| || Notes for CLIFFORD HOWE SEARL:|
Cliford was an attorney at law.He was named to the New York State Supreme Court.
The following obit appeared in the 11-14-1961 Post Standard in Syracuse:
Retired State Supreme Court Justice Clifford Howe Searl, one of the most respected members of the bench and bar in upstate New York, died yesterday at his home on Highridge Road, Fayetteville, after a long illness.He had retired from the State Supreme Court on December 31, 1952, after serving 10 years. He became an official referee of the State Supreme Court and served in that capacity until June 30, 1953.
Justice Searl was 79.He was a native of Syracuse and attended the Putman School and the old Syracuse High School.He attended Williams College and was graduated from Syracuse University , receiving both a bachelor of arts and bachelor of laws degree in 1905.He was in private practice of law for 37 years before being elected to the Supreme Court.One of his greatest interests was Hotel Syracuse.He was among the group of community leaders responsible for construction and development of the locally-owned hotel.
ALWAYS HIS INTEREST
His interest in the hotel continued throughout the rest of his life.When he retired from his position as official referee, he resumed the private practice of law, with offices in Hotel Syracuse.He had been a member of the Board of Directors of the hotel and was concerned with keeping the hotel in local ownership.The hotel itself is the biggest in the city and its operations have expanded to include the new County House on Buckley Road, near the Thruway, and is still under local ownership and control.Justice Searl was best known, however, for his work on Th bench.He was respected throughout the Fifth Judicial District, which includes Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, Herkimer and Oneida Counties.
In his last month on the bench, he disposed of a record 384 cases through pre-tril conferences.The technique of the pre-trial conference, in which the judge gets together with the lawyers of both sides to see if there is common ground for settling the issues without a trial was new at the time.By employing the technique so successfully, Justice Searl thus helped its use throughout the state.The conferences aid in clearing calenders that are crowded.Its use had been adopted by other states. Shortly after Justice Searl's retirement, a Post-Standard reporter wrote"The lawyers say that Justice Searl's attributes are inborn and that his patience, kindly sympathetic attitude, and constant effort to serve the cause of justice were natural gifts, developed by association with his fellow men".
DEVELOPED TO HELP PEOPLE
The reporter continued, "A man considered by many to be Syracuse's foremost barrister described Justice Searl as "a most unusual human being - one whose life has been devoted to helping people get justice".Justice Searl was a member of the Onondaga County, State and American Bar Associations, the central City Bodies, Scottish Rites, Syracuse Lodge #31 of the Elks, the Onondaga Historical Association, the Syracuse Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Central City Lodge 305, F&AM, Tigris Temple, Century Cub, Triton Fish and Game Club in Quebec, Psi Upsilon Fraternity and Phi Delta Phi honorary legal fraternity.He was an honorary member of the Onondaga County Club.He attended Park Central Presbyterian Church.
He married Anna Elliot Telfer on Oct 17, 1905.He is survived by his wife, a son, Jerome Howe Searl of Fayetteville, a daughter Mrs. Jane Searl Druehl of Fayetteville; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 PM tomorrow in the Park Central Presbyterian Church with the Rev John H Van Ness officiating.Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Dewitt.Friends may call from 7 to 9 PM today.