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Statutory Construction, Conflict of Laws, Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure, Extraordinary Remedies, and Wills and Administration. The Moot Court work has been extended, so as to include practice in the Magistrate's Court, which in Tennessee, where the Justice of Peace has jurisdiction to the amount of $1,000 in some cases, and in Entry and Detainer without limit, is important to the junior bar.
the one phrase is merely a hyperbolical form of the other.
“The statement that the prosecutor was a liar,” said Mr. Justice Darling, “appears to me to be merely a repetition of Rouse's plea of not guilty-with emphasis."
“It was only because he was in court." added the judge, solemnly, that Rouse did not specify the particular kind of liar the prose cutor was.
"He did nothing more than he had a right to. He put his statement in the emphatic way of a man of his class."
"In the heat of cross-examination, he said of one man what the Psalmist in bis haste said of all men."
In the fall of 1903 the American Law School Review published an item of news to the effect that Henry M. Bates, a well-known young practitioner in Chicago, had accepted a professorship in the Law Department of the University of Michigan. Now, after seven years of faithful and efficient service in the classroom, Mr. Bates has decided to resign his position as Tappan Professor of Law in the University of Michigan to return to active practice. There are few law school men in the country who outrank Mr. Bates as a teacher. His scholarly attainments, and his ability to impart legal knowledge to large classes of young men are well recognized in educational circles, and during the past few years a number of flattering offers have been made to him to take the deanship of large and important law schools. Mr. Bates will engage in practice in Detroit, where he will enter the firm of Robson, Bates & George. Mr. Robson has recently been appointed counsel for the Michigan Railroad, and hence the necessity of increasing the size of the firm.
In the New York Law School, at a recent lecture on the Making of Wills, the case of a woman in one of Rider Haggard's books was cited. The woman had a man's will inscribed in ink on her back. And the will was held regular and legal, because it had been made in writing
After giving this practical illustration, the professor called on John Smith, saying:
“Is a will so inscribed regular and legal, in your opinion?"
“Yo," answered Smith. “Why not?" asked the professor. "Because it's a skin game," replied Smith.
The professor felt angry enough to order Smith out of the room, but the class laughed so much that he decided to overlook the student's flippancy.
The San Francisco Law School is progressing very nicely. While but a year old, the school has the largest attendance of any evening law school in the West, and from the large number of students already registered for the fall term the incoming first-year class promises to be much larger than that of a year ago. The school has already a modest library, to which additions are constantly being made, and with the new instructors, who are to become members of the faculty in the fall, San Francisco will indeed have a firstclass evening law school in every sense of the word. The aim of the school is to maintain a high standard, and the entrance requirements this year will be even more stringent than before.
The American Central Law School, organized last fall at Indianapolis, is in a prosper ous condition. It offers a complete two-year course and convenes in the evening. Theop. J. Moll, author of the new work on "Independent Contractors," and for eight years instructor and Dean of another legal educational institution, is at the head of the new school. Associated with him are six expe. rienced professors of law and six special lecturers, all of whom were with him in his former faculty. The first graduating class will number about 15. A third-year advane ed course is contemplated beginning neri Fall. This is the only Indiana institution devoted exclusively to legal studies and put allied with another school.
If a prisoner is tired of saying "not guilty, mälud," he may vary the monotony of that proceeding by pointing to the prosecutor and remarking: "He is a liar.”
Five eminent English judges, after full consideration of this important question, reached the conclusion that the two are practically exchangeable terms, or, at all events, that
When George L. Clark and Barry Gilbert resigned last fall from the faculty of the University of Illinois Law School to go, respectively, to the University of Michigan and the State University of Ohio, their places were filled at the University of Illinois by Mr. W. G. Hale, of Portland, Oregon, a grad. uate of Harvard, and Mr. E. H. Decker, of
A complete collection of the pictures of the Judges of the Supreme Court of the United States has been hung, recently, in the reading rooms of the Creighton College of Law. The pictures are copies of famous paintings and tear the autographs of the subjects.
The Night School of the Law Department, which was established last September, has proved entirely satisfactory. The Night Course covers four years, and the entrance and graduation requirements, the books used, and the method of instruction are the same in both the Day and Night Courses.
It is the custom of Minor Chapter, Phi Delta Phi, University of Virginia, to hold annually, on the Saturday before Easter, a public initiation, which takes the form of a mock trial. Various characters, real fictitious, are arraigned before the court, and it is possible, by means of the testimony and cross-examination, to execute some clever burlesques and keen satires on faculty and students alike. No one is exempt from this liability ; but the performance seldom gives offense, and is always ridiculously funny. The old members of Phi Delta Phi, together with any visiting brothers, sit as court and jury, arrayed in the long red “Ku Klux" robes of the chapter, while the actual performance is given by the initiates.
Coming, as it does, at the beginning of Easter week, this mock trial has long held a peculiar place in the annual series of entertainments, and the attendance upon it is limited by the capacity. Feeling their responsibility for keeping up the high standard set by their predecessors, the chapter is now busy with plans for this year's show, and every effort will be made to have it all that can be desired.
William R. Vance has tendered his resig. nation as Dean of the George Washington University Law School, to accept a professorship in the Yale University School of Law. It is Mr. Vance's desire to be relieved from law school administration duties, and at Yale he will devote his time to classroom and literary work. Mr. Vance will take up his residence in New Haven in September.
Owing to the large increase in attendance, Georgetown University Law School has purchased additional grounds for enlarging its building. The classes this year are the largest in the history of the Law School.
Clarence R. Wilson, Lecturer on Agency and Common-Law Pleading at the Law
There are some legal questions that a witness cannot answer by a simple "yes" or “no,” and a browbeating lawyer will sometimes take advantage of this fact. One of this class was once demanding that a witness answer a certain question either in the negative or affirmative.
"I cannot do it,” said the witness. “There are some questions that cannot be answered by a 'yes' or a 'no' as any one knows."
“I defy you to give an example to the court," thundered the lawyer. The retort came in a flash :
"Are you still beating your wife?"
A sickly grin spread over the lawyer's face and he sat down.
A portrait of the late Ernest W. Huffcut, by Mr. J. Colin Forbes, of London, has been completed and hung in the upper reading room of the library of the Cornell University Law School. It is a three-quarter length portrait, showing Mr. Huffcut in a characteristic attitude, and is regarded as a remark. able likeness. The picture was presented to the Law School as a memorial by Mr. Huffcut's former colleagues and students.
A new Case-Book on Remedies, prepared by Professors S. F. Mordecai and A. C. MeIntosh, of Trinity College Law School, of Durham, North Carolina, will shortly be published. The work is annotated to the Century and Decennial Digest.
In connection with lawyers trying to confuse experts in the witness box in murder trials, a case is recalled where the lawyer looked quizzically at the doctor who was testifying, and said:
"Doctors sometimes make mistakes, don't they?"
“The same as lawyers,” was the reply.
"But doctors' mistakes are buried six feet underground,” said the lawyer.
“Yes,” said the doctor, "and lawyers' mistakes sometimes swing in the air."
The following bit of conversation of two worldly disciples of Blackstone was overheard the other Sunday upon leaving the church :
“What was that sentence the choir repeated so often during the litany?".
"I am not sure I heard right, but as near as I could make it out it was, 'We are all miserable singers.'
At the beginning of the school year 1909-10 the College of Law of the University of North Dakota required a three-year course for the LL. B. degree. A summer session in the Law School will begin June 20th and close August 27th. A limited number of the regular courses will be offered.
Andrew A. Bruce, Dean of the Law School, has written a valuable and timely article on the subject of the Illinois Ten-Hour Labor Law for Women, published in the Michigan Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 1.
Thomas Flatly, of Boston, the well-known Irish lawyer and wit, was acting for the defense in a divorce case, and during the crossexamination of the plaintiff asked the following question: "You wish to divorce this woman because she drinks?" "Yes, sir." “Do you drink yourself?" "That's my business," said the witness angrily. Whereupon the lawyer, with face unmoved, asked one ques. tion: "Have you any other business?"
Boalt Hall, the new $150,000 Law School Building of the University of California, will be completed next August.
The Oratorical Association of the Detroit College of Law has accepted a challenge from Notre Dame University to debate upon the question: "Resolved, that federal legislation should be enacted in the United States, establishing a central bank.” The debate will be held in the Auditorium of the new Y. M. C. A. Building in Detroit in the latter part of May. The Detroit School has the affirmative and Notre Dame the negative of the question.
Lawyer—“I have my opinion of you."
Citizen—"Well, you can keep it. The last opinion I got from you cost me $150."
VOR any law school to undertake to teach the changes in the law of Real Property that have been made in all the States is plainly neither possible por desirable. Instructors and students have heretofore labored under the dis
advantage of being obliged to use text-books on Real Property that have been prepared to meet with a general sale among the lawyers of many different States. Statements as to what the law is in this, that, and the other State, only distract and confuse the students, and throw an intolerable burden on the instructor.
Every page, every paragraph of this new book has been written for the law stu. dent. It states the common law of Real Property, showing wherein it has been repealed in this country as contrary to our fundamental laws and the spirit of our institutions, and sets out such statutory changes as are common to all States.
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St. Paul, Minn.