University of Michigan Law School - Quad Yearbook (Ann Arbor, MI)

 - Class of 1965

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.AW QUAD RANG LE several occasions during that year the Detroit Weekly Tribune carried the advertisement of the opening of the law department of the University of Michigan. It read, ENTRANCE TO LAWYERS CLUB were made from time to time, and in 1826, Con- gress increased its appropriation to a.n amount of land sufficient to make up two townships, . . . The original charter was modified in 18213 andin 1837 it was remodeled again. . . . The act of 1837 pro- vided more specifically than the previous statutes for the organization of three separate Depart- ments, one of which was to be a Law Department. in part: The course extends through a period of two years, each term commencing the first of October, and closing the last week in March following. Students may enter at any time,but are strongly advised to enter at the commencement of the term. The charges are 3510 Matriculation fee, and S5 annually for incidentals. The Board of Regents confidently expect, from the eminence and practical skill of the pro- fessors, the trifling amount of the charges, and the fine spirit with which the establishment of the Department seems to be everywhere greeted by the public-that the Law Department will at once take position with the older Institutions of the country. Two years after the speech, the 24 members of the first graduating class bid farewell to their three pro- fessors and sallied forth into practice, perhaps a little disconcerted by the Honorable I. P.Christiancy's address: Case lawyers are like pilots unskilled in the science of navigation, who succeed well enough while they hug the coast and keep the heacllands in view, but are always in danger of being lost when they are driven beyond the sight of land. While he whose mind is well storedwiththe prin- ciples and reasons of the law-who, when a question is presented, instead of seeking first for a case, recurs at once to his own internal re- sources, determines what, upon principle, the law must be, and resorts to cases only for illustration and proof-such aman is ready for any emergency, and is never disconcerted when his case suddenly Upon reaching Ann Arbor October 3, 1859, the 92 law students listened to the Honorable James V. Campbell describe the events leading to the founding of the depart- ment: In 1817, an act was passed by the Governor and assumes a new phase. He finds, in the resources of his own mind, compass and quadrant,chart and chronometer, calculates his place, takes boldly to the open sea, and strikes directly forhis destina- tion. Judges. . .for the incorporation of the Catho- lepistemiad, or University of Michigania-an act containing provisions for organizing many dida- xiae, or professorships, under very uncouth names, and disfigured by a barbarous pedantery which has brought ridicule upon thewhole scheme. There was , however, nothing ridiculous in the sub- stance of this law, which was not only a compre- hensive and enlightened plan for a University. . .but was, in many respects, in advance ofthe times . . . . . .In the same year inwhich this law was adopted, an appropriation was made of certain lands to the new University, by an Indian treaty,the chiefs who made it anticipating that some of their young men might desire a college education. Other donations Enrollment increased to 956 to 1906,but fell off sharply in the following years because of the school's Stiffening admissions and examination policies. Nevertheless, grad- uation from high school was not made an admissions re- quirement until 1912, and a college or university diploma became necessary only in 1958. The deluge of returning servicemen in 1945-46 finally pushed enrollment past the 1906 level. At the present time, 1008 students attend the Law School, alternately wheedled, cajoled, and blud- geoned by 56 faculty members. The interaction of these 1064 individuals over the past three years went largely unrecorded in the ponderous body of the law, but whatever discoveries were made here will not be lost on the future. Hopefully, they will reflect the foresight of leaders, the good sense of followers.

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WILLIAM COOK William Wilson Cook, a ninth generation descendant of the famous William Bradford, governor of the Plymouth colony, was born in Hillsdale, Michigan on April 16, 1858. He entered the University of Michigan in 1876, grad- uated in 1880, and graduated from Law School in 1882. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1883 and rapidly became one of its most respected members. He retired from practice in 1921 and died June4, 1930 at Port Chester, New York. Not only was he the University's greatestprivate bene- factor, but he was also a prolific writer. His best known work is Cook on Corporations, which has had over eight editions. In 1924, he published Principles of Corporation Law for the benefit of law students. Indicative of his wide range of interests were two other books, Power and Re- gponsibility of the American Bar and American Institutions and Their Preservation. His gifts to the University during his lifetime and under his will total nearly P616,000,000. His most widely known gift, of course, is the Law Quadrangle, but he also donated the Martha Cook dormitory for women, which was named in honor of his mother. Ofhis other benefactions, perhaps the most outstanding was the establishment of a trust fund of S200,000 to found a chair in American Institutions at the University. He was, and is, a man to whom we are all deeply indebted. BUILDINGS AND WILL Mr. Cook first evidenced an interest in contributingto the Law School in 1908 when he informed Dean Hutchins that he had provided in his will a fund for the salary of a professor of corporation law. Twelve years of corres- pondence followed between Dean Bates, President Hutchins, and Mr. Cook, culminating in the presentation to Mr. Cook of a plan to erect a Law School building and a dormitory. Dean Bates was summoned to New York by Mr. Cook, and, after three days of discussion, they agreed to afour- building complex, the plans of which became a part of Mr. Cook's subsequent will. By 1922, Mr. Cook hadwisely developedadeep convic- tion that the strength of a law school lies in its research facilities, and, upon the erection of the Lawyers Club in 1925, he stipulated that all dues andprofits from the opera- tion of the building were to be used exclusively for legal research work. ln a letter to the Board of Regents in 1929, he offered to erect the Legal Research Building: a few months later, he wrote of his plans to build the dormi- tory which now stands on the East side of the Law Quadran- gle. The construction costs of each of the original four buildings was as follows: Lawyers Club, 5B1,144,086g John P. Cook Building, 855017693 Legal Research Building, S1,600,830g and Hut- chins Hall, S1,191,074. Final value, including equipment and books, as of 1956 was S8,643,370. By his will, he established a trust and directed that the net income "be devoted. . .to aiding and developing the Law School of the University of Michigan." Specifi- cally he provided for the completion of the initial four buildings, for the construction of any others deemed necessary, for the establishment of a department to or- ganize the branches of law into an intelligable form, to prepare legal articles, to pay salaries of research pro- fessors and assistant, to pay the expenses of the Re- search Department, to purchase books for the Law Li- brary, to engage eminent jurists and lawyers to deliver lectures at Ann Arbor, to increase salaries of Law pro- fessors, to establish new law professorships and fellow- ships, and to aid the Law School in any way possible in order to produce superior lawyers, judges, legislators, and executives. A truly magnificent giftg it is somehow tragic that he never lived to see the functioningbeauty he had created.

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