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able asset to the Harvard Law School. Mr. Pound will have charge of the second and third year courses in Equity, and will also have a course in “Roman Law, and the Principles of the Civil Law and Modern Codes as developments thereof, and Introduction to Comparative Law."

The vacancy created in the faculty of the Yale Law School by the death of Professor Raynolds, who held the chair of Comparative Constitutional Law, has been filled by the election of Gordon E. Sherman, Ph. B., of Morristown, New Jersey, as an Assistant Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law. Mr. Sherman is a Yale man, having graduated at the Sheffield Scientific School with the class of 1876. During the year when Professor Raynolds was absent on his tour around the world, Professor Sherman took his place and carried the work so satisfactorily that his appointment to the chair has followed.

The Oincinnati Law School began its sev. enty-eighth year on September 26th. The opening address was made by Mr. Albert Bettinger, of the Cincinnati bar. Among other things he told the young men that when they entered upon active practice they would come in daily contact with three classes of persons: First, their clients, who, he said, were generally reasonable, seeking only for what was just and right. But that occasionally they would find one who wanted their services to aid in accomplishing a wrong. He pointed out the lawyer's duty in such cases, and strongly refuted the idea, which was sometimes current, that it was a part of a lawyer's business to lend his support in such matters. On the other hand, he asserted that the lawyer points out to his client what his own rights and the rights of his opponent are, and in the great majority of cases aids in settling difficulties before they reach the courts. He insisted that there were more practical lessons of morals taught and enforced in lawyer's offices, and in the courts, than anywhere else, not even excepting the pulpits. Then he said the second class of persons the young lawyers would meet and have dealings with were the opposing counsel, who should be regarded, not as enemies, but as men who were asking justice for their clients, and who should be treated with such courtesy that to do business with them would be a pleasure. Finally, he advised the young men that one of the most important assets of a lawyer is the confidence and high esteem of the courts. He pointedly illustrated the disadvantage in which a lawyer is placed who is mistrusted by the judge before whom he comes, whether this lack of confidence arose from the habitual carelessness of the attorney or his willful effort to mislead the court.

Lyman Chalkley has been recently elected a member of the faculty of the Kentucky University Law School. Judge Ohalkley is a Virginian by birth. For a number of years he resided in Lexington, Kentucky, where he was married to Miss Ella Breckenridge, daughter of the late Col. W. C. P. Breckenridge. From 1905 to 1907 Judge Chalkley was the Dean of the College of Law at the Transylvania University, at Lexington. He left that school in 1907 to accept the deanship of the Law Department of the University of the South, at Sewanee, Tennessee.

Charles M. Hepburn, who has been on a leave of absence during the past year from the Indiana University Law School, has returned to that school and has resumed his former courses.

John C. Barkley has resigned his position in the Indiana University Law School to take up the practice of law in Cleveland, Ohio.

The enrollment this term in the University of Indiana Law School is 140, as compared with 154 the corresponding term of last year. This is gratifying, considering that the entrance requirement was raised to a two year college course.

The Yale University Law School has established the degree of Jur. Dr. as a graduate degree. It proposes to confer the degree upon persons who have a baccalaureate or higher degree in Arts or Science or Philosophy from a college or university of recognized standing, and who in addition are graduates of some law school which is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, or of a law school in a foreign country, which law school is of recognized standing and requires at least three years of study of law as a condition of graduation, and who attain at the end of a year of graduate study of law at Yale a high distinction.

William R. Vance, former Dean of George Washington University Law School, and the new president of the Association of American Law Schools, has entered upon his duties as Professor of Testamentary Law in the Law, School of Yale University. Professor Vance is well and favorably known to the profession through his treatise on Insurance, which was published in 1904. He became Dean of the George Washington Law School in 1905, succeeding Henry St. George Tucker, who had resigned to become president of the Jamestown Exposition. Prior to that Mr. Vance had been Dean of the Law School of Washington and Lee University, in Virginia. Mr. Vance has been elected President of the Association of American Law Schools for the year 1910-11.

Much to the regret of faculty and students, Hon. John Elmore Holmes, Professor of Common Law in the University of Mississippi, has resigned the chair to enter upon the practice of his profession in the city of Memphis, Tenn., in partnership with his brother, Hon. F. Clark Holmes, of Hernande, Miss.

Hon. Leonard Jerome Farley, a distinguished alumnus of the University, and formerly a member of the State Senate, has been chosen as Mr. Holmes' successor, and has entered upon the duties of the position.

who retired recently as Chief Justice of connecticut, has been nominated by the Democrats for Governor of that state. He was one of the founders of the American Bar Association, and was its president in 1890. He was president of the Association of American Law Schools in 1905. He is a descendant of Roger Sherman, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Judge Baldwin has been president of the International Law Association, of the American Historical Association, and of the American Social Science Association. He is the author of a work on Railroad Law.

The John Marshall Law School of Chicago began its twelfth year of instruction September 7th. The total attendance of the school is somewhat larger than last year, notwithstanding the decision of the school to raise the standard of admission.

Special attention during the coming year is to be given to the subject of Finding the Law and moot court practice. An attractive feature of the moot court work will be the presence of judges from the local bench as judges of the moot courts for civil and criminal cases and cases appealed to the appellate court of the school.

Ezra R. Thayer was appointed Dean, and Dane Professor of Law, in the Harvard University Law School, in place of the late Professor James Barr Ames, last summer.

Mr. Thayer graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1891 with great distinction. He has since been one of the most distinguished members of the Boston bar. He has given lectures at the Harvard Law School for several years in Massachusetts Practice. He has now entirely relinquished practice at the bar, and is devoting himself entirely to the work of the school. He is a son of the late Professor James Bradley Thayer.

With the opening of the session of 1909– 10, regulations requiring five college courses for admission into the Law Department of the University of Texas went into effect. This resulted in decreasing the attendance in the Department by about sixty; the falling off, of course, being in the first year class. The requirement is still adhered to, and has again precluded the entrance of a number of applicants. The matriculation for this year is not yet completed, but in all probability will be over three hundred.

The Library of the Cornell University Law School, which now numbers over 41,000 vol. umes, has outgrown its shelf-room. To meet the demand for additional space, the former periodical room has been converted into a stack room. Steel stacks have been erected, which provide for about 30,000 additional volumes. This will take care of the normal growth of the Library for a number of years to come.

A. H. R. Fraser, the efficient and popular Law Librarian at Cornell University, has been on leave of absence since last spring. Mr. Fraser spent the greater part of the summer months visiting Scotland and Eng. land.

A. C. Boyd, for many years Professor of Law in the Boston University and well known throughout the country as a legal writer, died on September 11th in Chicago while in an ambulance on the way to a hospital. Three hours before death he had suffered an attack of cerebral hemorrhage at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. George Blackburn, whom he was visiting. The death of Professor Boyd came as a sequel to a six weeks vacation trip to Colorado. Professor Boyd was born in New Brunswick near Calais, Me., 44 years ago. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1889. He was a member of the Editorial Staff of the West Publishing Company in St. Paul for several years.

W. S. Thorington, for many years Dean of the University of Alabama Law School, is still on leave of absence from his duties at the law school. Last January Judge Thorington was appointed Special Master in the Circuit Court of the United States for the Middle District of Alabama, in connection with the Central Railway of Georgia and the Western Railway of Alabama rate cases, with headquarters at Montgomery, Ala. It is likely that Judge Thorington's duties at Montgomery will keep him engaged nearly all of the present season. During Judge Thorington's absence from the law school, Judge Wm. B. Oliver has been acting as temporary dean of the law faculty.

Simeon E. Baldwin, Professor of Constitutional Law in the Yale Law School, and

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Brief Making and the Use of Law Books

A year ago the Practitioners' Correspondence Course in Brief Making was established. It was then an experiment, based simply on Prof. R. W. Cooley's wide knowledge of Legal Bibliography and extended experience in teaching the subject orally as special lecturer in most of the leading law schools of the country.

And it has been a success-a great success. There has been a large enrollment and those who have taken the Course are enthusiastic in their expressions of satisfaction.

It has proved:

(1) That the subject can be taught even more effectively by cor

respondence than orally or in classes.

(2) That the study of it is thoroughly practical.
(3) That the experienced lawyer, the beginner, and the student,

can all benefit by it.

Now we are introducing into the Course improvements which will add immensely to its value and efficiency.

See opposite page as to the revised course.

Charles Lesley Ames, Secretary



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