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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.


The Association met in the meeting room of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th street, New York, on Friday, January 19, 1912, at 10.30 A. M.

The meeting was called to order by the President, Elihu Root.

The President:

The Secretary will read the minutes of the last meeting.

The Secretary:

Mr. President, the minutes of the last meeting have been printed and distributed, and I move that the reading of the minutes be dispensed with and that they be approved.

The President:

Mr. Wadhams moves that the minutes of the last meeting, as printed and distributed, be approved. Are there any amendments or changes to be made? The Chair hears none and the minutes are approved without objection. Nominations for membership are in order.

The Secretary:

If that could be passed now, we could bring it up more conveniently later.

The President:

Without objection that order of business will be laid aside for the present. Report of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Grenville M. Ingalsbe, of Hudson Falls, read the report of the Executive Committee as follows:


NEW YORK, January 18, 1912.

To the Members of the New York State Bar Association: A meeting of the Executive Committee was held at the building of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, on Thursday evening, January 18, 1912. In the absence of the Chairman, Judge Ingalsbe was asked to preside.

The Treasurer reported ten new members elected at the Rochester meeting who failed to qualify.

On motion it was directed that the names should be omitted from the membership roll.

The Treasurer read a list of members in arrears in payment of their dues for the years 1910 and 1911.

The following resolution was offered by Judge Seeger and duly adopted:

Resolved, That the names of the members of the Association who are in arrears for the years 1910 and 1911 be stricken from the membership roll for non-payment of dues, unless their arrearages are paid on or before the first day of March, 1912.

The Treasurer presented his report, which, on motion, was referring to an auditing committee consisting of Judge Borst and Judge Seeger.

The Secretary presented a list of fifty-one applicants for membership, who, on motion, were elected as members of the Association. The Secretary reported that two hundred and eighty-one new members had been elected by the Executive Committee since our last annual meeting, in addition to those elected to-night, making a total of three hundred and thirty-two elected since last year.

On motion, Mr. James A. Van Voast, of Schenectady, was reinstated as a member.

The sum of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) was appropriated for the services of Treasurer's clerk for the year 1912.

On motion, the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars ($150) was appropriated for the services of Mr. Kaestner, in connection with this annual meeting.

The Treasurer was authorized to pay the expenses of the annual meeting, including the publication of the report thereof, upon the same being audited by the Secretary of the Executive Committee.

On motion, duly made and carried, the Secretary's salary was fixed at the same amount as last year.

On motion, duly made and carried, the Treasurer was authorized to pay to the Treasurer of the Comparative Law Bureau of the American Bar Association, the necessary fee to entitle the New York State Bar Association to membership in the said Bureau.

Upon motion, duly made and carried, the meeting thereupon adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,



The President:

What is the pleasure of the Association as to the report of the Executive Committee? If there is no special motion made regarding it, without objection, it will be received and filed. The report of the Treasurer.

Albert Hessberg, of Albany, read the report of the Treasurer as follows:

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