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phy, lecturer on Evidence for ten years ; Morris M. Cohn, lecturer on various subjects; and W. C. Rodgers, lecturer on Domestic Relations. All the other lecturers, including the Dean-J. H. Carmichael-are younger members of the local bar. The students maintain and conduct a society, kuown as the Goar Lyceum, in honor of the first Dean, the late Judge F. M. Goar.
“He crossed over to the boy quickly. “ 'You have made a find, my lad,' said he.
“ 'Yes, sir,' said the innocent boy. “I have found a silver ring.'
“ 'I thought so,' said the tramp. 'It's the one I just dropped. Now, ain't it lucky I had my name cut in it?'
“'What is your name?' said the boy, suspiciously.
• 'Sterling, lad.'
« Take it, then, it's yours,' said the boy, handing over the ring with a disappointed air."
The Suffolk School of Law, one of Boston's youngest institutions, has recently removed to Tremont Temple, which is one of the finest equipped lecture buildings in the East. The Library and executive oflices of the school are on the fifth floor. This school was founded in September, 1908, with lectures in a private house, and had a total attendance of nine students. To-day it has over one hundred young men in attendance; its Freshman class alone numbering seventy students. It has a faculty of nine Boston lawyers. Gleason L. Archer, LL. B., is the Dean. The Suffolk School of Law is an evening school with a three-year course of study. The first class will graduate in the coming May. Although but five students will graduate this year, two of the five have already passed the bar examinations. The school has introduced some unique features in its methods of instruction and is scoring a success in Boston.
The report of a registration of 310 for the session 1908-09 in the George Washington University Law School is interesting as showing a slight increase over that of last session, thus indicating that that Law School is beginning to recover from the severe loss in attendance incident to the drastic reforms instituted three years ago. Prior to that time all lectures were given between 4 and 6:30 in the afternoon, after the close of the gorernment offices. Students in the government service, or otherwise employed, were allowed to graduate after three years, and the instruction was chiefly by text-book and lect
In 1906 many of the lectures were transferred to the forenoon, and students attending only the late afternoon lectures were required to devote four years to the comple tion of the course. At the same time the case system of instruction was largely introduced, and the requirements in the classroom and upon examination were made much more rigorous than formerly. Tuition fees were also materially advanced. As a result of these changes the attendance steadily de creased from 521 in 1905-06 to 365 in 190007 and 328 in 1907-08. The entering class of the present session is nearly as large as those customarily received under the old conditions, and, in view of the fact that the teaching staff of the school has been steadily increased, and the course of instruction much extended and improved, there is little reason to doubt that the School will in a short time regain its former large attendance.
James Tower Keen, Professor in Pleading and Practice at the Boston University Law School, died suddenly from pneumonia at the home of his mother in New Bedford, Mass. on April 4, 1909. Mr. Keen was born in New Bedford in March 1877. He received his education in the public schools of that city and in the Boston University. After graduating from the Boston University Law School he began the practice of law in Boston, and for the past few years has been associated in practice with Arthur P. Gay at #6 Beacon Street. Mr. Keen was considered an authority on Pleading and Practice. He prepared a work on the subject several years ago entitled "Cases on Pleading" for use in his classes at the Boston University Law School. The book, which has had a large sale, and is being used as a text in a number of prominent law schools, ranks high among student publications.
James B. Dill, whose recent speech on "Graft” at Oberlin College attracted so much attention, told recently, apropos of “graft,” a story about a swindling tramp.
“This tramp," said Mr. Dill, "had the alert, unscrupulous, bold mind that makes 'grafting' successful.
"He was walking in Chicago one day when he saw a little boy stoop and pick up something.
Ground has been broken at Berkeley for Boalt Hall for a new $150,000 law school building of the University of California. Of the sum to be expended on the building, $100,000 was given by Mrs. Boalt, in honor of the memory of her husband, the late Judge Boalt, a leading lawyer of San Francisco. The other $50,000 was raised by subscription among the lawyers of California (largely through the efforts of George H. Boke, Professor in the Law School) for the patriotic purpose of making this school ere long one of the leading law schools of the West. The plans of the building provide for ample library and stack room space, for a
law club and smoking rooms for the students, and studies for the professors, as well as commodious lecture rooms. The University of California now has two law departments, that of Jurisprudence in Berkeley, for which the new school is being built, and the Ilastings College of Law in San Francisco. These two schools give co-ordinate courses.
School, states that his school is willing to go to some expense in defraying the cost of a debating contest to be held in Los Angeles between his students and those of some other school next season.
Beginning September, 1909, the Creighton College of Law, Omaha, Neb., will conduct a four-year night school in addition to its three-year day course. Entrance and graduation requirements in both courses will be the same, and the same instructors will conduct the courses in the night as in the day school. One-half of the enrollment in the law school this year consists of collegetrained men. The school is engaged in the publication of a handsome year book of 150 pages, bound in leather, copiously illustrated, the book to be issued in the near future. The school has spent nearly $1,000 within the last few months on its library, having put in an extra set of the Century and Decennial Digest, the Nebraska Reports, and a complete set of Harvard Law Review. During the past summer the Law School building was thoroughly renovated throughout, and new offices fitted up and splendidly furnished.
Three numbers of the West Publishing Company's Docket have been issued. This new monthly magazine, published for the benefit of the legal profession, is distributed to judges, lawyers, and law school men without charge. For upwards of thirty years the West Publishing Company has been reporting, digesting, and circulating the decisions of the courts of last resort of the country. Being organized primarily for that purpose, its relations with the legal profession have been largely confined to calling attention to the best law books. Now, however, the Company can talk with its many thousands of friends of other things—things disassociated from the buying of books and remitting for the same. The nature of the Company's business and its close relationship with judges as authors, and lawyers as its reading public, presents a fine opportunity to make the columns of The Docket of special interest to members of the profession.
The two Debating Societies of the Law Department of Georgetown University are hold. ing three public contests during each scholastic year for the discussion of questi of national importance. The questions discussed thus far have dealt with the establishment of a Postal Savings Bank System, and the pending Congressional question of Merchant Marine Subsidy. In addition to these contests, there will be an intercollegiate debate between the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown, to be held in Washington, D. C., about the time this number of the Review is published, the question being:
“Resolved, that legislation should be enacted under which all national banks shall be required to establish a fund for the prompt payment of the depositors of any insolvent national bank; such fund and the administration thereof to be under the control of the federal government."
A colored woman of Alexandria, Va., was on trial before a magistrate of that town charged with inhuman treatment of her offspriug.
Evidence was clear that the woman had severely beaten the youngster, aged some nine years, who was in court to exhibit his battered condition.
Before imposing sentence, his honor asked the woman whether she had anything to say.
"Kin I ask yo' honah a question?" inquired the prisoner.
The judge nodded affirmatively.
"Well, then, yo' honah, I'd like to ask yo' whether yo' was ever the parient of a puffectly wuthless cullud chile."
The University of Southern California Law School, located at Los Angeles, has enjoyed a very prosperous year.
The total enrollment of students for the season is over 230. The Debating Society of the school is exceptionally strong and active, and is anxious to place a debating team in the field next season for the purpose of meeting a representative team from one of the large law schools located in the central or eastern part of the country. Gavin W. Craig, Secretary of the University of Southern California Law
Although the Washington College of Law, in Washington, D. C., was established primarily for women, it provided for the admission of men duly qualified. This year the undergraduate body is composed about equally of men and women. The enrollment has increased so rapidly that the college is necessarily looking for more spacious quarters for next year. This year the Commencement exercises, which come on May 24th, will be held in the New Continental Memorial Hall, a handsome, half million dollar structure which has just been completed by the Daughters of the Revolution as a memorial to patriots. As a result of the increasing number of men in the school, a keen rivalry for undergraduate class offices has grown up be tween the men and the women. Appropos of this and the fact that Burton Cary, by virtue of office as President of the Junior class, was toast master at the annual banquet, Ellen Spencer Mussey, Dean, told the story of the small boy who said to his father:
“Dad, there was an awful accident on the elevated railroad to-day. A woman had her eye on a seat, and a man sat on it."
$75,000. The foundation of the new building is already built, the laying of the cornerstone taking place March 29th. It is expected the building will be ready for occupancy before the opening of the school next fall.
"The Kansas Lawyer,” a legal periodical published by the students of Kansas University Law School, is perhaps unique in one respect. In addition to the usual contributions and notes, the syllabi of the decisions of the Supreme Court of the State during the previous month are published in this periodical. It is the policy of the students to make the publication as representative generally among the members of the bar throughout the state as possible, keeping the bar and embryo barristers in close contact. Although contributions are received from sources beyond the state, preference is given to home talent. One of the most notable of these articles recently published in the magazine is that of J. P. Larimer, ex-president of the Kansas State Bar Association, which appeared in the February issue. It deals with the introduction of the Torrens System, consisting of land registration, and is a critical analysis of the system, carefully annotated to recent decisions.
Frederick D. Colson, for several years past Professor of Law in Cornell University, has accepted the appointment of Librarian of the New York State Library, at Albany, N. I. Mr. Colson resigned his chair at Cornell and moved to Albany last January. Mr. C. Tracey Stagg, who was appointed his successor as instructor at the Cornell Law School, graduated from this school in 1902, having held the Boardman prize scholarship in the Senior year. Mr. Stags was for some time thereafter Secretary to Judge Walter L. Smith, of the Appellate Division, Third Departinent, and thereafter practiced law at Elmira, N. Y. He has conducted this year the courses on Probate Law, Bills and Notes, and Mortgages.
A 'fund of over $1,000 has recently been contributed by those who were students in the Cornell Law School under the late Prof. Huffcut for a memorial, which will take the form of a portrait to be painted by J. Colin Forbes of London, and which, when finished, will be placed in Boardman Hall.
Some years ago, Emory Speer, of the Georgia bar, delivered the Storrs Lectures before the Yale Law School. The lectures met with such success, and are of such general interest in their nature, that Judge Speer has decided to publish them. These, together with other lectures, some of which the Judge delivered before the Mercer Law School, of Macon, Georgia, will be brought out in handsome book form by the Neal Publishing Company, of New York. The collection will include addresses on Lincoln, Lee, Grant, Marshall, Hamilton, Thomas Lord Erskine, Joseph Emerson Brown, and General Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia. It has been the aim of the writer throughout these lectures to illustrate the leading principles of disputed constitutional construction in biographical addresses of the great men who took part in their determination.
Among the new appointments on the faculty of the University of Oregon Law School is that of Judge Robert G. Morrow, who leetures on Brief Making and Practice in the Supreme Court. Judge Morrow has been for some years past the Reporter of the Supreme Court of Oregon, in which capacity he has written the headnotes in 27 volumes of state reports, besides adding numerous footnotes, in which work he was a pioneer among osticial reporters. Owing to his familiarity with the Supreme Court practice, Judge Morrow is especially fitted to give instruction to law students as to the form of briefs and the proper arrangements and classification of the matter, besides offering many useful suggestions as to how to do it. Judge Morrow's appointment on the faculty followed his recent election to the circuit bench of Multnomah county, in which is situated the important city of Portland, and from which county it is said more than half of all the litigation of Oregon goes to the Supreme Court.
The need of a new law school building, which for some years past has been set forth by the Regents of the University of Colorado Law School, is now met, not by a public appropriation by the Legislature, but by private gift from one of Colorado's richest and most public-spirited citizens Simon Guggenheim, junior United States Senator from Colorado. Simon Guggenheim has given to the University Law School a law building costing
Professor Goddard, Secretary of Faculty of Michigan University Law School, having received leave of absence for the present semester, is trareling abroad. He expects to return next September, and in the meantime his duties in the law school are being performed by Professor Joseph 11. Drake. By authority of the Board of Regents a new
law degree, “Juris Doctor" (J. D.), has been established in the Michigan Law School. This degree will be conferred on the recommendation of the law faculty, upon such graduates of approved universities as shall have completed the regular three-year law course in the department. It does not do away with the regular LL. B. degree.
Plans and preparations are being made to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the school. This celebration will take place next October.
The great attractiveness of law teaching as a profession in our best law schools is well illustrated by the case of Assistant Professor J. C. Monnet, of the George Washington University Law School. Mr. Monnet, after being graduated as a Master of Arts at the University of Iowa, and as a Bachelor of Laws in the same institution, practiced law for some eleven years with marked success in North Dakota. Having then decided that the work of teaching law would be more in accordance with his tastes, he deliberately set about qualifying himself for the profession of teaching. After spending a year in the study of political science at the University of Chicago, he entered the Harvard Law School, and completed the three-year course with unusual credit. After the completion of this course of preparation at Harvard, he was offered positions in several prominent law schools, but finally decided to go to the George Washington University Law School, at Washington, D. C. There his work has been notably successful, and it is understood that the Board of Trustees will, at the June meeting, promote him to a full professorship.
A young girl once asked Mark Twain if he liked books for Christmas gifts.
"Well, that depends," drawled the great humorist. "If a book has a leather cover it is really valuable as a razor strop. If it is a brief, concise work, such as the French write, it is useful to put under the short leg of a wabbly table. An old-fashioned book, with a clasp, can't be beat as a missile to hurl at a dog, and a large book, like a geography, is as good as a piece of tin to nail over a broken pane of glass."
The New Jersey Law School opened its first session on October 5, 1908, in the Prudential Building in Newark. The accommodations there proved to be wholly inadequate, and accordingly the school moved to 33 East Park street, Newark. Later, on April 1st, this property was bought by the school, together with adjoining land sufficient to allow of additions to the building being made in the future. At present the house consists of 16 large rooms. The enrollment of the school has already reached seventy. The faculty consists of 15 professors and special lecturers; Richard D. Currier being President, and Percival G. Barnard, Dean, of the school. Whereas the length of the course now offered is two years, it is intended to institute a three-year course with the class entering next fall.
"The late Charles Eliot Norton," said a Bostonian, "used humorously to deplore the modern youth's preference of brawn to brain.
“He used to tell of a football game he once witnessed. Princeton had a splendid player in Poe—you will remember little Poe?. -and Prof. Norton, thinking of "The Raven' and ‘Annabel Lee,' said to the lad at his side:
“ 'He plays well, that Poe.'
“ 'Is he,' said Prof. Norton, 'any relation to the great Poe?'
“Any relation' said the youth, frowning 'Why, he is the great Poe.'”
Of the new Taft Cabinet it is notable that six are lawyers, Senator Knox, Mr. Wickersham, Judge Dickinson, Judge Nagel, Mr. Ballinger, and even Mr. Hitchcock, who has been adinitted to the bar. Mr. Taft, in his speech at the University of Pensylvania on Washington's Birthday, said:
"In a wide sense the profession of the law is the profession of government, or, at least, it is the profession in the course of which agencies of the government are always used, and in which the principles applied are those which affect either the relations between individuals or the relation between the government and individuals, and all of which are defined by what, for want of a better term, is called 'municipal
The Board of Trustees of the University of the South has prescribed that, beginning with the session 1910–11, the entrance requirements to its Law Department shall be the equivalent of those which would be required for admission to the Sophomore year of its Academic Department; that is, that students asking admission to the Law Department shall have a preparation represented by successful completion of the Freshman year in the College of Arts and Science.
Mr. Lyman Chalkley, Dean of the Law School, delivered a series of lectures recently before the Extension Department of the University upon Legal Institutions, which were popular and aroused much interest. The course embraced the following titles:
I. Municipal Law a Standard of Civil Conduct. II. Of Laws Written and Unwritten. Ill. Application of Law. IV. Law Schools.
death, occupied the position of Counsel to Governor Hughes.
A professor of law entered the office where his colleague was busily writing at a desk. His face was very thoughtful, and he remarked: "Awful business at Messina, wasn't it?"
"What about it,” said the other, continuing to write.
“O, there was a great earthquake yesterday, and an earthquake wave, which engulfed a large part of Messina and some of the surrounding country.” Then he went on reflectively, "When a fellow's ancestors have lived on a piece of land for some thousands of years, and cultivated it most of that time, it must shock him somewhat to have it dipped under the blue waters of the Mediterranean.” To this the scribulous professor replied, still without looking up: "Why, yes; if he is attached to the land.”
The other gazed sadly at his writing colleague, and then, with a sigh, inquired rather timidly, "Wouldn't the force of gravity be sufficient attachment.”
The third annual summer session of the Law School, University of Wisconsin, will begin June 28, 1909. Courses will be otfered by Professors Gilmore, Smith, and Richards, of the regular faculty, assisted by Professor Eugene Wambaugh, of the Harvard Law School. The courses of instruction have been materially increased over that offered in preceding summer sessions. Professor W. W. Cook, of the University of Wisconsin, will be in the summer school of the Uuiversity of Chicago during the present sum
The eighth edition of the Directory of the Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi is completed and ready for distribution. This Directory contains some 320 pages, showing the geographical distribution of the 9,000 members of this well-known fraternity of law school men. The Directory is bound in cloth and sells for $2. Copies may be procured from the Secretary of the Fraternity, George A. Katzenberger, Greenville, Ohio.
The Detroit College of Law Oratorical Association is enjoying a very active year. The annual oratorical contest was held at the Detroit Central High School on March 5th. The first gold medal was won by John Kearney, '10, and the second by John Scallen, '10. Two debates will be held this spring, one with Albion College and the other with Notre Dame. Judge Van Zile, Dean of the College, was honored at the last election by being elected to the office of Prosecuting Attorney of Wayne County. Mr. John C. Bills, attorney for the Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad, has been appointed professor of the subject of Carriers and commenced his work on Monday, March 22d.
On January 8, 1799, the Board of Trustees of Transylvania University created a professorship of Law and Politics, to which George Nicholas, Esq., was elected. It is therefore considered by some to rank among the oldest law schools now existing in the United States. Though it has been discontinued at times for several years, it is now a good school, still located at Lexington, Ky, with Matt S. Walton, LL. B., Yale, 1906, at the head as Dean. One of the features of the school is the participation of the students of the Senior Class with menbers of the faculty, who are resident praetitioners, in the actual trial of cases in court.
Charles M. Hepburn, Professor of Law in the University of Indiana and Secretary of the Section of Legal Education of the American Bar Association, has accepted the Deanship of the Faculty of the American Institute of Law, the new correspondence law school founded and conducted by the American Law Book Company of New York City. Mr. Hepburn has been granted a leave of absence from his duties in the University of Indiana, and for the present at least will give considerable of his time to his new work in New York.
The recent appointment of Carlos C. Alden, Dean of the Buffalo Law School, as Counsel to the Governor of New York, has met with the approval of Mr. Alden's many friends and of the members of the bar of the state of New York in general. It will be remembered by law school men that the late Ernest W. Huffcut, Dean of the Cornell University Law School at the time of his
Howell Cobb, Dean of the Law Depart. ment of the University of Georgia, who at the close of the school season will have been teacher, professor, and dean of the school for twenty-two years, has tendered his resignation, which has been accepted by the trustees to take effect June 15th of the present year. Judge Cobb will be made Professor Emeritus, and his successor will be chosen in June. His lectures on Constitutional Law have a peculiar excellence, due to his personal contact with the lawmakers of ihe country, both during his early life, when his father was a member of Congress and of the Cabinet, and during his own manhood, which was intimately associated with the history making periods of secession, recorastruction, and constitutional amendment.