chosen to preside.


The action of this Committee upon any subject or matter within the limits of its powers shall be by resolution, in writing. If acted upon by correspondence, the Chairman of the District Committee which proposes or first adopts it will certify such resolution to the Secretary of this Committee, who shall transmit a copy thereof to the Chairman of each other District Committee, who shall then obtain and certify to the Secretary of this Committee the vote of his District Committee. The vote of a majority of each District Committee shall be so certified as its vote, and the Secretary of the General Committee shall enter upon the minutes of the proceedings, as the action of the General Committee, whatever shall be the result of, or sustained by the vote of, at least five District Executive Committees. And in case amendments to such resolution shall be adopted and certified from any District Committee, they shall be acted upon in like manner.


The General Executive Committee and the District Executive Committees may transact business without assembling, and through correspondence by their Chairman or Secretary whenever directed by the Chairman of the General Executive Committee.


In case of filling a vacant office by correspondence, the Secretary of this Committee shall invite each District Committee to nominate persons therefor, and shall thereafter transmit a list of the persons so nominated to each District Committee, which shall vote thereon in like manner as provided in the second rule.


In addition to the above methods of transacting business by the General Executive Committee, any member thereof may transmit to the Chairman any resolution, in writing, upon any subject whatever, and if the Chairman shall approve of submitting the same to the Committee, he shall forward it with such approval to the Secretary, who shall thereupon print and submit the same to all the members of the Committee, by mail, who shall forthwith return their votes thereon to the Secretary. Ten negative votes shall prevent the passage of any such resolution, and if that number shall not be received by the Secretary within ten days after he shall have mailed it to the members, such resolution shall be adopted, and so entered by the Secretary in the minutes; provided, such resolution receives a majority of the votes cast, and at least four affirmative votes. The Secretary shall submit, with every resolution, so sent by him, a copy of this clause of Rule V.


The Secretary shall promptly transmit to every officer of the Association (which includes all the Standing Committees), and also publish in the Albany Law Journal a statement of every resolution of this Committee, adopted by correspondence, and a transcript of the minutes of every meeting of this Committee.


Whenever the name of any member of the Bar shall have been duly transmitted to the Executive Committee, or its authorized officers, for the action of the Committee, it shall be the duty of the Secretary of this Committee to transmit to each of the members of this Committee a communication stating that certain persons have been duly proposed for membership, giving the names and addresses of such persons and calling upon the members of the Executive Committee to pass upon the names of the persons so proposed; and any applicant so proposed, in the absence of any dissenting vote cast after the expiration of ten days, in response to such communication, shall thereby be and become a member of the State Bar Association, upon complying with the Constitution and By-laws. The names of such persons as shall not meet with such approval shall be subsequently acted upon by the Executive Committee.



New York State Bar Association.


Albany, N. Y., January 20 and 21, 1903.

The Association met in the Common Council Chamber, in the City Hall, in the city of Albany, on Tuesday, January 20, 1903, at II A. M.

President Milburn:

Gentlemen, the Association will come to order. Rev. David O. Mears, of Albany, will open the meeting with prayer.

Rev. David O. Mears:

Let us pray. Oh, God, our Heavenly Father, in Thee we live and move and have our being. All things good come from Thee. We thank Thee that Thou art our Father. We thank Thee that Thou art our Law Giver. We thank Thee that Thou hast established the eternal principles on which nations stand and in the defiance of which they perish. We come to Thee for Thy blessing,

that Thy servants gathered here, may gain wisdom and give wisdom, that all shall be for the glory of Thy name. Bless this Association of scholars and teachers and help every one of them by that spirit of power to do Thy will faithfully in Thy name. Bless every session. Bless every participant and help us all to honor Thee, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The President:

Gentlemen, in opening this, the twenty-sixth annual session of the Association, I wish in the first instance to thank the Association for conferring upon me the great honor of presiding at this meeting. I can only assure you that it is an honor which I feel deeply, and with the sincerest appreciation. After spending a good many years in the active pursuit of the profession, I know of nothing that could be offered to a lawyer calculated to give him greater satisfaction than to be elected the head of this Association, which represents the Bar of the State, and to preside over its deliberations. I have no doubt we will have a successful meeting. Some interesting papers will be presented, and I know that our discussions will be conducted with good temper and perfect courtesy. There are many questions of great interest to the Bar selected for discussion at this meeting, and it is a pleasant thing to feel that the Bar has such an association as this to represent it and to speak for it with regard to all important questions. As I have to deliver my address this afternoon, I will say no more at the present time, but to again express my appreciation of the honor of this position, and proceed to the regular business of the session.

The first thing in order is the reading of the minutes of the preceding meeting.

The Secretary:

The minutes have been printed and delivered to the members of the Association, and I think a motion would be in order that the reading of minutes be dispensed with. Thomas F. Wilkinson, of Albany:

I move the reading of the minutes of the last meeting be dispensed with.

The President:

Next is nominations for membership.

The Secretary:


Mr. President, at the meeting of the Executive Committee last night there were elected by the Committee some one hundred and thirty-six new members; a report will be made later by the Committee on Admissions under this order of business.

W. C. Prescott, of Herkimer:

I do not know whether the name of James E. Rafter, of Mohawk, is before the Committee or not; if not, I would like to have that name presented, and I move it be referred to the Committee on Admissions.

The President:


The next order of business is the report of the Executive Committee.

Jeremiah Keck, of Johnstown:

Mr. Buchanan is Secretary of that Committee and has the report. He will present it later.

The President:

We will pass that until Mr. Buchanan arrives. The next order of business is the report of the Treasurer.

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