Cumberland University - Phoenix Yearbook (Lebanon, TN)

 - Class of 1955

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Court until 1852. Judge Bromfleld L. Ridley became a Professor of Law in 1848, and served until 1852. In 1856, Nathan Green, Jr., was elected a professor, the prosperity of the school requiring the services of three instructors. These three men con- tinued as the faculty until the beginning of the Civil War in 1861. At that time there were one hundred and eighty law students in attendance. Judge Abram Caruthers died during the war. Judge Nathan Green, Sr., survived the war and assisted his son, Nathan Green, Jr., in the revival of the school, but died in 1866. hHe was succeeded that year by the hlon. hienry Cooper, and two years thereafter. Judge Cooper having resigned. Judge Robert L. Caruthers, who was for many years on the Supreme Bench of the State, was elected to fill the vacancy. hHe resigned in 1881 because of advancing years and feeble health, and Dr. Andrew B. Martin succeeded him, serving until his death. May 19, 1920. Judge Nathan Green, Jr., having taught as a Professor in the School of Law for more than sixty-three years, died on February 17, I 9 I 9. He was suc- ceeded by Judge Edward E. Beard, who served until his death, June I 8, I 924. In July, 1920, W. k. Chambers was elected as the successor of Dr. Martin, and in October, 1923, Judge Albert Williams was selected as a Professor of Law. Judge A. B. Neil was elected Professor of Law in September, 1930, and was made Dean in January, I 935. Judge Neil was graduated from the School of Law of Cumberland University in September, 1896. He served for many years as a Criminal Judge and later as Circuit Judge and as a member of the State Supreme Court. He is now Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. Judge Frank T. Fancher was a member of the law faculty from September, 1935, to June, 1937; re-elected, September, I 939. In September, 1941 Judge Fancher became Dean. He graduated from this law school under the teach- ing of Judge Green and Dr. Martin and had much experience in the practice of law in Tennessee and Florida. In 19 I 5-1 9 I 6, again in 1937 and in 1940-41 he served by appointment of three different governors as a Special Judge on the Supreme Bench of Tennessee. For over twelve years he was a member of the Board of Law Examiners of Tennessee. In June 1932, Judge Sam B. Gilreath, a 1925 graduate of the School of Law, became a Professor of Law and has served continuously since. He was named later as Dean of the school. He Is the author of the latest revision of Caruthers History of a Law Suit, a widely used work on Civil Practice. Following the second World War, Judge Gilreath and Allison B. Hum- phreys, Jr., served as professors in the School of Law. Professor Humphreys resigned in June, I 946, to take over responsibilities in the Attorney General ' s Office of the State of Tennessee. Thus far In the history of the School of Law the plan of instruction has been at first one year of legal education, and then, as this plan progressed, there came a time when this emphasis on textbook instruction for the one year was supplemented by an emphasis on casebook study for a second year, and this became a requirement of the University. When the reorganization of the University in 1946 was effected, this two-year plan of law study was replaced by a three-year plan of study and the requirement of two years of pre-legal work as a basis of entrance into the School of Law. Those who were engaged in the two-year plan on July 10, 1946, were carried through to the completion of their work. All who entered thereafter entered under the new regulations set up at that time. The School of Law, as It Is now constituted, requires three years as a mini-

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- --■»- wm .■ . CJ im f ' t. . ■■■ " ■ .-W ip .— ,b. v.; ; [k ' h 1 ' yfl 1 6 bC . .1 . p ' rl |! MEMORIAL HALL i I s ! i n IF HE nun u u i The School of Law was authorized by the trustees as a department of Cumberland University on February 22, I 847. At various subsequent sittings of the board the plan of organization was perfected, and in the month of October, I 847, the first term opened, with one professor and seven students present. Judge Abram Caruthers was the professor. fHe was called from the bench of the Circuit Court to this new work by the Board of Trustees. Robert L. Caruthers, who for many years was President of the Board, provided the first classroom in his own office. The school was at once a success. Judge Nathan Green, Sr., then one of the Supreme Judges of the State, was called to assist Judge Caruthers in the conduct of the school in I 848. He did not resign as a member of the Supreme



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CARUTHERS HALL mum of pre-legal study and three years of study in the School of Law as a re- quirement for the degree of Bachelor of Laws. Every phase of the work in the School of law has been set up on a standard basis. In September, 1947, Arthur A. Weeks joined the faculty as Professor of Law and was made Dean in September, 1948. Bernard B, Bailey joined the faculty as a Professor of Law in August, 1948, and was made Acting Dean of the Law School in September, 1954, upon the resignation of Dean Weeks, who returned to the practice of law. William H. Stanford, Jr., became a member of the faculty as Associate Professor of Law in September, I 949, and returned to private practice in 1952, at which time Mr. Otis J. Bouwsma joined the faculty as Associate Professor of Law. In September, 1953, Mr. REAR VIEW MEMORIAL HALL

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