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his political activity was slight, he was a man of great public spirit, deeply interested in all public questions and concerned in every movement for the upbuilding of our State. He was an honorable, broad-minded man, and his influence was always on the side of right, justice and progress. He was, in point of ability, learning and efficiency, a leader of our Bar, and his practice of the law was rewarded throughout with conspicuous success. He was most highly esteemed by all his fellow citizens, and his taking off in the maturity of his powers was felt as a great misfortune by all.
E. W. WINFIELD.
Edward W. Winfield was born at Camden, Ark., on December 24, 1865, the only son of Rev. A. R. Winfield, a pioneer Methodist preacher in this State, noted for his zeal and extensive services. When fourteen years of age he removed with his parents to the city of Little Rock. He was a graduate of the Vanderbilt University, and educated for the ministry, but after a few years of ministerial service he resigned and took up the study of the law. He was admitted to the Bar, and shortly afterwards was made Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of the Sixth Circuit, and continued in that office until the breaking out of the Spanish-American war. He then enlisted for active service in the signal corps and was promoted to be a captain. The deadly climate of Cuba, however, overcame him, and he was stricken with a fever so violent that for many months he lingered between life and death. When he sufficiently recovered he returned to Little Rock and assumed his duties as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney until he was elected Circuit Judge in 1902, a position which he held until his death on the 13th day of January, 1909.
Judge Winfield was an honorable gentleman and a faithful and diligent Judge. He excelled in the dispatch of business, and kept the enormous docket of his court as near up to date as possible. He was entirely fearless in his discharge of his duties, and not merely honest, but wholly free from external influences. From the time of his sickness in Cuba until his death he was a constant sufferer, and he worked under the disadvantage of incessant pain so intense that few men would have endeavored to discharge the duties of the office in such condition. His mind was naturally clear and quick, and he was prompt and firm in his decisions. Respectfully.
G. B. Rose, Chairman.
The Committee on Nominations reported, and upon motion, the report was adopted, and those officers nominated declared elected. Mr. Ashley Cockrill, who named as a member of the Executive Committee, asked to be excused from serving, and suggested that Mr. Jas. H. Stevenson be elected in his stead, which was done. (See list of officers, p. 5.)
Mr. Jas. H. Stevenson moved that the constitution be amended so as to provide that the membership of the Association would nominate and elect the president in open session.
After considerable discussion the resolution was tabled.
Mr. Kie Oldham moved that Jos. M. Hill, J. W. Blackwood and H. B. McKenzie constitute a committee to devise some means by which the evil of special legislation may be remedied. Judge P. C. Dooley moved that Mr. Oldham's name be added to the committee, and the motion, as amended, was adopted.
Mr. W. F. Coleman moved that the thanks of the Association be extended to the Little Rock Bar for the magnificent way in which they entertained the Association at Hot Springs. Mr. John Fletcher moved to amend by including the Hot Springs Bar, who, he stated, had done their share. The motion, as ainended, was adopted.
The Secretary announced that the annual banquet would be given at 8:30 in Arlington Hotel dining room.
Mr. C. B. Moore moved a vote of thanks to the retiring President, which was adopted.
Mr. S. H. Mann said:
Being the only member of the Association who is present from the town of Mr. N. W. Norton, I wish to thank the Association in his behalf for his election to the presidency, and wish to say that I do not believe the Association will regret the action. Mr. Norton is a man who enters into any enterprise with zeal and earnestness, and I am sure he will make us an active president, and one of whom we will be proud. His election, I am satisfied, will come to him entirely as a surprise. He is now, unfortunately, sick at his home, and if will certainly be a great comfort to him to know that his fellow members of the Bar have thought of him during his absence, and on his behalf I thank you. There being no further business the Association adjourned.
Roscoe R. LYNN,
CONSTITUTION AND LAWS. ARTICLE 1. The name of this Association is the Bar Association of Arkansas. Its objects are to uphold the honor of the legal profession, inculcate sound profesional ethics, promote the administration of justice and the science of jurisprudence, and establish and maintain cordiality and fraternity among lawyers.
ART. 2. The officers of this Association shall be a President, a First Vice-President, one Vice-President for each Judicial Circuit of the State of Arkansas, a Secretary and a Treasurer, who shall hold office for one year and until their successors are elected, whose terms of office shall begin at the close of the annual meeting at which they may be elected. The President shall appoint a committee, consisting of five members, whose duty it shall be to nominate and present the names of officers at the next ensuing annual meeting of the Association.
ART. 3. The Secretary, Treasurer and five members, to be chosen annually, shall constitute an Executive Committee, who shall meet quarterly, a majority thereof forming a quorum for business. The committee shall have full power to do anything necessary to be done for the promotion and well-being of the Association during recess or vacation of the same, subject to revision of the Association at the next annual meeting; also to arrange programs and rules for the regulation of the Association.
ART. 4. All persons who have been enrolled by the Secretary shall be members of this Association, and hereafter every member of the Bar of Arkansas, licensed to practice in the Circuit Courts, in good standing, shall be eligible for membership. A majority of the Executive Committee may admit new members, but their action, in all cases, shall be liable to be revoked by the Association at any pending meeting, or the next regular meeting
Art. 5. The President, or, in his absence, the Vice President, and ten members of the Association shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and any less number may adjourn the meeting from time to time for the purpose of securing a quorum.
ART. The annual meeting of the Association shall be held on the last Thursday and Friday in May, at 10 o'clock a. m., in the city of Little Rock, or at such other time and place as the Executive Committee may designate, unless otherwise directed by the Association.
Art. 7. The following standing committee shall be appointed by the President within thirty days after the adjournment of each annual meeting: On Law and Law Reform; on Uniform State Laws; on Public Service Corporations; on Public Improvements and Local Assessments; on Practice in Supreme Court; on Practice in Chancery Court; on Practice in Circuit, Court; on Memorials. As amended, 1909.
ART. 8. All committees may have their reports printed by the Secretary before the annual meeting of the Association, and any such report, containing any recommendations for action upon the part of the Association shall be printed together with a draft of a bill embodying the views of the committee, whenever legislation shall be proposed. Such report shall be distributed by mail by the Secretary to all members of the Association at least fifteen days before the annual meeting at which such report is proposed to be submitted. As amended, 1908.
ART. 9. A stenographer shall be employed at each annual meeting.
ART. 10. The dues for membership shall be $5 per annum, which shall be payable thirty days before each meeting. Any member not paying his dues within sixty days after the meeting shall be notified by the Secretary, and if he does not then pay within thirty days his name shall be dropped from the roll, and he shall not be permitted to again join the Association without paying all delinquent dues. As amended, 1909.
ART. 11. Any member of this Association, in good standing, who may remove permanently from this State shall be placed on the roll of honorary members.
ADDRESSES AND PAPERS.
1900.— JANUARY MEETING. Judge U. M. Rose, Little Rock, President's Address, “Beccaria.”
W. C. Rodgers, Nashville, “Right of the States to Regulate Trusts and Monopolies."
Morris M. Cohn, Little Rock, "Some Thoughts on the Constitutional Framework of Government in the United States."
Geo. B. Rose, Little Rock, "Uniformity or Diversity.”
Joseph M. Hill, Fort Smith, "The Trusts and Their Kinfolk."
B. R. Davidson, Fayetteville, "Some Tendencies of the Age Against Which We Should Possibly Be on Our Guard."
John A. Williams, Little Rock, Annual Address, “Lawyers.”
Jas. B. McDonough, Fort Smith, “The Influence of the Roman Law Upon the Common Law of England and America."
A. B. Grace, Pine Bluff, “Change of Venue and Verdict of Jury.”
Joseph M. Hill, Fort Smith, "Life and Character of Sterling R. Cockrill."
W. S. McCain, Little Rock, “Ought Punishment for Crime Be Abolished?"
Ashley Cockrill, Little Rock, "History and Evils of AntiTrust Fire Insurance Legislation."
Geo. B. Rose, Little Rock, "Literature and the Bar."
E. W. Winfield, Little Rock, "Some Excellencies of the Late Chief Justice Cockrill."
W. H. Arnold, Texarkana, "Disqualification of Judges in Certain Cases."
Morris M. Cohn, Little Rock, "Some Thoughts on the Development of the Police Power."