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THE

Virginia State Bar Association.

PREFATORY STATEMENT.

PROCEEDINGS

-OF THE

CONVENTION. HELD AT VIRGINIA BEACH

July 5th and 6th, 1888.

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF THE ASSOCIATION; NAMES
OF OFFICERS AND STANDING COMMITTEES;

ROLL OF MEMBERS,

AND

PROPOSED CODE OF ETHICS.

RICHMOND, VA.:
EVERETT WADDEY, PRINTER,

1888.

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At the annual meeting of the RICHMOND BAR ASSOCIATION, held on the 13th day of February, 1888, the following resolution, offered by Mr. Frank H. McGuire, was unanimously adopted:

Resolved, That a special committee of five be appointed, whose duty it shall be to communicate with the local bars throughout the State, with the view to forming a State Bar Association; and in conference with said local bars or individual members thereof, to devise and propose a plan of organization. Said committee shall report to the next stated meeting of this Association.'

Messrs. Frank H. McGuire, Edward H. Fitzhugh, James C. Lamb, Wyndham R. Meredith and William Ellyson were appointed as such committee. They addressed a circular letter to a great many of the leading members of the Bar in every section of the State, setting out the principal objects of the proposed Association, and requesting an expression of opinion as to its desirability and practicability. The answers to this circular were numerous, and indicated a warm and wide-spread interest in the movement.

At a stated meeting of the RICHMOND BAR ASSOCIATION, held on the 14th day of May, 1888, the committee submitted its report, with a recommendation which is embodied in the following resolution, which was unanimously adopted:

Resolved, That this Association invite the Bar of Virginia to assemble in convention at Virginia Beach on the 5th day of July, 1888, at 8 o'clock P. M., for the purpose of organizing a State Bar Association.'

In obedience to another resolution, adopted at the same meeting, the committee issued a call for the proposed convention, in response to which more than one hundred of the lawyers of the State assembled at Virginia Beach on the night of July 5th, 1888, and the following is a minute of their proceed

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