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CONVOCATION AT MCGILL UNIVERSITY
A special convocation at which the Right Honorable Lord Strathcona, Chancellor of the University, presided, was held at Royal Victoria College, McGill University, on Monday, September 1, 1913, for the conferring of honorary degrees upon the following members of the legal profession:
Lord Chancellor Richard Burdon Haldane, of Great Britain; Chief Justice Edward Douglas White, of the United States; Maître F. Labori, Bâtonnier de l'Ordre des Avocats à la Cour d'Appel de Paris, France;
Prime Minister Robert L. Borden, of Canada;
Hon. William H. Taft, Ex-President of the United States; Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Ex-Ambassador from the United States to Great Britain;
Hon. Elihu Root, United States Senator from New York;
Hon. Frank B. Kellogg, President of the American Bar Association;
Hon. Charles J. Doherty, Minister of Justice and AttorneyGeneral of Canada;
CONFERENCE of judges
A Conference of Judges was held under the auspices of the Committee on Uniform Judicial Procedure at the Windsor Hotel, Montreal, on Saturday, August 30, 1913, at 8 P. M.
Thomas W. Shelton, Chairman of the committee, opened the Conference with a brief address asking co-operation by the judiciary in the cause of uniform procedure.
George Whitelock, Secretary of the Association, extended on behalf of the Executive Committee a welcome to the Judges present.
Attorney-General James C. McReynolds assured the Conference of the sympathy and support of President Wilson and himself in furthering uniform procedure.
Judge Don M. Pardee, of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, was elected permanent Chairman of the Conference, and Gaylord Lee Clark, of Maryland, was elected Secretary thereof.
On motion of Chief Justice Manoah B. Reese, of Nebraska, a committee of nine, Judge Andrew A. Bruce, of North Dakota, Chairman, was appointed to report upon the advisability of permanent organization and to submit a By-law therefor.
Judge Henry Stockbridge, of Maryland, addressed the Conference on behalf of the Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in advocacy of uniformity of judicial interpretation and stated to the Conference that the Commissioners had determined to appoint a special committee upon that subject.
Frederic R. Coudert, of New York, delivered a brief oral address, in which he emphasized the importance to commerce and society of uniformity, not only of procedure but of judicial decision.
The Conference thereupon adjourned to Tuesday, September 2, at 3 o'clock P. M.
Tuesday, September 2, 1913, 3 P. M.
Judge Andrew A. Bruce, of North Dakota, submitted the report of the Special Committee upon Reorganization. The report recommended a permanent organization as a Section of the American Bar Association, to be known as the Judicial Section, and the appointment of a special committee of the Conference to confer with the Executive Committee of the Association to effect an appropriate organization as such Section.
The report having been unanimously adopted, the Chair appointed as a special committee to perfect the organization the following: Orrin N. Carter, of Illinois; R. R. Prentis, of Virginia; Charles M. Hough, of New York; Edward S. Farrington, of Nevada, and Samuel C. Williams, of Tennessee.
The Chairman stated that an effort will be made to provide a fund to cover personal expenses of Judges attending future Conferences.
GAYLORD LEE CLARK,
(For Resolution of the Association establishing the Judicial Section see page 70.)
(For By-law regulating that Section see page 152.)
JUDGES ATTENDING "CONFERENCE OF JUDGES " AT MONTREAL, AUGUST 30 AND SEPTEMBER 2, 1913.
Alfred Johnson, C. J. Supreme Court of Arizona.
John K. Beach, A. J. Supreme Court of Errors of Connecticut.
Calvin L. Brown, C. J. Supreme Court of Minnesota.
Josiah A. Van Orsdale, A. J. Court of Appeals of the District of
Charles N. Hough, U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York.
Van Vechten Veeder, U. S. District Court, Eastern District of New York.
The Annual Dinner was held on Wednesday evening, September 3, 1913, at the Windsor Hotel, Montreal.
JOSEPH H. CHOATE, of New York, presided.
The speakers were as follows:
MAÎTRE FERNAND LABORI, Bâtonnier of the Paris Bar,
HON. CHARLES J. DOHERTY, Minister of Justice and AttorneyGeneral of Canada,
FRANK B. KELLOGG, of Minnesota,
ROBERT C. SMITH, K. C., of Montreal.
WILLIAM H. TAFT, of Connecticut.
Six hundred and eighty-five members and guests were present.