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The authorities of the University of Wisconsin have arranged with Professor Hinton to give a course on Code Pleading in the summer school of that University during the coming season.
Professor Percy Bordwell, of the University of Missouri Law School, will give a course in Criminal Law at the summer session of the University of California, and later a course in the same subject during the second term of the Summer Quarter at the University of Chicago.
ed to Boston, and has since been engaged in practice there. For many years he has been a member of the well-known firm of Stovey. Thorndike, Palmer & Thayer. He expects to relinquish practice and devote his entire time to his new duties. His appointment will fill the vacancy caused by the death of Dean Ames in the early part of the year. It was expected that the acting dean of the Law School, Professor Williston, would be the next dean; but it is understood Professor Williston asked the members of the Harvard Corporation not to consider him as a candidate, for the reason that he has been in ill health the past year, and he does not feel like assuming the burden of the deanship's administrative duties. Professor Thayer will take up his duties as dean of the Law School next September. Professor Williston will be acting dean until that date.
A new law building is needed at the University of Notre Dame, and there appears happily to be a fair prospect that at an early day steps may be taken to construct it. The matter has been under consideration for some time.
The law library of the University of Notre Dame is about to be enlarged to double its present capacity. This step has become necessary on account, not only of the increase in the number of students, but also of the material addition to the book supply..
The law students of the University of Notre Dame are taking a notable interest in the public debate scheduled to take place in May between their representatives and those of the Detroit Law School. They have never yet been worsted in debating; but it is believed, nevertheless, that the Wolverines will make a showing that may put their best efforts to the test.
The Notre Dame Law College has through an evident oversight been popularly rated as in the two-year class of law schools. This is an error. For a full decade or more it has had a three-year course. It was among the first in Indiana to respond favorably to the recommendation of the American Bar Association in that regard. Furthermore, Dean Hoynes is in favor of amending the state Constitution, to the end of enacting legislation that will require a three-year course of study, followed by a thorough and searching examination, as a primary test of qualifications for admission to the Bar. By existing constitutional provisions any voter of good moral character may practice law in Indiana.
Judge Jeremiah Smith retires from active work in the Harvard Law School at the close of the current year, which is his twentieth year of service as Professor of Law, Before going to the Harvard Law School, Judge Smith had already had a distinguished career as a judge and consulting attorney in New Hampshire.
Mr. Austin W. Scott, who graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1909, and who successfully took up in the middle of the current year the courses which Dean Ames had been giving prior his illness, will become a member of the Faculty next year, with the title of Assistant Professor.
The John Marshall Law School, during the past fall and winter, has been giving the students on Saturday evenings a course of lectures by distinguished scholars on subjerts more or less allied with the law. Some of the lectures and lecturers have been: Egyptian Legal Institutions, by Prof. James H. Breasted, the noted Egyptologist; the history of Babylonia and the Legal Code of Hammurabi, by Prof. Price, of the University of Chicago; the Relation of the Hebrew Nation to the Other Nations of Antiquity, by Rev. 0. C. Helming; the Mosaic Codes in the Light of Modern Criticism, by Prof. J. M. Smith, of the University of Chicago; the Method and Spirit of Modern Science, by Prof. Charles R. Barnes, Editor of the American Journal of Botany; an illustrated lecture on the New Astronomy by Prof. F. R. Moulton, one of the originators of the Planetesimal Theory; illustrated lecture on the History of Some of Our Domestic Animals by Prof. E. S. Riggs, Curator of the Field Museum; the play of Hamlet, with Particular Reference to the Question of His Sanity, by Dr. N. I. Rubinkam, Shakespear
It is expected that shortly the Board of Overseers of Harvard College will confirm and announce the election to the deanship of Harvard Law School of Ezra R. Thayer, Jr. Mr. Thayer is a son of the late James B. Thayer, who was for many years a professor in the Harvard Law School. The son graduated from Harvard College in 1888, and from Harvard Law School in 1891. After a year in Washington as the private secretary of Justice Horace Gray, of the United States Supreme Court, Mr. Thayer return
ean lecturer; Some Attempts of the Law to Regulate Prices, by Prof. J. Laurence Laughlin, head of the Department of Political Economy at the University of Chicago; three lectures on Essentials of Right Thinking, by Professor Addison W. Moore.
These lectures bave all been open to the students and their friends, and have proved of such great interest and value that a course along similar lines is being planned for next fall and winter.
The school is adding to its space again this spring, and increasing the number of volumes in the library by several hundred new books.
That was a happy time. I remember that I had sat brooding and idle. The afternoon was gray. The law as a career seemed hopeless. Suddenly there was a caller and an excellent case offered me by a wealthy man. An hour later and I had got a second case. It was incredible. Two cases. My first two cases, and both given me the same day. How I worked that night over my two cases. How I thought about them as I walked officeward with my green baize bag the next morning. I remember that a shabby person accosted me as I walked, said: "Old clothes, any old clothes to sell?' He seemed to be regarding the green baize bag. I held it up for him to see. Oh no,' I said, 'no old clothes, my friend, new suits.'
A prisoner was brought before the bar in a Chicago criminal court, but was not represented by a lawyer.
"Where is your lawyer?" inquired the judge who presided.
"I have none,” responded the prisoner. “Why haven't you?" "Haven't any money to pay a lawyer.” "Do you want a lawyer?" asked the judge. "Yes, your honor.”
“There is Mr. Walter 1. Smith, John Brown, George Green," said the judge, pointing to a lot of young attorneys who were about the .court waiting for something to turn up, "and Mr. Alexander is out in the corridor."
The prisoner eyed the budding attorneys in the courtroom, and after a critical survey stroked his chin and said, “Well, I guess I will take Mr. Alexander."
It is worthy of note that some of the most prominent leaders of law reform referred to on another page are members of the faculties of law schools. President Taft, who in a potable address several years ago drew attention to this subject, and who in his last message to Congress says, “In my judgment, a change in judicial procedure, with a view to reducing its expense to private litigants in civil cases and facilitating the dispatch of business and final decision in both civil and criminal cases, constitutes the greatest need in our American institutions,” was for many years Dean of the Law School of Cincinnati. Professor Roscoe Pound, whose paper before the American Bar Association three years ago led to the appointment of the present American Bar Association Committee of Fifteen on Legal Reform, was for some time Dean of the Law School of Nebraska and is now a Professor in the University of Chicago Law School. Dean Irvine, of the Cornell College of Law, and Professor Beale, of the Harvard Law School, are also members of the Committee of Fifteen. And the Docket has, in a humble way, tried to do what it could in the cause. If it be said that the practitioner, rather then the teacher and writer, should take the lead in this movement, the answer is that he has not done so; and, if it is objected that the teacher and writer is a theorist, the answer may well be made that the practical men have not been practical at all so far as legal procedure is concerned. It was Jeremy Bentham who started the movement for law reform in England more than a century ago, and not the practicing lawyer of that day; and it must not be overlooked that all of those men have had experience as practitioners or judges, or both.
-American Law Review, Feb., 1910.
The College of Law in State University, Lexington, Kentucky, is closing its second year with a matriculation of ninety-two students. A three-year course has been adopted, and the faculty is composed of five professors of law and a number of lecturers, including the judges of the Court of Appeals of Kentucky. The standard of admission is fixed so as to require the student to show fifteen units of credit, ten of which are required, and the remainder to be select. ed from a list of electives. Beginning in September, 1911, the student will be required to do classical work through the freshman year of the University, or present credits from some other acceptable institution for that amount of work or its equivalent. This department is well equipped for its work, located in its own quarters, and supplied with complete equipment. Henry S. Barker, L.L. D., who has been recently elected as President of the University, will assume the duties of his office September next, and by reason of the fact that he is a lawyer of great ability and experience, and also exChief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, he will be of great value in the development of this new department, to which he will devote a part of his time.
Joseph H. Choate, late Ambassador to the Court of St. James, at a dinner given him by the Pilgrim's Club of London, said:
"My elation here to-night is great. It is as great as on the occasion of my first lawsuit.
In September, 1909, the entrance requirements of the College of Law of the University of Minnesota were raised to include one year of college work, and in 1911 two years of college work will be required. As a result of these increased requirements, the freshman class is much smaller this year than formerly. Robert S. Kolliner, of the Minneapolis bar, and for twenty years a practitioner there, has accepted a professorship in the College of Law, and has entered upon the discharge of his duties as such professor. He withdraws from practice entirely, and is to devote his entire time to the college. Seven men are now devoting all their time to the college, and, besides these, several of the most eminent practitioners and judges of the state give instruction in the department.
Three works emanating from the College of Law have been published during the present school year—"The Essential Nature of Law," by Dean W. S. Pattee, and “The Principles of the Law of Contracts" and "The Principles of the Law of Damages," by Assistant Professor Hugh E. Willis. The work published by the Dean sets forth in condensed form the substance of his lectures before the graduate classes of the college.
ment of 85 students. In 1909 the number increased to 115. This year the school has 160 students. Dean Martin P. Burks modestly states that he is unable to account for the rapid increase in attendance, but to those who know the Dean (what lawyer in Virginia does not) the growth of the school is not surprising. As a teacher Judge Burks will never be forgotten by those who have had the good fortune to come under his instruction for his unfailing courtesy and as one who possesses the gift of clear expression to a marvelous degree. Few lawyers are his equal in point of legal learning, and as an instructor he is not surpassed by any one in the law schools of the South or North.
William R. Vance, Dean of the George Washington University Law School, an associate of Judge Burks in former years, will deliver the alumni address at the Washington and Lee University in June.
Judge Horace H. Lurton, Dean of the Vanderbilt University Law School, has been appointed, confirmed, and sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Lurton was born in Kentucky, but for more than forty years has been a resident of Tennessee, first at Clarksville, and later at Nashville. While a resident of Clarksville he was a partner of Judge Bailey, afterward United States Senator from Tennessee, and also served as Circuit Judge and Chancellor. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, and sat on that bench six years, resigning to become a Judge of the United States Circuit Court of Appeais for the Sixth Circuit in 1893. President Taft, then Judge Taft, was a colleague of Justice Lurton in this court, and it was there that he won the esteem that led to his appointment to the Supreme Bench. Justice Lurton succeeded Judge Malone as Dean of the Vanderbilt Law School, and he still holds the position. His lecture courses on Constitutional Law and Federal Practice and Procedure have been among the most valuable of the law course, and his appointment to the United States Supreme Court will not interfere, it is thought, with his continuing to teach these subjects in the future. This fact removes any possible tinge of regret there might have been in the law school at Judge Lurton's elevation.
The University of Arkansas Law School is enjoying one of the most prosperous years of its history. The school is located at Little Rock, the state capitol, though the University proper is at Fayetteville. Many advantages accrue to the student from this location. The federal and state courts offer to him much in the practical observation of the application of law as it is taught. The sessions are held in the old State House, a historic and imposing structure, erected in 1831. The students matriculating this year came from all over the South. The course, a twoyear arrangement offers all the recognized work in preparation for law, and some men now famed in the law are graduates of the University of Arkansas Law School. The personnel of the faculty shows a list of lawyers well known in the South. The Dean, J. H. Carmichael, is one of the most widely known lawyers in the South, and much of the preeminent success the law school has achieved in past years might be traced to his administrative ability and popularity. Drawn around the Dean is a galaxy of men learned in the law and gifted in the art of instruction. The list of instructors includes: J. H. Carmichael, Dean; John Fletcher, George B. Murphy, Tom M. Mehaffy, Jacob Trieber, Ashley Cockrill, J. C. Hart, J. E. Martineau, Wm. M. Lewis, T. N. Robertson, T. E. Helm, Meniffe House, R. E. Wiley, W. B. Brooks, R. C. Powers, J. K. Riffel, and George Vaug. han.
The Detroit College of Law trustees, in addition to the Evening School which has been conducted in Detroit for upwards of twenty years, have established a Day School, which will hold its sessions beginning at 3:30 p. m. The classes are held at this hour in order that the students may attend the ses
In 1908 the Washington and Lee University Law School, at Lexington, had an enroll
sions of Wayne County's twenty-one courts, thereby combining the theoretical and practical elements of a legal education. This new course will be welcomed by law students who can afford to devote all their time to their legal studies. The self-supporting student will attend the evening sessions. No effort will be spared to make the work of the school conform to the standards of the best law schools. Hundreds of law students have been attracted to Detroit by the fact that this school has, as instructors, those men who are actively and successfully engaged in the practice of their profession daily. Some of the prominent members of the faculty are William L. Carpenter, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Michigan, President ; Philip T. Van Zile, former Circuit Judge and present Prosecuting Attorney, Dean; General Henry M. Duffield; Allan H. Frazer, former Prosecuting Attorney ; Jasper C. Gates; John W. Beaumont; Alfred J. Murphy, Circuit Judge; T. A. E. Weadock; William F. Connolly, Judge of Recorder's Court; Frank E. Robson, General Counsel of the Michigan Central Railroad; Seward L. Merriam, General Counsel Pere Marquette Railroad; John C. Bills, Attorney Pere Marquette Railroad; and Ormund F. Ilunt, former Prosecuting Attorney.
all the honors in sight on the Pacific Coast, and for some time they have been looking for fresh laurels in the East. In March the students of the George Washington University Law School sent a strong debating team to Los Angeles to compete with the Southern California men, but failed to win a victory. The question was:
"Resolved, that state, county and municipal officers should be nominated by conventions, rather than under the direct primary system."
Alfred L. Barlett and W. C. Snyder, of the College of Law of the University of Southern California, had the affirmative side of the question to defend; while Raphael H. Blakes. ley and Norris L. Bowen, representing the George Washington Law School, had the neg. ative.
A debating team from the Cornell University Law School, Ithaca, N. Y., has accepted an invitation from the California School for a debate to take place in Los Angeles before the close of the present season. Any law school debating club wishing to visit Los Angeles and try its powers with the bors of the Law School of Southern California should correspond with Gavin W. Craig, Sec. retary of the School. In the past the University of Southern California has paid the traveling expenses of the visiting team, and doubtless would be willing to do so in the future, if a team from another law school strong enough to whip them can be organized.
The following poetic fight by a member of Phi Delta Phi was recited at a fraternity convention at Charlottesville, Va., where the senior law class of the University of Virginia was under the pledge:
IN MEMORIAM. (Addressed to a Symbol of Sobriety, an Empty
When Bacchus held imperial sway
And drain the health of U. V-a.
Those olden days are gone alas!
But they'll return, I hope and pray, Together with the julep-glass, The quondam thirst of Senior Class And other signs of times long past,
Of old primeval U. V-a. So, friends, in troubled times like these,
To dull despair don't let's give way. I scent an odorific breeze, A harbinger of kegs and sprees, Which warms the hearts of T. X. E's,
A death to drought at U. V-a!
Beginning with September, 1912, the number of credits required to enter the first year of the Law School of the University of Kansas has been raised to include thirty hours in the freshman year in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the University, or their equivalent in other institutions.
Dean James W. Green, of the School of Law, was the president of the State Bar Association of Kansas for 1909–10. The subject of the President's Address delivered by him at the annual meeting in January was "The Three Departments of Government.”
At the last annual meeting of the Kansas State Bar Association, held in Topeka on January 27 and 28, 1910, the School of Law of the University of Kansas was represented on the programme by one of the seniors, who in competition won the right of that honor. The successful contestant was Mr. Foster Cline, whose subject was “Liability for the Unauthorized Use of the Portrait of Another.” This honor, by resolution of the State Bar Association, is an annual event.
Roscoe Pound, Professor of Law in the University of Chicago, delivered the annual address before the Kansas State Bar Association at its last meeting. His subject was "L'uritanism and the Common Law."
Ilenry C. Hill, of the Law School, Univer.
The College of Law of the University of Southern California is establishing a national reputation for training its students to become strong debaters. For a number of years the students of this school have won
sity of Missouri, recently delivered a lecture before the students of the Law School of the University of Kansas.
Professor Raleigh C. Minor, of the University of Virginia Law School, whose works on Real Property and the Conflict of Laws have been so favorably received, is now busily engaged in writing a text-book on Constitutional Law.
The Nestor of the law school teaching profession in this country is Judge Nathan Green, who for more than fifty years has been a professor in the Cumberland University Law School, at Lebanon, Tennessee. There is no law school man in the South who is better and more favorably known than Judge Green. During the half century he has been engaged in teaching law, many prominent statesmen, judges, and successful lawyers in the South have sat under him in the classroom. Among these may be mentioned United States Senators Bailey, of Texas, and Gore, of Oklahoma, and Justice Horace Lurton, of the United States Supreme Court. Judge Green is now in his eighty-fourth year, and is still strong and active. He continues with his work in the law school at Lebanon, where he is teaching many of the sons and grandsons of his former pupils.
The University of Maine College of Law has added this spring to its regular list of lecturers Hon. E. H. Blake, of Bangor. He is an authority on Admiralty Law, and will give twenty lectures on that subject to the junior and senior students of the Law School,
Hon. H. M. Heath, of Augusta, has delivered one of the finest lectures ever given anyWhere on the subject of Cross-Examination, on April 5th, and will continue to give lectures on this and related subjects in the future.
General Charles Hamlin, son of Vice President Hannibal Hamlin, has finished a very successful course of lectures on Bankruptcy.
Hon. L. C. Southard, LL. D., of Boston, has given his course of spring lectures on MedicoLegal Relations, and Hon. Isaac W. Dyer, of Portland, has lectured on Federal Procedure. These lectures have all been of great excellence, and have been delivered by masters each in his own specialty.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of the State of Maine, Hon. L. A. Emery, will deliver this month a course of lectures on Probate Law and Practice. The Chief Justice lectures on Roman Law, Probate Law, and What to do in Court and Ilow, on each subject once every three years, and his lectures are looked forward to with the greatest interest. In his lectures the science and the art of the law find an almost perfect combination, and justice is done both to the theory and the practice of the law.
In June the last issue of Vol. III of the Maine Law Review will be published. The Editorial Board, under the leadership of Mr. Geo. R. Sweetser, the Editor in Chief, and Mr. D. I. Gould, the Managing Editor, can look back upon work well done. The next Editorial Board will be elected this month by the student body of the College of Law.
The University of Michigan has decided to increase the requirements for admission to its Department of Law, so that in 1912 and thereafter, until further notice, one year of college work will be requisite for entrance. Within a reasonable time a second year of college work will be required. The Summer Session has been modified, so that hereafter, instead of the review courses which have been given, the work offered will be the same as in the regular session, and the term will be extended from eight to ten weeks. The session will be divided into two periods, of five weeks each, and next summer half the subjects given in the first and second years of the course will be offered. The other half will be given in the summer of 1911. Under this arrangement it will be possible for a student who enters the 1st of July to complete his work by two years from the following September, taking three summer sessions and two regular terms.
Work on the new Law Building for the University of Virginia Law School has gone forward so rapidly that high hopes are entertained that the building will be ready for occupancy at the beginning of the next session in September.
The new work on Real Property, to the writing of which Professor C. A. Graves, of the University of Virginia, has given a large part of his time for more than ten years, will soon be given to the printers. Portions of this work, in the advance sheets, have already been quoted with approval by the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
The current year witnesses two notable changes in the Law Department of the University of Tennessee: (1) Hon. John Randolph Neal, Ph. D. (Columbia), has come to the Faculty as Professor of Constitutional Law, Roman Law, and Qua si Contract Law. Dr. Neal's previous work has been at Colorado State University, where he yet does special work. (2) The materialization of the long-expected third-year class (post graduate) for the study of Jurisprudence, Roman Law,