University of Texas School of Law - Peregrinus Yearbook (Austin, TX)

 - Class of 1956

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THE PEREGRINUS The Yearbook of The School of Law of The University of Texas Published bv Society of The Perejjrinus, Inc. Vol. VIII 1956



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DR. HUBERT WINSTON SMITH Dr. Smith has achieved an education which few men can equal. After graduation from the University of Texas in 1927 with an A B degree he proceeded to Harvard Law School from which he received an LL.B in 1930. After six years of law practice, first as an associate of the law firm of Thompson. Knight. Baker, and Harris in Dallas, and later as a member of his own firm, he carried out an aspiration conceived in Law School of some day studying medicine with the plan of working on possible integrations of law and science. He studied for two years at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and finished his medical education at Harvard in 1941. Subsequently he was appointed as a Research Fellow of Rockefeller Foundation and accepted an appointment as an Associate in Legal-Medical Research on the faculties of Harv ard Law School and Harvard Medical School. On leave of absence from Harvard in late 1943, Dr. Smith served in the Medical Corps of the USNR and was assigned to duty in the Legal Medicine Branch of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington. D.C. After the war he served on the faculties of the University of Illinois and Tulane University until his acceptance of a professorship in 1952 at the University of Texas School of law as Professor of Law and largal Medicine and Director of the newly created Law Science Institute. He is also a member of the Faculty at the Medical Branch in Galveston. In addition to teaching courses in I.cgal Medicine and Evidence, he conducts a seminar in the Law-Science area. Dr. Smith has written many articles which have been published on various aspects of thie Science of Proof and of I.egal Medicine. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. and has been Editor and Contributing Author in several National Symposia devoted to Law-Scicncc Problems. The Legal Medicine Short Courses on "Legal Medicine and Elements of Medicolegal Litigation" involve the use of a distinguished teaching staff made up of as many as fifty to seventy-five medical specialists and trial lawyers. It is estimated that today eighty percent of civil actions involve personal injuries and trial lawyers have l ecome increasingly concerned with obtaining instruction in the related fundamentals of medical science and medicolegal trial technique. Lawyers from every State in the Union have attended tlx- Short Course which involves from seventy to eighty-five hours of intensive instruction and constant experimentation with new post-graduate teaching techniques. Dr. Smith has said that “only science can explain human Ix-havior and only law can regulate it and therein lies the basis of a necessary and enduring partnership.'- Today law schools throughout the country are endeavoring to launch' Law-Scicncc programs similar to that now functioning at the University of Texas Law School. Dr. Smith lias received various honors and recognitions; among these has been his recent election as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in recognition of his contributions to the field of Scientific Proof. In view of his tireless devotion to Law-Science ideals, and his energy in bringing its contributions to akl of the judicial process, to trial lawyers, and to undergraduate students, it is with deep pride that the staff of the 1956 Pcrcgrinus dedicates this yearbook to him.

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