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E. C. Crow, Birmingham.
It is with deep regret that the Committee makes known to the Association the death, since its last meeting, of the following members, namely:
Hon. Samuel D. Weakley, Birmingham.
(The names were read while the members of the Association stood.
The books, accounts and vouchers of the Treasurer have been examined and found correct. We find all funds received by him have been duly accounted for, and the financial condition of the Association is satisfactory.
B. P. Crum, Chairman.
You have heard the report of the Executive Committee. There are a number of recommendations and suggestions by the Committee, which I suppose will need some action.
Mr. President, I move the election of the members whose names were just mentioned.
Mr. Reese :
I offer in lieu of that motion a motion that the report of the Executive Committee be adopted, it being the intention of the motion that it will carry with it the suggested
*Messrs. R. B. Carr, Charles C. Moon, L. R. Sewell, Henry A. Teel. Zack I. Drake, Hugh Walker, W. H. McCary, Jesse D. Pope, and Fred W. Woodward failed to avail themselves of their elec:lon to membership.
changes in the Constitution and the election of the members suggested.
There is a suggestion made by the Executive Committee that I cannot feel that I am in harmony with. Frequently matters arise of very serious importance which have been under consideration year after year, and for a brother-inlaw to come in and vote us down, I don't think it is altogether the proper thing to do, and I am very much opposed to a delegate who is not a member of this Association having the full vote on the floor of this Association on subjects of this kind.
Mr. President, I suggest a separation of that. In other words, you can vote on all the other propositions 'except what the gentleman from Madison objects to, and vote separately on that.
I will place first the suggestion by the Chairman of the Executive Committee, the election of the members nominated by the Executive Committee.
On motion duly made and carried, the Chairman of the Executive Committee cast the ballot of the Association for the election of the applicants for membership.
They are duly elected. We will take up the constitutional amendments, as suggested. Will you please read the first one, Mr. Chairman of the Executive Committee?
I suggest that all of the members pay close attention to them, and we can adopt in a block such as do not call for an objection.
We will vote on them separately. I think that will be better.
I desire to make a motion to suspend the rules and put off this matter until after we have had the address of Mr. Jeffries. I move that the rules be suspended at this time and that we have the pleasure of hearing the Annual Address.
I think, Mr. Burr, that under the rules of order the address is at 12 o'clock. We will stop all proceedings when 12 o'clock is reached, whether there is any discussion or not.
The first amendment suggested is to allow all graduates of the Law Department of the University of Alabama to become members of the Association without the payment of dues for the first year of their membership.
I move the adoption of that amedment.
I want to offer an amendment, and extend the privilege of becoming members of this Association to all lawyers who are admitted to the bar, whether they are graduates of the University or not, for the first year. And I desire to say this, we have an able committee who examines young lawyers; they are admitted on merit, and licensed by the Supreme Court of the State, and I don't see why we should distinguish them from graduates of the University. They are worthy young men, and ought to be recognized by the Bar Association as members.
The President: That the constitutional provision as proposed be that all men or women shall be allowed, without the payment of dues, to be members of this Association for one year after their admittance to the bar of the state, upon their respective applications for membership.
To allow all graduates of the Law Department of the University of Alabama to become members of the Association without the payment of dues for the first year of their membership
Judge Crum, it is the first year of their admission to the
Judge Crum :
Yes, sir. As I understand, the provision only allows such men to join within one year after their admission to the bar, without the payment of dues; is that your amendment, Judge Brown?
As I understand the reading of the original amendment, they could join at any time. I move to amend it by putting in the words, “one year after their admission to the bar."
That is as I understand what the intention was, one year after admission to the bar.
Mr. Haley :
I don't know what the provision is in the Constitution as to drawing the color line, but this will automatically admit every darkey who becomes a member of the bar. I call your attention to that.
I don't think there is any need to be concerned about that. I doubt the propriety of putting that in. I am on the board of Law Examiners. I don't think there have ever been any negroes graduated from the University. I am on the Board of Law Examiners, and I don't think we have ever had but one negro, and he was one of our kind of negroes, and he would never come into this Bar Association.
says, “any white member of the legal profession who is a member of the Bar of the State of Alabama and in good standing may become a member.” As I understand that provision of the Constitution isn't changed. It is still any "white member of the legal profession who is a member of the bar of the State of Alabama," except that within the first year of their admission to the bar, they may become members without paying dues, so the provision in regard to the white members of the legal profession still remains.
That is the intention of it. All in favor of adopting the amendment to the Constitution as suggested by the Executive Committee and amended by the amendment of Judge Brown, let it be known by saying "aye.”
The motion was carried.