Report me and my cause aright
Hamlet, Act V, Scene 2

  The Catchline


Volume XXII, No. 3 May 2004


It's spring! The time of year them all our fancies turn to thoughts of the ARJD annual meeting.

If you recall the president's message in the February Catchline, I offered four resolutions for the ARJD for 2004. We can already chalk off three of those:

1. Appoint a histoian: Janette Bloom has volunteered to serve as the historian for the ARJD and Barbara Kincaid was successful in compiling a collection of all previous issues of The Catchline. Henry Lind has offered to allow us to make copies of anything in his vast archives, and we are working toward compiling a booklet to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ARJD at our 2007 annual meeting.

2. Institute a chat-room feature on the Web site: Andy Ashe has instituted the chat-room feature; you can sign up by going to and requesting approval to join in the discussion list. Right now, this feature is open only to members.

3. Get two new members: We already have two new members: Maria Makredes, Assistant Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, and Leah A. Walker, Technical Assistant, Supreme Court of the United States. Welcome!

The only resolution yet to keep is our resolve to have record attendance at the 2004 annual meeting in New York City. To entice you to participate, I offer the following.

The centerpiece of the 2004 annual meeting will be the Second International Symposium on Law Reporting, sponsored jointly by the ARJD and the New York Law Reporting Bureau. Gary Spivey and Andy Ashe have worked hard to put this symposium together. The symposium will be all day Friday. Some of the featured speakers are Judge Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge of the State of New York and the keynote speaker; Robert C. Williams, Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales, who will tell us about the First International Symposium; Ed Jessen, who will speak on law reporting in the United States; Frank Wagner, who will speak on law reporting at the United States Supreme Court; and Anne Roland, Registrar, Supreme Court of Canada, who will speak on law reporting in Canada. In addition, representatives of Thomson West and LexisNexis will speak on the public-private partnership in law reporting and there will be a panel discussion on the future of law reporting. And that's only one day!

On Thursday we will start our annual meeting with a presentation on statewide automation in the Massachusetts court system by the Honorable James F. McHugh, an Associate Justice on the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Special Assistant to the Chief Justice for Administration and Management for the MassCourts Project. On Saturday Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will give a presentation on unpublished opinions. Judge Kozinski will be only the fifth recipient of the Henry C. Lind award, which is given to those who have made a significant contribution to the improved reporting of judicial opinions or the preservation of historic court records. Judge Kozinski is an often-quoted outspoken critic of the proliferation of unpublished opinions. In addition, we have several interesting roundtable discussions planned on various topics.

Even with this heavy education and business schedule, however, we have built in time for fun. For those who plan to arrive in the afternoon on Wednesday, a group will be going to dinner at Tavern on the Green. (You can sign up in the hospitality suite when you arrive if you would like to attend.) Thomson West will host a cruise around Staten Island on Thursday night. Thomson West is also hosting the luncheon and the reception on Friday as part of the symposium. LexisNexis is providing transportation for various tours on Saturday afternoon. LexisNexis is also hosting a reception Saturday night. The Yankees are in town, and if you indicate on the registration materials that you would like to attend the Sunday afternoon game, we will get the tickets (Dutch treat, of course). Carol, Frank Wagner's bride, has some interesting entertainment for spouses and others who are not in meetings all day. Add to those events the Broadway plays, museums, restaurants, Ellis Island, the Bronx Zoo, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and shopping possibilities (see your Official NYC Guide, enclosed with the registration materials), and you have a jam-packed annual meeting. So bring your walking shoes, your running shoes, and, most importantly, your dancing shoes, and join the fun!

This is my last "President's Message." My term will end at the annual meeting, and Ed Jessen will be taking over as president and delivering the next "President's Message." Allow me a few words about the experience thus far. My father-in-law used to have an expression: "Ten percent of the people carry the other 90 percent." When I first heard him say that many years ago I thought, at least as to that issue, he was a curmudgeon. But that was before I officially joined the 10 percent. Now I think he was generous to think that we made up 10 percent. I have learned in my year as president of the ARJD that the ARJD is a group composed of that 10 percent. We are the people others turn to to complete a task because they know the task will get done and will get done well. I have served on many boards for charitable and nonprofit associations; I have held officer positions in those organizations. I can say unequivocally that I have never enjoyed serving as an officer of an organization as much as I have enjoyed serving as your president this year. When a call goes out for help in the ARJD, your phone really lights up! The experience has been refreshingly pleasurable, and I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve and helping to make my year as president so enjoyable.

After doing a wonderful job editing The Catchline for two years, Sheila D'Ambrosio has indicated that this issue will be her last one as editor. As those of you who have been long time members know, The Catchline is a very important part of the ARJD. Until Sheila took over as editor, all the editorial work, production, and distribution was handled by the staff at the United States Supreme Court. We will miss Sheila's hard work, her quick wit, and her good eye for editing. Cliff Allen has agreed to take over the responsibilities as editor, and Ed Jessen has agreed to continue to do the production and distribution from California. Thanks to both of you.

See you in the Big Apple!

--Bilee Cauley


THE LONG ROAD FOR HOME -- The Civil War Experiences of 4 Farmboy Soldiers of the 27th Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteer Infantry as Told by Their Personal Correspondence 1861-1864, edited by Henry C. Lind

Henry Lind's book, The Long Road for Home, published in 1993, is primarily based on a collection of over 50 letters written by Henry's great uncle, William W. Lind, while he served as a private in the 27th Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. It is also based on a somewhat similar smaller collection of letters written by three other enlisted men of the same regiment, including two brothers and a friend of William's, and by various friends and relatives of the soldiers. The four soldiers were all farm boys, and William and his friend were Scottish immigrants.

In early 1862, the 27th Regiment was involved in the Burnside Expedition, which resulted in the capture of Roanoke Island and New Berne, North Carolina. Between late 1862 and 1864, the regiment took part in picket duty and various skirmishes, expeditions, scouting missions, battles at Drewry's Bluff and Cold Harbor, and the Siege of Petersburg. William and one of the brother soldiers were wounded. The other brother soldier was mortally wounded and died as a prisoner of war, and William's best friend deserted. The 27th Regiment lost, in total during service, 12 officers and 389 enlisted men to injury and disease.

The main focus of the book is to give some insight into the personal thoughts, worries, moods, sufferings, and problems of common soldiers of limited education who at a young age volunteered to serve their country. In order to put the letters in proper perspective, the soldiers' correspondence is interspersed with some of the 27th regiment's history and chronology, as well as some of the war's general history. Comments have also been added at the end of a number of letters to explain more fully, clarify, or in some cases correct, references made by the soldiers. But the letters are generally left to speak for themselves. Some of them describe the horrors of battle, many contain the usual gripes about army life, others relate unsavory incidents not found in the official reports, and a couple tell of how rival pickets called an informal truce and fraternized. Generally speaking, however, the letters to some extent reflect a kind of honest patriotism and loyalty.

The Long Road for Home contains maps of the battlefields involved, a few illustrations (including a photograph of Private Lind in uniform) and a glossary of phonetic spelling compiled from the letters.

Persons interested in purchasing the book may contact the publisher, who still carries the book in stock: Associated University Presses, 460 Forsgate Drive, Cranbury, New Jersey 85512, (609) 655-4770. The price is $36.50 plus $4.00 for shipping and handling

--Wilma Grant

Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions Spring Executive Board Meeting Thursday, April 8, 2004 9:00 a.m.

United States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.

Bilee Cauley (President)
Ed Jessen (Vice-president, by teleconference)
Barbara Kincaid (Secretary)
Wilma Grant, Frank Wagner, Andy Ashe, Cliff Allen, Richard Ross, Shauna Thomas (teleconference for part of meeting only), Lloyd Hysan


President Bilee Cauley called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.

1. Approval of the minutes of the meeting of November 6, 2003

The minutes of the executive board's fall meeting were approved.

2. Treasurer's report

The report was accepted on the motion of Frank Wagner, seconded by Andy Ashe.

The Treasurer had requested direction from the executive as to whether to renew a certificate of deposit that comes due on May 24, 2004. In view of our need to maintain flexibility with higher than usual expenses anticipated for our meetings in New York and London, the executive board directed the Treasurer not to renew the CD when it comes due.

3. Site Selection

Lloyd Hysan handed out a copy of his site selection report. For the 2005 meeting, there were eight properties under consideration--six London hotels, and colleges in Oxford and Cambridge. Four of the hotels and the college at Oxford were unsuitable. The remaining sites recommended by Lloyd Hysan were Jesus College at Cambridge University, the Clifton Ford Hotel and the Bonnington Bloomsbury Hotel. There was considerable discussion of the merits of the different venues. The first decision tackled by the executive board was whether the meeting should be held in Cambridge or London. London was chosen as a location, and the Clifton Ford as our meeting place. Given the cost of meeting rooms, we decided that just one day would be needed for meeting. We would meet all day Thursday and use Friday as a day for touring the courts. Saturday we would look for an alternate location (perhaps the courts) and on Monday we would meet at breakfast.

4. Web site report

Andy Ashe advised that the Web site has been updated to reflect the new officers. He will post the next Catchline with the information about the registration. The chat room is now working, and there was a discussion about what standards we would have for approving participants. The executive board decided that the chat room should be open to dues-paying members until the annual meeting where there will be a discussion with the full membership. The website address for a request to participate is

The past issues of the Catchlines have been converted to electronic (.pdf) format. There was general agreement that it would be a good idea to post these documents on the Web site. At the annual meeting, we will look at setting up a committee to handle the posting. Since Janette Bloom has volunteered to be the historian, she might be the best person to chair the committee.

5. Catchline

Sheila D'Ambrosio has indicated that she will not be able to continue with the Catchline, although she will be able to do the May version. Cliff Allen volunteered to take over the editorial work and Ed Jessen will look after the production and distribution of the Catchline. There were suggestions that perhaps the responsibility for editorial work could go with different board positions (e.g., secretary or vice-president). Cliff Allen suggested that part of the annual meeting roundtable could be used to discuss members' expectations and thoughts regarding the Catchline.

6. Membership Committee

The report was discussed. Bilee Cauley has drafted recruitment letters aimed at new members, current absentee members, and those members who have not recently attended annual meetings to encourage increased participation and membership. It was agreed that we should take the opportunity afforded by the Symposium to encourage potential new membership, especially from the UK, which will be especially important for next year's meeting.

7. Nominating Committee

Shauna Thomas indicated she had not yet been able to contact the member she had in mind to step in as secretary but would report back as soon as she had.

8. Honors Committee Report

In Portland, we voted to award the Henry C. Lind award to Judge Alex Kozinski, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth. He has been contacted and has agreed to accept the award. Judge Kozinski would prefer that the presentation take place on Friday or Saturday.

9. Electronic publishing report

Nothing to report.

10. Education report

Noting that Friday, July 30th, will be taken up with the Symposium, Cliff Allen presented several ideas for the education program for the remaining days. One would be to have a judge, James McHugh, to speak on technology (e-filing, records management). There were two other justices who could also address these issues if Justice McHugh is not available. Disaster recovery and contingency planning could be other topics. For Saturday, there could be roundtable discussion. The topics proposed included ethics codes, and the "blockbuster" case and how to deal with it. The business meeting will take place on Thursday afternoon with a combined roundtable on the Web site and the Catchline, our primary means of communication.

With respect to the Symposium, it was noted that the ARJD is a sponsor of the Symposium, with the State of New York as the host. The ARJD will be responsible for sending out and delivering the invitations. On motion of Andy Ashe, seconded by Frank Wagner, the executive authorized an expenditure for costs related to the invitations. There will be time for entertainment, with several events being planned by vendors and the Association. Details will be published in the May Catchline.

11. New Business

Bilee Cauley reported Janette Bloom has volunteered to be the ARJD historian. Andy Ashe had distributed copies of the historical book prepared for the 200th anniversary of law reporting in New York and it was agreed that for the 25th anniversary of the ARJD we could produce a similar book. Members should start gathering material now for inclusion in this book.

Bilee Cauley proposed a stipend for those presidents who are not being supported by their courts. The ARJD is non-profit corporation. The stipend would be paid to those who are not reimbursed.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:35 p.m.

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--With thanks to Brenda Cox

Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions

President: Bilee Cauley
Reporter of Decisions
Alabama Appellate Courts

Vice-President: Edward W. Jessen
Reporter of Decisions
Supreme Court of California

Secretary: Barbara Kinacid
General Counsel, Law Branch
Supreme Court of Canada

Treasurer: Tim Fuller
Reporter of Decisions
Washington Supreme Court

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