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tice of law by a Law Faculty composed Our Department of Law has recently of Law School Teachers, practicing Law- been formed with a faculty composed of yers, and Judges.
lawyers and judges of the Chicago Bar, 2. A series of 14 text-books, combin- among whom may be mentioned : ing the case system and the text-book William Elmore Foster, LL.B., Dean system, especially written by professors and Professor of Law of Evidence, Torts and teachers in law schools and legal and Pleading writers of recognized ability.
Marshall D. Ewell, A.M., LL.B., M. 3. A supplemental series of specially D., Professor of Jurisprudence, Legal prepared lectures, by eminent judges, ju- Institutions, Law of Partnership, Interrists, and active practitioners.
national Law, etc. Head of the School 4. Briefs of counsel and opinions of of Pleading and Practice conducted for the courts in adjudicated cases of cur- the exclusive benefit of the students of rent public interest..
the La Salle Extension University. 5. An outline of study, correspond- John P. Ahrens, Professor of Law of ence lessons, and co-operation in the Domestic Relations, Bailments, Damreading of law and practical consulting privileges relating to the study of law. Albert F. Wilson, A.B., LL.B., Pro
6. Marking and grading of examina- fessor of Law of Contracts, Agency, Cortion papers and the issuing of credit porations, Statutory Construction, etc. work done, awarding a Diploma upon the George Frederick Rush, A.M., LL.B., satisfactory completion of the Course. Professor of Equity Jurisprudence,
7. The practical office training of the Pleading, etc. lawyer, giving the student the character George R. Jenkins, A.B., LL.B., Proof experience in the preparation of le- fessor of Sales and Real Property. gal papers which he would receive in a
The Local Practice Courts will be unlaw office.
der the direction of Professor William 8. Practical illustrations of the princi- Elmore Foster, head of the Department ples of law by the use of hypothetical of Law, and the School of Pleading and problems, assumed cases, and events like- Practice will be conducted by Dr. Marly to arise in daily life, together with shall D. Ewell. The school of Pleading the general legal rules relating to the va- and Practice and the Local Practice rious sciences, professions, arts, crafts, Courts will work in close co-operation businesses, and employments.
and serve to familiarize the student with 9. Practical training in Local Prac- all the proceedings in a law suit from tice Courts, where the student is taught the time the client states the facts to how to try cases.
These Courts will be his attorney, until the case is decided by established for third year students in the court of last resort. The Local Praccounty seats or other convenient points, tice Courts will be presided over by a where fifteen or more students formally resident judge or an attorney, and the register for the Practice Court work. student will learn how to try cases by ac
10. Participation in the School of tually conducting them. Pleading and Practice founded and con- The text-books published by the school ducted for the exclusive benefit of third consist of 14 volumes and will be made year students of the La Salle Extension the basis of instruction. The work on University.
this series of books has been done under
the editorship of James Parker Hall, Dean of Law School, University of Chicago, and James De Witt Andrews, author of "Andrews' American Law," editor “Andrews' Stephen's Pleadings,” "Cooley's Blackstone," etc. Dr. Andrews is one of the projectors in the plan to state our American "Corpus Juris”. These two gentlemen are so well known that any work which comes from their hands can be depended upon to be both accurate and authoritative.
The plan followed in writing this set of law books has been to make a systematic, nontechnical presentation of the field of American Law and Procedure taken as a whole. It proceeds upon the assumption contained in the words of Judge Dillon that “the number of cases is legion, but the principles they establish are comparatively few, capable of being thoroughly mastered and capable also of direct and intelligent statement."
In addition to the frequent citation of cases to illustrate the leading principles, frequent use has been made of hypothetical problems, cases and events such as are likely to arise in daily life. By omitting details and by a careful system of cross-references to avoid duplication and likewise by observing due proportion in the treatment of the various branches of the law, it has been possible in these 14 volumes to give an exceptionally clear and accurate statement of the legal principles actually applied by the courts in litigated cases.
Explanation has been given of various technical matters in the introductory volume, in the glossary, and in connection with each special topic, so that the subject may be readily comprehended by the intelligent reader without professional guidance.
It is expected that such a set of law books will prove most helpful to those members of the legal profession who have not access to large law libraries, but who feel the need of having a modern and authoritative résumé of the entire field of substantive and adjective law in the form of a convenient text-book series, based upon a discussion of leading and ruling cases arranged in a systematic manner, comprehensive in scope, and scientific in method.
The work is the finished product of specialists, and in this the projectors have had in mind that our American law is too unwieldy to be adequately explained by any one person, any more than an Encyclopedia of Medicine could be well written by a single physician. An accurate statement of the principles of law is thus necessarily a matter of specialists.
For the purpose of proper presentation, however, it is not enough that a writer be a specialist on a legal topic, but he must be able to seize its cardinal points and present them clearly and forcibly, with the proper amount of concrete illustration, and without incumbering detail.
No men as a class are so likely to do this as well as professional teachers in university schools of law who are constantly engaged in analyzing and classifying the mass of legal material and in arranging it for presentation to students in the most orderly and forcible manner. By profession such men are legal specialists with a talent for lucid explanation ; and their services have been chiefly enlisted in the preparation of this work. All of the articles are written by men who have devoted special study to the topics they have undertaken and most of the writers are professional teachers of law in our larger university schools.
Meeting of New York Law Instructors
OR several years the matter of form
ing a conference or an association of law instructors in the state of New York has been discussed, and on February 12, 1910, a preliminary meeting was held in New York City. After a luncheon at the City Club, attended by some thirty-five instructors, representing eight of the nine law schools in the state of New York, a meeting was held in the rooms of the Bar Association, located across the street at 42 W. 11th street. The meeting was called to order by Clarence D. Ashley, Dean of the New York University Law School. Paul Fuller, Dean of the Fordham University Law School, was chosen chairman, and Ralph Stout, of the New York Law School, secretary.
In speaking of the purposes for which the meeting had been called, Frank W. Sommer, of the New York University Law School, stated that among the reasons which had given occasion to the belief that there were some matters, apart from methods of study or questions of curriculum, or other questions directly affecting particular law schools, upon which the law instructors of the state might unite in action to general advantage, suggesting among other matters for consideration the question of the alleged methods of marking answers to bar examination questions, whether such questions might not properly be disclosed and be made public by candidates after the examination, whether the answer of candidates should not be placed on file after marking for public inspection, and stated that he hoped that it would be
found that there were some subjects upon which the law instructors of the state could act with substantial unanimity.
The suggestion having been made that it would be desirable, before proceeding further, to ascertain what law schools were represented at the meeting, and by whom, a roll call showed that the following law schools were represented by the following named persons:
Brooklyn Law School-William P. Richardson, Dean; and Professors John Howard Easterday, John Curtin, Charles W. Appleton, David Edgar, Frank Whitehall, John H. Schmidt, and F. D. Crawford.
New York Law School—George Chase, Dean; and Professors Robert D. Petty, Alfred G. Reeves, Frederick C. Pitcher, and Ralph Stout.
Fordham Law School-Paul Fuller, Dean; and Professors Ralph W. Gifford, Joseph W. Warren, Ralph H. Holland, J. F. Desgarrenes, and Wm. A. Fergu
Columbia University Law SchoolGeorge W. Kirchwey, Dean; and Professors Abbott, Goodenough, and Redfield.
Albany Law School-J. Newton Fiero, Dean; and Professor Frank White.
Cornell University Law SchoolFrank Irvine, Dean.
Syracuse University Law SchoolProfessor L. L. Waters.
New York University Law SchoolClarence D. Ashley, Dean; and Professors Isaac F. Russell, Leslie J. Tompkins, Frank A. Erwin, Francis W. Ay
mar, Frank W. Sommer, William F.
or wrong; secondly, that the candidate Walsh, and William H. Webb.
should be permitted to take away examDean Kirchwey, of the Columbia Law ination papers, and such questions should School, spoke generally upon the pur- not be kept secret after the examination. pose of the conference, and suggested Dean Irvine expressed the opinion that that it might first be considered whether the efforts of the conference should be a definite organization was desirable. directed toward the Court of Appeals,
The Chairman suggested that it might and, further, that the association should be of advantage first to consider upon proceed slowly, and only upon substanwhat questions, if any, unanimous ac- tial unanimity; that he concurred with tion could be had, and, first of all, wheth- Professor Gifford, but that care should er there was any unanimity upon the
be taken as to the mode of procedure. matters suggested by Professor Sommer Professor Petty agreed with Profeswith reference to requirements for ad- sor Gifford that there were some things mission to the bar.
upon which all could unite, viz., that the Dean Fiero expressed the opinion that marking should not turn upon whether the Court of Appeals would be amenable the answer to a question was right or to suggestions from the law instructors,
wrong. as a body, with regard to admission re- Professor Waters also suggested that quirements, and he thought that some the association should not proceed hastiform of organization of the instructors ly, and stated that the Faculty of Syrashould be had. Answering a question cuse University of Law School would fafrom Professor Aymar, Dean Fiero stat- vor organization of law instructors, but ed that there was no foundation for the only unanimous action. rumor that the Bar Examiners delegat- Professor Abbott thought that the ased the marking of the examination pa- sociation should first consider the mode pers to clerks or subordinates.
of action and plan of organization, and In response to a question of Profes
particularly whether it should remain a sor Abbott, Professor Tompkins stat loose conference, or whether a that there were nine regularly constituted compact organization was necessary. law schools in the state of New York, Dean Richardson expressed the opinfive of which were in New York City, ion that the association should first orone in Albany, one in Syracuse, one in ganize, and stated that he would read Ithaca, and one in Buffalo, of which and move for adoption the following eight were here represented, and that resolution: the only correspondence school of law Resolved, that a permanent organizain the state, so far as known, was the tion of the law teachers of the state be American Institute of Law, 60 Wall formed; that a president, vice president, street, New York City.
treasurer, secretary, and an executive Professor Gifford stated, as matters committee of five be now elected; that which the conference should take up for the officers and committee elected be conaction, first, that it was radically wrong stituted a committee to prepare a declathat the Bar Examiners should mark (as ration of purposes and by-laws, which was commonly reported to be the case) shall be printed and submitted to each of solely with reference to whether the can- the instructors here gathered; and that didate's answer to a question was right such committee hereafter call a further
meeting for the purpose of acting upon bers, or one from each law school in the such declaration and by-laws, and for state, and this modification was accepted action on the questions raised at the con- by Dean Kirchwey and made part of his ference.
amendment. This resolution having been duly sec- The chairman thereupon called for a onded, the chairman called for remarks vote upon Dean Kirchwey's amendment, thereon.
viz., that a committee of nine should be Dean Ashley stated the origin of the appointed, who should report upon the idea of organization among the law in- organization of the association and its structors, and suggested as additional plan and scope, which report should be questions to be considered what was to acted upon at a subsequent meeting, and be understood by the expression "suc- this amendment was unanimously adoptcessfully completing law school ed. course," as used in admission require- Dean Fiero moved that the present ments, also how the character commit- chairman and secretary continue to act tees might be aided by the law schools. as such, as ex officio members of the He thought there should be an organiza- committee to be appointed, and that the tion, but that it should be an organiza- chairman appoint the other members of tion of individuals, and not of schools. the committee, which was also unaniHe favored the resolution offered or mously voted. some similar resolution.
Dean Chase again referred to the reDean Fiero offered an amendment to port of the New York County Lawyers' the above resolution that the printed mat- Association, and suggested that some few ter referred to should be submitted to
of the members present be appointed to all of the law instructors throughout the confer with Mr. Dos Passos, of that asstate, and not only to those here present, sociation, about the report, before it which amendment was accepted by Dean might be submitted to the Court of ApRichardson.
peals. Dean Kirchwey thereupon offered two Dean Irvine suggested that the proamendments to the resolution:
ceedings of this conference should be First. That the resolution should in
brought to the attention of the Court of clude only teachers of law in regularly Appeals. constituted law schools. This amend
Dean Chase moved that a committee ment was accepted by Dean Kirchwey. of four, of which Dean Ashley and Dean Second. That there be substituted a
Kirchwey should be two members, should resolution for the appointment of a com- confer with Mr. Dos Passos, or other mittee of five, who shall be charged with members of the New York County Lawthe duty of formulating proposals for yers' Association, about any changes sugaction, and particularly to report upon gested in the rules of admission to the the organization of the association and bar, and also to call upon the Court of its plan and scope, which report shall be Appeals for opportunity to be heard beacted upon at some subsequent meeting. fore any further changes in such rules
Dean Richardson thought that officers should be adopted, which motion was should be elected without delay, as a rep- thereupon unanimously adopted. resentative gathering was present.
There being no further business, the Professor Reeves suggested that the meeting was on motion duly declared committee should consist of nine mem- adjourned.